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South Africa Sports Coaching

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Visit South Africa, a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities and, of course, its famous wildlife and game reserves.

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South Africa is a nation also famous for its enthusiasm for sports and, as it successfully hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it is a fantastic time to visit South Africa as a sports coaching volunteer! Whether you enjoy playing sport socially or have represented your school, university or club team, or even have coaching qualifications, a volunteer coaching placement in South Africa will allow you to share your passion with children who have few other opportunities to play and learn in a well structured environment.

Contribute to this great project which is bringing both education and enjoyment to thousands of disadvantaged children in South Africa! In your free time, explore the great selection of game reserves, vast stretches of golden beaches and numerous adventurous activities from scuba diving to horse riding at your disposal!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Become a coach, mentor and friend to disadvantaged children
  • Discover the Rainbow Nation
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years
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FAST FACTS
Location Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Activities Training clinics
Matches
Arranging sports camps
Teaching
Game drive (min 12 weeks)
Trip to Jeffrey's Bay (min 12 weeks)
Visit to bungy jumping (min 12 weeks)
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country

Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Project orientation & training
Project related transport
Game drive (min 12 weeks)
Trip to Jeffrey's Bay (min 12 weeks)
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ backup

 

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

South Africa has a great sporting reputation but few top players come from poorer backgrounds and many young people lack the opportunity to play sport in a well structured environment. The project aims to bridge this gap and offer young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from structured sports training. In addition, working closely with sports academies, the project strives to identify South Africa's next generation of top sportsmen and women.

Although the focus is on sport, the project's aims are far larger. The goal is to inspire young people and teach life skills, developing a responsible youth, as well as bridging social divides and enhancing awareness of a wide range of social and health issues. Essentially sport is used as a vehicle holistically to improve the lives of young people from township communities.

As a sports coaching volunteer, you can help provide opportunities for enthusiastic young players to practise sports in an organised and fun environment as well as teach them personal skills which will equip them for the rest of their lives!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Under the leadership of local staff you will usually work five days a week coaching children of various ages, normally between nine and 16, on both in school and after school placements at various schools in the townships around Port Elizabeth. 

You will normally work with children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and you will become so much more than just a coach to them. As their mentor and friend, you will lead them on a sports training programme as well as teaching them aspects of a life skills curriculum which is designed to be both enjoyable and educational. 

The majority of your placement will involve running training clinics and matches for the children as well as providing them with decent sporting equipment. You may also get the opportunity to organise tournaments, holiday camps and various educational activities depending on when you travel and local school holidays. Over the course of your project, you will see the children develop and improve under your guidance, making this an exceptionally rewarding project!

Whilst you are on the project we also provide a range of exciting activities for our volunteers on weekends including a free game drive at a local game reserve and a free trip to the famous Jeffrey's Bay where you can go dune boarding for an extra fee, as well as taking all of our volunteers to watch the high octane bungy jumping which again you have the opportunity to get involved in for an extra fee.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

On arrival you will be collected from Port Elizabeth airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation, where you can settle in. You will then start 3–4 days of orientation in accordance with which you will be given inductions and various workshops and training and will get to know the local staff and your fellow volunteers. Throughout your placement all work-related transport is included in your project contribution. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During this placement you will stay in a comfortable volunteer house with dormitory style rooms, flushing toilets and showers. The volunteer house has a great sociable atmosphere, with Sky TV and a games room with a pool table and table tennis to enjoy with your fellow volunteers. The accommodation is conveniently located only ten minutes drive from town or the beach and a shopping centre and various amenities are within walking distance. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three meals a day are provided on your placement and vegetarians can be catered for. There will be breakfast of toast, spreads and cereals, a packed lunch which the volunteers make up themselves and dinner is available in the canteen, offering various western style meals such as pasta dishes and burgers and some South African specialities. If you venture to any local cafes or restaurants, try some of the local cuisine such as biltong and bobotie, a delicious shepherd's pie-style dish, or boerewors, which are handmade farm sausages and very popular with visitors!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

You have most evenings free and weekends are also usually free for activities or personal travel. Port Elizabeth is a traveller's hotspot, renowned for its great social life, exciting activities, game reserves, scuba schools and vast stretches of golden beaches.

In country staff place great emphasis on aiding the volunteers to organise activities and outings together to explore South Africa and, all in all, have lots of fun whilst on their placements! Volunteers enjoy playing volleyball and football on the beach nearby and you could even set up a volunteer sports team and see how you fare against the South Africans! Further afield there are plenty of adventurous activities around Port Elizabeth such as scuba diving, horse riding, bungee jumping and elephant riding. You may also have the opportunity to see the amazing wildlife of South Africa on safari trips to surrounding game reserves.

In a 12-week stay some exciting excursions are included in your project contribution such as a visit to Kragga Kama Game Reserve, a trip to Jeffrey's Bay, the home of surfing in South Africa and to Bloukrans Bridge where the world's highest bungee is! Also, in the 12-week placement, some local cultural activities are included, comprising a traditional dance and drumming performance and workshop, an authentic evening meal under the stars at Bushcamp Boma and a visit to a historical museum. 

COSTS

5 weeks US$ 2,245

12 weeks US$ 4,295

Extra week US$ 345

DEPARTURE DATES

Project runs from Saturday to Saturday

2017

13th May (5 - 7 weeks)

15th July (5 weeks only)

26th August (5 - 12 weeks)

30th September (5-7 weeks)

2018

13th January (5-11 weeks)

17th February (5-6 weeks)

7th April (5-12 weeks)

12th May (5-7 weeks)

14th July (5 weeks)

25th August (5-12 weeks)

29th September (5-7 weeks)

 

DURATION

5 - 12 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Project orientation & training
  • Project related transport
  • Game drive (min 12 weeks)
  • trip to Jeffrey's Bay (min 12 weeks)
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24 hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Port Elizabeth (PLZ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.