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TEAM Camp

T.E.A.M. is a Spanglish acronym that stands for "Trabajando en Equipo, Aprendemos Más" (working as a team, we learn more). Collaborate with SWB Nicaragua for this annual event full of soccer, team-building, and leadership activities for girls in Granada, Nicaragua and surrounding communities. 

Camp Dates: July 14 - 28, 2024

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Play

Get to know the participants, staff, and community of Soccer Without Borders the best way we know how...on the soccer pitch! You will experience how soccer can unite individuals and provide opportunities to create belonging. Your time in Nicaragua will be rich with pick-up matches, soccer practices, and tournaments. 

Learn

Connect with the SWB community by immersing yourself in the culture of the participants and coaches of Nicaragua. While there, you will receive an in-depth orientation about life in Granada, participate in cultural exchanges, and learn about SWB's program model and efforts to contribute to Global Goal 5: Gender Equality.

Coach

Grow your understanding of sport-based youth development by assisting SWB staff in preparing and delivering activities for more than 150 girls in Granada and surrounding communities. You will be introduced to SWB's unique coaching framework, gaining experience in creating youth-centered and inclusive spaces.

About the TEAM Camp

Camps at SWB Nicaragua are week-long events held during out-of-school time that bring together girls from across the Granada region for team-building activities, leadership workshops, and soccer. Each camp celebrates and amplifies the themes of team-work, inclusion, and gender equity within and beyond the FSF community. Through SWB's year-round program and annual camps, girls ages 6-20 develop key skills and a sense of belonging that supports their pursuit of growth, inclusion, and personal success.
 
Soccer and cultural exchanges are essential to the success of TEAM Camp. As a part of the SWB team you will wear many hats and support all aspects of the camp from preparation, to set-up, to equipment distribution, to coaching and playing. You will use your energy, enthusiasm, and passion for soccer to help facilitate on and off field activities for players throughout the week. As a team, guests and staff will have opportunities throughout the week to get to know one another, experience the city of Granada and its culture, get to know local families through home-stays, participate in team-building, reflect on the meaning of authentic collaboration, and understand our work in the context of the larger sport-for-development movement.

Fútbol Femenino in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western hemisphere with 30% of the population living below the poverty line (as of 2020). Schools in Nicaragua are generally half-day, with a majority of youth dropping out prior to graduation from secondary school. While the challenges for all young people are significant, opportunities for girls are even more rare.

 

Although sport-based programming has proven itself an effective intervention for these and other challenges, girls and women face significant economic and cultural barriers to participation. Specifically, only 4% of Nicaraguan girls participate in school-based extracurricular sports, and only 13% informally play sports in their neighborhoods, compared to 52% of boys (PAHO). Less than half (48%) of Nicaraguan girls believe their neighborhoods are safe for sports. Nearly two-thirds of Nicaraguan girls report that their parents “never” or “almost never” support their participation in sports compared to 87% of boys reporting that they receive “daily” support.

 

While sport and sports teams have been proven to address these challenges, particularly with girls, the aggregate of these numbers is that 90% of girls in Nicaragua report barriers to participation. Parent permission, safe spaces, and resources such as equipment and sport clothing are the top three reported barriers (PAHO). As a result, there is a huge need for youth-centered programs that are accessible to girls and young women. SWB Nicaragua meets this need by providing positive learning opportunities during out-of-school time, educational support, and support networks of peers and mentors to ensure that students graduate, stay healthy, and reach their full potential.  

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Submit an Application

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of June 15, 2024. We encourage you to apply sooner rather than later since spots are limited. Once your application is submitted, a member of the SWB team will reach out regarding next steps. Please review all of the costs, expectations, and details thoroughly before applying!

Have questions? Email us at info@soccerwithoutborders.org

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