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Swaziland Sports Coaching

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Visit Swaziland – a unique haven where an ancient monarchy rules a land of amiable people and bountiful and striking national parks, and help make a difference to underprivileged children in deprived areas.

Delve into the intriguing culture of this tiny southern African nation, with its witch doctors, tribal dances, and fascinating festivals. Swaziland is known for its special mystique, created by the traditional way of life, and the extreme friendliness of its people.

Enjoy the experience of this unusual country that lies at the heart of southern Africa, whilst contributing to the well being and happiness of children and young people who truly need and deserve a positive influence in their lives. Within this minute, beautiful gem of a kingdom, almost 30% of children cannot afford to go to school. Thousands more miss out on extra curricular activities that are taken for granted in the Western world. Make a difference by giving your time and commitment to this new and exciting project that is bringing light and hope into the lives of hundreds of children here!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Become a coach, mentor & friend to the disadvantaged children
  • Explore intriguing & spectacular Swaziland
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Terrestrial Sports Family
FAST FACTS
Location Mbabane, Swaziland
Activities Arranging tournaments
Fundraising
Range of sports
Sports outings
Transport Bus journey to project site
Accommodation Backpacking lodge

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
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Children in Swaziland suffer through a lack of access to education; not simply in academic terms but in relation to an absence of an institutional structure that would keep them inspired and stimulated. In many cases, the lack of sufficient extra curricular activity has been linked to subsequent criminal activity, and high levels of unemployment can lead bored youngsters into trouble. This project seeks to provide the facility to enable the development of underprivileged children, by providing a varied and far reaching sports programme in the poorest areas. Sports have proved time and time again to provide a focus and to improve and uplift the lives of young people, keeping them stimulated, absorbed, fit and healthy.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As a volunteer on the project, you will be directly responsible for much of the day to day running of the sports projects. All kinds of sports can be integrated, although the most popular tend to be football, netball and volleyball. Your role will be to inspire the children to get involved, and using your initiative and creativity to make the sessions enjoyable and constructive. As well as teaching the children important skills, you will be helping arrange tournaments, encouraging less confident children to participate, and fundraising for the sports facility.

Some days, you may be required to visit other primary schools and day care centres in order to reach out to under-resourced sites, so that as many children as possible can benefit from this worthwhile endeavour. Twice weekly, you will also be asked to join the community care volunteers in coordinating sports outings for orphans and other extremely vulnerable youngsters. You may even like to help organise a sports day for the local community, or campaign in the neighbourhood to recruit children to the project and demonstrate the importance of sports and teambuilding. Overall, the activities are varied, and will give you a great opportunity to build up your own organising and communication skills whilst providing an enjoyable challenge that will remember for the rest of your life!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival you will make your way to the project location by bus. You will be given specific and detailed directions to the site. All other project related travel will be included in the project contribution.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a simple, comfortable backpacking lodge in the traditional capital of Swaziland – Mbabane. It is within 5 km of the project site, and has a number of dormitories with bunk beds and communal washing facilities. The layout of the lodge is very conducive to a good social atmosphere – there is a shared kitchen, TV lounge with games and a large deck with a pool table and dart board. It is surrounded by lush gardens with a traditional barbeque area, and is located near an abundance of shops and restaurants.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three delicious meals per day are provided for you. Breakfast and dinner will be served at your accommodation.  Lunch is prepared at the dormitories and the preparation is communal. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are catered for, but please contact us if you require any specific requirements.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you may wish simply to relax and soak up the staggering natural beauty and bewitching culture of this charming destination. However if you would like to explore further afield and embrace more energetic activities, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. You may like to try white water rafting down dramatic tumbling rivers, mountain biking through rugged terrain where you can spot some of the 280 species of exotic birds that thrive here, or horse ride along winding forest paths as impala dart ahead of you. Otherwise you may wish to enjoy more conventional sporting activities such as golf, tennis and squash as you soak up the vibrant southern African sunshine. You may also wish to experience one of the tribal festivals that are a key aspect of life here – the "reed dance" festival occurs in August or September, and the intriguing Inewala ceremony in late December or early January. Staff can help you negotiate prices for activities with local providers; this will also give you the chance to contribute to the local economy. It may also be possible to arrange long weekends and expeditions away to destinations such as beautiful Mozambique and the famous Kruger National Park.

COSTS

4 weeks US$ 2,395

Extra week US$ 595

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT

DURATION

4 weeks and longer

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
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Manzini (MTS)

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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