SOUTH AFRICA: Sports School Work Experience Internship in Beautiful Knysna!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Sports Coaching
Country: South Africa
Location : Knysna
Duration: 2 weeks to 6 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

This placement combines coaching in a variety of sports with gaining valuable work experience in a well set-up and organized Sports School. And you're helping children from an underprivileged community.

You'll assist in the management and running of the school, coaching the children and possibly playing for the teams based at the school.
 

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

ocated in the beautiful town of Knysna along the Garden Route, you'll have the opportunity to coach and play cricket, golf, hockey, squash and tennis. This is quite a unique project in that it combines coaching with managing and administering a sports school dedicated to a development programme for underprivileged children in the community. You'll be able to involve yourself in a number of different roles:

• Sports Administration and Management
• Coaching
• Sports events organising
• Sports Development
• Grounds Management and Maintenance

The sports school is in a very beautiful location overlooking the Knysna Lagoon - being out in the fresh air and playing sports with such panoramic views is enjoyable, uplifting and quite unique. The school has excellent facilities, including a pavilion, cricket and hockey ground. The school was established in 1992 as a sports promotional tool for the previously disadvantaged community. The school's motto is ‘To play for the sake of the game’. The sports school provides term-time coaching in squash, cricket, golf, hockey and tennis to boys and girls in the area of Knysna and works closely with the children from the under-privileged community. As well as coaching, the school also organises a number of sporting events which brings visiting teams to Knysna to play against local teams. These occasions are always lots of fun and a good strong competitive spirit.

The mission statement of the sports school is; - The promotion of sportsmanship, fellowship and self-respect among children in Knysna through the medium of a healthy sporting ethos and environment, and the development of their skills in their chosen sport. You'll be involved in a number of different activities during the day.

A typical day will consist of undertaking the administration and management of the sports school, which includes, for example:

• Organising monthly sports festivals at the Sports School - schools from all over the country come to Knysna to take part in these festivals
• Organising matches for overseas touring sports teams
• Sports facility maintenance
• General paperwork and administration
• Organising matches between schools and clubs. As well as working on the administration side of the sports school, you'll also be involved in coaching your particular sport, or a variety of different sports, depending on your choice.

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME:

The sports school has a well-established sports development programme which aims to allow children from the surrounding townships to come to the facility and receive free coaching. They also have children from more affluent backgrounds attending the sports school and this interaction benefits both groups. There are a number of qualified coaches at the school who you will be assisting, so if you're not a very experienced coach, or you lack confidence in your coaching skills, you can learn and develop your own abilities by working alongside these coaches. You can chose to coach one or more different sports and you can do a placement for any length of time, from two weeks upwards.

The sports are divided by season and are as follows:

SPORTS: CRICKET, TENNIS AND GOLF: Dates: Between October and April, with a long break in the middle from 1st December to 15th January

SPORTS: SQUASH, HOCKEY, TENNIS AND GOLF Dates: from April 10th to 22nd September During the start of the school year (February and March) you will be going into the township schools with the coaches to do talent spotting, i.e. identifying children who have talent in a particular sport. These children are then encouraged to come to the sports school to receive coaching.

PLAYING SPORTS As well as coaching sports, you'll also have the chance to train and possibly play for the sports schools senior/mens teams. The sports school has teams in a number of sports. If you'd like to compete and train in your sport, the dates for the different sports sessions are given below:

Cricket: January - mid March, and September - mid November Tennis: April - end of May Squash: April - mid September This is a very professional and intense sports placement where you can really benefit by learning sports administration, management and coaching. At the same time you'll also benefit the poorer community through the sports development programme.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING IN 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. These are comfortable houses with good facilities and most have a beautiful view of Knysna Lagoon. Your meals are all provided. There are several good, inexpensive steak houses and lots of good Chinese, Italian and other ethnic restaurants. With local beer costing only 50p and Coca Cola 30p. A good night out is cheap and spending money goes a long way!

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, but subject to school holidays. 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 £1,095 for two weeks. You can participate for up to six months, 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, home stay, apartment or flat).
You'll also receive a free T-shirt.
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.

Requirements

Qualifications depend on which placement you choose. Some don't require any qualifications or experience and some others would prefer some experience. Please speak to us so that we can help you choose the placement that is right for you and will give you the most beneficial experience. All placements do require you to have initiative, adaptability and patience (and a good sense of humor helps!)

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