Volunteer Opportunities

At Soccer Without Borders we depend on dedicated volunteers like you! We’re able to impact the lives of our participants in large part thanks to the support of family mentors, tutors, and many other volunteers! Below you will find a list of volunteer opportunities, with a brief description of each opportunity. When you fill out the volunteer application, don’t hesitate to select all roles that you would be interested in! You’ll also need to complete our online training modules before you begin volunteering. These modules are online lessons giving volunteers an overview of our participant population, our work, and some key tips and suggestions for you to successfully engage with our work! Register for our learning center, and take these modules at your own pace.

 

We are currently recruiting volunteers for multiple programs in Baltimore, as well as a pilot program at the International High School at Langley Park in Prince George’s County, MD (Bladensburg).

 

Family Mentor – Tutor (Middle School) – Soccer Assistant (Middle School) –

Assistant Coach (High School)Academic Office Hours (High School) – College Coach – Other

 

If you’d like to check out the schedule for volunteer opportunities, check our weekly calendar below. Note that volunteer opportunities within specific programs do not require commitment to the full week of programming. See each description for information on the minimum time commitment required.

 

Family Mentor

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PurposeSWB seeks to extend the support for newcomer youth and their families. In addition to soccer play, and academic tutoring, SWB matches youth with a Family Mentor to help them navigate their transition to Baltimore.

Description: A Family Mentor enters into a long-term relationship (a minimum of 9 months) with a family. Activities depend upon the needs of the client, the interests of both parties, and the time available. The family and mentor spend time together, working on homework and English comprehension as needed. Other activities may include: sharing meals with the family, exchanging cultural values and traditions, helping parents understand bills and other mail, etc.

Family Mentors will connect with SWB staff regarding both successes and challenges relating to the student and his/her family.

Time Commitment: Minimum of 2 hours per week. Volunteers and students agree on a day of the week to meet and do so weekly for a minimum of nine months.

RequirementsExperience working with youth, willingness to learn about different cultures, good listening and communication skills, compassionate, open-minded, flexible, and reliable. Must be at least 21-years-old. Must have own transportation.

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Tutor (Middle School)

 

IMG_7764PurposeSWB Baltimore runs an after-school program for middle school newcomer youth. The program runs Monday-Thursday for the entire academic school year. Students participate in one hour of soccer, followed by homework support and English instruction. Tutors serve to support students on an individualized basis, helping them with the homework and content areas they most need support in.

DescriptionA Tutor’s primary responsibilities are to work with students on homework, provide an opportunity to practice English language learning, and engage with students in other fun educational activities. In addition, some Academic Coaches may work as classroom assistants during English lessons. Essential functions include:

  • Assist with homework and school projects for newcomer youth
  • Assist with behavior management within the classroom setting, as needed
  • Work with SWB staff, other volunteers, and facility personnel as needed
  • Support SWB staff with site clean up
  • Participate in cultural programming, special events, and guest lectures as needed
  • Serve as a mandated reporter: If a student informs you of physical or emotional abuse, report it to SWB Staff ASAP. SWB will investigate the situation and report incidents to the Department of Social Services.

Time CommitmentOne day/week for an entire semester (Spring or Fall) – 3:30-5:30pm (time to be confirmed based on bell schedule for school sites).

Requirements

  • Reliable: Commit to one day a week for two hours a week
  • Willing to learn about resettlement and newcomer issues
  • Willing to learn about cross-cultural communication & ethnic backgrounds of students
  • Commitment to working with youth
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English

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Soccer Assistant (Middle School)

alyssanickPurposePositive recreational experiences help relieve some of the barriers to success and, through the act of play, allow kids to be kids. For SWB youth, being part of a team offers an opportunity to be valued and to be successful. A soccer team in particular often offers a point of connection to an important aspect of their home culture, and allows them to see the areas where their interests are shared with people from different backgrounds.

DescriptionThe Assistant Coach’s primary responsibilities are to implement soccer curriculum under the supervision of the Director of Coaching and/or SWB staff coach. Daily practices including motivational minute and vocabulary, warm up, technical and tactical activities, and scrimmages. The Assistant Coach will co-facilitate a group of student-athletes, and will lead facilitation of small groups within the larger practice.

Time CommitmentAt least one day/week for an entire season (Fall or Spring), plus occasional weekend tournaments/games.

RequirementsExperience working with youth, willingness to learn about different cultures, good listening and communication skills, compassionate, open-minded, flexible, and reliable. Must be at least 18-years-old. Must have own transportation. Must have experience playing soccer. Experience coaching preferred.

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Assistant Coach (High School)

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PurposePositive recreational experiences help relieve some of the barriers to success and, through the act of play, allow kids to be kids. For SWB youth, being part of a team offers an opportunity to be valued and to be successful. A soccer team in particular often offers a point of connection to an important aspect of their home culture, and allows them to see the areas where their interests are shared with people from different backgrounds.

DescriptionThe Assistant Coach’s primary responsibilities are to implement soccer curriculum under the supervision of the SWB staff coach. Practices include a motivational minute and vocabulary, warm up, technical and tactical activities, and scrimmages. The Assistant Coach will co-facilitate a group of student-athletes, and will lead facilitation of small groups within the larger practice.

Time CommitmentTwo days/week for an entire semester (Spring or Fall), with occasional  Friday and weekend games and tournaments.

  • Baltimore: Boys’ High School Team: 5:30 – 7:00pm (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
  • Baltimore: Girls’ High School Team: 4:00 – 5:30pm (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
  • Bladensberg, MD: High School Program: 2:30 – 4:00pm (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Requirements

  • Reliable: Commit to two days a week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
  • Experience with soccer
  • Willing to learn about resettlement and newcomer issues
  • Willing to learn about cross-cultural communication & ethnic backgrounds of students
  • Commitment to working with youth
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English

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Academic Office Hours Volunteer (High School)

Academic Office Hours

PurposeSWB Baltimore offers drop-in academic support for high school participants. The program runs Mondays and Thursdays for the entire academic school year. Volunteers serve to support students on an individualized basis, helping them with the homework and content areas they most need support in.

DescriptionA volunteer’s primary responsibilities are to work with students on homework, provide an opportunity to practice English language learning, and engage with students in other fun educational activities. Essential functions include:

  • Assist with homework and school projects for newcomer youth
  • Work with SWB staff, other volunteers, and facility personnel as needed
  • Support SWB staff with site clean up
  • Participate in cultural programming, special events, and guest lectures as needed
  • Serve as a mandated reporter: If a student informs you of physical or emotional abuse, report it to SWB Staff ASAP. SWB will investigate the situation and report incidents to the Department of Social Services.

Time CommitmentOne day/week for an entire semester (Spring or Fall) –

  • Baltimore: Mondays or Thursdays, 4:00-6:00pm
  • Bladensberg, MD: Wednesdays, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Requirements

  • Reliable: Commit to one day a week for two hours a week (Monday or Thursday)
  • Willing to learn about resettlement and newcomer issues
  • Willing to learn about cross-cultural communication & ethnic backgrounds of students
  • Commitment to working with youth
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English

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College Coach

IMG_1503PurposeSWB Baltimore runs year-round programming for middle and high school newcomer youth. In addition to soccer play, and academic tutoring, SWB matches rising high school seniors with a College Coach to help them navigate the college application process.

DescriptionAs a College Coach, you will be paired with a student who is a rising senior in high school. Your role will be to work diligently with your mentee to complete each step of the college application process. By the end of their junior year, students will already have ideas regarding to which schools they will apply and have an understanding of the basic college application process. However, students will differ in the amount of tangible progress they have made prior to their senior year. Students will also differ in the schools to which they are applying. Students may be applying to:

  • Community Colleges
  • 4-Year Public Colleges (in-state or out-of-state)
  • 4-Year Private Colleges (in-state or out-of-state)

The College Coach will communicate with SWB Academic Director throughout their commitment, reporting on student’s progress, applications, and any challenges in the process.

Time Commitment6 months – 1 year commitment – must be willing to commit to supporting a student through the entire college application process. Weekly commitments will vary based on the progress of the individual student. Minimum weekly check-ins with the student, often weekend workshop attendance.

RequirementsExperience working with youth, willingness to learn about different cultures, good listening and communication skills, compassionate, open-minded, flexible, and reliable. Must be at least 18-years-old. Must have own transportation.

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Other

We are always looking for folks who would like to be involved. If none of the above options seem like a good fit for you, please reach out to us at baltimore@soccerwithoutborders.org to find out the other ways you can support our work!

 

Schedule of Volunteer Opportunities with Soccer Without Borders

Schedule of Volunteer Opportunities

*Note that volunteer opportunities within specific programs do not require commitment to the full week of programming. See each description for information on the minimum time commitment required.

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THANK YOU for supporting Soccer Without Borders Baltimore!