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Rugby coaching in Swaziland is the ultimate gap year experience for anyone, male or female, who loves rugby and is willing to share their passion with others.  

This charity, SKRUM,  has been nominated the charity partner for the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens and has the support of many great UK schools like Marlborough and Oundle to name just a couple!  

Rachel paints her first Sipho

Rugby – the passion of the Swazis for the sport

Rugby has taken the hearts of the Swazis and thanks to this charity has been introduced into more than 650 schools.  Everyone wants to play rugby – the young and old have all equally embraced this growing sport.

SKRUM visits the schools for coaching sessions, arranges rugby tournaments, coaches the teachers so that they can keep the skills developing and during the school holidays coaches in the communities.

Rugby Coaching and HIV/AIDs education – Why is volunteer aid so important?

By having your help, the Swazi coaches can visit more schools and divide up the kids into smaller groups, and deliver better and more coaching sessions.

Also, a donation to the charity is built into your placement fee which helps them keep going and developing.

Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS figures in the world – with about 42% of the population infected and an average life expectancy of just 32 years old.

The charity, SKRUM, also delivers vital HIV/AIDs education to schools and communities through making both presentations, handing out informative pamphlets and introducing the game of rugby to both the children and adults of Swaziland.

As a SKRUM volunteer, you can assist with presentations and general administration and running of the charity, as well as rugby coaching in schools, communities and the army!      An experience that looks great on the CV and increases your employability skills, not to mention the rewarding experience of helping a community so affected by the AIDs pandemic.


Rugby and Swaziland?

Swaziland is South Africa’s best kept secret!  A small, green, landlocked country with a breathtaking mountainous and valley landscape, Swaziland has several beautiful national parks with exotic wildlife, canopy trails, hikes, mountain biking, white water rafting, horse riding, quad biking and more.

With a reputation of being home to the loveliest and most welcoming community, this is an experience that will leave you with many wonderful memories and a real desire to help more.