WHAT IS WOZA?
Woza Soccer is a Seattle-based soccer travel organization and registered nonprofit. Woza offers international service trips for high school soccer players, using the game to create connections across cultures. Founded by soccer players in 2013, we now offer trips to Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa. Woza groups are co-ed, comprised of players from across the United States and world, and led by inspiring trip leaders passionate about sharing their love of travel and soccer.
where do we go?
Woza's core programs draw soccer players from across the US (and beyond), and take place on the beaches of Costa Rica, in the mountains of Peru, below majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town (South Africa) and in between rural sugar cane fields in Zululand (South Africa). To join us this summer, apply for a trip.
We also build custom programs for clubs, teams and soccer academies.
If you are interested in organizing a Woza trip for your group, please contact us.
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Our international service trips connect soccer players to soccer causes, demonstrating the power of soccer to achieve impact in the world. We believe deeply in soccer's big-picture potential, take very seriously the quality and safety of our trips, and seek to form long-term, mutually-beneficial partnerships with the incredible sport program partners who open their doors to our groups.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND...
Woza was founded in 2013 by Chris Kaimmer, an American soccer player who has traveled all over the world with the game in his back pocket. While living in South Africa after graduating from Yale University, Chris was inspired by Sheldon Hughes, his close friend and the director of an impactful soccer academy in the country's Zulu region. Woza led its first trip in July 2014 - a 3-week trip to Mtubatuba, South Africa, to train, coach and serve at Sheldon’s soccer academy, where "Woza!" is Zulu soccer slang for "Pass the ball!
Every Woza trip consists of 10-14 teenage soccer players and 2 highly-trained adult leaders traveling to some of the most beautiful, soccer-loving places on Earth. While there, we play soccer every day, serve inspiring partner programs and immerse ourselves in the culture of our host community.
Soccer, Every Day
We play soccer every single day on our trips, though the daily dose is just as likely to come through a juggling competition with our safari guides as it is from a formal match with referees. The game we love touches every aspect of a Woza trip, from our daily traditions of trick shot competitions ("chip challenges") and pickup soccer, to lively friendlies with local players where we always mix teams and hope for high-scoring ties!
DONATE TO WOZA
Donations help us run our organization, send deserving soccer players on Woza trips and support our partner causes abroad.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all donations made to Woza Soccer are tax deductible.
Learn About Our Trips: Read the descriptions of our 2016 trips (where you can play soccer on both coasts of Costa Rica, experience South American fútbol in Peru, work with a sport NGO in Cape Town or become a member of a Zulu soccer academy).
Join Us! Sign up for one of our trips through our on-line registration system.
Mailing List: Join our mailing list to receive news and updates about Woza Soccer.
Get in touch: Visit our Contact page.