Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / NGO / Sports Coaching / Teaching
Country: South Africa
Location : Knysna
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Coach football and other sports to local children in underprivileged schools. Double your experience by combining this sports project with teaching in the schools.

The schools cater for many children from the poorer township community. Your help and support are appreciated by everyone, but mostly by the children! Travellers' coaching programme has been running in this region for many years and the impact our volunteers have had is amazing. Many of them return again and again. The result is a community that has benefited tremendously over the past few years.


-> The incredible satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped deserving children.
-> An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa
-> New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
-> An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
-> And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


The schools we work with are mainly for the poorer African and Coloured children in the local community and they have a love for sports and are very keen and eager to learn.
Sport classes are run in conjunction with the Life Orientation classes. The purpose of these classes is to develop Team work, Confidence, Self Esteem, Communication Skills and Leadership.

These classes also help to develop skills, knowledge, values and attitudes that empower learners to make informed decisions and take appropriate actions regarding:
■ Health promotion;
■ Social development;
■ Personal development;
■ Physical development, movement and orientation to the world of work.

As sports lessons are run in conjunction with life orientation classes it is difficult to say how often you will be able to coach sports, therefore please note that you will not be guaranteed full time sports coaching on this particular project.

However if you use your own initiative to generate sports activity when and where you can or even after school, then we are sure that you will gain so much from this experience, just seeing those happy faces on those enthusiastic children will make it all so worthwhile!

Sports in South Africa are becoming compulsory. Unfortunately many children don't receive a proper sports education at their school, which is why your help is needed. You'll also provide essential education for the school teachers, who'll learn from you and be able to carry on with your coaching assignments once you've left, ensuring some continuity for the children.

You can coach a variety of sports, such as Cricket, Football, Netball and Rugby. Although facilities are basic, there is still a lot that you can do. The average class size is between 15 and 40.

As this is not a full time sports project and will therefore not fill up your entire timetable, you will have the opportunity to teach other subjects during the day, such as conversational English or any other subjects you may be interested in.

If you would rather coach sports full time then we have another very exciting option for you based in Knysna.


As a volunteer sports coach with Travellers, you have access to a large number of coaching manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced in-house by our Sports Manager. These manuals are very useful and will help you to plan coaching sessions for your students.


There are many other activities and mini projects you can help with during your time in Knysna if you wish including orphanages and soup kitchens as well as community projects.


Knysna: You will more than likely live in one of our volunteer houses with other Travellers volunteers. You will either have your own room or will share a room with one or more other Travellers volunteers. It will depend on how many people are there at the same time that you are. These are comfortable houses with good facilities and most have a beautiful view of Knysna Lagoon. You will be provided with a food budget to cook and prepare our own meals


Talk to us - We're there to help you. Most of our team are ex Travellers volunteers and are ideally qualified to offer advice and guidance because they know what you're looking for. They'll help you find your perfect project - and then make it all happen!

If you’d like more information about this or any of our projects, please email or call us! If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.

It’s as easy as that.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. The project is not available between mid December and mid January. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £795 for one week. You can participate for up to twelve weeks or longer, 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 also receive a free T-shirt and free coaching manuals.

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 comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, 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 and a love of your sport! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 16 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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