Sports Coaching & Development, Cape Town South Africa

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


Cape Town is in the midst of an historic drought and water is in very short supply. We would like to assure all volunteers that African Impact has contingency plans in place and all volunteers will have sufficient water throughout their stay. Life in Cape Town will continue and the community programs will need dedicated volunteers more than ever.


  • 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.

Volunteer Reviews

“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

Prices include:
  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry
How your volunteer fee is used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

About the Destination

During your stay at the tip of Africa you will be located in Observatory – the city’s most bohemian suburb, a short 10 minute drive from the Cape Town city centre. The secure property is fully furnished and staffed with a cook and housekeeper. Volunteers in Cape Town share a room with 2-6 others and bathrooms are communal. Wifi is available for a small fee as well as access to a small lock-up safe for your valuable items.

In the summer months, from December to February, days are lovely and hot.

The winter months of June to August tend to be rather wet but there are some beautiful crisp sunny days in between. Cape Town is a buzzing location for sports tours and festivals such as the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, Two Oceans Marathon, Jazz Music Festival and Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. There are plenty of local markets to visit, especially on weekends, where you can enjoy mouth-watering home-made fare and shop for local crafts. Visit heritage sites such as Robben Island and maybe even spot whales and dolphins off the coast. The Cape is also ‘wine country’ offering remarkable wine tours and magnificent scenery.

Craft breweries are also taking the Cape by storm and there are plenty of places to visit for some unique beer tasting experiences.

As you work and travel in Africa, the people of Cape Town will warm your heart, entertain you and you will discover great diversity in the different communities. Whether you are a student volunteer, coming for a gap year program or a well-seasoned traveller, this volunteer opportunity in Africa promises to leave you a deeper, stronger individual ready for the next adventure.

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