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.
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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
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
Cape Town; More Complex Than Meets The Eye?
Tourists flock to Cape Town, South Africa, every year for it’s iconic mountains, beautiful beaches and laid back lifestyle. However, this top holiday destination is much more complex than meets the eye. With countless activities such as hiking, surfing, skydiving, rugby matches and delicious food to try, it is easy to overlook the economic disparity only a short distance away.