What is the Community Sports Coaching Volunteering project in Cape Town, South Africa all about?
In 1994 post-Apartheid, the South African government Physical Education was removed as a main activity and incorporated into life skills sessions, meaning that it only happens on rare occasions. This has led to a reduction in student involvement in physical activity. Sport is an integral part of development and helps to increase concentration and develop crucial skills such as leadership, team work, and communication. However, without intervention this would not be available to the children of the townships. Through the work of a sports charity the integration of these two coaches into primary education means that sports inclusion is possible.
Extra-curricular programs have been established which provide children with a means to get off the street and engaged in physical activity and activities tend to be run at after school programmes. Some of the centres offer children protection from abuse and access to sport and exercise gives them an outlet for their anxieties as well as stimulating their feeling of wellbeing . Volunteer on this community sports coaching project and be a part of activities that are helping to provide basic needs and development opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Why choose this Community Sports Coaching Volunteering project?
As a community sports coaching volunteer you will assist two sports coaches in the provision of sports lessons in primary schools. You will be based in in two of the many poverty stricken schools, in Khayelitsha and Langa, two townships where sports staff and equipment are in short supply. By assisting the coaches with their PE lessons, you can provide more attention for the children, help those that are struggling, and for those with a passion for sport. You can also help with skills training, teaching rules and umpiring games while focusing on your enthusiasm for sports.
Role of the Community & Teaching Sports Volunteer
As a sports coaching volunteer in Cape Town you will be able to assist in PE lessons as follows:
- Creating innovative games and lesson plans
- Playing and coaching popular sports such as soccer and netball
- Designing drills and fitness tests to measure personal improvement through working with the coaches
- Sharing your knowledge and skills with coaches and students
- Gross motor skill development of children aged 0 -7 years in a limited space
You may help run drills, warm-ups, and referee games such as soccer, basketball, cricket, and field hockey. The students in Khayelitsha and Langa greatly benefit from your experience and friendship as you become a role model and share your enthusiasm for sports related activities.
Depending on the length of time that you are volunteering, you may be able to also become involved in other community work related to OVCs, teaching, girl empowerment or healthcare initiatives. Please speak to a Kaya Placement Advisor to find out more.
What skills do I need to be a Community & Teaching Sports Volunteer in South Africa?
Sports coaching requires no formal experience but those who have worked with children before or in an educational setting are most desired. It goes without saying that a passion for sport will be beneficial. It is recommended that you do some prior reading on South Africa, Apartheid and HIV/ AIDS to give you an overview of the issues related to this project.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR 2022
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Promote a passion for sport in vulnerable children
To develop leadership and organisation skills
Use something you’re interested in to achieve something meaningful
Where will I work in South Africa?
Cape Town, with its crystal blue waters resting under the shadow of the magnificent Table Mountain, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cape Town, like many cities in South Africa, houses some of the richest and poorest communities of Cape Town. The project works in a number of townships where there is a melting pot of people who are facing issues such as high unemployment, health issues and crippling poverty.
The spacious and comfortable volunteer house is situated in Observatory, the city’s arty suburb located just 10 minutes from the centre of Cape Town. It has bohemian bars where live music is played. Have fun on the weekends visiting Boulders Beach to visit the penguins, see the seals at Kalk Bay or participate in an adrenaline filled experience such as skydiving. Robben Island and wine tasting are activities not to be missed!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-12 weeks
- Cost: £1493 / $2331 for 2 weeks
£252 / $394 per week for additional weeks.
- Requirements: Age 16+
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Project activities: Taking PE lessons with disadvantaged kids, bringing fresh ideas and stimulation to activities.
- Working Hours: 08:30 – 16:30 Monday – Friday
- Project availability: Projects start every second Monday. School Holidays are19th March – 4th April; 25th June – 17th July; 1st – 9th October. The project will be closed over the Christmas holiday. Please speak to an advisor about dates.
- During June and July this project is only available for a maximum of 4 weeks
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house with communal bathrooms
- Food: 3 meals a day Monday to Friday
- Housekeeping, laundry is available for 60 ZAR per week payable locally
- Airport pick up and drop off from Cape Town International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Daily transfers to and from your project.
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24-hour support
- Staff will be available to help organise weekend excursions to sites such as Table Mountain, Boulders Beach and Cape Point (excursions are an extra cost).
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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