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Teach Sports in South Africa

Teach children sports in a deprived township school near Cape Town

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Program Focus

Sports

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$1,777.00

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Travel to South Africa's city of Cape Town and make a difference in the lives of local township children by teaching them a range of different sports including football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics; activities the children would not otherwise have access to due to a lack of equipment and skills. Explore the exciting city and its surrounds during your free time.
Overview
Project Life
Project Details
Free Time
The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

Help teach children through a range of different sports including football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby in impoverished townships that surround the beautiful city of Cape Town.

The aim is for you to work with teachers, local communities and GVI staff to run sports programs at the schools and to give more personal attention to the students. Without this project or volunteer assistance, 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 within the township.

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 traveling onwards there is easy access to the Garden Route and cheap domestic flights to Kruger National park from Cape Town.

Testimonials

"The experience really lived up to my expectations. The affection of the children and their enthusiasm was a particular highlight of the trip, though I also really enjoyed the Cape Town side trip. I feel that I have made a real difference here. The kids need sports lessons and would not have them without the volunteers. The experience opened my eyes to see that there is still a lot of work to do in order to give equal opportunities to everybody."

- Katja Rusanen, (Finland)

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

Parents

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

Course 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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

Course Details

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

You will also be involved in coaching a different team sport each day such as netball, football/soccer, rugby, cricket and athletics.

On certain afternoons you may be required to attend and assist with matches or tournaments.

As well as providing additional opportunities for the children it is also hoped that the program will 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 project 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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

Life on the Internship

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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

Program Details

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

You will also be involved in coaching a different team sport each day such as netball, football/soccer, rugby, cricket and athletics.

On certain afternoons you may be required to attend and assist with matches or tournaments.

As well as providing additional opportunities for the children it is also hoped that the program will 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 project 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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

Project Details

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

You will also be involved in coaching a different team sport each day such as netball, football/soccer, rugby, cricket and athletics.

On certain afternoons you may be required to attend and assist with matches or tournaments.

As well as providing additional opportunities for the children it is also hoped that the program will 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 project 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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

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 Traveling 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.

The Team

Andy Eskeland
Project Coordinator

Meet Andy, Our Project Coordinator at the Ikhayalethemba orphanage. He initially joined us as a volunteer and stayed on as a part of the team.

His favorite aspect of his job? “Working with the kids and seeing their growth and development, especially with English, which is so important. Seeing some of the children progress to joining a school, and seeing how proud they are is just amazing.”

What does Andy think the volunteers contribute to the project? “They bring different ideas and abilities that I can learn from, as well as expanding the variety of activities for the kids. His highlight since joining the project? Participating in the Charity Challenge. “We completed a three-day hike from Cape Point to Table Mountain as a fundraiser for the orphanage, with great results!”

Jennie Rasmussen
Program Manager

Meet Jennie, or ‘JT’ as she’s better-known. She started out as a volunteer in 2010, before being offered the position of Project Coordinator, progressing to Senior Coordinator, Project Manager, and finally, our invaluable Programs Manager for Cape Town.

JT’s number one highlight since working with GVI? Library Day. “GVI staff from around the globe, volunteers, school teachers and children – about 60 people, transformed an empty space in to a fully functioning library in just one day. It great to get so many people involved with such a worthwhile project. I was also lucky enough to see the faces of the first class of children when they saw the library.”

What does JT think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers are crucial for this operation; to help the projects grow. Every person has something to offer, whether that’s professional skills or knowledge based on their own experiences.”

Cheryl Martin
Project Manager

Meet Cheryl, our Base Manager in Cape Town. A former teacher, headmaster and special needs educator, she was the first volunteer on our ‘Grade R’ project, and was exactly who we needed.

Cheryl’s main highlight since being on the project? “When we first started ‘book-time’ at the orphanage, the children didn’t really appreciate books and stories. We were pretty persistent and the children now easily sit and enjoy a book for almost an hour, even the toddlers! It’s led to such a great improvement in their language skills, attention span and ability to learn. I’m also really proud of the work we have done concerning protecting children’s rights, especially in social media. We’ve set a really good standard.”

What does Cheryl think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers never cease to amaze me with their skills and talents! It’s so important to use these talents as best we can. These things have made a difference to the teacher’s ability to provide a program, and therefore, to the children’s ability to learn.

Peter Bradford
Country Director

Meet Pete, our Country Director for South Africa. He’s been with GVI since 2004, when he joined us as a Field Manager.

Pete’s highlights since working for GVI? “Witnessing birth, life, drama and death in the South African bush, and over time, really getting a sense of the inter-connectedness and cyclical nature of it all. The biggest privilege though, has been sharing it with our volunteers, guiding them in their early forays into this vibrant, exciting ecosystem and seeing their growth over time on the program is truly wonderful to witness.”

What does Pete think volunteers bring to the project? “Have you ever driven a game viewer off-road, at night, while using a telemetry receiver, spotlight and GPS, all while talking on the radio and trying to scribble down some data?! The volunteers are a great help in many different ways. Some, when they first arrive, believe they have no relevant skills to bring to the team, then later discover that seemingly obscure talents can make a difference too.”

Elisabeth Tuck
Country Expert

Meet Lis, our Celidh-dancing world record holder who dreams of being in the Lion King. She started out at GVI as a volunteer in Kenya, and loved the way we do things (obviously) which led her to apply for a job with us, and Bob’s your aunty – here she still is!

One of our favorite volunteer stories about ‘Dottle’, as she’s also known, is how she was once asked on a date by a charming Southern boy. It went something like this: “You better get on a plane, Darlin, ‘cos we got dinner reservations tonaaaaght” Priceless.

Lis’ one travel must-have that she recommends to all volunteers is an open mind “I know its cliché, but if you try everything and take new situations as they come, you’ll have a much more fulfilling experience”.

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • 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

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Location

Cape Town

GVI Community operations in South Africa are based out of Gordons Bay, a picturesque coastal village nestled at the foot of the Hottentot Hollands Mountain Range, just outside Stellenbosch and 45 minutes from Cape Town. The area is home to beautiful swimming beaches, magnificent wine farms and popular restaurants and bars. Gordons Bay is also the beginning of the scenic and well-known Garden Route, making this the perfect base to explore the best sites and activities the Cape has to offer.

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