South Africa – sports coaching
Sports coaching is a great way to experience South Africa whilst engaging with the kids in the township schools in Port Elizabeth.
Sports coaching does not feature on the curriculum of the township schools so this well established local charity, which is well supported financially by the local businesses, in addition to providing invaluable sports coaching in the township schools, is able to help particularly gifted children to find sponsorship to realise their talents and go all the way to schools of excellence and even university.
They depend on the volunteers to help deliver their sports coaching programmes and are well organised with specific start dates (see below) and durations of placements from 5 to 12 weeks, with 12 weeks being the most popular and the better in terms of sustainability of the project.
Watch Becca Howard’s video of her time volunteering in South Africa:
As soon as the volunteers arrive at the schools, they are struck by how happy the children are that they have come and are given a very warm welcome with lots of singing and dancing and clamouring for attention.
At the end of your placement, if you spot any exceptionally talented kids, the charity wants to know and will try and get them sent to a school of excellence so that they can realise their full potential and become the South African sportsmen and women of the future.
Teaching and orphanage work are also available either as full time, combined with another activity or as a taster day.
Sharing the Volunteer House with lots of other sporty people, you are bound to make lots of friends and enjoy the swimming pool during your time out and going out in the evenings for drinks and the occasional dinner.
At the weekends, there is the opportunity to go off and explore the local attractions. Equally several fantastic excursions are included in the placement price: two different weekend activities for those doing 5 weeks, 4 different weekend activities for those doing 12 weeks.
Other activities you can book once there are: bungee jumping, shark cage diving, safaris, sky diving….
|PRICE DETAILS||WHAT'S INCLUDED||TO ARRANGE SEPARATELY|
|5 week placement = £1,199||Placement, accommodation, All meals, Airport Transfers, 2 weekend excursions, transport to work placements||Flights|
|+ £100 per extra week||Several weekend excursions and social activities||Travel Insurance|
|£1,899 maximum 12 week placement||24 hour support and assistance up to and during your placement||Vaccinations|
|Transport to work placements||Spending money|
|Wednesday evening 5-a-side football for volunteers|
|Start dates for 2018||Start dates for 2019|
|13th Jan (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 weeks||12th Jan (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 weeks)|
|17th Feb (5 or 6 weeks)||16th Feb (5 or 6 weeks)|
|7th April (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 weeks)||6th April (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 weeks)|
|12th May (5, 6 or 7 weeks)||11th May (5, 6 or 7 weeks)|
|14th July (5 weeks only - most popular and sells out fast!||13th July (5 weeks, most popular and sells out fast!|
|25th August (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 weeks)||24th August (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 weeks)|
|29th Sept (5, 6 or 7 weeks)||28th Sept (5, 6 or 7 weeks)|