Coaching For Hope
Coaching for Hope is a UK-based organization that uses soccer to educate youth on HIV and life skills. They work towards the education of coaches and the improvement of soccer programs worldwide. The organization benefits the coaches it trains by teaching them effective methods of coaching, partnering these methods with ways to educate at-risk youth on HIV/AIDS and other health topics.
Coaching for Hope seeks to educate coaches and youth mentors on health education techniques by combining soccer drills with HIV/AIDS prevention education and life skills. Rather than teaching in a classroom environment, coaches pass on information via the fun and interactive medium of soccer.
During each day of the training, volunteers and counterparts participate in warm-up soccer drills, attend information sessions on HIV/AIDS prevention techniques, and practice drills which incorporated HIV/AIDS education messages.
Using soccer balls and minimal equipment, Burkinabè coaches and Peace Corps volunteers learn how to educate youth groups and soccer teams on topics such as HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention. Volunteers and counterparts return to site excited to start Coaching for Hope projects in their communities.
CFH was a huge success in 2011 and we are looking forward to trainings in 2012!
Scheduled dates for 1st round trainings thus far are:
Bobo-Dialasso - March 19-26 [Applications Now Closed]
Ouahigouya - July 16-23 [Applications Due April 25]
Please note that these regional locations do not exclude volunteers from other regions from participating.
Below please find all the information you will need:
Information en Francais
Please fill out the application and email it to CHATBurkina@gmail.com or get it to a CHAT member as soon as possible.
We are also still very interested in doing a second level of training, so if you have a counterpart (or know a past volunteer's counterpart) who has completed the first level and is interested, e-mail CHATBurkina@gmail.com. Contact Hayley Droppert or Molly Morrison with any questions.
The following selection criteria will help us to choose applicants.
You need not meet all criteria, though preference will be given to
applicants who illustrate:
- Sustainability: that is, volunteers and communities with a long-term vision for Coaching for Hope activities
- Counterpart involvement in health education activities
- Gender inclusiveness: that is, counterparts who coach or play for girls or gender-inclusive teams