Karate Instructor for Kids

gegründet 2015
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Koordinator | Sara
Koordinator | Sara
Buche mit der Flex-Option! Wähle ein neues Abreisedatum oder wechsel zu einem anderen Freiwilligenprogramm ohne zusätzliche Kosten.
Support a world Karate Champion and her gym in one of the most unprivileged area of Naples! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

Martial arts became popular in Europe and Italy starting from the 70s after the success of movies depicting famous fighters such as Bruce Lee.

A rising number of young people were fascinated by the way in which the sport was portrayed in these films and since then a number of martial arts have attracted their attention.

Karate is one of the martial arts which has experienced a boost in participation but it has become apparent that there is a severe shortage of coaches and funding available to maintain this momentum, particularly in a country such as Italy where soccer attracts almost all people interest. This is clear in Naples, the place where one of the most famous soccer player, Diego Armando Maradona, was the star of the local team for seven seasons and leading the local team to win its first Italian Championship among the other trophies. Further in Naples, where there's one of the highest unemployment rate in Europe (about 25%), families don't have enough resources to pay sports classes or equipment for their kids, so basically means that for most of the kids playing soccer in the streets is the only way they have to practice a sport.

In this scenario in 2012, Karen a Karate Champion and an English Teacher in one of the School in Naples area, was called by a priest of the Spanish Quarters, one of the most unprivileged area of the city, who was trying to involve the kids of the area in sporting and edcuational activties.

“Quartieri Spagnoli” (Spanish Quarters) is not only a much talked-about district in Naples. It is a world of its own, a complex and fascinating ecosystem where the outside rules do not apply. Local people accustomed to their peculiar lifestyle developed original, unwritten conventions. On every day Quartieri Spagnoli are packed with pedestrians, cars and whirring Vespas. Neapolitans do their living in the streets, especially in the Quartieri Spagnoli where you can find friendly shopkeepers, hear loud conversations in dialect between pizzeria busboys, and where you are most likely to accidentally interrupt a two-on-two soccer game. Shopkeepers and house inhabitants pour water down their basement floors and the street is slick. Bunches of people slip and nearly fall. This is not a sport club like others in a place typically associated with mafia gangs and lawlessness.

Karen started with just 8 kids which had just the money to pay 15 USD for the membership and mandatory insurance to the Federation... after a few weeks the kids started to trainee more frequently and got brilliant results in the first competions. In 2014 they have to quit from their gym and they found a new location, the only affordable with the fees paid by the young athletes, an old dismissed small church that they started to set for the increasing number of children who want to learn karate.

In 2016 Karen decided to bring her students to the World Championship in Japan, where she competed herself too and becoming World Champion in the style Tate Kodachi: one of them became World Champion too and another one became vice champion. Even if the athletes got an high number of success in Italian, European and World tournaments, the sporting team has too face a lack of resources for everyday activities and in particular for expenses due to tournaments participation.

Karen is a Karate 4th level (Dan) instructor and a Sports Chanbara International Instructor 3rd level (Dan) and she teaches Karate (Shotokan Style) and Chanbara (Japanese Sword fighting from Tanabe School) involving about 40-50 kidz of different ages and ability. Volunteers could support Karen and the other instructor in giving to the younger kids psychomotor education and exercise and if volunteers have enough karate ability you could help instructors during their classes.

Given the above mentioned lack of resources volunteers could help this sporting NGO in fundraising activities, promoting some crowdfunding campaigns, helping in some grant making activities or help in small renovations and in settings activties for the gym.


After the initial orientation, volunteers will have an afternoon shift at your placement and will work for approximately 4  hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays if you're coaching. 

Training are on M/T/W/F from 4.30 - 8.30 pm. The other days volunteers could support fund raising and communication activties.  

You may therefore plan daily activities which could include sightseeing, shopping or taking Italian language lessons. 

Please notice that according to the partner's need (i.e. matches or training camps) your shift might be requested offer support also on weekends.


Volunteers have the weekends free. Italy is universally recognised for its history, art, culture, cuisine and natural beauty, so there is absolutely no shortage of things to see and do while in Naples or further afield in Italy! Naples has many UNESCO World Heritage sites and volunteers can fill their free time visiting the many historical sites and attractions, tasting the amazing cuisine, sipping espresso in the many café bars or simply exploring parts of Naples by wandering through the beautiful alleys. Rome, home to the Colosseum, Vatican and Sistine Chapel, is just an hour from Naples by train, and the ancient ruins of Pompeii or the gorgeous island of Capri are also just 45 minutes away. Nature lovers can hike the nearby Mt. Vesuvius and visit the beautiful Almalfi Coast to complete the “Walk of the Gods”. Volunteers staying for longer durations, or who wish to travel before or after their program, can visit areas further afield in Italy including; Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Milan, Pisa and so much more! Volunteers can make travel arrangements once in Naples, with the advice and guidance of our local staff.



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fließend)
Polizeiliches Führungszeugnis
Benötigte Unterlagen
Cv und Cover Letter
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Volunteers who wish to join the program must have relevant experience: Black Belt 1st Dan Karate Shotokan Style or Chanbara Style of Sword Fighting.This can be either linked to your sporting experience, volunteering or work with kids, fundraising, communication and grantmaking activties. This project is well suited to volunteers who are highly motivated and self-driven. Essential Skills include an open-minded attitude. Knowledge of Italian is very useful but not necessary!
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch und Freitag von 16:30 - 20:30


Dienstleistungen von International Napoli Network
Accommodation, basic breakfast, support and supervision by local team are included in the fee. Also a work insurance is provided by the organisation. 
On-Demand Services: if you would prefer to arrange your own accomodation or not having meals and aiport commutes, we provide extra discount and a customized estimate.
Abholung vom Flughafen Naples International Airport

Airport Pickup and Drop off for Naples Capodichino Airport.

The accommodation is located in the central area of the historical centre of Naples, close to all facilities, metro stations, restaurants, cafés and shops. It consists in dormitory style rooms for maximum 8 volunteers, a gendered bathroom, common kitchen or kitchenette and a terrace with a gorgeous view of the city. There are also double or single rooms with their own private bathroom that can be booked at an extra cost.
Schlafsaal Einzelzimmer Doppelzimmer
Basic Breakfast (coffee, tea, milk, jam, honey, corn flakes, biscuit bread, cookies). Meals are available on demand at an extra cost. 

 Lunch: a first dish option (pasta, rice, lasagna), dinner (a main and a side). 

Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Naples International Airport (NAP) in Naples. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Italien zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Italien bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Italien antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Italien überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

This program is not available during August and during Christmas Holidays (about December 20th - January 7th). Please note that during Julys you'll be engaged particularly in renovations and manteinance of the gym.

You could select the start date you prefer, but we encorage to opt for mondays.

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
4 - 24 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
4 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
5 Wochen
6 Wochen
7 Wochen
8 Wochen
9 Wochen
10 Wochen
11 Wochen
12 Wochen
24 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$185 /Woche

Die Organisation berechnet ihre Gebühren in EUR. Die Preistabelle in USD unterliegt Währungsschwankungen. International Napoli Network wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit International Napoli Network während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

Warum sollte ich über Volunteer World buchen

Zusätzliche Sicherheit und kostenloser Service
Volunteer World ist die weltweit führende Vergleichsplattform für internationale Freiwilligenarbeit. Wir führen dich durch einen sicheren und einfachen Bewerbungsprozess. Plane deine nächste sinnvolle Reise mit Volunteer World und erhalte freien Zugang zu:
Hohe ethische Mindeststandards
Flex Option
Ändere deine Reservierung ohne zusätzliche Kosten
Wir erstatten deine Gebühren, falls deine Reise von International Napoli Network storniert wird
Unterstzützung & Vermittlung
Wir helfen dir und unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
Für dich ist unser Service kostenlos!
Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch International Napoli Network erhoben.

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Karate Instructor for Kids

Support a world Karate Champion and her gym in one of the most unprivileged area of Naples!


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