Coaching and Sports Management Internship, South Africa - African Impact

Coaching and Sports Management Internship, South Africa

Assist local sports coaches and short-term volunteers with sporting research and development efforts within Cape Town’s major townships. This internship will primarily focus on the application of sports science in the fields of motor skill development, player development, sports education and geriatric training. Throughout your placement, you’ll put your knowledge to the test while creating and implementing test batteries and training programs to aid in the success and sustainability of our sports project in Cape Town.


  • Work alongside professional coaches to gain practical experience and insight that can support your future career in coaching or sports management
  • Join a sports coaching clinic that is run by professional coaches who focus on delivering life skills through rugby to a group of children from underprivileged backgrounds
  • Be involved with one of Cape Town’s most renowned sports-upliftment organizations, Sporting Chance. This organization looks to provide opportunities in sporting achievement for as many children as possible – irrespective of race, gender or social class
  • Work with children and the elderly, developing lesson plans and test batteries to improve overall health and wellbeing
  • Learn about the sport culture of one of the world’s most popular sporting hubs, South Africa
  • Live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town
  • Spend your weekends exploring the city and enjoying all the incredible adventure activities on offer, including shark diving, surfing, hiking, Table Mountain, and more

About the Destination

Cape Town is officially one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities.

You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, go paragliding, take to the ocean by kayak, hang out on some of the many beaches, sip wine at stunning vineyards, head out on safari, enjoy some Africa’s finest restaurants and even take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the city. For those more interested in exploring South Africa’s culture, how about visiting the historic Robben Island, or taking a free walking tour through the city to learn about Apartheid?

Interns live in a shared volunteer and intern house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. Aside from being one of the best surfing beaches around (ready to get suited up?), it’s an area filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. Our team of international and local staff members live and work with you, so expect to see and do more than most tourists could ever dream of.

You will spend 8 – 12 weeks living at African Impact’s program base in Muizenberg, Cape Town; a sociable shared home with other interns and volunteers. From here you will travel daily to your project location, where you will work alongside highly qualified professionals who will eagerly share their wealth of knowledge with you.

Dates & Rates

Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact intern home in Cape Town – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our interns, volunteers and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who are there to support you 24/7
  • Full training and mentoring within your chosen field
  • Transport to and from your internship placement
Our internship fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-placement activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry

Why do an internship with African Impact?

You will work directly within your chosen field, side-by-side an African Impact project, most of which have been running for over a decade. This means that you get to give back something while learning new skills, and live with our team of staff, interns and volunteers. Win-win.

Provide our local community partners direct support they would otherwise not receive, while also providing valuable, practical work experience for you (if you’re asked to make a cup of coffee, a refund is heading your way). Intern support is essential for growing, developing and monitoring our projects’ impact.

Gain deeper insight into your chosen field within the context of community development or conservation in Africa. This provides a truly unique and extraordinary way to enhance your resume.

Be guided and supported 24/7 by highly professional and experienced teams on the ground, as well as from the wider African Impact team. Welcome to next-level interning, where you will receive 3 individual mentors for personal development coaching, professional development mentoring and academic training.

Volunteer Reviews

“My three months here have been absolutely incredible, there are no words to describe how lucky I feel to have found African Impact. These months have definitely been the best of my gap year and have taught me so much about South Africa, different cultures here, and life itself. Being surrounded by people from all over the world who come from different cultures gives you such a wide perspective on things.”

Kate McBride, United States

“Having had only a little experience of working with kids, this program gave me the confidence to lead sessions, plan effectively and become a better coach. The organization of the whole project gave me confidence as well as you had regular structure to your day where you would have morning meetings, observations of the days work, and then set up for the next day. You honestly won’t miss a beat as the team are on the ball.”

Kallum D, United Kingdom

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