Badminton Coach and Program Coordinator

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Badminton Coach and Program Coordinator at Saint Lucia National Badminton Association (SLNBA) in Castries, St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean. The Saint Lucia Badminton Association is currently implementing a schools’ badminton project called Shuttle Time for Schools. This project was endorsed and developed by the Badminton World Federation. The Association receives support from the PANAM Badminton Association in terms of schools equipment from time to time, and some technical support for the orientation phase of our development program. Since 2014, we have oriented eleven schools on the island, with the technical assistance from the Caribbean Badminton Association. At this time, the organization is seeking a Peace Corps Response Volunteer to assist in the technical coordination and administration of the project with the schools. The challenges the Association has encountered in coordinating the badminton programs in schools has caused interest to lag and they are losing talent every year as the students leave the school system and lose interest in sport. Given the current socioeconomic climate, it is difficult for our senior members to devote time to this activity. The Association does not currently have the finances to hire a coach or technical support for any length of time, so a Volunteer with extensive knowledge and experience in the sport is necessary to support the efforts of the Association and prepare young people to coach the sport in the future.

A Badminton Coach and Program Coordinator, with a badminton coaching certification or high level of experience as a badminton player, is needed to train the senior members as well as assist in the technical coordination and administration of the Shuttle Time project within the identified schools. The PCRV will visit various schools and train/prepare the athletes for inter school competition, assist the athletes in forming, maintaining and coordinating sustainable badminton clubs in their schools, and train the athletes to a level where they will feel confident to enter regional as well as local competition. The Volunteer will also train counterparts to certification level coaching as determined by the Badminton World Federation, develop alternate coaching materials, and establish theory and practical training sessions for certification at Coach Level One. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the partners to identify and cultivate local talent to participate in competitions.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change.

Partner Information

Saint Lucia National Badminton Association (SLNBA)

Required Skills

• Badminton World Federation or US Badminton Association Badminton Coach Level two, or very experienced badminton player with the ability to coordinate and mobilize school-level sports programs
• Physical and mental agility required to coach and play the sport
• Ability to effectively communicate and interact with the youth as well as with adult players
• Ability to adapt to a flexible time schedule

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Eastern Caribbean, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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