Help young people find opportunity and employment

Every the third half trip is built around a curriculum designed to develop your Social & Emotional Intelligence (SEI). We focus on 21st century learning skills like grit, initiative, curiosity and critical thinking through a blend of collaborative workshops and hands-on experiences with local people.

Your trip will be hosted by the respected, local non-profit organization FUDELA. FUDELA offers comprehensive training and technical skill development that improve young peoples’ chances of getting a job and earning a living. It also uses soccer as a tool for training and motivation, and for promoting the development of values such as teamwork, discipline and effective communications such as unemployment, violence, drug use and teenage pregnancy.

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Day 1:

Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome meeting with FUDELA, participate in the FUDELA ‘Changing Lives’ workshop. Guided tour of the historic city center of Quito.

Day 2:

Training with former professional Ecuadorian football player and coach Juan Carlos Burbano. Participate in ‘Developing the FUDELA Football Methodology’ workshop. Play a friendly match against a FUDELA youth team.

Day 3:

Friendly match and snack with a local team. Visit the ‘Middle of the World’ and the Intiñan Sol Museum. Global Leadership Development Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 4

Transfer to Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas. Meet with youth players from FUDELA to share stories. Participate in a training session with local youth.

Day 5

Visit the Tsachila community and waterfall. Transfer to the hotel in Santo Domingo. Play a friendly match against local footballer Ivan Kaviedes’s football school.

Day 6

Transfer to Mompiche in Esmereldas. Free time at the beach. Visit the Chamanga Albergue. Meet with the youth leaders of the FUDELA project and play soccer. Global Leadership Development Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.

Day 7

Transfer to the High Performance Ministry of Sports Center. Training in the sport center and friendly match with the Esmeraldas Local Team. Meeting with youth of FUDELA Project. Watch an Afro Culture show. Transfer to Mindo, Ecuador.

Day 8

Walking tour of Mindo. Adventure sport activity. Transfer to Quito. Walking night tour of the town and dinner in downtown Quito. *Professional Match (additional cost and subject to availability).

Day 9

Friendly match at local club. Visiting a local FUDELA project and meet with the youth team of FUDELA for reflection. Global Leadership Development Workshop 3: Natural Disasters and Recovery.

Day 10

Transfer to Otavalo and tour of city and lakes. Lunch at the cabins at the lake. Visit an indigenous community.

Day 11

Friendly match against local team. Visit a local craft market. Farewell event with the youth leaders of FUDELA.

Day 12

Check out of hotel, transfer to airport and fly home.

Thanks to your visit, FUDELA will be able to achieve goals like:

  • Bring life skills training to around 320 young people from disadvantaged communities in Quito
  • $1000 raised will allow for the purchase of football equipment: balls, jerseys and goals. These will support more than 150 kids in 2 communities.
  • $5000 will allow for the construction of 2 FUDELA mini-stadiums which will be used by kids in disadvantaged communities in the regions that were affected by the 2016 earthquake which currently lack appropriate sports facilities.
  • $7000 will pay for the salary of a coach who will teach 150 kids basic football skills and values such as discipline, self-esteem, respect, among others.

* Price is per person based on a group of 20 travelers and is subject to change.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Full board during your stay (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included)
  • All soccer training sessions
  • All community service and educational activities
  • All cultural and sightseeing activities
  • Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions
  • Water during all practices
  • 2-3 friendly soccer games against local teams
  • A full time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day
  • Cancellation and medical insurance

Carry-on

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reuseable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to travel form
  • Emergency contacts
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

Important reminders

Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing. Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees). *Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.

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Costa Rica: SEPROJOVEN

PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS AND PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY

Every the third half trip is built around a curriculum designed to develop your Social & Emotional Intelligence (SEI). We focus on 21st century learning skills like grit, initiative, curiosity and critical thinking through a blend of collaborative workshops and hands-on experiences with local people.

Your trip will be hosted by the respected non-profit organization SEPROJOVEN which uses soccer to help strengthen cultural values and social skills, promote leadership and encourage intercultural exchanges.

You’ll help SEPROJOVEN coaches bring soccer and life skills programs to local indigenous communities, join them in language, dance and singing classes and help local families with harvesting, craft-making and sugar-cane grinding.

During your COSTA RICA experience you will:

  • Join SEPROJOVEN as they use soccer to help strengthen cultural values and social skills, promote leadership, and encourage intercultural exchanges.
  • Experience Costa Rica Indian culture through language, dance, and singing classes with the Bribri community.
  • Experience the pura vida by helping a local family with harvesting, craft-making, and sugar cane grinding.
  • Trek through tropical rainforest to visit stunning waterfalls.
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime.

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Day 1:

Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. Hotel check in and welcome meeting with Team Leader.

Day 2:

Meet SEPROJOVEN staff and introduction to the organization. Visit SEPROJOVEN program LIGA FEM.Participate in inclusive soccer activity with LIGA FEM. Global Leadership Development Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 3:

Transfer to El Salitre. Lunch in the BriBriPa Cultural Center. Tour of the host organization. Interactive SEPROJOVEN soccer activity.

Day 4

Visit environmental conservation areas (primary forests, waterfalls). Introductory lesson to the language of Bribri – BriBriPa. Visit a local school to share and collaborate with children in BriBriPa and SEPROJOVEN educational campaigns through interactive games.

Day 5

Community soccer workshop in a local BriBriPa community. Visit a local family. Global Leadership Development Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.

Day 6

Community soccer workshop in a local BriBriPa community. Artisanal workshop and visit to natural savannah. Dance and song gathering in BriBri with local community.

Day 7

Visit to forest tree nursery and tree-planting workshop near local soccer fields. Dance and Song gathering in BriBri with local community. Farewell gathering at BriBriPa Cultural Center.

Day 8

Transfer to La Casona. Facility tour and welcome meeting. Educational activities with young people from the Copa Indígena project. SEPROJOVEN community soccer event. Transfer to accommodations in San Vito.

Day 9

Hike to Copei. SEPROJOVEN community soccer workshop. Swimming in La Quebrada. Global Leadership Development Workshop 3: Gender Relations and the Right to Play.

Day 10

Waterfall visit and traditional indigenous medicine workshop. Music workshop with traditional instruments. Farewell gathering at La Casona.

Day 11

Return to San Jose. Check into accommodations. Farewell dinner with SEPROJOVEN staff.

Day 12

Free time and depart San Jose, Costa Rica for home.

EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

  • All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included)
  • All soccer training sessions
  • All community service and educational activities
  • All cultural and sightseeing activities
  • Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions
  • Water during all practices
  • 2-3 competitive soccer games against local teams
  • Attend a local professional league or international match (depending on availability and additional cost at time of tour)
  • Full board during your stay (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • A full time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day
  • Cancellation and medical insurance

Thanks to your visit, SEPROJOVEN will be able to achieve goals like:

  • Provide soccer equipment for the Liga Fem soccer league for girls and the Copa Indigena for local indigenous children
  • Organize a youth leadership training camp for local young people to become the next generation of leaders in their community
  • Organize artistic workshops for local indigenous youth

Carry-on

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reuseable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to travel form
  • Emergency contacts
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

Important reminders

Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing. Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees). *Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.