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South Africa

Sports Coaching / Teaching

Plus Icon Sports Coaching in Durban
We have one South Africa project with two elements; Sports Coaching and Teaching. Volunteers will do one of these but not both.
Volunteers will be working with Durban Municipality Sports Development unit to help and assist them in their sports coaching work with young people out in the townships that surround Durban. Encompassing a wide range of sports, volunteers need to be able to coach in a range of activities and organise activities with very limited equipment. Accommodation will be at a backpacker’s hostel in the centre of Durban.
Volunteer Role(s): Sports Coaching
  1. Deliver sports coaching activities in the townships surrounding Durban where they may have little or no equipment
  2. Deliver sporting activities alongside township coaches in sports such as football, rugby, hockey, netball, volleyball plus any other sports that you would like to introduce
  3. Engage with the wider community of the townships including younger children who may come down to watch the coaching happening.
Plus Icon Teaching in a Zulu School

We have one South Africa project with two elements; Sports Coaching and Teaching. Volunteers will do one of these but not both.

Volunteers will be assigned to a small and basic remote Zulu school. Lessons are supposed to be in English (as opposed to the local language of Zulu) but this often proves difficult for the local teachers. Volunteers are needed to help with English and some other subjects. Volunteers need to be able to assist the teachers and also take lessons and run activities independently where necessary.

Because of the rural location of the school, some children walk about 10 km to school, often barefoot. The parents see the value of a formal education and understand that they are giving their children an opportunity that they may not have had themselves. All the young people at the school are eager to learn, as they understand that English language skills will help them get paid employment in the tourism industry.  Volunteers will need to be confident enough to teach on their own to a class of approx 15 - 30 pupils of all abilities. Other subjects will be taught as well as English to give them a great learning experience for the time you are there.

Volunteer Role(s): Teaching

Volunteers will run activities with an educational emphasis, this may include English teaching, reading, writing and working with children. Ideally, volunteers from the following backgrounds would be suitable but please also get in touch if you have relevant skills to support the project work:

  1. Teaching & education studies
  2. Social work & youth development
  3. Play work

Project Details 

Location: Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa (Durban or a remote Zulu village)
Duration: Three weeks
Dates: Sunday 29th July 2018 > Friday 21st August 2018

SPORTS COACHING: Hostel dorms, sharing with fellow volunteers
TEACHING: Shared rented accommodation with fellow volunteers

Fundraising: £100 which will be used to buy equipment or items to be used whilst on project.

Project Fees: 
• SPORTS COACHING: £1500 (all first-time volunteers are eligible for our £250 bursary, which would make total fees payable £1250)
• TEACHING: £1700 (all first-time volunteers are eligible for our £250 bursary, which would make total fees payable £1450)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 19th November 2017

Selection Event will be held on Thursday 7th December 2017, TIME TBC

Read full details on the SPORTS COACHING project and learn how to apply here

Read full details on the TEACHING project and learn how to apply here

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INFORMATION SESSION - Headingley campus

We are hosting an information session for each project over the next two weeks, where we will talk specifically about a particular project, as well as the volunteering process. If you have 10 minutes to spare, please feel free to drop by and find out more (dates for each session below).

Thursday 9th November, Caedmon, G03, 12.00 - 1.00 pm: SOUTH AFRICA


OnMonday 13th November 2017 as part of a Global Engagement Week we are running an International Volunteering & Partners Fair from 10am - 3pm in The Gateway, Leslie Silver Building (the area outside the library).You can meet previous volunteers, ask questions, learn more about the charities, watch videos, read newsletters and previous volunteers blogs, WIN hoodies and T-shirts - plus much more! Our Volunteer partners from the Students Union, and some local charities, will also be there for you to talk to about local volunteering opportunities available.

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