South Africa Sports Volunteers
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From $1,299, 2 weeks, South Africa Trip code: SASV

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  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 2 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Living in beautiful Cape Town
  • Volunteering with children that really need your help
  • Seeing how much difference your hard work can make to the lives of some of the poorest children in South Africa
  • Coach a number of different sports to these fun and energetic children

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Volunteering on our South Africa Sports Volunteers project, you will be assisting with sports activities at a school in the disadvantaged community on the South Peninsula.

 

The school is committed to creating opportunities for every learner to develop to the full- mentally, physically and spiritually. They strive to foster initiative, individuality and integrity and cultivate a creative approach to life's challenges so that our learners will make a meaningful contribution as adult members of the community.

 

There are approximately 750 children and only 33 teachers at the school and although the school employs a full time sport specialist, your help as a sports volunteer is desperately needed.

 

Through your assistance the children will be able to benefit from your sports coaching and be more involved with sports activities.


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What will I be doing?

  • Welcome to Cape Town! (Days 1 - 2)

  • Getting into the swing! (Days 3 - 7)

  • Following weeks (Dependent on length of stay)

Welcome to Cape Town!: Days 1 - 2

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Destination info

South Africa is the southern most country on the African continent, stretching over 2500km along the coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It is one of the most developed countries on the continent, with very good infrastructure and excellent facilities for travellers.


Your project is situated in various schools in the area surrounding Cape Town. Each project is around a fifteen minute taxi ride away from your accommodation.


You will be staying in the seaside town of Fish Hoek, a short walk from the beautiful Fish Hoek beach and about a 45 minute drive from Cape Town.

  • Location: Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Day 1 (Monday) - Arrive into Cape Town International Airport (airport code CPT)
Today you will be met at the airport and taken to our volunteer house in Fish Hoek. You’ll need to arrive in before 4pm so that you’re all ready for the orientation which kicks off at 5pm. The journey from the airport to Fish Hoek should take around 45 minutes and if you keep your eyes open you might get to see Table Mountain on the way! The orientation will take you through what it’s going to be like at your project, dos and don’ts, how to stay safe and it’s your prime opportunity to ask any burning questions that you haven’t yet had answered. After the orientation you’ll have an evening meal and some time to relax and prepare before your first day at the project tomorrow.

 

Day 2 (Tuesday) – meet the kids! Today is the first day on your project, where you’ll get to know your fellow volunteers and staff, not forgetting the great kids! Starting out from your accommodation, the team will make sure you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, they’ll also introduce you to the staff at the project who will be your main contacts while you’re working. The journey from your accommodation to Simonstown  will be on a public bus taxi taking around ten minutes followed by a five-minute walk to the school.

Your first day at the project will be all about settling in and getting to know the children and if you want to dive in at the deep end you will be assisting with the physical education classes. In the afternoon you will be assisting and organising after school activities – football, soccer and netball.

Getting into the swing!: Days 3 - 7

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Destination info

South Africa is the southern most country on the African continent, stretching over 2500km along the coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It is one of the most developed countries on the continent, with very good infrastructure and excellent facilities for travellers.


Your project is situated in various schools in the area surrounding Cape Town. Each project is around a fifteen minute taxi ride away from your accommodation.


You will be staying in the seaside town of Fish Hoek, a short walk from the beautiful Fish Hoek beach and about a 45 minute drive from Cape Town.

  • Location: Cape Town

Day 3-5 (Wednesday to Friday) – get into the swing!
You'll be learning the ropes this week, and really getting stuck in with the project, it’s your chance to show everyone including yourself, what you’re made of!

Day 6-7 (Saturday and Sunday) - it’s the weekend!
The weekends are your free time to spend as you please. There is so much to see and do in and around Cape Town, you'll never be stuck for things to do; as well as visiting some of the areas famous attractions etc, you may also just like to chill out at the beach, go shopping in the many local craft markets, visit the cinema or go to the nearby internet cafe to catch up on emails. The choice is yours!

Following weeks: Dependent on length of stay

Destination info

South Africa is the southern most country on the African continent, stretching over 2500km along the coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It is one of the most developed countries on the continent, with very good infrastructure and excellent facilities for travellers.


Your project is situated in various schools in the area surrounding Cape Town. Each project is around a fifteen minute taxi ride away from your accommodation.


You will be staying in the seaside town of Fish Hoek, a short walk from the beautiful Fish Hoek beach and about a 45 minute drive from Cape Town.

  • Location: Cape Town

You’ll be working Monday to Friday at your project, with the weekends all your own!

 

Now that you’ve been shown the ropes, make sure you take some time to get to know the staff and children; understand more about how and why the project exists and carve out your own niche to help shape your experience.


Your weekends will be all your own! The team can help you organise trips including shark cage diving, table mountain visit, wine tours of if you prefer, a lazy day with a book is just as enjoyable! One thing is for sure there are plenty of things to fit into your spare time!

 

Your last day
Having said goodbye to all your new friends you’ll transfer back to the airport on this day. The return transfer from Fish Hoek to Cape Town International is not covered within your project fee but our regular transfer company will be able to sort the journey back for you, the costs will be around US$35 / 250 Rand and this is easily arranged in country.

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What's included?

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Accommodation
  • In-country orientation
  • Local in-country team support
  • 24hr emergency contact in the UK

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return Airport transfer
  • Food

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 17 years with parental consent, maximum decided on health and fitness of participant. 

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, each of our Cape Town volunteer projects share the same accommodation. Therefore, if there are volunteers on our other programmes you will be able to spend your spare time and evenings with them. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

During your time in Cape Town you'll be staying in our lovely volunteer house in the small seaside town of Fish Hoek. The house has 3 bathrooms that include western style toilets and hot water. Bedrooms in the house are dormitory style with up to 6 volunteers sharing a room. There are also a number of communal areas including a comfortable lounge with sofas, table where you can eat your meals and a lovely balcony and garden area with BBQ, swimming pool and flatlet! While in the house you will be responsible for keeping the place clean so please tidy up after yourself, especially in the kitchen.

 

There are lockers in the accommodation where you will be able to store valuable but you will need to bring your own padlock and keys. Additionally you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow case, towels as these are not provided. You should also make sure you bring warm clothes with you, particularly if you are travelling during the South African winter months, when it can get particularly cold.There isn't a washing machine at the house but there is a laundry close by where you can get your clothes cleaned at your own cost.

 

A Supermarket, shops, internet cafe, laundry and bank are all close to the volunteer house so you’ll be able to shop either in your lunch-break or after your days volunteering.

 

Please note that there is a 1000R deposit that will need to be paid to the in country team on arrival so please make sure that you have budgeted for this. Your deposit will be returned when you leave the accommodation at the end of your project as long everything is left as you found it. 
 

 

Meals

Your time in Cape Town is on a self-catering basis (apart from the evening meal on the first night). There is a kitchen complete with cookers, loads of fridge space, microwave, toaster and other kitchen utensils you can use to cook tasty meals to enjoy in the large dining area. However if you are feeling a little lazy why not order takeaway instead?

 

We recommend that you budget around R600 (South African Rand) per week for groceries, as prices are similar to home. However if you choose to eat out or buy takeaways regularly, this will be more expensive and you will need to budget accordingly.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. How many volunteers will I be staying with?

We have a fantastic volunteer house in Fish Hoek where all of our volunteers stay who are volunteering on various projects around Cape Town. There is also a volunteer house next door with volunteers from our sister company so there will be plenty of people to relax or go out with at the weekends and in the evenings.

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2. What sports can I teach?

Anything you like! The most popular choices are football, netball and basketball but please feel free to bring something new to the school! Please note that the school has very little facilities in terms of sporting equipment so if you can bring a few footballs etc with you it will really help them!

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3. How much spending money should I take?

We would recommend budgeting for around £80-£100 per week to cover food, extra activities/tours at the weekends, souvenirs etc. It completely depends on what you are looking to do in your free time!

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4. Can I get in touch with other volunteers before I go?

Yes! We provide a 'buddy list' of others email addresses joining you in Cape Town on the same start date.

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South Africa Sports Volunteers

Abigail Stinton - September 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
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Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

An unbelievable experience, best decision i made!!!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting and teaching the pupils at the school Getting to know the local area and people really well

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

To do everyhting-sight seeing, tours, nights out ect Get to know the local people, they know the best things to do Put 100% into everything, don't do it unless you are open to do soemthing different

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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Franziska Kalkenings - October 2012

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The teachers and the kids at school were awesome, I had a great time and I was even invited to other events. I will def go back for a visit, but not with real gap. It's way to expansive if someone wants to go for just two weeks or so...

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Jack Hodgson - February 2012

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wicked experience...made me wanna have a career change

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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Kids at the project staff at the school scenery friends at the house country trips - sky diving & shark diving

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

put change in your pocket and notes in your sock bring dvd's ganes and cd's for the house enjoy the little things

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

No

South Africa Sports Volunteers2012-02-24

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