Soccer School serves as a safe shelter for children of La Arcadia, a neighborhood
in the South of Quito. All children from the age group of 6 – 17 are welcome,
no matter their gender, social background or economic situation. Although the
name Soccer School (in Spanish: Escuela de Fútbol) suggests that the school is
only meant for playing soccer, we also want to introduce other sports like
handball, athletics and frisbee to the children.
group, which contains about 70 children, is divided in several recreational
groups and one performance group. While having fun is the most important goal
in all the groups, at the recreational groups the focus is on ‘learning as you
play’, and at the performance group the focus is on technique, tactics,
condition and discipline. For all groups applies that we value norms and values
such as respect, working together and discipline. That is, in our opinion, much
more important than educating new Messi’s. By moving, having fun and learning
how to play in a team we try to prevent children and teenagers to resort to
alcohol, drugs and criminality, which unfortunately are structural problems in
the predominantly poor neighborhoods in South Quito.
Within the Soccer
School project we want to offer the children of La Arcadia and
surrounding areas the possibility to education, movement and fun in a safe
environment. The element of practicing soccer on a top- (professional) level is
not the central element, while the stimulation and development of the children
in areas such as self-confidence and taking initiative, and teaching and
developing norms and values such as respect, discipline and cooperation are
education through sports and movement at the Soccer School, Local Dreamers
hopes to add to the personal and social development of children in vulnerable
neighbourhoods in South Quito. Above all, through sport and play we aim to
offer an alternative to the abuse of alcohol and drugs, and criminal behaviour which
are some of the – addictive – problems that occur (too) much in these
Soccer School, you can take the role of manager/project coordinator or as a
trainer. You will work on the following tasks:
and give soccer training in a challenging and structured manner;
other sports like frisbee, handball or athletics;
the balance structure and progress of the project;
a soccer match against a youth team of a professional club on a monthly basis;
in touch with the kids´ parents, connect with them before or after trainings if
and prepare our monthly Soccer School team meetings;
involve yourself with the organization and the project: What is needed? What
can be improved?;
discipline, self-confidence and a proactive mentality;
a safe and stimulating sport environment;
important values like respect and collaboration.
you expect from us?
As a foundation we already work in Ecuador for a long
time. Our team in Quito consists of experienced and passionate coordinators,
who know the country and city like the inside of their pocket. Our coordinators
are available 24 hours a day, to accompany our volunteers with everything they
run into during their stay in Ecuador. Local Dreamers is a very small-scale and
personal foundation and we encourage volunteers to get the most out of their
time in Ecuador. Everything is possible, even starting your own project, we are
open to assist you in any way and are always open for new suggestions and
As you're going to assist in our sports projects, we
expect you to bring some sporty clothes. We always appreciate some donations,
think about clothes, pencils or notebooks.
What we expect from you?
As a volunteer we expect you to take a Spanish course, unless you already have a B-1 level in Spanish. You can choose between a Spanish Basic, Intensive or Specialist course. The costs of the Spanish course are not included in the above mentioned prices. Feel free to contact us and we will let you know.
School is located in the south of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, in the
neighborhood La Arcadia. Our central office is located in La Villaflora,
a lively working-class district in the heart of Quito. La Villaflora can be
seen as the gateway to the less developed south of the city. In addition, the
district is also ten minutes away from the historical and tourist center. La
Villaflora has best of both worlds, we are based close to our projects in the
south of Quito but also close to the more modern center of the city. As a
volunteer you will live in host families based around the La Villaflora
School is located in the La Arcadia district, a cozy working-class neighborhood
that is slightly less developed than La Villaflora. Every day we depart
together from our central office towards the projects in this district.
Make your decision
In order to make a well-considered decision, it is
essential that you are well-informed by our organization. Our Volunteer
Coordinator will inform you about everything you need to know. Via Skype, you
can meet our team in Quito.
Once you have chosen a project, it is important that you
are well prepared before you travel. This is not only a welcome relief for you,
but for your home front as well. Our team will help you to get ready for the
Onwards to Ecuador
In Ecuador you will be picked up at the airport by our
Quito team; a special mix of Dutch and Ecuadorian professionals, on which you
always can rely.
The working environment of Local Dreamers has been the
source of special friendships more than once. This is because we tend to hang
out and make fun together after work. You´ll get so familiar and close with your
fellow volunteers that the ties you have built with them in Ecuador will often
continue to exist when you return home.