Coach Sports in South Africa

Company : Oyster Worldwide
Activities: Career Break / Community Volunteer Projects / Sports Coaching / Summer Volunteer Programs / Summer Jobs / Swimming Instructor Jobs
Country: South Africa
Location : Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Duration: 4 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 2500 £ Pound (UK)

Many children in South Africa don't get the opportunity to learn sports and that's where you can help! Coach your favourite sport in one of the world's greated sporting nations and really help to make a difference.

South Africa is famous in the world of sport, epsecially in the realms of rugby, swimming and cricket. Every year, the country becomes more prominent in international sports and produces countless sporting heroes. This programme allows volunteers to take their own passion for sport and to pass this on to the children living in Port Elizabeth's townships. There really is nothing like being there when a child saves their first goal or scores their first try!

What will I be doing?

As a volunteer, you can choose to teach a whole range of sports:

Football- you will travel around several township schools with other voluntees. As the host to the 2010 World Cup, South African football has inevitably grown in popularity.

Rugby- The Springbok national team are certainly a force to be reckoned with. Volunteers will travel to several schools a day in the townships. The sport is not formally taught in township schools so the kids are very enthusiastic about learning it.

Cricket- Cricket is a sport in South Africa that everyone can play whether they are from the townships, the countryside or the cities.You will get plenty of opportunity to play the sport and to teach it across a number of schools in the townships.

Netball- This sport is ever growing in South Africa, especially with girls. The courts are not always the best, but with your help and enthusiasm, you could share this sport with many more. Many of the kids’ parents are unable to feed their families daily, and so part of the programme helps to feed some of the kids in the schools.

Hockey- This is a fast growing sport in South Africa and the children are very eager to learn. Your role will be to arrange coaching sessions, games and exercise sessions with the kids. From drills to skills, from passing to intercepting and all the way up to a game, the kids will be keen all the way.

Tennis- A sport, which once was only played by the affluent, is now widely spread across South Africa. Working alongside other volunteers, you will work with  take the kids into small groups. Be prepared to start with the basics. Over time, you will be able to set up games.

Swimming- Although South Africa boasts medal winning Olympic swimmers, over 70% of the population has little or no swimming ability. This can have tragic consequences when locals try to swim in the sea. Your help will be greatly appreciated and the government are very supportative of all swimming initiatives.

What can I do in my free time?

There is so much to do in stunning South Africa. Port Elizabeth is on the Garden Route, the famous trail along the soast of the country. Known as the 'windy city', Port Elizabeth has a subtropical climate and does experience some rain in the winter months.

You will be close to all the amenities (5-10 minute walk) and there are plenty of excellent links to the city. You will be staying in single-sex dormitorary style accommodation, which has plenty to keep all volunteers occupied. It boasts a TV with SKY and DVD facilities, swimming pool, kitchen area, dart board, table football, braii (BBQ), pool table and a gym.

As a hot spot for travellers, volunteers can spend free time visiting local game reserves, seeing traditional dance and music performances or taking part in the numerous sporting and activities on offer. Volunteers could mountain bike, camp, shark cage dive, bugee jump,take 4x4 safaris, play golf, fish, scuba dive, parachute, horse ride, dune board, surf, fly on a microlight, water ski... the list really is endless. With evenings and weekends free, volunteers will not be short of things to do!

Start Dates

12 week programmes:
9th January – 26th March (11 week session only)
2nd April – 25th June
27th August – 19th November

5 week programmes:
9th January – 13th February
13th February – 19th March
2nd April – 7th May
7th May – 11th June
16th July – 20th August
27th August – 1st October
1st October – 5th November

Costs / Benefits

5 weeks costs £1239; each additional week costs £147, excluding flights. 12 week programme (highly recommended) is £2209.

Booking / Enquiry

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Oyster Worldwide Coach Sports in South Africa Reviews

Coach Sports in South Africa

Wasn't sure what it would be like at first and if I would enjoy it but in the first few hours of being there, you know that it's going to already be the best time of your life.

It was amazing coaching different sports to enthusiastic children and seeing how happy they were during the sessions we gave them, and to then see them come back the weeks after and continue improving their skills.

I enjoyed meeting new life long friends and creating memories to last a lifetime that you really will never forget.

If you're unsure whether or not it's time to go to university then go on a trip like this to get away and have time to focus on you and enjoy what it brings you.

Thanks for helping me organize a trip of a lifetime that I won't ever forget, and I will definitely use Oyster again to book another trip in the future

By: Georgie Wager
Nationality: British
Age: 19

Sports Coaching

Although some aspects of the project (such as the food and and organisation) were not perfect, my overall experience was wonderful, the other volunteers and children we worked with made it excellent.
The best thing was doing one to one tutoring with the children at the school and getting to know individuals in a personal level and seeing their abilities improve. At childcare a highlight for me was becoming particularly close to certain children and gaining their trust. The safari trip to Shamwari was also a highlight.
It's a life changing experience. You get to experience a totally different culture with like-mined people which makes it all the more rewarding. The kids you work with are so full of life and so loving they could make anyone happy!
I would say be open minded. Try everything even if it is out of your comfort zone as you may surprise yourself. Get used to going with the flow as things can be a bit disorganised at times but everything works out in the end and you have to acclimatise to South African time- things happen at their own pace out there!

By: Asha
Nationality: UK
Age: 19

Sports Coaching

Although some aspects of the project (such as the food and and organisation) were not perfect, my overall experience was wonderful, the other volunteers and children we worked with made it excellent.
The best thing was doing one to one tutoring with the children at the school and getting to know individuals in a personal level and seeing their abilities improve. At childcare a highlight for me was becoming particularly close to certain children and gaining their trust. The safari trip to Shamwari was also a highlight.
It's a life changing experience. You get to experience a totally different culture with like-mined people which makes it all the more rewarding. The kids you work with are so full of life and so loving they could make anyone happy!
I would say be open minded. Try everything even if it is out of your comfort zone as you may surprise yourself. Get used to going with the flow as things can be a bit disorganised at times but everything works out in the end and you have to acclimatise to South African time- things happen at their own pace out there!

By: Asha
Nationality: UK
Age: 19

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