Khaya Volunteer Projects

Tennis Coaching

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The children of Mzuzu love playing tennis and table tennis, and need volunteer coaches. Come volunteer with us! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups

About the Program

This volunteer project in Mzuzu, Malawi has a unique focus, especially for a country like Malawi; it uses tennis and table tennis to educate and empower youth and children.

Tennis Kids Malawi is actively promoting table tennis and lawn tennis by creating structured and progressive coaching but also competitive structures for athletes, coaches, administrators and match officials to be involved in these sports, from beginner’s level to international games.

This shall be guided by the following principles:
  • Creating an environment for table tennis and tennis for all that are interested to develop both positive physical health standards but also life skills, social skills and personal development.
  • Improving the standard of play and market table tennis and tennis in the northern region to compete with the best on a local, regional and international level.
  • Making table tennis and lawn tennis the most widely played sport at a grassroots level in Mzuzu.
  • The mission of this program is to provide necessary skills in table tennis and lawn tennis in a sustainable, structured, progressive and professional manner as well as introducing the program's objectives at various youth organizations, like primary and secondary school.
The organization is involved in many activities that improve the general health of children and develop the skills of Lawn tennis and Table tennis as a life sport.

Coaching

One of the main activities of Tennis Kids, where volunteers will be involved, is the actual playing and coaching of table tennis and/or lawn tennis. The daily coaching sessions will show you just how big the interest of the local youth is in getting actively involved, even though these sports are not the most well-known or popular in Malawi. Training sessions are focused at different age groups and levels of experience, and any volunteer with basic skills can contribute hugely by offering the extra help.

Coaching Workshops

To offer the best quality of training and to have a sustainable long term focus there is an ongoing need for coaches who are dedicated and know how to coach and improve the skills of the children and young adults. Tennis Kids conducts coaching courses at the beginning of every year to provide more advanced coaching skills to already trained coaches, any new coaches coming from different youth organizations and teachers from different primary and secondary schools.

School League Tournaments

SBB organizes a schools league tournament which involves players of different schools competing against each other. Currently there is a total of 11 schools taking part in the league. The Tennis Kids coaches are usually assigned to visit the schools once a week to train any interested children and to identify talent.

Tournaments for HIV / AIDS Awareness

The tournament activities are part of the national response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic threatening the general population of Malawi. As the youth is especially vulnerable and within a high-risk age group, Tennis Kids believes that through sport the message of the risks of HIV/AIDS can be positively carried out.

The tournaments offer, next to playing sports, a variety of activities that can influence the youth to make use of testing and knowing their status as well as counselling for those infected. It is intended to influence positive change in sexual behaviours and to decrease the risks of HIV/AIDS among young people.

Championship Competitions

Tennis Kids organizes regional tournaments with funding from different sponsors and stakeholders, but is also involved in National championships by entering some of their top players. These tournaments, as well as end-of-term tournaments, provide the youth different opportunities to test their skills against each other and socialise with players from other parts of the region or country.

Typical day

Working hours are flexible, but will generally be from 9.30am – 5pm during the week including the following activities.

1. Help develop social, interpersonal, and life skills of the children and youth in Mzuzu, Malawi.


2. Build an active environment to encourage the betterment of physical health.

3. Assist with the promotion of lawn tennis and table tennis in the northern region.

4. Help empower and educate youth and children through sports.

5. Immerse in the culture and lifestyle of Mzuzu through daily interactions with locals.

Free-time activities

There are a few things to do in Mzuzu. There is a shopping centre with a modern supermarket, an internet cafe and a few restaurants where you can go to. Furthermore you can go hiking in the Mkuwazi forest reserve! If you like to do more, you can go a little bit further by public transport or rent a car and do it yourself!

Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

Program 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
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30 - 17:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Khaya Volunteer Projects (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects

Information and assistance before departure - City Tour and Introduction Program - Direct donation to the project - Accommodation and all meals (7 days a week)

Airport Pickup at Mzuzu

Lilongwe Airport transfer (one way private vehicle) - $150

Daily Transport $25 p/week



Accommodation

Volunteers will stay with one of our selected host families within walking distance of Tennis Kids, making it very easy to come to work and get back home.

We offer a comfortable family home with 2 bedrooms with 2 and 3 beds respectively. There is a private bathroom for volunteers to use with a western toilet and shower with warm water. The home offers the use of a dining room, lounge with TV and large garden.

Depending on how busy it is, you will share a room with other volunteers.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

There are 3 meals a day prepared for you which will be local food - mostly made up of rice, pastas, ‘nsima’ (porridge of maize meal), fish, vegetables and meats.

Breakfast is usually porridge or bread with coffee or tea. Lunch and dinner are cooked meals.

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 Mzuzu (ZZU) in Mzuzu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malawi.
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 Malawi provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Malawi you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malawi.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$345.00
5 weeks
$1,180.00
6 weeks
$1,340.00
7 weeks
$1,500.00
8 weeks
$1,660.00
9 weeks
$1,820.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,300.00
Average fees
$268.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mzuzu/Malawi between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Malawi.
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 Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Malawi  Mzuzu, Lubinga Road, Mzuzu

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