Sports Training Assistant/Playtime Companion

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High­lights

Experience rural Kenyan lifestyle and customs.
Live inside the school and the locals and get a taste of a different habitat!
Make your own memories, take videos and pictures of game sessions; go for local games with the boys & girls.
Indulge with the young ones about the knowledge of different sports; help the adults know the impact and influence it has on young minds & bodies!!
Visit the surrounding reserves in your free time and get a taste of the African adventures! Go for a beach walk or visit the famous tourist hotspots like fort Jesus!
The schools would like someone to help with sports training and be a playtime companion such as volleyball, football, badminton and add newness. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

The language of sports is a universal messenger of joy and cultural unity. If you are into sports and share the same intent, we welcome you to help the kids.

Debrief – An ideal project for short-term volunteers, visitors and even working nomads, no specific skills are required. Just a love for any kind of sports.

Volunteers should bring their own sports kit, headgear and light-weight scarf for dust protection, insect repellent, working boots and water bottle. Please also note, projects and volunteer roles will vary from school to school. You can also get local sports kit at a much cheaper rate, in case you want to travel light.

What is it about?

This project focuses primarily on anything to do surrounding sports. From helping and indulging with the PE teacher to devising new exercise routines or simply playing a few games with the kids, the volunteers don’t need any specific qualification for this particular project. Kenya is soccer crazy but if you have a knack for another sport or something that is new in Kenyan culture, you are more than welcome to share (Who knows we might have the next sports star in the making here!!). If you are somebody with a knack for outdoor engagements and a good level of fitness, this will be a perfect project for you.

Background –

In African communities, Sport, like any other human activity, is set in the physical environment and is bound to have effects on it and be affected by it. Africa’s performance in sports is dependent on mostly nature, endurance and consistence by the candidates plus use of role model unlike in developed countries where the level of socioeconomic factors plays a major role in determining the outcome or success of a sportsman. In ancient times, the games were by males only. Women were neither allowed to participate nor spectate. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the Western contexts, women were restricted, or forbidden, from participation in sport due to concerns over their perceived frailness and inability to cope with the competitive nature.

Impact –

In 1995, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a World Conference on Sport and the Environment. The then IOC President Samaranch remarked that “The International Olympic Committee is resolved to ensure that the environment becomes the third dimension of the organization of the Olympic Games, the first and second being sport and culture”. But the question arises: what has Kenya done so far in imparting the ideology and the awareness of the necessity of sports in young lives? Kenya is slowly starting to overcome the hurdles of societal negativity of feminine involvement in sports but the pace has to be quickened. When it comes to agility and strength in sports, Kenya stands among the firsts internationally, especially when it comes to games like long distance running and rugby. Sports in Kenya are organized from two perspectives; educational for schools, and out of school for recreation or competition.

Location –

Mombasa is a touristy coastal city of not just Kenya but also East Africa. It’s round-the-year hot and humid so expect to be surrounded by serene splash of waves on the beach and dusty roads. Overall, it is surrounded by forest reserves and hilly ranges which adds it to one of the most tourist-friendly attractions in the world. Kenyans are lovely, warm people with a heart for friendly exchanges and interactions with tourists.

Challenges faced:

  • Lack of sporting goods and accessories.
  • Zero knowledge of proper physical fitness and it’s impact on long-term health.
  • Lack of trained personnel to assist the teachers.
  • Lack of motivation for the kids; someone must be around to constantly remind them and play with them. They miss that joy (for some, it would be a whole new experience).
  • Bureaucratic policies which do more harm than good to announce the betterment of sporting activities within the nation.
  • Lack of government support in building sports academies for schools.

Requirements:

We are looking for volunteers to help us with newer ideas about indulging and playing different sports. Even making a routine for the fitness of students is a happy start. Visitors would also get a chance to experience local lunch sessions with staff and students.

Typical day

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your accommodation by a local coordinator/staff member and allowed to relax and rest.

Following that, you will meet the admin and the organizational hierarchy who will explain the work and the ongoing projects to be done.

Weekdays - A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

Day 1

  • 8:30 AM: Volunteer leaves for the project destination. The volunteer joins with the local staff and will be oriented about the work to be done.
  • 12.00 PM – 2.00 PM: Lunch break. During this lunch break, you are welcome to eat out or eat at the accommodation.
  • 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM: volunteer makes a note of things to be done and decides what to buy and how to buy, unless the blueprint is not ready. Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is free to travel around and explore or do anything at his/her own choice.
  • 7.00 PM: Dinner in the volunteer house.

Day 2 onwards

Volunteers have their own choice to work at their own pace and flexibility but it is advised to get to work in the early hours as the sun and humidity combines a massive scorcher past 10-11 am. The rest of the day goes on as usual.

Usual workdays: sports can be played anytime however, for special PE sessions, it is better to indulge during weekends as the academic pressure would be a bit lower.

Free-time activities

During the weekend, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore the Mombasa locale, such as visiting the beach, planning a fun and entertainment program with the kids, visiting local homes, etc.

Also, they can tour in and around places like Malindi, Kilifi, Watamu and so on.

There’s no dearth of places of rich and cultural heritage and the famed African wildlife. One must not miss out on the chance of a local safari to Tsavo hills or Arabuko reserves.

NOTE – The program coordinator can arrange for sightseeing, only after proper intimation and discussion.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Certificate of Education and Vaccination card
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
• Diligent.
• Has a strong passion for sporting activities and games.
• Flexible.
• Willing to learn and share.
• Healthy and fit candidates who can work for hours under the sun.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by LA4CC

What's included:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (usually Half-board but sometimes, lunch can also be provided).
  • Pre-departure navigational and visa assistance.
  • In-country program orientation.
  • Airport pick-up (if needed) - please note the charges would be separate but minimal.
  • Certificate of International Volunteering from the organization.
  • A possible chance to work in Kenya as well (although that is not a guarantee).

What's not included:

The visa arrangements, pre-departure PCR tests, vaccination costs (if the traveler is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated) and the flight costs have to be done on the applicant’s part. The program supervisors will try their utmost best to make the volunteer’s journey and stay hassle-free.

According to current rules, if the visitor is unvaccinated, don’t get scared. We got you covered. You can come to Kenya and get it for free! Sounds good, right?

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION -

We do understand that some volunteers may not be able to spend as much so it is better that they discuss with the management prior to arranging a stay. In the times of the pandemic, empathy is a route to better communication and compassion. Although the money is directly invested for the provisions of the volunteers and the children and the caregivers, what we need in exchange for a budget compromise is your love, energy and ideas that can suit our betterment.

Accommodation

Volunteers have the option to stay in the school, where you can expect to share a room with other volunteers. Usually, the school doesn’t have much facilities but can be arranged with a ground carpet/mattress. 

Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), which are served at the accommodation. However, in case of lunch, it may be at one’s own expense or sometimes shared with the school staff. Not to worry, a proper local lunch usually costs no more than 1.5-2 euros.

Breakfast is served around 7-8 am and generally consists of chai (tea), toast, fruit and sometimes mandazi (African donuts). A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, ugali, green vegetables, occasional meat and fruit and is best taken around 1-2 pm. Dinner is usually served around 7-8 pm and usually includes traditional food, such as ugali, chapati, mboga and irio, alongside meat and vegetables.

Tap water is usually not safe to drink in the project site due to its closeness to the Indian ocean, though bottled water is readily available. However, clean water is available at the accommodation. Volunteers typically drink around half a gallon, or two liters, per day, which adds up to cost around $5-10 per week although drinking water is available at the volunteer house.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please make a note on your application so arrangements can be made. However, it is important that volunteers do not expect to eat as you normally do at home.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Moi International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
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 Kenya provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

No specific start date would be announced. However, with the new programs fast approaching, It would be useful for the volunteers to make the journey at the soonest and get the maximal experience. It also avoids expensive flight tickets in a hassle.

The program orientation begins usually on the day of the volunteer’s arrival or the day after, given the randomly changing flight schedules in lieu of the recent covid19 situation. First day would be ideal to acquaint yourself with the humid weather and relax to recuperate from the jet-lag.

  • After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Mombasa International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa.
  • Before you arrive, you will be given navigational guidance by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation. A pick-up is usually recommended but do note the pick-up fee is not included in the fee.
  • If you are traveling in Kenya prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Mombasa on the day before your program orientation or you can navigate by yourself to the destination. Please make sure to keep in touch with the program coordinator and you will be assisted and guided during the tenure of your tour and stay accordingly. After all, traveling is always smoother when it has a proper communication system.
  • Orientation is given by the admin or a staff member in the school.
  • Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Kenya – Introduction to Mombasa, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya (in and around Mombasa) and Introduction to your project.

Once your orientation is complete, you will be guided to your work location and you can proceed with the relevant work.

**We strongly advise visitors not to reserve night flights as transport for pick-up might not be available. Preferably between 2300 to 0400 hours any day (east African Time).

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$214
4 weeks
$428
6 weeks
$642
7 weeks
$749
8 weeks (max. stay)
$856
Average fees
$107 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. LA4CC will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with LA4CC during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Sports Training Assistant/Playtime Companion

The schools would like someone to help with sports training and be a playtime companion such as volleyball, football, badminton and add newness.

$100/week

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