Our goal is to use sports as a vehicle for team work, wellness education, and personal growth. Through sports training and mentorship, we provide children in our partner communities the opportunity to hone their athletic skills while giving athletic teams a chance to bond in an unfamiliar setting, open their hearts and minds to a new culture, and gain global perspective.
About Sports Without Borders Teams
Historically sports have played a pivotal role in breaking down cultural barriers and transforming societies worldwide. Sports change lives, affect politics, fuel economies, and shape cultures. Our Sports Without Borders program unites young athletes and underprivileged children in order to promote team work, encourage athletic achievement, and inspire positive social change in the areas of education, health, and wellness. This program offers athletes a unique opportunity to teach skills while experiencing another culture.
Who is right for Sports Without Borders?
ISL’s Sports Without Borders teams are a great fit for volunteers of all ages and athletic backgrounds. Custom teams may be designed for athletic teams of 8 or more.
What to expect?
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by ISL staff. Your first day will start with orientation followed by a city tour and end with a cultural dance class!
You and your team will work with a local coach or educator to facilitate a 3-day sports camp for children in an ISL partner community.
Your experience will conclude with a day of recreation during which you will be able to relax and explore geographic treasures such as beaches, volcanoes, or rainforests.
Volunteers will be mentoring children under the supervision of an ISL Team Leader and a local coach. During the 3 days of camp, volunteers will share games, activities, and meals with participating children.
Safety and Respect
All communities we serve have given explicit consent for ISL teams to work in their community and with their children. They are protected from exploitation – we are discreet and respectful at all times. Please ask permission before taking photos, especially of children.
ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.
For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure, and are accompanied by ISL staff at all times.
The safety of our volunteers is our number one priority. ISL has offices in all of the countries that we serve. That means wherever you go, rest assured, we’re there too. All ISL regional staff members are thoroughly screened to ensure the safety of your team’s local interactions, and we continuously monitor and address all emerging health and safety issues in each of the locations in which we operate.
Our management team relies on the advice of a number of organizations including the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as an international safety and security organization. If conditions exist that may hinder our ability to provide a safe program, we will alter the itinerary and redirect the program to safer regions or provide other alternatives.
What To Bring
We welcome our volunteers to bring project supplies and donations. Details about donations as well as a packing list and other important travel information will be provided after registration. Volunteers will need *funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, optional recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.
*All Inclusive programs include all meals and recreation, so bring funds only to cover personal spending and departure tax.
What ISL Provides
ISL provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day (all meals on All Inclusive programs), safe drinking water, professional project guidance, instruction, and supplies.