African Impact volunteer projects in Cape Town are focused amongst communities which are poverty stricken and affected by low rates of employment, insufficient access to water and sanitation,as well as proper education and healthcare. Substance and alcohol use, linking to behaviours of physical, emotional and sexual abuse are also a major concern in these areas.
African Impact has developed meaningful programs with community partners where you can volunteer in Cape Town to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, and empower youth through education, sports and life skills. Physical Education has been removed from many school curriculums in South Africa and as a result student involvement in physical activity has decreased.
Sport is a vital part of youth development and helps to increase concentration and develop social skills such as leadership, team work, and communication. There are a number of types of schools you could be placed in as a sports development volunteer, although volunteer work will take place mainly at community schools in the informal settlement areas of Cape Town.
Volunteers will also be involved in after-school care programs where you will help to plan and implement physical games to help the children with their motor skills and fitness levels. For some children this may be the only time of day where they engage in such activities therefore providing much needed development in this area.
It also provides a safe place for children to stay in the afternoons before their caregivers or parents return home from work. As a volunteer in Africa with your own unique set of skills and interests you will have the opportunity to design your own volunteer experience by combining a focus on sports with either orphan care, teaching, or healthcare.