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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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 email@example.com, 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: