Coach for College is a program open to varsity student-athletes, which aims to increase higher education attainment among disadvantaged Vietnamese adolescents using the excitement and life skills provided by participation in sports-related activities. The program provides American college athletes with an intensive and collaborative service experience that engenders the skills needed to exercise leadership and commitment to positive social change.
The PVC will sponsor six (6) student-athletes to take advantage of this programming during the summer of 2014 and will cover their cost of participation. This will cover their airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, visa processing, health and liability insurance, uniforms and expenses related to cultural experiences.
General program information for 2014 can be found here.
LOCATION/DATES – The camps are hosted in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam over the summer and last for 3 weeks. The camp dates are noted below:
- May 21st – June 16th
- June 4th – June 30th
- June 25th – July 21st
- July 16th – August 11th
CURRICULUM – The curriculum consists of SPORTS, ACADEMICS and LIFE SKILLS. Broken down as follows:
- SPORTS: basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball (and general fitness)
- ACADEMICS: Biology, Physics, English or Math
- LIFE SKILLS: goal setting, benefits of higher education, etc.
ADDITIONAL FUNDING – Please note: the program does require an additional fundraising component to be completed by the student-athlete (roughly $1,600) – but they provide tools/assistance through the Duke Center for Civic Engagement. Student-athletes can pursue donations or grants to help cover the additional fundraising requirement, and should not let this requirement be a detriment to applying.
APPLICATION PROCESS – To apply, please fill out the application form by CLICKING HERE TO APPLY ONLINE. Application deadline is Sunday, February 2nd.
To read more about last year’s Coach for College participants, Isaac Serwanga ’13 (football, basketball, track & field) and Katharina Gebert ’15 (lightweight crew), click here.
To see the PVC News – Coach for College Special Edition, with photos quotes from Isaac and Kat, click here.