The Skatepark programme

SKIP is super excited about this project to run a new skate park which has just been built in a school by a fantastic partner organisation who will be handing over the long term running of the park to us. We will provide skateboarding lessons to children in mornings and afternoons, during their sports classes. In addition to learning about skateboarding, the children will also be responsible for keeping the skatepark area clear from trash, and watering and caring for the plants which surround it.

This project provides an opportunity for students to participate regularly and safely in the physical activity of skateboarding and to learn important social and interpersonal skills, contributing to psychological well-being, physical capacity, and the ability to cope with stress. Through this program we aim to foster physical exercise, self expression and develop positive socio-interactions.

The position

The Skatepark Volunteer will conduct skateboarding classes several times per week at the skatepark, for children aged 6-18 years old.

We have a teaching curriculum which is currently being developed and will set out the structure for the classes. This role will be to actively engage the children in learning activities, as well as monitoring some free skating time where appropriate, for children to develop their own skills.

This position is part-time, so there will be the opportunity to be involved in the other programmes we run

Volunteer profile

Required:

  • Interest in sport and physical education
  • Basic Spanish
  • Passion for working with children
  • Enthusiasm
  • Energy
  • Patience
  • Tenacity
  • Maturity
  • Minimum 4 week commitment.

Desired:

  • Skateboarding experience & knowledge
  • First Aid training
  • Experience working with children.
  • Intermediate Spanish

The benefits of volunteering with us

In return for your invaluable participation in our volunteering programme, SKIP will provide:

  • a thorough induction to the organisation, programmes, department and specific role
  • structured and relevant training from fully qualified and experienced staff members - you can find bios for all of our permanent team on our website
  • mentoring and support in the form of regular supervision and staff meetings as well as informal sessions
  • the chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community
  • confirmation of volunteer service

If you would like to apply, find out more about our application process

Volunteer Statements

“I spent most days in Peru working with the children at the skatepark and in contrast to working in SKIP's sports program, I found it was never difficult to get the children active and involved. The motivation to improve and practice came entirely from the children which meant there could be a relaxed and laid back atmosphere at the park which made it often feel like I was a colleague to them rather than a teacher. While they were newer to skating this meant there was a lot I was able to show them but some of the children were creative enough to make their own tricks and teach me too.”

Written by Jamie Campbell, volunteer at the skatepark from 22-6-2017 until 7-7-2017

“Upon arriving in Trujilio to work as a volunteer I was delighted to discover the skatepark project which Tim has organised and leads. During my time working at the skatepark, I was overwhelmed at the enthusiasm shared both by the children learning and the teacher. It was a great experience and inspirational to see the way the children responded to Tim's mature yet fun and engaging leadership style which facilitated progression in the sport which they had grown to love.

The creative aura which surrounded the skatepark environment gave the project an energy which will be difficult to replicate, I believe this is due to the great work of the volunteer leader and the skateboarders who interact on the same level to reach the common goal of progression.

Coming to the skatepark from another discipline (Psychology) it is evident to see that the skills the children are learning during the project. are invaluable and will transcend into all areas of life throughout development, what a joy to be a part of.

In terms of continuing this theme of progression which is fuelled by the children and teachers determination to succeed, it would be great for the project to develop itself into a local hub for skateboarders in an organised way, a way I’m certain Tim has a vision for.. be it creating skate merchandise for the children to represent the skatepark in the local area or utilising the works of other creatives in the organisation to add a further artistic element to the ramps built.

I arrived at Peru with the set the goal of immersing myself in the local culture and with the assistance of Tim the volunteer leader, this goal which I felt was ambitious became an easier task.

A great team player to work with and a creative leadership style which will benefit him and all around him in future projects and leadership roles.”

Written by Alex Farrington, volunteer at the skatepark from 7-6-2017 until 7-7-2017