What is this Sports Volunteering Community project in Swaziland all about?
Join us on our sports volunteering abroad in Swaziland project and assist a locally led team in providing access to sports, exercise and games for children aged under 6. The local project has successfully incorporated sports into the curriculum of 7 community pre-schools. We all know that exercise and sport are essential for child development as they help to develop gross and fine motor skills as well as team working, listening and other essential skills. The children are from vulnerable backgrounds and absolutely adore having access to these activities, especially as bean bags, hula hoops, footballs and more are provided. Without the project they would not be able to access these activities, therefore falling behind other children who come from more affluent families.
Circle time games and activities are the focus of the first session, developing the children’s confidence, listening, clapping and dancing skills. After breakfast the children participate in relay races, learning to take it in turns and developing their athletic abilities. This is followed by free sports time when the children join the local team and volunteers to play football, hula hooping. skipping, gymnastics, frisbee throwing and more, largely developing their hand-eye coordination. Additional sessions are funded by a foundation and 5 year olds are also given the opportunity to learn to swim or to participate in horse vaulting. Both of these activities are loved by the children. The project also supports a soccer league on the weekends to encourage older children to remain active. Come to Swaziland and help the local project team improve participation in sports and fitness activities while seeing and experiencing first hand all the Swaziland has to offer.
Why choose this Sports and Community volunteer project?
There are many benefits of volunteering on a sports project for vulnerable children. The local teachers are often ladies from the community who do not have a background in sports so the project team and volunteers with their enthusiasm and energy really make a difference to the curriculum. The children love sports and games and they are an essential aspect of their development which is a great reason to volunteer and help them to access sports. Volunteers benefit from sharing their skills with others, and increasing interest in their favourite sport.
Role of the Sports Community Volunteer in Swaziland
Sports volunteering abroad in Swaziland entails working alongside the local sports project team who provide games and activities to the local pre-school children on an ongoing basis. The help of volunteers help enables children to get more one on one attention. As a sports volunteer abroad you will participate in the activities, supporting and encouraging children who are on the shy side, or who are struggling with following the rules of games. You can also bring your own activities and games along that you enjoyed as a child or have been a success when you have worked with young children. Extra pairs of hands are always needed at swimming lessons; a real joy to watch as the little ones gain water confidence. Horse vaulting sessions are run at a riding school by a trainer and volunteers enjoy going along to support those teachers and children. In some afternoons you will be asked to help with other community work such as homework club or even work on sports workshops and competitions so please come prepared to help where needed.
What skills do I need to be a Sports Volunteer?
No specific skills are required, but a lot of energy and enthusiasm, is needed to keep up with these energetic youngsters. It is necessary to be interested in sport and those who are knowledgeable about the rules of games are welcome. Anyone with sports coaching experience will be a great asset. Bring your enthusiasm and energy and motivate others to learn more about the benefits of physical activity and the joy of being part of a team.
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!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To promote teamwork and exercise to disadvantaged children and the communities in which they live
To develop the curriculum of pre-schools
To work with other volunteers to improve activities for the under 6’s
Where will I work in Swaziland?
The sports volunteering project is based in the heart of the traditional capital of Swaziland, Lobamba in semi rural communities in a valley surrounded by mountains. These are great for weekend hikes which many volunteers tackle. The Ezulwini Valley is surrounded by symbolic national monuments such as the Houses of Parliament, Ludzidzini Royal Residence, the National Church, the National Museum, the late King Sobhuza ll memorial. Popular weekend activities include wildlife at Mkhaya Reserve, visits to cultural markets, relaxing at the spa and even a film at the local cinema! Form Swaziland it is possible and easy to travel to neighbouring South Africa or Mozambique so why not add a tour to your project and get to know more of southern Africa.
Read our blog to learn why Swaziland is such a great destination for our under 18, solo traveller and first time visitors to Africa.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-12 weeks
- Cost: £1195 / $1866 for 2 weeks
Additional weeks available in the drop-down menu
- Requirements: Age 16+
- Location: Ezulwini Valley, Eswatini
- Working hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 15:00
- Project availability: Project starts the 1st Monday of each month except December.
- Arrival day: 1st Monday of the month, additional date mid July
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house.
- Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Airport pick up and drop off from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg, SA
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site Orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
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.
- Daily transfers to and from your project. This will cost approximately 20 Rand per day (£1.50)
- 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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