ZAMBIA: Share your Love of Sports with Children in Beautiful Livingstone!

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

You have the exciting opportunity to take sports to children who will benefit immensely from your help. You could do this by helping to run workshops and also by coaching in local and rural schools.

LOCATION:

Our projects are all located in Livingstone, just a few miles away from the awesome Victoria Falls where everyone goes to enjoy the multitude of activities available, from white-water rafting and canoeing on the magnificent Zambezi River to bungy jumping or game spotting in the Reserve. Livingstone is a charming town, possibly one of the nicest in Zambia. Zambia encompasses everything magnificent about Africa - wetlands, wildlife, birds, safaris, lakes, rivers, culture and adventure sports!

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into real Africa.
► The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them
► 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!

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Travellers has teamed up with the Ministry for Youth and Sport enabling your work to reach as many areas as possible. In this partnership we have set goals of re-igniting the passion for sports which has gradually dwindled in Zambia over the past 10 years. we work with schools, sports clubs, 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 You'll cover training techniques which are useful here but have not been used in Zambia. These workshops are excellent for sport in Zambia and you’lll be given a lot of help from our local manager (an ex-Head Teacher) with preparing these workshops. With these workshops, you may also accompany representatives to rural villages to help promote sport and set up sports coaching for the villages.

Not only will you help in the field, but you will also be in high demand at the head quarters, helping plan yearly goals and aims for sport in Livingstone and the Southern Province, which may then ultimately have a huge effect on sport as a whole in Zambia! Below are a few examples of sports you can teach, but any sport is available - please contact us for more details if you would like to do something that isn't listed.

COACHING FOOTBALL:

Football in Zambia, like the rest of Africa has a massive following! You will see many children playing in the street kicking home made footballs (plastic bags tied in a ball with string) as well as children and adults walking around in worn out replica Premiership football kits. This passion for football is also shown by the government and National team who use football as a tool to gain recognition of Zambia as a Nation. .
Many schools practice football, but many lack good sports equipment. Where facilities are available, it is generally a pot holed pitch with two warn goal posts (some made of metal and a lot with tree trunks with no nets), and a deflated football. Therefore, all schools appreciate the your help, and they also appreciate the footballs, cones, bibs, etc,m that many volunteers kindly take with them and that are bought out of the donations that Travellers continues to provide.

You’ll coach football to children at schools and assist the staff to arrange matches and tournaments. We are also arranging for volunteers to teach local orphans who would not normally receive such teaching. Here we will arrange weekly slots at certain sports grounds to provide coaching for this worthwhile cause.
Another excellent opportunity will be for volunteers to work hand in hand with football academies, helping train the children as well as scout local children in the schools where you teach. These academies are generally feeder clubs for teams in Zambia and the National Team, and even sometimes for overseas clubs!

COACHING RUGBY:

The sad fact is that not many people have the opportunity to play or receive coaching in rugby in Zambia. As a Travellers rugby coach you will be working in a number of schools around Livingstone. You'll usually have sessions from 9 am to around 3 pm, Mondays to Fridays, coaching rugby during P.E. lessons. From 3:30 to 6.00 pm, you will be running coaching at after school clubs to a variety of ages.
As many people in Zambia will never have played rugby before, this project will be quite unique. We are keen to develop rugby in this area at the grassroots level and expose as many people as possible to the sport.

COACHING VOLLEYBALL:

Volleyball is a popular sport in Zambia. Many people play but very few receive proper coaching on how to play. You’ll work in a number of schools around Livingstone, usually from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, coaching volleyball during P.E. lessons. From 3:30 to 6.00 pm, you will be running coaching at after school clubs to a variety of ages.

COACHING CRICKET:

Cricket in Zambia is seen as an elitist sport and most people don’t get the chance to play cricket. As a Travellers cricket coach, you will be working in a number of schools from Monday to Friday around Livingstone from 9 – 3 coaching cricket during P.E. lessons. From 3:30 to 6.00 pm, you will be running coaching at after school clubs to a variety of ages. As many people in Zambia will never have played cricket before, this project will be quite challenging and unique.

COACHING NETBALL AND BASKETBALL:

Netball and basketball are popular sports in Zambia. Many people play, but very few receive proper coaching. The school have very poor facilities, so with Travellers' help and over time we hope to improve this for many schools in the area. You’ll work in a number of schools around Livingstone, usually from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, coaching Netball and basketball during P.E. lessons. From 3:30 to 6.00 pm, you will be running coaching at after school clubs to a variety of ages.

ACCOMMODATION:

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. You'll share a room with three or four other volunteers.

Travellers' placements are very flexible and you can combine this project with any other Travellers project, either in the same country or in different countries.

WHAT TO DO NEXT:

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.
 

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. 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 three weeks, 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. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, 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 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.
You'll also receive a free T-shirt.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers 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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