Zambia, Coaching Sports

Company : Budget Volunteering
Location : Livingstone, Zambia
Duration: 1 week to 1 year
Approx Costs: 500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Coach a variety of sports to underprivileged children in schools in Livingstone, very close to the awesome Victoria Falls! Sports include Football, Rugby, Cricket, Volleyball, Netball & Basketball.

For this project, we have teamed up with the Ministry for Youth and Sport to enable your work to reach as many areas as possible. The aim is to try to re-ignite the passion for sports which has gradually dwindled in Zambia over the past 10 years. We work with schools, sports clubs and academies, and are also arranging for street orphans to be taught English and sports during the week.

While on your project you may also be asked to help arrange workshops, where you will help teach local sports teachers (including school coaches, sports club coaches, and even local rural chiefs) about the importance of sport. Not only will you help in the field, but you may also attend the head quarters to help plan yearly goals and aims for sport in Livingstone and the Southern Province.

You'll also cover training techniques which have not been used in Zambia. These workshops are excellent for sport in Zambia and you will be given a lot of help from our local manager (an ex-head teacher) with preparing these workshops. With these work shops you may also actually go with representatives to rural villages to help promote sport and set up sports coaching for the villages.

 Below are a few examples of sports you can teach, but any sport is available:

  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Netball / Basketball

Teaching is not available during school holidays, so please take the above school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. On the other hand, if a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

Dates for the 2014 school terms (semesters) are as follows.

  • Term 1: 13th January – 11th April
  • Term 2: 12th May – 8th August
  • Term 3: 8th September – 5th December

Dates for the 2015 school terms (semesters) are as follows.

  • Term 1: 12th January – 10th April
  • Term 2: 11th May – 7th August
  • Term 3: 7th September – 4th December


You'll live in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of Livingstone. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and a crystal clear swimming pool. It also has a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged.

Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.

You'll share a room with other other volunteers or guests of mixed gender.

Food and drink is not provided on this placement. There is a local supermarket for you to buy food from and the hostel has cooking facilities that you vcan use to prepare your meals. There is a dining room at the hostel where you can also buy meals that they prepare in-house. Many of the participants eat out on local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

At time of writing, facilities at the hostel include;

  • a swimming pool
  • recreation room with TV,
  • internet cafe with internet access,
  • a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored and
  • access to telephones.

The hostel also has an in-house booking centre, where many local activities can be booked (wildlife safaris, river cruises, river gorges, bungee jumping, white water rafting, treks, etc). They guarantee to offer the best deals in town and to beat any other lodge or booking centre!

Start Dates

All year round - subject to term times !

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £665 for one week. You may be able to participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive an information pack about your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a BVOL programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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