Soccer Without Borders is seeking female coaches with a passion for gender equality serve as Women's Sports Corps (WSC) Fellows at our year-round program in Kampala, Uganda from July 2019-June 2020. WSC Fellows will share their experience, knowledge, and expertise with program participants, staff members, and partners while coaching girls teams and supporting the design, delivery, and evaluation of on-field and off-field programming.
About Women’s Sports Corps: WSC is an elite fellowship opportunity that mobilizes select female coaches to advance gender equity through sport globally. Fellows work directly with community based, sport for social change organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to strengthen their girls’ sport programs, promote female coaching and fill a vital need for more female athlete role models in communities around the world. During this experience, WSC Fellows contribute to the growth of girls sports programs, support leadership opportunities for local female coaches, contribute to the mission of their host organization, and further develop their own leadership skills while transitioning from athletes to global sport advocates and ambassadors.
Role: As a WSC Fellow placed at a local sport for development organization, you will have the opportunity to:
Support your host organization and their local partners in growing and developing girls’ soccer, leadership, and educational programming
Work directly with youth and adolescent girls’ teams as a mentor-coach, serving as a positive role model and example of female leadership
Support the development and training of future female coaches in local communities
Collaborate with your host’s staff to provide additional support in service to your their mission and community
Build socio-cultural competencies and skills and leverage your experience abroad to transition from student-athlete to your next phase in life
Develop your personal leadership and explore future career paths
Responsibilities: WSC Fellows will be tasked with different activities throughout the year that relate specifically to the mission of Women’s Sports Corps in addition to serving local communities by contributing to their host’s mission. These responsibilities may include:
Planning, organizing, and delivering soccer and leadership clinics in partnership with your host and local partners
Coaching local female sports teams as well as local youth teams
Leading off-field leadership and off-field programming as a part of your host’s staff
Developing and mentoring young women who aspire to be (or already on the pathway to becoming) local sports coaches both at your host organization and through community outreach
Engaging with local partners, governments, and community members to support and promote a culture of girls’ sports
Engaging in guided activities and reflections (facilitated by WSC) that will allow you to explore and further develop your own personal leadership
Keeping a weekly/monthly blog for WSC that highlights your experiences, observations, challenges, and successes
Supporting your host in additional areas including: Monitoring & Evaluation, English Language Development, Educational & Life Skills Curriculum Design, Leadership Development Workshops, Volunteer Coordination, Facility Management, Marketing & Communications, Community Outreach, or Partnership Development
Training & Support: WSC Fellows receive an in-depth training in the U.S. facilitated by WSC staff with support from previous Fellows prior to their departure. While in country, WSC Fellows receive ongoing support from WSC Staff and their host organization through periodic check-ins, staff reviews, and opportunities to collaborate across host sites. WSC Fellows gain access to crucial professional development opportunities ranging from skill development workshops to connecting with the broader WSC network during and after their service.
Time Commitment: WSC Fellows will serve in a full-time capacity from July 2019 through June 30, 2020.
Additional Salary Information: WSC Fellows receive a comprehensive pre-departure training, access to professional development opportunities, 1 round-trip flight from the U.S. to their program site, and access to a daily work space/office with internet while in-country. WSC Fellows receive stipends for housing, visa costs, and travel health insurance during the 10 month fellowship.
About Soccer Without Borders
Soccer Without Borders (SWB) aims to build a more inclusive world through soccer. Our holistic youth development programs combine soccer, education, and community-based activities to provide underserved youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. Operating in multiple locations throughout the United States and internationally, SWB provides year-round direct services to more than 2,300 newcomers and girls, ages 5–23 from 68 different countries of origin, speaking 54 languages.