Volunteering Abroad

Interested in volunteering abroad at one of our international sites?

Want to experience what PeacePlayers International does first-hand and work with the coaches and staff members in Cyprus, South Africa, Northern Ireland or the Middle East? There are volunteer opportunities for you! Are you an individual, school team, or company Group? Volunteering with PPI is a great way to learn more about the organization, strengthen a group’s bond and help children around the world play for peace. To sign up, fill out the application at the bottom of the page and email it to: ahirsch@peaceplayersintl.org.

PPI Volunteer, Micahel Ott, Shares His Experiences in Cyprus and the Middle East:

"Before I left on the trip, I figured the most difficult part would be overcoming the language barrier. Socially, this was true, but when it came to experience of teaching basketball, it was actually a benefit (or at least felt like one). It isn’t always easy to explain the sport of basketball; it is one of those sports where a lot of what is learned is acquired through spectating. Not being able to speak the language helped make teaching things more deliberate. Everyone has to make good eye contact and focus on what is being communicated. I found that I could even make jokes and be goofy with the kids without being able to speak to each other..."  Check out the blog 

Frequently Asked Questions:                                                                                            

How do I start?

Read up on PPI and our different programs around the world, then fill out the Volunteer Application at the bottom of the page. When you are finished, email it to ahirsch@peaceplayersintl.org, and we will do our best to connect you with local staff to start planning your trip. Unfortunately PPI does not have capacity to place all volunteers who apply. Note: Please do not contact local sites directly. 

What does a PPI volunteer do?

Volunteers help on the court and off it, assisting coaches as they interact with children in practices, the leadership development programs and basketball tournaments, as well as supporting our programs with marketing and fundraising. 

Do I need any sports experience?

Volunteering is great for sports enthusiasts, but if you don’t have any sports experience, don’t worry! The most important attribute of a volunteer is an optimistic attitude and a willingness to help out.

How long can I volunteer for?

In the past volunteers have stayed anywhere from one week to over a month, depending on the need of the site and the availability of the volunteer. 

How can I help PPI and its mission? 

Before traveling overseas, we ask volunteers to consider organizing a fundraising project to help support the site they intend to visit. Not only does this help make possible our year round programming, it will give volunteers a special connection to the work they plan on doing, knowing that they directly contributed to making it possible. Check out our Volunteer – Host Your Own Event Page for more details.

Can PPI support my travel and living expenses?

PPI is not able to cover the costs of transportation or housing. However, once you begin planning your trip, local staff will work with you to find accommodations that fit your needs.

What happens after I finish? 

Once you leave your site, the volunteering experience is not over! Bringing PeacePlayers back to your communities is an important way to continue to support. Talk to your friends, family, groups and schools about everything you learned and experienced at PPI and find ways to spread messages of peacebuilding in your own community.

Download your Volunteer Application Here:

Testimonials

"We typically use activities such as art and drama to bridge divides between the youth. We always knew that sport had the potential to do the same, but PPI - ME's sport day went way above and beyond...
Yael Gur, Project Manager, A New Way, Israel
"I was on the train one day with my Jewish friends and they started making fun of an Arab woman…I told them to stop and that she was embarrassed and that she just wanted to go to work. I then told...
Adiel, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"In the beginning I participated for the basketball, but then I made friends with the Turkish-Cypriots. Now we play and we all have fun together."
Evripidis Kardamilas, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Cyprus
"At the start [playing together] wasn't weird, but it was different because we would never have gotten the opportunity to go out and meet Protestants and be friends with them."
Ann Murphy, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"If she takes one thing away, it’s to know that there’s no differences from the other community, that everybody’s equal, and that she has great enjoyment with PeacePlayers."
Nula Doherty, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"I was scared to death at first. But by the end of the match, I realized we were all the same."
Geina Mdungo, Participant, PeacePlayers Interational – South Africa
"Programmes like this that work at the grass roots level with the young people in our society are vital to achieving sustainable peace within our communities. We are committed to supporting and...
Denis Rooney, CBE, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Chairman, International Fund for Ireland
"By focusing on the game of basketball and the values of sportsmanship, the youth learn to break down stereotypes to contribute to an environment whereby children who play together can learn to live...
Bicommunal Support Program, U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus
"I’m glad that Ronnie’s taking part in PeacePlayers…hopefully Ronny doesn’t have to go through what I went through at Ronnie’s age.”
Manny Macauley, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"I met new players I didn't know before, and learned how to play with new people. The best part was learning things from new players and different areas coming together. I learned you don't have to...
Amir, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"We find that the PeacePlayers program brings in life-skills in a non-threatening way, and is helping to educate children on the big issues of HIV…We also find that in the PeacePlayers program, we...
Pamilla Mudhray, CSI Manager, Sasol, South Africa
"Basketball has added a new dimension to our sporting activities. Of course, it improves coordination and also improves communication between the kids themselves. It’s wonderful that PPI has become...
Jennifer Sonasundrum, Principal, Merry Hill Primary School, South Africa
"When you get to know your teammates, it doesn’t really matter what their religion is."
Aoife Doherty, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"We work in an education system that is divided…PeacePlayers program is pointed towards the integration of those children. You’re getting children to mix in an environment where there’s not the...
Derrick Harkness, Principal, Carrs Glen Primary School, Northern Ireland
"It’s hard to live without my parents, but my PPI coach is always there for me. He’s really more like a brother."
Sihle Cele, Participant, PeacePlayers International – South Africa
"A lot of kids believe that one kid on the other side is a good person, but every other one is a bad person, and they then carve out these narrow exceptions. What [PPI’s] curriculum is doing is...
Chad Ford, Director, David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding, Brigham Young University