This project is a great local initiative in Puerto Lopez. Due to lack of municipal initiatives and options for local youth, Freddy Soto started a soccer club for the youngsters. Through sports he motivates kids to stay in school, gives them motivational talks, and they get additional English classes each afternoon with volunteers. Youngsters can only be part of the soccer team if they are inscribed at school and get good grades. He also arranged an agreement with a school in Canada where every semester several team players get the opportunity to go to a completely paid exchange to improve their English if they have been member of the soccer club for at least two years and have good grades at school. The soccer and English program runs all year.
Volunteers are needed to help in the following activities:
- Soccer coach, train every day with the different soccer teams
- Special need for a female soccer coach, as many parents only allow their girls to play if there are female volunteers.
- English classes, give daily classes to the soccer club kids (60 in total)
Please feel free to use your own initiative and see where your help can most be focused within the project. There are many different mini-projects you can take on during your time at the project and they are always happy to receive help and new ideas.
Your working week is from Monday to Friday from 08.00am to 18.000pm. You will have a lunch break of 2.5 hours at midday. It is important that you are on-time and punctual to work.
This project is located in the town of Puerto Lopez in the province of Guayas. You will have to travel first to Ecuador’s biggest city, Guayaquil and then on to Puerto Lopez. Travelling in bus from Quito it will take you approximately 12 hours to reach. However you could always take a flight from Quito to Guayaquil to cut down your travelling time considerably.