Provide much-needed sports coaching to children in Cape Town’s townships. Physical education brings many health benefits and helps kids develop important team work and communication skills, but sports opportunities are limited so requires a lot of creativity and enthusiasm. As a volunteer, you’ll help teach physical education sessions and coach children in various sports.
Winner of the Outstanding Volunteer Project Award in the Global Youth Travel Awards 2014
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Assist coaches in teaching physical education sessions at schools in Khayelitsha and Langa, township areas of Cape Town.
- Help design sports classes at schools, which can include new games, fitness tests, and competitions.
- Teach sports at aftercare programs, where you can organize fun games, set up obstacle courses, and coach sports such as football and hockey.
- Bring fresh ideas and motivation to disadvantaged children through physical activity.
- Choose from full time Sports Coaching and Development volunteering or combine this with another volunteer activity to broaden your volunteer experience, whether this be working with orphaned and vulnerable children, teaching and youth development, assisting in a healthcare programme or joining our gender empowerment project.
“South Africa has been the best experience ever – African Impact has been life-changing! Sports volunteering was brilliant. The kids were a pleasure to coach, and welcomed me with open arms. The coaches at the schools are doing a great job and I will miss them all greatly! I came to South Africa alone and was very nervous, but everyone did a fantastic job of making me feel this was my home. I’m leaving here feeling more than content and with a completely different outlook on life.” Mollie Robbie, UK
“The ultimate experience to combine tourism with doing something meaningful, whilst learning immeasurably beneficial life skills and enjoying the exchanging of cultures and traditions not only between South Africa and your home culture, but with every other culture you mix with during your time at African Impact.” Christopher Duddy, Ireland
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in Cape Town – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns 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 live and work alongside you every day
- A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
- All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project 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-project activity
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
- WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!
Why volunteer with African Impact?
We live and breathe all things Africa
Klim in die bakkie, ons gaan nou lekker braai. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.
We are with you all the way
Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.
We are about real, measurable change
Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.
We are leading the way
With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.
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?
Volunteers 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.
Volunteers can choose to get involved in the full-time Sports Coaching and Development project, or combine it with:
- Teaching and Youth Development project
- Orphaned and Vulnerable Children project
Work & Impacts
Sports Coaching and Development
Your involvement as a sports coach will require creating fun games and lesson plans, playing and coaching popular sports such as soccer and hockey and designing drills and fitness tests. You will work alongside a coach to facilitate physical education classes to school children as well as games to help pre-school children improve their gross motor skills and fitness levels during the afternoon. Many of these schools are lacking in outdoor space so creativity and an open mind is essential.
Work & Impacts
Part-time Teaching and Youth Development
The focus of the teaching project is to provide disadvantaged children and youth with foundation skills in life and education, working to combat very distressing community issues. As a teaching volunteer you will educate, support, and empower disadvantaged, orphaned and vulnerable youth by assisting teachers with lesson planning, running classes and providing one-on-one attention to students aged 3 – 6 years old and preparing them for primary school. You will also be involved in homework support, craft-making, educational activities and reading clubs in after-school care programs with children aged 5 – 13, which are always very rewarding and give volunteers the opportunity to make a real impact on a child’s life.
Work & Impacts
Part-time Orphaned and Vulnerable Children
A a part-time healthcare volunteer, you will spend some mornings assisting at an Emergency Care Home for Abandoned and Orphaned Children, which was established to care for neglected children aged between 0 and 8 years. 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 carers every Monday and Friday with preparing the medications and vitamins for the children. As and when the children need medical attention, you will also support the health care assistant with appointments at the local clinic or hospital.
Fun & Travel
You can hike up the magnificent Table Mountain, or take the cable car to the top. Once you’ve soaked in the breath-taking view, you can choose to abseil your way down. Surfing lessons, shark cage diving and sky-diving are also on many tourists’ “bucket lists”, and Cape Town’s mountain ranges make for great mountain-biking too.
Fun & Travel
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 Mountain Zebras, birds and a variety of flora and fauna unique to the area.
Fun & Travel
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.
Fun & Travel
The local town of Observatory, where the volunteer house is based, has a buzzing main street with coffee shops, bars and restaurants just a few minutes’ walk away. The house is comfortable and a great social gathering place for volunteers and interns – there is always something on the go. It also provides a relaxing environment should you just wish to unwind with a good book or movie in the evenings.
Fun & Travel
Cape Town has something for everyone. If you’re not so much a city slicker and prefer to discover what nature has to offer, you can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant.
At the tip of the Cape Peninsula lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which is a Natural World Heritage Site. Cape Point is a nature enthusiast’s paradise with many buck, baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, birds and a variety of flora and fauna unique to the area.