Sports Coaching


Lead sports sessions for local children at schools and children’s homes and promote wellbeing through teaching the importance of health and fitness. Live in a family-run guest house in the beautiful Himalayan city of Pokhara where you will receive a warm Nepali welcome.


Key Info

key info
  • Location: Pokhara
  • Start dates: Every Friday
  • Duration: 2 - 16 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £775 / €930 / $1045 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers join the Pod team in Nepal to help support children in the beautiful Himalayan city of Pokhara. Sports Coaching volunteers will assist at the local government schools and children’s homes passing on their knowledge and skills to the children in a variety of different ways. Volunteers could be involved in:

  • Running group sports lessons at local schools
  • Organising sports sessions at children’s homes
  • Teaching the importance of a healthy lifestyle, health and fitness

Volunteers can coach football, basketball, volleyball, cricket, rounders, netball or other sports.

The children love to learn new sports and games so volunteers are welcome to coach any other sports they have an interest in. Volunteers are not required to have professional sports qualifications, just lots of enthusiasm and a passion for sport!

During your first week you will receive an introduction to the Nepali language.

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work 5 days per week with 2 days off. Generally volunteers start at 10am and finish at 6pm. Your schedule may vary but most volunteers work a couple of hours in the morning at one placement and three hours in the afternoon at another placement. Your role may differ depending on the season, for example during the wet season volunteers will spend more time coaching inside and teaching students health and fitness lessons in the school classroom.

Other volunteers

Sports Coaching, Child Care and Teaching volunteers in Nepal all live together. There are generally 1 to 5 volunteers in total however this may vary. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Nepal.

Child protection

Pod Volunteer is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Closure dates

This project is closed between the 29th September to 3rd November 2017.

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Nepal volunteer reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

Sports coaching volunteers are needed as sport is not part of the normal curriculum in Nepal. Pod volunteers are vital in providing these expertise. Running sports sessions and delivering training to the students, teaches them the importance of health and fitness that will set them on the right track for the future.

Volunteers are able to share their ideas and skills with the current teachers who can pass on their knowledge to pupils and other teachers.

The interaction with volunteers naturally improves the children’s English.

“Volunteers are very valuable since they bring with them a variety of skills and experience that can be shared with the local teams of workers to enhance the lives of the children we are working with. The centres are severely underfunded and understaffed and so every hour that our volunteers spend at these places enhances and enriches the lives of the local children.”Janice, Volunteer and Charity Manager

How is the project making a difference?

Since 2007, the Pod team in Nepal have been supporting Child Care Centres, Schools, the Street Children’s Centre and Children Homes by providing volunteers and financial support through the Pod Charity.

The children’s centres and schools are underfunded and understaffed so are not able to provide regular sports sessions for the children without the assistance of the Pod team in Nepal.

Teaching sport in Nepal has a wide range of benefits including improving the health, fitness and wellbeing of the children. Sport coaching helps to encourage teamwork and team spirit, improve concentration and increase the confidence of the children.

Where will I be living?

Volunteers live in the beautiful city of Pokhara which is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan Mountains and a beautiful lake.

Volunteers stay in a family run guesthouse, which is located in a popular Lakeside area of the city. Volunteers will have their own bedroom and en suite bathroom. Accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable with electricity and running water - though these can all be unreliable in Nepal!

The guesthouse is in close proximity to restaurants, internet cafes and shops. This project location is ideal for those wanting to relax and admire the surrounding mountains and visit temples. Pokhara is an ideal location to explore the Himalayas, with many adventure activities available including paragliding, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Sarah is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Sports Coaching volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Kathmandu) and transfer
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Kathmandu
  • Transfer to and from Pokhara by bus
  • Accommodation - your own simple room in a family run guesthouse
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Nepali language introduction lesson
  • Welcome meal with the Pod team
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check, food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Price table
2 weeks £775 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £85 GB Pounds

Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see


children benefit from the sports coaching role in Nepal

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian


Pod UK Specialist

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  • Nepal Sports Coaching volunteer - Prayagha

    “Being in Nepal was a life changing experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to do a volunteer placement! The children are really appreciative and Nepal is a beautiful country.”

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  • Nepal Sports Coaching volunteer – Ben

    “It was so rewarding to see how much the kids enjoyed being out the classroom getting involved in sport. They are extremely energetic! The kids love having a role model who they can look up to especially in sport.”

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  • Nepal Sports Coaching volunteer – Hannah

    “My time in Nepal was amazing. I worked with incredible kids, stayed with lovely people, lived in a beautiful country and met friends for life. I would recommend it to anyone; such a rewarding and wonderful experience!”

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