Sports Coaching Volunteer Project in Cape Town

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Lead Sports Coaching Classes to Young Kids in Cape Town

Sports Coaching and Development Volunteering in Cape Town. Provides much-needed sports coaching to children in Cape Town’s townships. Physical education brings many health benefits and helps kids develop important teamwork and communication skills, but sports opportunities are limited so requires a lot of creativity and enthusiasm. As a volunteer, you’ll help teach physical education sessions and coach children in various sports.

Assist coaches in teaching physical education sessions at schools in Khayelitsha and Langa, township areas of Cape Town. Help design sports classes at schools, which can include new games, fitness tests, and competitions. Teach sports at aftercare programs, where you can organize fun games, set up obstacle courses, and coach sports such as football and hockey.

Project Highlights

  • Assist coaches in teaching physical education sessions at schools in Khayelitsha and Langa, township areas of Cape Town
  • Help design sports classes at schools, which can include new games, fitness tests, and competitions
  • Teach sports at aftercare programs, where you can organize fun games, set up obstacle courses, and coach sports such as football and hockey
  • Bring fresh ideas and motivation to children through physical activity
  • Live and work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world
Volunteers playing a game in school yard with young children.

Quick Facts

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town International Airport

Specific Start Dates

10 days - 12 weeks

Impact: Sports Development

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$1,850 – $5,150

Destination

cape town beach with table mountain in the background

Cape Town is officially one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities.

You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, go paragliding, take to the ocean by kayak, hang out on some of the many beaches, sip wine at stunning vineyards, head out on safari, enjoy some Africa’s finest restaurants and even take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the city. For those more interested in exploring South Africa’s culture, how about visiting the historic Robben Island, or taking a free walking tour through the city to learn about Apartheid?

You will live in a spacious guesthouse in the centre of town, with views towards Lion’s Head and just a few minutes from trendy Kloof street. From here, the main sights of Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and Company’s Gardens are within easy reach. Accommodation is dorm-style with shared bathroom facilities and social areas. Our team on site will be happy to help you in anyway during your stay with us.

Breakfast is on your help yourself basis, lunch and dinner are prepared (week days only) for you by a chef from the local community. Please note, some days this includes a packed lunch to take with you to project.

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 degrees celsius. 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 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (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 an average maximum temperature of 26°C (78°F). The coldest month is August with an average maximum temperature of 17°C (62°F).

Project Impact Areas

Physical Education

The current South African school curriculum does include Physical Education in their syllabus. However, the time and resources that are dedicated to this subject is limited. Physical activity in youths and adolescents increases concentration, and aids in the development of leadership, teamwork, and communication abilities. In order to contribute to this, you will work alongside a Physical Education couch to plan, design, and implement classes, drills, and tests.
Volunteers playing a game in school yard with young children.
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Sports Coaching Clinic

You will join VUSA Academy, a Sports Coaching Clinic, twice a week to teach rugby to a group of students. This will improve their fitness levels and foster an appreciation for rugby, one of the most lucrative sports in South Africa. These children will also receive academic tutoring and a meal before heading on home after a full day. This project has two aims. The first aim is to keep children safe and productively occupied in the hours after school when many of their caretakers are still at work. The second aim is to grow the individual confidence of each child, while adding to the bank of resources the Academy requires in order to function optimally. 

After-School Care

After-school and sporting activities are fantastic at contributing to the development of each child in a productive and fun way. They improve essential skills like leadership and teamwork. These programs offer you the opportunity to teach and share your passion, be it ultimate frisbee, baseball, or American football, with kids, grannies, and fellow volunteers alike. There are also workshops that facilitate knowledge sharing where we have historically covered a range of subjects from nutrition to Kayleigh dancing.

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Dates & Rates

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How long would you like to volunteer?

This is the place to select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

10 days $1850
2 weeks $2150
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4 weeks $2750
5 weeks $3050
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10 days $1850
2 weeks $2150
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4 weeks $2750
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12 weeks $5150

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Project Fee Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Accommodation throughout your stay
  • 3 delicious meals a day
  • Transport to and from project
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
  • Project equipment and resources

Project Fee Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
  • Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund

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Frequently Asked Questions

None! Just a serious passion for all things sports and wanting to bring the value of teamwork and physical education to children.

Sports offer unique opportunities for youth to work together as a team to solve complex problems. This collaboration can develop behavioral skills that are critical to child development. Increased physical activity is proven to benefit a child’s physical health, mental well-being and academic performance. Further, after-school sports create a fun and engaging environment where youth can confidently grow. You will also be contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #3 ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’ which looks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Our Sports volunteer programs start at £995 and increase depending upon which project you join and how long you join us. This cost covers your accommodation, meals, 24/7 African Impact in-country support, project and airport transportation, project orientation, and any equipment you may need.

African Impact Sustainability Fund

As a commitment to sustainable development in the communities we work in, all volunteers pay an additional £20 to the African Impact Sustainability Fund. This money goes directly to the African Impact Foundation, which independently ensures the sustainability of our projects in local communities and guarantees impacts continue long after volunteers leave. 

Being a volunteer coach in Cape Town, South Africa is really easy to do. During your volunteer project, you will work alongside a physical education coach in several different programs such as after-school care, sports coaching clinics, and physical education programs outside of school. Your tasks will include planning, designing, and implementing classes, drills, and tests while also teaching children how to play various sports and participate in fun physical activities. Volunteering as a sports coach may sound simple, but it can make a big impact on the lives of the local kids in South Africa.