Coach sports to townships kids – a very rewarding experience.
In the township schools in Port Elizabeth, sports coaching does not feature on the curriculum. This well established local charity is well supported financially by the local businesses as well as by the volunteer programme and, in addition to providing invaluable sports coaching in the township schools, it 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.
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 is also available either full time or combined with sports coaching or as a taster day. The orphanages house many HIV/AIDs orphans and is a heartbreaking experience to see first-hand how the HIV/AIDs pandemic affects children as young as babies. Help the local staff care for the children, give them all their many medications and enjoy playing with them and making them smile.
Teaching volunteers assist the South African teachers and are given the opportunity to try out their teaching skills either in primary or secondary schools. This could be very beneficial for anyone contemplating a career in Teaching. Experienced teachers are most welcomed!
Why experience South Africa?
South Africa is a great ‘first’ African country to visit because it combines stunning scenery, breathtaking wildlife, beautiful beaches with a certain degree of sophistication.
However, the contrast between the townships and other residential areas is huge and you will be shocked when you see the conditions that the local children live in. We hope that this cross cultural experience will show you how warm and friendly the township communities can be, how the children love music, singing and dancing and have a natural ability for sports and how this charity is having a positive impact on their lives.
At the weekends, there is the opportunity to go off and explore the local attractions. Equally several fantastic excursions are included in the price of the project! These could be a weekend at Jeffreys Beach, known for fantastic surfing, the Addo Elephant Park, a meal out in the bush, a weekend safari and more.
When you finish your placement, you could take advantage of the Baz Bus and explore the coast of South Africa and the famous Garden Route. (www.bazbus.com) or take one of the add-on excursions.
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