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It’s Back! The Soccer Without Borders Youth Festival is Returning January, 2023

After a three year hiatus brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Soccer Without Borders (SWB) is thrilled to announce that the SWB Uganda Youth Festival is returning to Kampala, Uganda in 2023!

The annual tradition, which is set to resume during the week of January 16th to 20th, 2023, is the signature event of the SWB Uganda calendar and includes five full days of fun and enriching activities built upon SWB’s pillars of soccer, education, and community.

Coaches and volunteers from the 2020 Youth Festival capping of the event with a celebratory dance.

Amongst the face painting, cultural foods, dance competitions and, of course, lots and lots of soccer, the festival’s more than 500 refugee, newcomer, and local Ugandan youth attendees will participate in a number of specially-designed activities. For example, this may include subjects such as mental health education, English and academic development, and more.

Interested in joining us in Kampala? We are accepting applications!

We are currently looking for volunteers who are not only willing and able to travel to Uganda, but more importantly, share a passion for helping underserved youth reach their full potential. “What a great experience it was to volunteer at the Youth Festival,” recalled Brock, a volunteer during the 2019 version of the festival. “My time in Uganda was life-changing! I enjoyed seeing how the beautiful game that I love is such a powerful and moving force for good in their lives.”

Brock, a Youth Festival volunteer in 2019, posing with a group of festival participants

Chris, who has volunteered at the youth festival on four separate occasions, also looks back fondly at his experience: “The entire trip is well organized with a healthy dose of youth soccer, teaching [youth participants], learning about Ugandan and bordering countries' cultures and foods, and working with [those] who are extremely enthusiastic and happy that you are spending time with them. I am really looking forward to my next trip for the SWB Uganda Youth Festival."

While this opportunity is great for soccer fans, athletes, students, teachers, and coaches, there is no minimum level of soccer experience or youth development knowledge required.

Is this something that may be of interest to you or somebody you know? Visit our website to learn how to apply and for details about price, expectations, requirements, and more. Additionally, you can help us spread the word about this opportunity by sharing this article with your friends, family, and colleagues.

>> Learn more about volunteering at the 2023 Youth Festival

We hope to see you in Kampala for five fulfilling days which are sure to make a lasting impact on our participants and our volunteers alike!


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