Sports Coaching Volunteer Project in Cape Town

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Lead Sports Coaching Classes for Young Kids in Cape Town

Join us on an extraordinary journey to transform the lives of children in Cape Town through the power of sports. As a sports volunteer, you’ll have the privilege of providing much-needed sports coaching to local communities, fostering physical fitness, teamwork, and communication skills.

Collaborate in designing innovative sports classes, introducing new games, conducting fitness tests, and organizing competitions. Your enthusiasm and dedication will ignite the spark of sportsmanship among the children, fostering a sense of camaraderie and self-confidence. This sports coaching volunteer opportunity is more than just teaching sports; it’s about creating lasting memories, fostering teamwork, and empowering the next generation to embrace an active future.

Project Highlights

  • Assist local coaches in delivering dynamic physical education sessions at schools in Khayelitsha and Langa, igniting a passion for healthy movement in young minds
  • Collaborate with educators to design engaging sports classes, incorporating innovative games, fitness challenges, and friendly competitions to keep students active and motivated
  • Share your passion for sports at aftercare programs
    Organize exciting games, set up challenging obstacle courses, and coach popular sports like football and hockey, fostering a love for physical activity in a supportive environment
  • Inject fresh ideas and infectious enthusiasm into your interactions, empowering children to discover the joy and countless benefits of an active lifestyle
  • After a day filled with inspiring work, unwind and explore the beauty and vibrancy of Cape Town

Quick Facts

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town International Airport

Every second Monday

10 days - 12 weeks

Impact: Sports Development

From $900 / £660 per week

Project Destination

Nestled between the majestic Table Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, sports volunteering in Cape Town offers an unparalleled blend of experiences, from thrilling outdoor activities to enriching cultural immersion. Delve into the rich history and culture of South Africa, visiting the iconic Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent years as a political prisoner, or embarking on a free walking tour through the city to learn about the complexities of Apartheid. Let the echoes of the past intertwine with the vibrant present, creating an unforgettable tapestry of experiences.


You will live in a spacious guest house in the center of town, with views towards Lion’s Head and just a few minutes from trendy Kloof street. There are several bedrooms that can sleep between 4-8 people, in single beds or bunk beds, and there are shared bathroom facilities with hot water showers. Bed linen is provided to all Cape Town volunteers, and a cleaning service will attend to your room daily. ​

Volunteers enjoy delicious meals in our communal dining room. Start your day with continental-style breakfasts, returning for a cooked lunch and dinner with your fellow volunteers. Some project days, you’ll be provided with a packed lunch. We can cater for dietary requirements provided enough notice is given to our team.

South Africa has a few different cellular network providers, for which SIM cards can be purchased from most shops or at the airport. Various package options allow for phone calls and/or data usage. At the guesthouse, there is free WiFi to enable you to make contact with home.

Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is a delightful 17°C (62°F). During the months of March, April, May, October, November, and December you are most likely to experience good weather with average temperatures that fall between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F).

The months of June, July, and August have a high chance of rain. Cape Town has dry periods in January, February, November, and December. The warmest month is January with temperatures as high as 35°C (95°F). The coldest month is August with an average maximum temperature of 17°C (62°F).

Participant Requirements


Our minimum age for sports coaching in Cape Town is 16 years of age. Please note that Parental Consent is required before arrival for those aged 16 and 17.

To travel to Africa, many people are required to obtain a visa either upon entry to the relevant country or beforehand. Please note different countries require different passport validity periods.

But don’t panic, our Journey Team will help direct you and answer your questions during our Pre-departure process.

cape town beach with table mountain in the background

Project Impact Areas

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Physical Education

While physical education is part of the South African school curriculum, resource limitations often restrict its impact. Recognizing the vital role of physical activity in fostering concentration, leadership, teamwork, and communication skills in young learners, this sports coaching project presents a unique opportunity. Work with experienced PE coaches to design and implement engaging physical education classes, drills, and tests.

Volunteers playing a game in school yard with young children.

After School Activities

Whether it’s the exhilarating throws of ultimate frisbee, the strategic plays of baseball, or the dynamic energy of American football, share your love for the sport at our after school clubs. You’ll also participate in enriching workshops that delve into diverse topics, ranging from the science of healthy nutrition to the captivating world of Scottish dancing. The kids love learning all about your favorite sports and activities.

On-the-ground Project Support



A friendly face from our Base Team will be ready to meet you at the airport and drive you to our Volunteer Accommodation. Just look out for the African Impact sign!



On arrival you’ll have a comprehensive induction to prepare you for project work, the local culture, people and wildlife; and of course, how to stay safe!



24/7 support: Our base teams are on hand every day to make sure you have the most amazing and memorable time in Africa.

Program Experience

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Challenge yourself to conquer the iconic Table Mountain, either by ascending its majestic slopes on foot or taking the exhilarating cable car ride to the summit. From there, take the plunge and abseil your way down, feeling the adrenaline rush as you descend the mountain face.



If you fancy a little time out of the city, then you don’t have to go far to discover what the surrounding landscape has to offer. You can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant. 



Cape Town’s captivating landscapes and vibrant culture offer an endless array of photo opportunities that will leave you with memories to cherish forever. Embark on a boat trip to the iconic Seal Island, where you’ll be surrounded by playful seals and capture stunning photographs amidst the mesmerizing natural beauty of the ocean.



After completing the below application form, one of our Destination Specialists will get in touch to discuss your volunteer experience and any questions you may have. When you are ready to book, we will send you a booking form after which a deposit will be required to secure your position.


Personal Information


When do you want to Volunteer or Intern?


Give us an idea of your travel plans, you can also say ‘I’m not sure yet.’ 
We’ll take it from there.


How long do you want to Volunteer or Intern for?


Select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!


From $900 / £660 per week. Your weekly cost will reduce if you stay for longer than 2 weeks, book with a friend or are a return volunteer.


  • Secure African Impact guesthouse accommodation with 24/7 security
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Mon-Fri)
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All project transport, equipment and resources
  • Support from experienced local and international African Impact staff
  • Full orientation for responsible project contribution


  • Price excludes flights, visas, insurance, weekend tours and personal expenses

Sports Coaching in Cape Town FAQs

What are the benefits of sports coaching for children in developing countries?

Sports coaching offers a multitude of benefits for children in developing countries, extending far beyond physical activity. Here are some key aspects:

  • Physical development: Enhances motor skills, coordination, and overall health.
  • Life skills: Fosters teamwork, communication, leadership, and discipline.
  • Inspiration and creativity: Ignites enthusiasm, promotes self-expression, and encourages problem-solving skills.

As a volunteer in Cape Town with African Impact, you’ll play a vital role in supporting local sports initiatives by:

  • Assisting coaches: Work alongside experienced professionals, delivering engaging PE sessions at schools.
  • Designing engaging classes: Develop creative sports activities tailored to different age groups and interests.
  • Teaching and motivating: Share your passion for sports, coaching children in various disciplines like rugby, football, and more.
  • Organizing games and activities: Facilitate fun and inclusive games, fostering a love for physical activity.

Volunteering as a sports coach is a rewarding experience offering personal growth alongside making a positive impact:

  • Make a difference: Witness firsthand the transformative power of sports in children’s lives.
  • Develop new skills: Gain valuable experience in coaching, leadership, and communication.
  • Cultural immersion: Immerse yourself in the vibrant Cape Town community and connect with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Personal fulfillment: Experience the joy of sharing your passion for sports and contributing to a meaningful cause.

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