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Sports Development South Africa

2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 week summer projects
Overview
Key Info
FAQ

Overview

Change the lives of disadvantaged children through sports coaching and helping out in their local communities this summer. This project will change your life as you inspire young children through sport. If you're studying Sports Science, Coaching, Dance or Teaching at LJMU, this is the perfect way to use your experience to truly make a difference this summer. The project provides you with the ability to tailor your experience in South Africa based on your interests and skills. You are able to choose from full time sports coaching or part time sports coaching plus working with orphans, teaching in schools, teaching dance or helping out in public healthcare. With the option to volunteer for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 weeks this is the perfect way to spend a small part of your summer break. 

Who is it for
Sports
Dance
Teachers
All students

Key Info

Accommodation
Airport transfers
Orientation
Food

Additional information

This is a dynamic, exciting project with loads of opportunities to really make an impact in the lives of communities and individuals you come into contact with. Volunteers on this project make an invaluable contribution to both community and sports development in Cape Town, through township sports coaching and education. You will make a meaningful difference while improving a child’s physical and mental wellbeing. This is your chance to gain some invaluable experience in your field of study in an international setting. You'll be fully emmersed in to South African culture, and you'll also get to spend your free time enjoying the beautiful city of Cape Town. 

FAQ

What's included?

What's Included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off from Cape Town Airport
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • All daily transfers to and from your projects 
  • Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day
  • Laundry service
  • Assistance at your projects by experienced staff and volunteer coordinators 

Around 70% of your total fee goes directly back in to the project. It facilitates funding for items such as resources, building materials, equpiment and project supplies. It also covers operational costs such as housing, communication and project vehicles.

What's Not Included?

  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
  • E-mail / Internet and telephone calls
  • Any activities and excursions outside of your planned project itinerary
What's involved in the project?

What it's all About

This is a dynamic, exciting project with loads of opportunities to really make an impact in the lives of communities and individuals you come into contact with. Volunteers on this project make an invaluable contribution to both community and sports development in Cape Town, through township sports coaching and education. You will make a meaningful difference while improving a child’s physical and mental wellbeing!

After-School Coaching

With this programme you are given the opportunity to share your knowledge of fitness and sports with other sport coaches in the community. You will be involved with running sport drills, warm-ups, and refereeing sports such as football, basketball, cricket, and field hockey. 

Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

As a volunteer your main role is to help the children who are finding it difficult to integrate among their peers, and must be taught at home. Your role is to help create a safe, nurturing environment which will help them acclimatise to routines and other educational structures. This is your chance to use your imagination to create lessons that will not only stimulate the children's mind, but also inform them of basic concepts such as mathematics and cooking.  

Teaching

The focus of the project is to educate, support, and empower disadvantaged, orphaned, and vulnerable youth through a sustainable approach to community development. As a volunteer you hold an essential role in the team to make this a reality. You will be helping out in a number of schools around the city, based on what their and the students needs are. Typically you will be involved with assisting in taking care of the children and teaching basic lessons.  

Dance

If you choose to help out with this program, you will be assisting in one of the dance outreach programs in the Cape Town area. Children from ages 3 and up attend these lessons in order to be able to express themselves through the medium of dance. Many of these children are living in disadvantaged and unstable backgrounds, so this opportunity to forget their home life for a time, is an invaluable opportunity. You will work along side the outreach facilitators by helping to coordinate the dance workshops to ensure that they are fun, engaging, and interactive. 

Healthcare

The healthcare facility was established to care for abandoned and orphaned children ranging in ages 0-8 years old. This home's main aim is to place the children into caring foster homes as soon as they are ready. On average 60% of the children taken into the home are HIV+, so one of your first roles will be to care the children back to health. Once the children are physically and emotionally stable they will then be able to find a suitable foster home for their needs. As a volunteer your responsibilities can also include assisting the nurse with health checks, playing, and teaching the children.

What are the dates and project cost?
Duration

2 weeks - £874

3 weeks - £1110

4 weeks - £1345

5 weeks - £1701

6 weeks - £1923

2017 Dates

9th of January

16th of January

30th of January

13th of February

27th of February

13th of March

27th of March

10th of April

24th of April

8th of May

22nd of May

5th of June

19th of June

3rd of July

17th of July

31st of July

14th of August

28th of August

11th of September

25th of September

What's a typical day like as a volunteer?

7:00am - Rise and sine! It's time for breakfast and to get ready for the project.

8:30am - Leave the house and head to your morning project.

9:00am - Start work at your community project! You'll use lesson plans, resources and ideas created with all volunteers from the previous week.

12:30pm - It's lunch time - you'll head back to the house for a much needed break.

2:00pm - Leave the house for your afternoon project. You will either be continuing with your sports coaching or helping out in other areas of the community, depending on your project choice.

5:00pm - It's the end of your working day! You'll be picked up from your project and taken back to the house where you can chat and reflect on what you've achieved.

6:00pm - It's dinner time at the volunteer house and it's always usually really social! It's time for you to unwind, chat about your day with everyone and plan the next day. Some volunteers also venture out after dinner to one of the local night spots. 

What's is the accommodation like?

Cape Town, South Africa. Red Hill and Masiphumelele are townships, but both are safe and peaceful with wonderful people. Our partners and associates have been working in these communities for many years and have built solid relationships and trust. It has been voted the world'd top tourist destination and arguably one of the most beautiful cities. 

Volunteers stay in a fully furnished house in the Observatory area with anywhere from 2-6 people. The house is a short 10 minute drive to the city centre of Cape Town. Observatory is a delightful little town and the house is comfortable, staffed with a cook and cleaner. The house has large living / dining areas, bathroom facilities, garden areas, satellite television and a lock-up safe for your valuables. All bedding is provided, but you will however need to bring your own towels.

Are meals included?

You will be provided with three meals a day. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis consisting of cereals, porridge, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner will be cooked or prepared for you by one of our chefs at your volunteer house. On weekends you will need to cook your own meals (we will provide ingredients) as our staff need to have time off. Weekends are a great time for tourist activities and getting out and about to explore the surrounding area.

What is the orientation like?

Upon arrival at our project base on the outskirts of Cape Town, all volunteers are involved in a comprehensive orientation programme, which is included in your fee. This is facilitated by your Project Manager and entails:

  • An introduction to the city of Cape Town and surrounding Cape Peninsula, as well as the communities you will be working in
  • An introduction to all of our Cape Town projects. Not only will you see where you will be working, you will also see where your fellow volunteers will be spending their days
  • Volunteers will also receive our detailed 'Welcome Pack', which will contain further information for your time with us
  • Full induction into your role as a volunteer
What can I do in my spare time?

SOCIALIZE WITH OTHER VOLUNTEERS

The volunteer house is a comfortable place to relax and unwind in the evenings with a good book or movie, and there are always plenty of other volunteers and interns to chat to and socialize with. For those who want to hit the town, there are some great, vibe-y coffee shops, bars and restaurants in the nearby vicinity.

BEACH & SEA ADVENTURES

Cape Town has some of the most beautiful beaches to enjoy in the summertime. You can also join day trips to dive with sharks, take a boat trip to Sseal Iisland, visit the iconic Robben Island or dive with cow sharks on the South Peninsula.Or just enjoy Cape Town’s many markets, with yummy food and treats.

SEE THE SIGHTS

Cape Town offers an endless variety of sightseeing options. A must-see is Table Mountain. You can take the cable car up to the top for a magnificent view of the ocean and city, or even hike up and abseil down. You can picnic in the mountains, watch live music in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, ride a Hop-on Hop-off City Tour bus and shop till you drop at the V&A Waterfront.

At the tip of the Cape Peninsula lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which that is a Natural World Heritage Site. Cape Point is a nature enthusiast’s paradise, with many buck, baboons, Cape mMountain zZebras, birds and a variety of flora and fauna unique to the area.

EXPLORE CAPE TOWN

Cape Town is wine country. You could choose to hit the winelands on a winetasting tour or visit a local craft beer brewery. The city is also famous for its fantastic restaurants catering to every type of person. Food markets abound and you’ll find a hundred other fun foodie things to do in this vibrant place.

From being one of the top ten 10 beach cities in the world to being having the home of one of the New Natural Wonders of the World, Table Mountain,; Cape Town offers a variety of activities to cater to any traveller. Voted the number-one1 tourist destination in the world, this vibrant city is full of new adventures at every turn, and amazing site sights to see. Its rich history has produceds a wide range of people and cultures to learn about and foods to eat. Well-established winelands farms provide a tranquil contrast to the fast-paced city, as well as plenty of boutique shopping. And did we mention there are indigenous penguins living on one of the beaches? What more could you ask for when visiting Cape Town?

From being one of the top ten beach cities in the world to having one of the New Natural Wonders of the World, Table Mountain; Cape Town offers a variety of activities to cater to any traveller. Voted the number 1 tourist destination in the world, this vibrant city is full of new adventures at every turn and amazing site to see. Its rich history produces a wide range of people and cultures to learn about and foods to eat. Well-established winelands provide a tranquil contrast to the fast paced city, as well as plenty of boutique shopping. And did we mention there are indigenous penguins living on one of the beaches? What more could you ask for when visiting Cape Town?