Sports Coaching in South Africa

In 1994, the South African Government removed Physical Education (PE) from school curriculums. Not surprisingly, this lead to a decline in students’ involvement in day-to-day physical activity. Volunteers are needed to fill the role of community sports coaches in Cape Town, where sports coaching and PE teachers are desperately needed.

Program Overview

Calling all Sporty Spices – we need your love of sports, passion for fitness and wicked high kicks. Okay, high kicks aren’t a prerequisite but they’re impressive all the same. In 1994, the South African Government removed Physical Education (PE) from school curriculums. Not surprisingly, this lead to a decline in students’ involvement in day-to-day physical activity.

Volunteers are needed to fill the role of community sports coaches in Cape Town, where sports coaching and PE teachers are desperately needed.

For most people, Australians in particular, it is easy to understand that sport is an integral part of youth development. Countless studies have proven that it helps increase concentration and develop crucial skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication. Being active outdoors not only feels great, but it provides outstanding holistic health and fitness benefits – all validated by science.

However, without intervention and the help of volunteers such as yourself, these PE programs wouldn’t be available to the children of the Cape Town townships. Additional extra-curricular programs have been created to provide troubled youth with a means to get off the street and involved in physical activity.

Project Details:

  • Project Activities: Taking PE lessons with kids, bringing fresh ideas and stimulation to activities
  • Project Availability: Projects starts every second Monday that school is in session. Contact CISaustralia for program dates. Projects close early December every year.
  • Project Duration: 2-24 weeks. Contact CISaustralia for availability.
  • Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Support: 24-hour on-site support from our Project Leaders and Continent Site Director
  • A valid Police Check or Working With Children Check is required
  • Minimum Age: 18+
  • Language: English

Highlights

The following are just a few highlights of this fulfilling program:

  • Stand as an inspiration to many children as you share your passion and enthusiasm for sport and physical activity
  • Bring fresh ideas and motivation to communities in need
  • Make friendships for life with the children, coaches and fellow volunteers
  • Be part of some amazing after-school care clubs, where your focus will be to implement fun sporting activities, designed to develop basic life skills

Sample Itinerary

The following is a rough outline of activities in a typical weekday:

  • Morning: Assist with sports coaching
  • Lunch: Could be taken at the school, with the community you are working at, with the coaches, at the accommodation, or go and be adventurous tasting some local delicacies
  • Afternoon: Support an after-school care program or have planning time
  • Evening: May include a workshop, events night, tours talk, etc.

Weekends are free to relax and explore the surrounding area or head out on an extended excursion with fellow volunteers. We know you’re going to be working hard during the week days, but we want you to enjoy your downtime on the weekends. Here are a few ideas:

  • Explore Cape Town and the surrounding areas
  • Go on a day safari, wine tour or Peninsula trip
  • Shark cage diving
  • Hike Table Mountain
  • Abseil or take a leisurely cable car ride

The Volunteer's Role

Volunteering is a rewarding and sometimes confronting experience, but it is also meant to be fun.

Your placement as a community sports coach is guaranteed to be filled with joy, fun and laughter. You’ll be assisting in one of the many poverty stricken schools, primarily in Khayelitsha and Langa, two townships where both sports staff and equipment are in very short supply.

You will get to work side-by-side with local staff and assist them with the facilitation of their PE lessons. You can help with skills training, teaching rules and umpiring games.

The most rewarding part of the experience is knowing that you can provide more attention for the children and provide special care to those who are struggling most. The students in Khayelitsha and Langa greatly benefit from your experience and the friendship you’ll develop with them as you become a role model. You will be someone they can look up to for inspiration as you share your enthusiasm for sports and Physical Education.

Volunteers will be engaged in a bunch of different experiences. Some of the things you’ll assist with include:

  • Sharing your knowledge and skills with both coaches and students
  • Creating innovative games and new lesson plans
  • Designing drills and fitness tests to measure personal improvement
  • Playing and coaching popular sports such as soccer and netball

There is also an after-school program where you’ll be able to share your knowledge of sport and fitness to the coaches and wider community. You will help to run drills and warm-ups, and referee games like hockey, soccer, cricket and basketball.

Depending on the length of time that you are volunteering, you may also get involved in other community-related activities, such as educational support and the opportunity to be a part of some amazing after-school care clubs run by dynamic grandmothers. The focus here will be on implementing fun sporting activities, designed to develop basic life skills. Other activities could include homework support, craft-making, gardening and reading clubs.

Required Skills 
No specific skills are required for this volunteer placement. You’ll be running around and being active so please expect that a lot of energy will be needed. Any knowledge of popular sports, and their rules, is a bonus.

Prior to commencing the project, you will need to arrange a police check or a working with children check from Australia at your own expense.

Excursions

During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the incredible attractions Cape Town has to offer. These excursions are also a great time for volunteers to interact and get to know each other better.

Get up close and personal with the Big 5 on safari, float over ancient mountains in a hot air balloon, surf down the face of massive sand dunes in the desert, canoe through impressive gorges and valleys, dive with sharks off the coast, or take time to wine, dine, shop and relax – you can do it all in South Africa. These activities should be undertaken outside of working hours (at own expense). Our on-site staff can assist in providing advice.

Possible Activities:

  • Cape Point Peninsula Tour including a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing
  • Take a hike or cable car to the top of Table Mountain
  • Experience fine wines and warm hospitality at Constantia and Stellenbosch wine farms

Location

Cape Town is a veritable melting pot of creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. It’s a city bursting with livelihood – it’s sporty, fun-loving and sociable. It’s the third largest city in South Africa and occupies what is arguably one of the world’s most stunning locations. Pure crystal blue water, stunning beaches and relaxing vineyards all rest under the shadow of the magnificent Table Mountain, which is smack-bang in the centre of Cape Town. The Mountain is protected within a national park and is the ever present backdrop of a city that boasts the title of being an adventure playground.

On the weekends, you’ll have the chance to visit the Cape Peninsular where penguins are known to dive around people swimming at the beach. If you’re not a scaredy-cat and feel like something more adventurous, you can dive with Great White Sharks.

Like many cities in South Africa, there’s an uncomfortable juxtaposition of the incredibly wealthy and the dishearteningly poor. This project works in a number of towns where there is a mix of people who are facing daunting issues of high unemployment, health concerns and crippling poverty. Seeing life in the impoverished townships may shock and sadden, but through this experience you will discover that it’s not a struggling story of bleak survival. There are heart-warming tales of public pride and hopefulness that provide a balance against shocking crime and poor health statistics.

Accommodation

The volunteer house in Muizenberg is located in a prime surf location with plenty of marine life and close to vibey bars, cafes and restaurants. It is a big, spacious and authentic Capetonian home with a large backyard for relaxing. The volunteer house offers 10 bedrooms that can accommodate between 6-8 volunteers each. All bedding is provided, however you should please bring you own towel. While the house can cater for a large number of volunteers, each will always have their own space and private storage. A volunteer fridge is also available for your own shopping if you fancy extra snacks or drinks (the house is just opposite a major grocery store). Live music venues and local markets are also close by for volunteers to enjoy. Living in this area gives the best of both worlds – live close to the beach surrounded by mountains, while also having the city nearby.

Wi-Fi is available for a small fee of R20 per week (approx. AUD $2). There is also a safe located in the office for any valuables.

Laundry facilities are available for a minimal fee per week of R60 (AUD $6) per pillowcase-size load.

Volunteers will be provided with three meals each day (Monday-Friday). Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis consisting of cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner will be cooked or prepared by one of the cooks at the volunteer house. On occasion, a packed lunch may be organised. Weekends are a great time for you to partake in tourist activities and explore this magnificent city! Volunteers have the opportunity to take advantage of the many amazing restaurants Cape Town has to offer, or you may cook your own meals at the house.

The volunteer house in Muizenberg is located within:

  • 3 min walk to the beach
  • 31 min / 26km to Cape Town city centre
  • 35 min / 30km to the airport
  • 35 min / 30km to the V&A Waterfront

Program Fee & Dates

2 - 24 week Volunteer Program - Year Round
Application deadline is 60 days prior to commencement. Contact CISaustralia for program dates. Projects starts every second Monday that school is in session and is closed early December every year. Program fee covers first two weeks; each additional week is $499.
Program Fee A$ 2,499
OS-HELP A$ 6,665

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Volunteer project placement
  • CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • On-site orientation and project induction
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off (on specified program dates within designated times)
  • Accommodation – shared rooms in a volunteer house
  • Meals – 3 meals per day, Monday to Friday
  • Daily transfers to and from your project site
  • Staff will be available to help organise weekend excursions (at additional cost) to sites such as Table Mountain, Boulders Beach and Cape Point
  • 24/7 on-site support – Project Leaders and Site Director
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Health insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Police background check (required)

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

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