Sports experience and coaching

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Coordinator | Sharon
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High­lights

Have fun with the "Kids in Traffic program teaching little ones called the rules of the road with road sign props and bicycles with the aim of instilling road safety from an early age.
Aside from physical education, cycling, golf, soccer, touch rugby, hockey, bowls, cricket and even recently swimming are just a few of the sports that are coached and part of the outreach programs
For those that enjoy cycling, the outreach cycling program has some incredibly beautiful scenic routes and is highly popular with sports volunteers
Get involved with sports administration, setting up for matches and tournaments and general maintenance on sports grounds and with equipment.
Jam packed weekends filled with extreme sports, whale & dolphin watching, local markets, lagoon cruises, beach & forest walks, wildlife safaris & animal sanctuaries
This is the perfect project for the sports enthusiasts! Get involved with creches, schools and community outreach programs coaching sports and learning about sports admin This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Sport is such a great way to develop not only healthy bodies but also healthy minds but in the poorer areas it can be very difficult for children to get proper coaching and sports facilities are very limited. This is where the Sports Experience project plays such an important role. Established in 1992, the sports school facilitates fantastic sports outreach programs into schools and creches. Aside from physical education, cycling, golf, soccer, touch rugby, hockey, bowls, cricket and even recently swimming are just a few of the sports that are coached which gives some of the talented youth who normally would not have access to take part in these sports, the opportunity to do so and excel.

There is a great program for the little ones called “kids in traffic” that teaches foundation phase learners at creches and playschools the rules of the road with road sign props and bicycles with the aim of instilling road safety from an early age. Foundation phase learners also have general physical education so the sports experience project has so much variety with age group, locations, and socio-economic background of the youth you will be assisting with

You would also be involved with sports administration, setting up for matches and tournaments and general maintenance on sports grounds and with equipment so it is a great all-around sports project for those crazy about sports and wanting to uplift youth from disadvantaged areas with sports development …. or even those looking at studying sports development and coaching as a career

Coaching can take place within the various schools and creches, driving ranges and golf courses and some at the sports school grounds depending on the school term and season as some sports are seasonal. For those that enjoy cycling, the cycling program has some incredibly beautiful scenic routes and is highly popular both with volunteers, coaches and the youth….but make sure you stick to the group and don’t get lost like some past volunteers!

If you have an interest in a particular sport, please let us know so we can do our best to accommodate you.

If you would like to assist in a specific sport, the seasons for the different sports are as follows:

  • Competitive Bowls, Tag Rugby, Golf and Cycling: All year round
  • Cricket: January – mid March, and September – mid November
  • Tennis: April – end of May
  • Hockey: Mid-March until September


South Africa school terms for 2021

1st Term: 13th of January to the 26th of March

2nd Term: 07th of April to the 11th of June

3rd Term 6th of July to the 11th of September

4th Term 28th of September to the 1st of December

Typical day

Typical day

7.30am - Up for breakfast, freshen up and get ready for the day. Remember to pack a light lunch

8.30am- You will be collected by our volunteer coordinator and taken to the sports sports to go through the days programs. 

8.30am to 13pm- There are numerous outreach programs throughout the day so you will selected to assist one of the coaches to help at the various schools with learners and also setting up equipment

13pm to 13.30pm- Break for lunch

14pm to 17pm- Outreach  and after school sports programs depending on the seasonal sport played

17pm- you will be fetched by our volunteer coordinator and taken to your volunteer accommodation unless you choose to stay a little later and help with the cycling program which ends a little later. 

The outreach programs change according to the sports coached that season. Friday afternoons are often spent getting ready for Saturday tournaments and matches. You may be asked to help with the Saturday tournaments and matches


Free-time activities

Knysna is one of South Africa’s favourite towns based around the beautiful Knysna estuary with views of the iconic headlands. It is not known as the jewel of the Garden Route for nothing and is surrounded by magical forests, farmlands and a breath-taking coastline dotted with blue flag beaches which are great for swimming, barbequing or just simply watching dolphins surfing in the waves. It is also home to the famous elusive Knysna elephant which are the most southern free roaming elephants in the world and there are still hot debates about the numbers with some saying there is only one left and others a small herd of about 4.

The area that Knysna is situated is the Garden Route of the province of the Western Cape and it is a dream for animal lovers and extreme sports enthusiasts as there are numerous private wildlife reserves, national parks, whale watching, predator sanctuaries, primate sanctuaries, elephant sanctuaries, wolf sanctuaries, skydiving, paragliding, sandboarding, numerous interesting markets and so much more so boredom is not an option.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Sports management students are welcome too if they need to gain practical credits for their studies
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Volunteer Int. Adventures
The cost of the project includes accommodation, a food allowance, daily transport to and from the project, airport collections and drop offs, staff on the ground available for emergencies 24/7 and to oversee your stay and safety, marketing costs, donations to the project, a Saturday tour of markets and a wildlife safari- entrance fee for your own cost-and a Sunday lunch braai (BBQ) either at the beach or the forest with all the trimmings with true South African hospitality 
Airport Pickup at George Airport
You will need to fly into George Airport for your airport collection where you will be met by your Volunteer International Adventures representative and driven to your volunteer accommodation in Knysna.
Accommodation
The volunteer accommodation is at a charming 3-star bed and breakfast a block from the main road of the town of Knysna close to shopping malls, restaurants, take-aways, gyms, nightlife, entertainment areas and essential services. There is security and the area is safe to walk around. Accommodation is either shared with another volunteer or single depending on volunteer numbers with each room having its own bedroom with either double or twin beds, a TV, bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet. There is a braai facility and kitchen for meals. There is also WIFI. Couples, friends, and families can be accommodated.
Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Breakfast is included at your volunteer accommodation and you will also receive a food allowance for your basic food essentials for lunch and dinner. You will be taken for a grocery shop as part of your induction on your arrival. This means that you can choose the specific food if you have set dietary requirements. There is a kitchen for cooking
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is George Airport (GRJ) in George. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Starting days are Monday to Friday in the South African school term

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,595
3 weeks
$1,958
4 weeks
$2,320
5 weeks
$2,683
6 weeks
$3,045
7 weeks
$3,408
8 weeks
$3,770
9 weeks
$4,133
10 weeks
$4,495
11 weeks
$4,858
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5,220
Average fees
$616 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Volunteer Int. Adventures will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer Int. Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Sports experience and coaching

This is the perfect project for the sports enthusiasts! Get involved with creches, schools and community outreach programs coaching sports and learning about sports admin

$425/week

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