Sports Development

Join this amazing sports development project for a minimum of 5 weeks in the Nelson Mandela Bay Area in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The sports development project takes place at different schools. The focus of this sports development project in the townships of Port Elizabeth is on developing personalities, life skills and reducing at-risk behavior. This happens through interactive sports development activities. Both kind of activities – fun and competitive, are a powerful tool and an extraordinary leverage mechanism to develop life skills and encourage sustainable social change.

The focus is on developing personalities, reducing atrisk behavior by broadening youths’ options, bridging social divides, increasing healthrelated knowledge and awareness, and providing participants with tools to help them make the right choices in addressing and facing social negatives. The project has long-proven the tremendous potential of sports development to positively impact educational aspirations, grades and achievement scores, selfesteem, selfconfidence, and social connectedness to reduce delinquency and school dropouts. Their efforts provide a complement to a traditional mentoring/role model strategy by empowering the young participants to take responsibility and be sustainable change agents within the community. The sports development project curriculum emphasizes ongoing active and experiential learning that includes tactics for the beneficiaries to get the message out to their two core social groups: peers and siblings.

Your role as a volunteer

Placements primarily include providing education and sports development through sports projects, coaching and / or promoting social and health awareness. Alternative non-sports placements include teaching, arts and crafts or working with disabled or HIV/AIDS affected children. Join one of our volunteer coaching placements during your gap year, career break or activity holiday and play and coach sports to keen young players who are passionate about football/soccer, cricket, rugby, hockey, netball, tennis, basketball, swimming and more. As part of the life-skills curriculum, promote good citizenship and impart social / health awareness and knowledge.

It’s important that the volunteer considers the following points:

  • Respect the mission and vision of the project
  • Be flexible with your tasks and activities
  • Be a go getter!
  • Love working with children

You will work 5 days a week as part of a sports development team and go out into the community to teach sports and games to underprivileged children.

Project information

This sports development project is aimed at strengthening the psycho-social development of South African youth by creating social and health awareness through participatory education and sports. The sports development project’s mission, to broaden opportunities and provide tools for responsible citizenship, is also accomplished by promoting intercultural exchanges and developing well-defined local projects.

As a volunteer you can coach children and teenagers, play games, interact with them and help them give a view on their future and possibilities. The sports development project’s approach is to encourage sustainable change by motivating the participants to become opinion leaders in their social network of peers and siblings. Research supports the strong influence of positive peer relations, with peer-led groups resulting in significant improvement of knowledge compared to teacherled groups. Hence, the impact of the sports development projects goes beyond its immediate beneficiaries to positively influence peers and siblings not directly involved. Furthermore, the activities are aligned with government and corporate interests to strengthen leadership capacities and the capacity of communities through sustainable social change.


Full orientation and induction to your project and the general local context upon arrival.

Accommodation and transfer

You will be staying at a communal accommodation in town. It’s basic but comfortable, dormitory-style rooms with shared toilets and showers. The accommodation has a very sociable atmosphere, so you will find it a great place to relax and unwind in the evenings. It has a swimming pool, a TV/DVD room, a braai area, and lots of activities such as ping-pong, billiards, etc.

The accommodation is centrally located to the placements (5-minute drive to the nearest townships) and not far away from center city (8-minute drive), shopping centers (within walking distance), the beach (10-minute drive), or endless nightlife. It is advised to use taxis or minibus taxis when walking is too far or not safe. Also provided are Internet, a land-line phone, laundry facilities, and 24-hour security on premises.

Guidance and Supervision

Once the project knows where they can use your specific skills you will be introduced to the people who will offer guidance during your period of volunteer work. The project’s director will always be there as a support point during your stay.

A typical week at…

Allthough day to day activities like coaching, organizing educational sports programs vary on the project. A typical day can be…

08h00             Wake up

08h15 – 09h00  Breakfast

09h30             Leave to various placements

10h00 – 12h30  Activities at various school or orphanage placements

12h30             Packed lunch

14h00 – 16h30  Activities at various after‐school or arts and design placements

17h00             Return to accommodation

18h30             Dinner

Evenings:        Occasional (optional) activities but usually free

Weekends:      Usually free for personal time and travel BUT occasional work

Costs & Inclusive / Exclusive

For the minimum stay of 5 weeks, the fee is ZAR 10,000.-
For every additional week, you will be charged ZAR 2,000.- (for up to 12 weeks total).


  • Transfer to and from the Port Elizabeth airport
  • Full orientation and induction to your project and the general local context upon arrival
  • Accommodation in a communal house with swimming pool and all amenities
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Your volunteer placement or training course
  • All work-related local transport
  • Necessary equipment and briefings
  • 24/7 in-country attention and support
  • Numerous free weekends and social evenings, adventurous and cultural activities
  • Work experience and reference letters on request
  • Lots of advice on what to do and where to go in your free time and further travels


  • All flights
  • Visas (when applicable)
  • Vaccinations and medications
  • Local transportation unrelated to work (we encourage volunteers to use taxis or public transport)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry service
  • In-country travel and personal spending money (i.e. all costs related to personal expenses)
  • All travel and personal insurances: loss of personal property, illness, accident (whether during an activity linked to us or not), repatriation, personal liability, etc.

Arrival dates

Each calendar year is subdivided into 5- and 12-week sessions, with only the swim coaching placement being season dependent. Sessions are established based on the local school calendar, so hosting volunteers in between sessions is not possible.

3 Months stay (2013):

  • 12th January – 4th April
  • 8th April – 29th June
  • 24th August  – 16th November

5 Weeks stay (2013):

  • 12th January – 16th February
  • 16th February – 23rd March
  • 8th April – 11th May
  • 11th May – 15th June
  • 13th July – 17th August
  • 24th August – 28th September
  • 28th September – 2nd November

Please read our terms and conditions to inform yourself about our booking procedures.
Kindly note that the prices and accommodation are subject to change based on date, availability and special requests.

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