FESTIVALS & EXCHANGES
Camps and Exchanges at SWB International programs provide specialized content, extra support, and expanded activities to our year-round programs during targeted points of the year, particularly school vacation times. In order to meet this need, SWB offers short-term opportunities to get involved in SWB’s work and learn about, support, and immerse yourself in these international communities.
YOUTH FESTIVAL (18+) *Now accepting applications!
Volunteer Dates: January 3-12, 2020
Location: Kampala, Uganda
The Kampala Youth Festival serves as a platform to celebrate the new year and build community amongst the diverse residents of the Nsambya and Kirombe neighborhoods of Kampala. Many youth who attend the festival are urban refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, as well as Ugandan Nationals. The Festival takes place during the second week of January when Ugandan schools are out of session, and many of the youth in the neighborhood are idle. Volunteers 18 and older help our local coaches and staff manage the large number of participants that will take part in the Festival, while also immersing themselves in Ugandan and Congolese culture. Festival curriculum maintains a balance between fun soccer games and drills, music and dancing, and team-building activities. The week is designed around an overall theme to help youth work collaboratively, resolve conflicts, and appreciate each other.
Volunteer Dates: POSTPONED
Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Over the last 10+ years, coaches and players from more than 70 universities as well as young professionals, from across the U.S. (male and female, ages 18 and older) have volunteered to serve as camp staff for a week each January. During your 9 days in Nicaragua, you'll serve as a coach for our girls' camp, implementing activities on and off the field. As the camp falls during school vacation time, it complements our year-round program by providing extra activities following the holiday break, kicking off the new year. In the morning, the girls are on the field for active soccer and team-building sessions. In the afternoon, camp moves to our SWB community center "Tres Pisos". Camp curriculum maintains a balance between basic soccer instruction and incorporating the overall theme of teamwork and unity, represented by the acronym TEAM, which stands for Trabajando en Equipo Aprendemos Mas or working as a team we learn more. Join us for the 11th annual TEAM Camp!
SEMINAR & CULTURE EXCHANGE
(18 & under)
Participant Dates: POSTPONED
Location: Granada, Nicaragua
During the U.S. summer break, SWB brings together a 15-18 high school students from across the United States for 9 days of cultural immersion. While in Nicaragua, the group wears many hats; player and coach, learner and teacher, outsider and insider. Participants are challenged to live locally, get to know Soccer Without Borders’ and their peers in Nicaragua, and explore the beauty of a new culture.
There are four main components to the trip:
Playing and coaching within the town of Granada and with SWB participants.
Seminars that frame the context in which SWB Nicaragua operates.
Peer Exchange with our high school aged SWB Granada participants.
Cultural immersion including getting to know the food, dance, art, language, and the community of Granada.
Want us to contact you when applications open?
Tell us your name and email and which trip you are interested in!
Interested in a full year's immersion abroad? Learn more about opportunities through the
Women's Sports Corps Fellowship!