Sports Coaching

Bahir Dar - Ethiopia

Sports Coaching

Bahir Dar - Ethiopia

Only 360€ per week!

Soak up the magic of Ethiopia and give back to the host community’s youth, whilst building a global community in facing the challenges of tomorrow.

Sports cuts all boundaries and is a reminder of the human spirit within all of us. As most Ethiopian students will refrain from higher studies, deeming their future has bleak already, promoting such skills may be life-changing for them.

Community Engagement
Physical Demand


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Program Description

Ethiopia has gone through much turbulence, civil unrest, and famine & recently acquired a new political structure. Sports can transform the citizens of tomorrow, building a global community to face the challenges coming our way and towards a better future for all. There is a great need for Ethiopian youth to sustain an attitude of pride in their rich and vibrant culture, heritage, and tradition. In this program, we provide the opportunity for participants to instil a sense of pride and self-confidence in these youngsters through sports.

The main objective of this program is being part of a transformation for children from marginalized families, and giving these children a chance to develop a positive mindset in all walks of life using sports as a tool.

The school comprises of a Kindergarten, as well as a primary school with students from Grade 1 to Grade 8. Sports gives the children a chance to play their favourite game and simultaneously pick up on teamwork towards similar group objectives.

Participants should be reasonably fit to be as effective as a coach. There is a dearth of resources for the youth in the school, as well as a lack of an effective sports structure. We intend to be at the forefront of developing such a structure. Our renovation & construction efforts will focus on adding more infrastructure that enables more sporting alternatives. There is definitely latent talent in the team-based sports we offer, including badminton, hockey and volleyball. In addition, we intend to add momentum in track & field options for the kids.

Children can also be taught new games, and huge strides can be made in increasing the awareness of a more comprehensive sports culture, that is predominantly soccer oriented. The honing of attitude in acquiring a skill, hard work, team building and the critical necessity of having an inbuilt sense of a positive attitude is the need of the hour. We are sure that we can kick start a sporting tradition in the school to gradually evolve to the level wherein the school is known as one of the leading sporting teams in Bahir Dar. Our sports program has no distinction in gender, and we welcome all the girls and boys to be a part of any sports program running at that particular time.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to provide assistance, training and encouragement for students who are disadvantaged yet motivated to learn and engage in a sport. In addition to promoting physical health, sports teache young people important skills, including teamwork, resilience, improvisation, and the will to succeed.


Monday to Friday

Participants are required to be passionate about their choice of sport, or sports, and have a strong foothold of the basics of the chosen sport(s). Harnessing sporting skills that can shape the basic building blocks of attitude in the youth of today.

Participants will have to face minimal resources available compared to their home countries. Adequate skills include the basics of the game, such as dribbling, setting the pieces, passing, scoring points, competition strategy etc. Patience is required though with regards to discipline & hard work that can be expected from the youth in the host community, especially at the beginning of the project.

Participants have an important role in the Sports Coaching Program to foster positivity in youngsters with regards to their attitude & perceptions of the future.

The daily schedule is as follows as the school has 2 sessions:

  • Morning session = 6 am to 8 am
  • Evening session = 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Between these times, participants are expected to prepare their next session.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Advanced

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for all participants arriving in Ethiopia.
  • Due to the active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.

Additional Equipment

Dress Code

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • Dress professionally since you will be working in a professional environment while teaching the children.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate
  • Be thoughtful to poor communities by not displaying expensive items and clothes
  • Wearing local clothes could help you build a good working relationship with the community


Bahir Dar is a bustling city with palm tree and flower lined roads and is located in the Amhara region where Amharic is widely spoken. Lake Tana, a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve and the Blue Nile Falls are located nearby.

Daily flights connect Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa. Bus services from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar entail a very comfortable bus journey of 10 hours rewarded with scenic views along the way.

Your accommodation is on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, about 3 to 4 kilometers from the projects, and is part of a gated community. The house overlooks Lake Tana and the Abyssinian Highlands.

About the Accommodation

Your center is located in the outskirts of the town, where you will be staying in a comfortable dorm-style accommodation for the duration of the project. The house is fully furnished, with laundry and store rooms. The center has a well-equipped kitchen. And there is also a cozy living room where you can hang out with the fellow participants and spend time.

Food Arrangements

Your meals will be mainly Ethiopian dishes. Vegetarian dishes will be available most of the days and non-vegetarian twice a week.


Facilities include first aid equipment as well as coordinator support. Supermarkets, cafes, shops, ATMs are available nearby.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Your program will take place from Monday to Friday and weekends will be free for you to explore the city on your own. The places of interest and activities which you can visit during your free time include natural sites, town centers, museums, walking tours and many more. Some of the interesting sites are as follows;

  • Blue Nile Falls
  • The historic city of Gondar
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • Tana Kirkos


From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Population: 102 million

Capital: Addis Ababa

Language: Amharic, English

Currency: Birr (ETB)

Time zone: CST (UTC +3)

Country Information

A country with a unique cultural heritage, the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church – one of the oldest Christian denominations – and a monarchy that ended only quite recently. Dating to prehistoric times and also having Biblical references, Ethiopia has a rich and varied history. Ethiopians pride themselves of never being colonized except for a five year period during Mussolini's occupation. Coupled with its beautiful highlands and desert it is a traveler’s delight. Addis Ababa the largest city and capital is like any other city with all its modern trappings. Culture, cuisine, wildlife, welcoming hospitality, these and many other experiences await you in this ancient and modern land. As Ethiopians like to say, "Come and enjoy, 13 months of sunshine!"


Predominantly of a tropical monsoon weather, but due to the Ethiopian Highlands which cover most of the country, Ethiopia experiences a climate which is generally considerably cooler than other regions at similar proximity to the Equator. Most of the country's major cities are located at elevations of around 6,500 to 8,000 feet above sea level.

Most major cities and tourist sites in Ethiopia lie at a similar elevation to Addis Ababa and have a comparable climate. In less elevated regions, particularly the lower lying Ethiopian xeric grasslands and shrublands in the east of the country, the climate can be significantly hotter and drier. Dallol, in the Danakil Depression in this eastern zone, has the world's highest average annual temperature of 34 °C (93.2 °F).


From Music and Dance to Attire and Customs, Ethiopia is unique in its own way. The blend of traditional and modern can be seen in its architecture to the way its people dress up and conduct their day to day lives. Steeped in religious roots its culture is as vibrant as any other modern countries’ but its traditions are always visible, never having been hidden or forgotten. The Ethiopian calendar is one of the most unique in the world today that is still being followed. It has 13 months, with 12 months of 30 days each. The last month has 5 days in a common year and 6 days during a leap year.


Various vegetable and meat side dishes and entrees are the main of staples of Ethiopian cuisine, often prepared as a "Wat" or thick stew. One or more servings of wat are placed upon a piece of Injera, a large sourdough flatbread, which is about 20 inches in diameter and made out of fermented Teff flour. Injera is used, always with the right hand, to scoop up the entrees and side dishes. Pork or seafood, aside from fish, is not used, as most Ethiopians have historically adhered to Islam, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, or Judaism, all of which prohibit the consumption of pork. Orthodox Christians observe numerous fasts, such as Lent, during which food is prepared without any meat or dairy products. Another dish served in Ethiopia is Doro Wat, which is a chicken stew with hard boiled eggs.



Air transport is easy and swift in Ethiopia with their national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines which operates across around 30 domestic cities and towns across the country.


The National Railway Network of Ethiopia owned by the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), which is mostly in planning and construction stage and currently consists of four electrified standard gauge railway lines: the Addis Ababa Light Rail, the Addis Ababa–Djibouti Railway, both of which are operational. The Awash–Weldiya Railway and the Weldiya–Mekelle Railway are under construction.


With around 100,000 kilometers of asphalted roads, Ethiopia is well connected. All of Ethiopia’s cities are served by public transport, including trains and buses. Taxis charge according to the meter.



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