There wasn’t going to be a great deal of work done at JAB when we wrote this, as the football World Cup returned to its adopted home for the first time since 1950.
If watching three games a day slumped in front of the TV inspires you to a) go out and get some fresh air and b) do something football related, then there are numerous football gap years around the world that can help and where you can be of help.
Coaching Across Continents
Coaches Across Continents works with partners around the planet to use football as a force for social impact, including conflict resolution and empowering women. Volunteers are required to raise funds towards the costs of both their own trip and the project they will be volunteering with. Projects in 2014 are held in a number of countries, including Rwanda, Chile and Indonesia.
Help to Develop Grassroots Talent in Moldova
Projects Abroad send volunteers to a number of countries including Moldova where volunteers help the director of the Republican Football School with the running of three different teams of children aged seven to 15.
Sporting Opportunities in India
India’s contribution to football folklore is restricted to withdrawing from the 1950 World Cup when the team weren’t allowed to play barefoot. The country has qualified since but perhaps you can help with that by helping to organise football coaching sessions in schools and slum areas in Jaipur. Projects start at £795 for two weeks plus £150 per extra week up to 12 weeks.
Coach Football to Children in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil
We couldn’t not have a project in Brazil. On this one arranged by Travellers Worldwide you pass on your sports skills to Favella children in Rio, splitting your time between working in a Football Centre and a school. Costs begin at £995, not including flights.
Teach sports in Port Elizabeth to Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
We highlighted this South African project four years ago when we did a similar post during the last World Cup in South Africa. Placements last either five or 12 weeks with participation fees beginning at £1150.
England’s second best footballing city is host to the National Football Museum, a collection of 140,000 items of football memorabilia There wasn’t anything there when we last looked but whenever they need some help positions are listed on their jobs and volunteering page.