Trip Details

Sports Coaching Volunteer South Africa (5 weeks minimum)

Work with under-priviledged children on this exciting sports coaching program to enrich their lives through structured sports activities and physical education. This program has been designed for volunteers or interns to give their time coaching sports to disadvantaged and vulnerable children in small communities of South Africa. The children are eager to play and learn, without this program they would have little or no access to fun, physcial education and activities, so you can really feel like you are making a tangible difference in the local community.

This program requires a minimum of 5 weeks commitment, and you will be working with children ages between 10 to 13 years old on a daily basis. You have the choice to coach in Football, Cricket, Rugby, Tennis or Hockey, and between October and March there is also an availability for Swimming coaching.

The children involved in this program come from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds, where structured sports are not a part of their daily life, and they often recieve little attention from home. This means they are eager, excited and thankful to meet coaches who want to work with them daily, not to mention the excitement of meeting people from other countries and cultures! By bringing sports coaching into their lives you will be bringing them fun, entertainment, excellent life skills (like communication, teamwork and leadershio), health benefits and improved social skills – all of which will benefit the children for the rest of their lives.

Work with underprivileged children on this exciting sports coaching program to enrich their lives through structured sports activities and physical education. This program has been designed for volunteers or interns to give their time coaching sports to disadvantaged and vulnerable children in small communities of South Africa. The children are eager to play and learn, without this program they would have little or no access to fun, physical education and activities, so you can really feel like you are making a tangible difference in the local community.

This program requires a minimum of 5 weeks commitment, and you will be working with children ages between 10 to 13 years old on a daily basis. You have the choice to coach in Football, Cricket, Rugby, Tennis or Hockey, and between October and March, there is also an availability for Swimming coaching.

The children involved in this program come from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds, where structured sports are not a part of their daily life, and they often receive little attention from home. This means they are eager, excited and thankful to meet coaches who want to work with them daily, not to mention the excitement of meeting people from other countries and cultures! By bringing sports coaching into their lives you will be bringing them fun, entertainment, excellent life skills (like communication, teamwork, and leadership), health benefits and improved social skills – all of which will benefit the children for the rest of their lives.

No coaching qualifications are required but an ability and understanding of the sport you intend to coach is important as well as a passion and enthusiasm for working with kids. All ages are welcome but keep in mind the majority of other participants will be between 18-25 years old.

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you invaluable and practical experience in Coaching
  • Provide a structured physical education program for the children
  • Improve the children’s motor skills, teamwork, outlook and fitness

Trip Itinerary

During your time on this project, you will be based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. You can expect to work each weekday (Monday to Friday) from 9.30am until 13.30p, with a break for lunch in between. You will mostly have your evenings and weekends free, other than the occasional activity, but there will be plenty of options for social activities, adventures and excursions with other volunteers to fill up your free time!

A typical weekday on the volunteer project may look like this:

08h00: Time to wake up!

08h15 – 09h00: Breakfast time

09h30: Departure for the various placements (varying distances, depending on placement)

10h00 – 11h30: School 1 coaching

12h00 – 13h30: School 2 coaching

13h30 – 14h00: Lunchtime, where you will enjoy a packed Lunch

14h00 – 15h30: School 3 coaching

16h00 – Return to accommodation

18h00 ­ Supper

Evening – Free time to relax and enjoy, or sometimes more activities.

Trip Accommodation

Our accommodation here is known as ‘Umzi’ which is Xhosa (a local tribal language) for “home”. It is a convenient 15 minute drive from the beach and also 15 minutes from placement activities.

The accommodation comprises of mostly dorm rooms, though there are two single rooms that can be requested at an extra rate (one with en-suite) upon request. The accommodation can sleep up to 50 people in total. Each room is equipped with lockers, drawers and shelves as well as lockable doors.

All bathrooms are shared but split by gender, and there are a total of 13 showers and 12 toilets for you to use. There is a dining room and lounge, both equipped with Sky TV, and an entertainment area with pool table, table tennis and darts. There is a large swimming pool and garden space for your enjoyment and a small bar that serves drinks and snacks in the evenings.

All common areas of the facility are cleaned daily and bedding is washed once per week. The accommodation is very secure with a walled exterior with keypad access only, lockable buildings and rooms, 24 hour CCTV surveillance and two night security guards. We also have two staff members that live and stay on site 24 hours per day 7 days per week to provide you with all the support you need!

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Persons per room 4-6
  • Private room available upon request
  • Wifi in public areas

Food Arrangements
All 3 meals daily are provided as part of our service but there are also two ‘mini’ kitchens for you to store and prepare your own food if you wish.

Important: When arriving at our residence, we will charge you a safety deposit of R200 (approx £11 / $18 / EUR14)

Facilities
You can find several services nearby

Supermarket: Located 5 minutes walking distance from the accommodation

ATM: 5 minutes walk from the accommodation.

Laundry: There are coin operated washing machines at the accommodation costing R10 each we also provide a laundry service for a little extra cost.

Restaurants: There are plenty of small restaurants and bars within walking distance. The beach and larger entertainment areas are a 15 minute drive.

Trip Country Info

South Africa

Population: 55 million
Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Pretoria (executive)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Currency: South African Rand
Time zone: UTC +2

South Africa is a vast country with an incredible variety in landscapes, people, traditions, languages, cuisines and more. The country is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its population diversity. The country is also renowned for its wines, so make sure not to miss these while you are here!

While big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg can look quite first worldly, most of the country has remained underdeveloped. This is a perfect example of the economic inequality that exists in the country.

South Africa is an ideal destination for those interested in nature and it is incredibly varied in terms of landscapes. The country boasts a large number of National Parks such as Kruger, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is located in the desert, Addo Elephant National Park, Simangaliso Wetland Park and many more. It is also a great place to spot the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) as well as a wide range of other species.

All in all, South Africa is an ideal place to start if you wish to travel in southern Africa and get a good insight into the region.

South Africa is situated at the southern tip of Africa and has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.
Natural beauty abounds with beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains, lush forest belts and of course the famed Table Mountain. South Africa also boasts no less than 20 National Parks with the opportunity to see lion, leopard, rhino and elephants, to name but a few!  We have a selection of gap year adventures in South Africa including work at wildlife sanctuaries, work and travel in local South African communities, development projects and much more.  If you are interested in volunteering in South Africa please get in touch or read on for our latest experiences.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age 17

Additional Requirements

A whistle
Appropriate clothing to coach

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa