Volunteer Abroad Programs Since 1997

Teach children sports in a township school near Cape Town

Project Overview

As a volunteer on this project will you be able to help teach children a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, tennis and more in some of the impoverished townships that surround the beautiful city of Cape Town.

You will work with teachers, local communities and GVI staff to run sports programs at the schools and provide more personal attention to the students. Without this program or the assistance of volunteers like you, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skill and supervision.

Volunteer and live in an attractive coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with direct exposure to local culture and communities. Optional side trips are available to Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Town wildlife safari and wine tasting in Stellenbosch, to name but a few! Any side trips you wish to take can be arranged on arrival in Cape Town. For those travelling onwards there is easy access to the Garden Route and cheap domestic flights to Kruger National park from Cape Town.


We are always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our team. This project offers qualifying and high-performing volunteers the chance to stay on the project for a longer duration on a GVI Scholarship free of charge and as part of the staff team in the field. If you would like to work towards a field career and make the very most of your time abroad, you might want to work towards a place on a GVI Scholarship. Successful scholars may find themselves offered full time employment with GVI, and many of our current staff have come through this route. Contact us for more information!

Please note, the awarding of scholarships is at the sole discretion of GVI and may be offered immediately after the completion of your program or at a later date.

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Project Life

Monday to Friday

On arrival you will undergo training on general life in the township, local language sayings, South African customs and culture as well as ideas on coaching techniques and different outdoor games.

During the week you will travel to the school each day to deliver sports and physical education lessons between approximately 9am at 4pm.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be in a house or apartment, shared room and bathrooms with access to hot running water and electricity.

Free Time

Weekends are free for you to explore and enjoy all the amazing sights that Cape Town has to offer, such as a safari day-trip or cultural tour of the city.

Project Details

Your work on this project will involve teaching physical education classes, games and activities as well as specific sports to children at a township school.  Each day you will teach several classes, offering a number of different outdoor games, fitness exercises or healthy living workshops.

You will also help coach a different team sport each day. The most popular sports are: basketball, soccer and track and field. On some afternoons you may also attend and assist with matches or tournaments.

In addition to providing more outdoor and sports opportunities for the children, we also hope that our volunteers can help identify talented individuals and help them realize their potential.

How this project makes a difference:

The youth in many of South Africa’s poverty stricken communities turn to drugs, alcohol and criminal activity due to a lack of adult supervision and boredom. This program engages young children in sports and activities which encourages healthy living and teaches life skills. Most importantly, their increased involvement in sports provides them with alternative interests that can keep them off the streets.


I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here and have loved all aspects of it – the other volunteers, staff, kids, living conditions and food. This experience has broadened my view of the world and...
Benjamin Paden, USA

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here and have loved all aspects of it – the other volunteers, staff, kids, living conditions and food. This experience has broadened my view of the world and given me a whole new appreciation for my life and the everyday things that I take for granted. I have got a new sense of fulfillment being here and helping the children. I will always have a special place in my heart for all the kids and if my career takes off well I would absolutely donate money to better this school.

This program has been amazing. I could not have asked for a better experience, from the kids at the school to the other volunteers and GVI staff, this experience is something I will never forget. I...
Caroline Anderson, Canada

This program has been amazing. I could not have asked for a better experience, from the kids at the school to the other volunteers and GVI staff, this experience is something I will never forget. I have made lasting friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with the kids at school. It is one thing to give the kids hope, but it is another to give them a future, and that is what GVI is giving them.

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Below is some information on trips and travel options in South Africa.

Optional Side Trips

Cape Town Cultural and Activity Weekend

This trip includes 2 nights in Cape Town near Long Street so that you can sample the lively weekend city life. On Friday afternoon you will travel through to Cape Town after finishing your volunteer work.. The Saturday is a free day and you may wish to take the opportunity to visit some of the following iconic Cape Town attractions: Robben Island, Table Mountain, District 6 Museum, Castle of Good Hope or the Green Market Square craft markets. Sunday includes a full day in Cape Point and a visit to an African Penguin colony. You will have the opportunity to explore the Cape Point nature reserve on mountain bike where you may see antelope, zebra, ostrich, seals and possibly even whales. During the day you will enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the reserves beautiful beaches.

Wildlife Safari

Visit a private game reserve which is located one and a half hours from Cape Town. Here you will enjoy lunch and an afternoon safari before returning home. Transfers to and from the project accommodation are included. There are many other fantastic trips in the area around Cape Town that can easily be arranged once in-country such as shark cage diving, skydiving, wine tasting tours, Hermanus day trips for whale watching (seasonal) or a typical township experience.

Please note that anyone booking on this project for the two week option will need to extend their stay if they want to take part in  more side trips.

Further Travelling Opportunities

South Africa has such a wealth of fantastic opportunities for further travel. In Cape Town, you have easy access to the famous Garden Route, chances to explore the Cederberg Mountain range or take more time to enjoy the vibrancy of Cape Town. Other possibilities include the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, the beauty of the Kalahari Desert, historic Zululand, the fantastic Southern Coast, the world-renowned National Parks of Kruger and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and many more amazing options in this stunning country.

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Arrival orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)
  • Lunch
  • Daily transport to and from project sites

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes