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Sports and Exercise Coordinator

The Sports and Exercise Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing sports and exercise activities for children ages 6-12 in Potrero and Brasilito. The Sports and Exercise Coordinator will champion healthy lifestyles, encouraging disenfranchised youth to see the positive benefits of exercise on physical and mental health. Abriendo Mentes aims to use sports activities to instil behavioural values such as a sense of fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork and pride in achievement.

  • Manage the administration and delivery of all physical education initiatives coordinated by Abriendo Mentes.
  • Develop and deliver a sustainable program of activities to encourage women and girls to participate in physical activity.
  • Work closely with the Communications Coordinator to schedule activities and advertise to the community.
  • Coordinate sports and exercise volunteers to assist in the successful delivery of programming.
  • Record activity plans and update Abriendo Mentes records.
  • Track resource and program needs and notify the Site Director of requirements.
  • Support the Community Development Coordinator in planning and delivery of weekly health and nutrition workshops (optional).
  • Others activities as required by the Site Director and relevant to Sports and Exercise activities.
  • Advanced Spanish language skills
  • Proven track record of sporting achievement.
  • Experience and/or qualifications in a related field such as sports, fitness, nutrition, coaching.
  • Experience working with school age children.
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about fitness and the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • Able to commit for at least 3 months (preference to those who can commit to 6 months or longer).
  • Experience delivering sports activities to ‘at risk’ youth.
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Creative
  • Approachable and personable
  • Resourceful
  • Upbeat and positive
  • Organized
  • Living and working in rural Costa Rica
  • Living and working with a community facing many economic and social challenges
  • Working with another culture and language
  • Flexible working hours to deliver programing at the times the community needs it.

Site Director of Potrero and Brasilito


Playa Potrero and Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


There is an immediate opening for this position.

Sports and Exercise Coordinator

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Criminal Background Check Requirement

As we are a nonprofit organization that primarily works with children, we require all Abriendo Mentes volunteers, interns and staff (regardless of specific position) to provide us with a criminal background check as part of our application process. We will send you information on how to complete this process using our screening vendor at Coeus Global upon your conditional acceptance into the program. Volunteers who are citizens or residents of the US are required to pay the $16.95 background check fee plus any additional fees that may apply in their state of residence. Click here for details. Non-US resident volunteers are also required to pay for their background checks via Coeus. Fees vary by country – click here for details. All fees are subject to change. We regret that we are unable to accept any background checks not performed by Coeus Global.