The focus of the Cape Town Sports Development "Design Your Own" Project is to uplift the community through sports and physical education. It is also a unique opportunity to design your own volunteer experience in South Africa!
Cape Town Design Your Own Sports Development Project Cape Flats townships
How does ‘DESIGN YOUR OWN’ work?
Volunteers come to us with such a vast array of expertise, interests and passions. We want to give you the ability to design your own project and volunteer experience in South Africa! The options range from sports development to working with orphans and vulnerable children, teaching, dance, and healthcare.
You can choose to do either sports full time or combine this with one other activity and broaden your volunteer experience.
As a Sports Development volunteer, there are a number of types of schools you could be placed in, based on the needs of the community. These needs are constantly changing and evolving and our partnering facilities may change from time to time.
In 1994 post-Apartheid, the South African government removed Physical Education from the school curriculum. As a result, student involvement in physical activity has decreased. The need for intervention remains great as sport is an integral part of youth development and helps to increase concentration and develop crucial skills such as leadership, team work, and communication. As a volunteer you will assist in one of the many township schools, primarily in Khayelitsha and Langa.
You will work alongside a coach that gives each grade the opportunity for 45 minute Physical Education sessions as well as assist with:
- Creating innovative games and lesson plans
- Playing and coaching popular sports such as soccer and hockey
- Designing drills and fitness tests to measure personal improvement
- Sharing your knowledge and skills with coaches and students
- You may also support some of the pre-schools that we partner with in by creating plans to encourage gross motor skills development for children aged 0-7 years. Many of these schools are lacking in outdoor space so creativity and an open mind is essential
Orphaned and Vulnerable Children
Emergency care home for abandoned and orphaned children
This home was established to care for abandoned and orphaned children aged between 0 and 8 years in Khayelitsha and the surrounding areas. This area of Cape Town has been hugely affected by HIV/AIDS and is thought to have the highest rates in the Western Cape.
The home’s main aim is to place the children into foster care as soon as they are ready. On average 60% of the children taken into the home are HIV+, therefore the first stage of the home’s process is to nurse the children back to health. Once the children are medically and emotionally stable, the home will look to recruit a foster family so the children can be reintroduced into a family environment. Your role at the home is to help implement a fun plan of activities to help the children with their basic development needs which will enable them to grow and learn at an age appropriate level. Topics covered include social play, gross motor skills, language, numeracy and rhythm. One-to-one attention for these children is also essential for them to develop and enable them to progress into pre-school.
The focus of the Cape Town Teaching Project is to educate, support, and empower disadvantaged, orphaned, and vulnerable youth through a sustainable approach to community development. As a volunteer, you are an essential part of the African Impact team, assisting our efforts in providing children and youth with a better education and a brighter future. Throughout this experience you will have rewarding opportunities to help prepare and implement weekly learning activities.
Community Pre-schools and Educare Centres
This home was established to care for abandoned and orphaned children aged between 0 and 8 years in Khayelitsha and the surrounding areas. This area of Cape Town has been hugely affected by HIV and is thought to have the highest rates in the Western Cape. The home’s main aim is to place the children into foster care as soon as they are ready. On average 60% of the children taken into the home are HIV+, therefore the first stage of the home’s process is to nurse the children back to health. Once the children are medically and emotionally stable, the home will look to recruit a foster carer so the children can be reintroduced into a family environment. As a volunteer you will assist the home’s nurse every Monday to Friday with full health checks of every child in the home to monitor their vital signs and update their medical records. As and when the children need medical attention, you will support the health assistant with appointments at the local clinic. You will also help to stimulate the children to help them develop and enable them to eventually progress into pre-school.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Cape Flats townships
What will I be doing?
Assist and conduct physical education lessons during the school day and design your own volunteer experience by coupling your sports role with dance, healthcare, teaching or orphan care.
- Assist and conduct physical education lessons with disadvantaged children during the school day
- Bring fresh ideas and motivation to children through sports and personal fitness
- Help to uplift the community by engaging in sport development while getting hands on experience in South Africa
- Coach and share ideas and skills with instructors and help put together stimulating games, drills, and lessons
- Immerse yourself in the Capetonian culture by exploring the mother city’s many restaurants, museums, markets, and nightlife
- Make friends for life with other international volunteers!
- Project fee – this goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. It facilitates funding for items such as resources, building materials, equipment and project supplies. It also covers operational costs such as housing, communication, and project vehicles.
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our volunteer house (excluding weekends)
- All airport transfers from Cape Town International Airport upon arrival and departure
- All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay
- Weekly laundry and housekeeping service
- Comprehensive orientation programme
- Assistance and support from the African Impact staff and Project Managers
- Transportation to Cape Town
- Visa fees
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Email and telephone calls made during your placement
- Any activities and excursions outside of your planned project itinerary
- Soft drinks, between meal snacks, and weekend food
What’s not included in the cost?
No specific past experience is needed for this project. However, we recommend some prior reading on South Africa, Apartheid and HIV/AIDS to give you an overview of the issues related to this project.
Following arrival to the Cape Town project, the following orientation will take place:
- Introduction to Cape Town and the surrounding areas
- Overview of all of our Cape Town Projects and the communities in which you will be working
- Introduction to all project staff
- Familiarization of the surrounding neighborhood where you will be living
- Full induction into your role as a volunteer with African Impact
Minimum 17 years, maximum decided on health of potential participant.
During school holidays activities may differ from the usual schedule but the work will be equally engaging and rewarding. The school holiday dates for South Africa for 2013 are as follows:
28 March – 8 April; 21 June – 15 July; 20 September – 1 October
The project will be closed over the Christmas holiday from 8 December until mid-January 2014.