||All year round - you choose your start and finish
dates - but subject to school vacations.
No qualifications required, but you should have
enthusiasm and a good knowledge of your sport. Minimum
||No qualifications or experience required, just lots
of enthusiasm and a love of children.
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 16.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
gaining overseas work experience or an internship for
university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about Sports Management and practice overseas.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
n exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many
diverse cultures in South Africa
The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
You'll get involved in a number of different
activities during the day.
Apart from coaching, there are also aspects of sports administration and
management, which the school needs assistance in, including:
This Sports School is dedicated to the development
program which it implemented to help the underprivileged children in the community and give them a chance to play sports in an environment
just geared for sport with other local children.
have the opportunity to coach and play a variety of sports,
Tag Rugby, Hockey and Cycling
(mountain biking which is done as an outreach program in nearby Rheenendal).
Football, Golf, Bowls and Tennis
are also played but to not as large an extent.
You can also get involved in a number of different roles:
ABOUT THE SPORTS
There are a number of qualified
coaches at the school who you will be assisting, so if you're
not a very experienced coach, or you lack confidence in your coaching skills,
you can learn and develop your own abilities by working alongside these coaches. you can choose to coach one or more different sports and you can do a
placement for any length of time, from two weeks upwards. The sports are divided into seasons as follows:
The Sports School has a well established sports development program
which aims to allow children from the surrounding townships to come to
the facility and receive free coaching. They also have children from
more affluent backgrounds attending the Sports School so there is a
wonderful interaction and benefits for both groups
October and April, with a long break in the middle from around 1st December to
around 15th January) Cricket, Cycling and Golf
10th approx to 22nd September approx) Football, Hockey and Tennis
Rugby, Golf and Cycling is played throughout the year
Morning coaching is mainly for the pre-primary school children while the
afternoon coaching is when the local school children and older learners
attend for their coaching. Any administration in attended to in the
During the start of the school year (February & March) you'll go
into the township schools with the coaches to do talent spotting to
identify children who have talent in a particular sport. These children
are then encouraged to come to the sports school to receive coaching.
As well as coaching sports, you may also have the chance to train (and
possibly play) for the sports schools senior/men’s teams, if you're
considered good enough.
The sports school has teams in a number of sports.
If you would like to compete and train in a specific sport, the dates
for the different sports sessions are as follows:
Competitive Bowls, Tag Rugby, Golf and Cycling: All year round
Cricket: January – mid March,
and September - mid November
April – end of May
Mid-March until September
This placement would suit someone who has a keen interest, not only
coaching sports, but getting involved with the sports administration and
management role as well. It is open to anyone who has, or intends to
This is a very professional and intense sports placement where you can
really benefit by learning sports administration, management and
coaching. At the same time you will also be providing a benefit to the
poorer community through the sports development program
SEMESTERS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Please note that this placement is not available during the
school vacations, so it’s important to consult the school
semesters below to plan your placement dates. Your project
coordinator will also assist you with your placement planning,
as well as suggest alternatives and exciting things to do during
the vacation periods.
Dates for the
2015 school semesters are given below.
Term 1: 21 January –
Term 2: 13 April – 26 June
Term 3: 20 July – 2 October
Term 4: 12 October – 9 December
Dates for the
2016 school semesters are given below.
Term 1: 13 January –
Term 2: 5 April – 24 June
Term 3: 18 July – 30 September
Term 4: 10 October – 7 December
Please see a complete
list of current public holidays for 2015 and 2016 at
Generally the last week
before terms end is given to exams and tests. This means
that you will generally find your work load dropping during this
week and you will usually find more free time than normal school
Ryan Hammond – Sports Work
'These children were completely awesome and
they were very willing to help with everything at the athletics track I
ACCOMMODATION: THE VOLUNTEER HOUSE:
The volunteer house in Knysna is within walking distance of the town,
yet set against a natural green belt. The bird life is prolific and
often the local Vervet monkey troop comes to visit to entertain the
volunteers with their antics. The sunset views from the top balcony of
the volunteer house of the Knysna lagoon are beautiful and great way to
relax after a day working at your placement or to catch up on your tan
in the summer. See photo on right-hand side.
The house is large and spacious and also has a self-contained
flat downstairs for couples and families. y volunteer
placements. The bedding in the two same sex dorms and the towels
in their ensuite bathrooms are changed regularly every Friday by
our much loved cleaner, Pretty, and there is plenty of cupboard
space to store your clothing.
Facilities include a kitchen kitted out for cooking, dining
area, a few bathrooms, TV, DVD
player, free Wi-Fi, garden and several wooden verandahs.
is an outside courtyard and garden in the secure grounds where you can have
a typical South African barbeque known there as a ‘braai’.
Make sure you try the local spicy sausage known as ‘boerewors’
and the Karoo lamb chops are to die for on a ‘braai’, but if fish
is more to your taste then a fish ‘braai’ with South African
‘snoek’ is a must.
You'll be given a food budget which will cover your basic
essentials (but not extras like alcohol, snacks and eating
out). The kitchen has all the cooking amenities that you might
need to take advantage of preparing meals with some of the great
seafood, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables South Africa has to
There are supermarkets and local shops where you'll do your food
There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking
distance that offer the most incredible local and international
cuisine which our volunteers rave about. Knysna is also famous
for its oysters and even has an annual Oyster Festival where
everyone eats and drinks far too much!
The waterfront and marine is beautiful and full of restaurants
and cafes with cuisine that ranges from breakfast, coffees,
cakes and snacks, through to sumptuous meals and various
different nationality menus.
Volunteer house in Knysna
View from the house overlooking
Got any questions? Please email us:
ABOUT THE SPORTS SCHOOL:
The Sports School is situated in a beautiful location, overlooking the
Knysna Lagoon. Being out in the fresh air and playing sports
with such panoramic views is enjoyable, uplifting and quite unique! The
School has excellent facilities, including a pavilion, cricket and
hockey ground ground and is very close to a golf driving range and golf
The School was established in 1992 as a sports promotional tool for the previously disadvantaged
community. It provides term-time coaching to boys and girls and works closely with the children from the
underprivileged community and townships.
As well as coaching, the school also organises a number of sports
events which brings visiting teams to Knysna to play against local
teams. These occasions are always lots of fun, ‘teaming’ with good,
strong competitive spirit (pardon the pun!).
The mission statement of the sports school is:
“The promotion of sportsmanship, fellowship and self-respect among
children in Knysna through the medium of a healthy sporting ethos and
environment, and the development of their skills in their chosen sport.”
EXTRA ACTIVITIES YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR PROJECT
You may also have the opportunity
to provide help and support to the local community through the various
afternoon activities we have to offer. This is an excellent way to immerse
yourself in the African culture, but most importantly to give a caring
hand to the local community. The activities could range from helping out at;
The Children's Home:Make the afternoons fun and exciting for these lovely
children by playing games, helping them with home work and just being
there to give them the attention that they so appreciate.
After-school drama or sports - Take some time out after school to set up after
school sports or drama clubs, the children love it and it's a great way
to get to know them better in a relaxed and fun environment. If
you'd like to set up a drama or sports club, please let us know when you
apply so that we can arrange it with the school before you arrive.)
community projects - Past volunteers have helped to paint the
outside of a crèche that was in desperate need of a lift. The crèche is
now looking very cheerful with brightly coloured walls. A jungle gym was
donated to this orphanage and volunteers also helped to put it together
for the crèche too! There may be other similar projects available at the
time you're there that you might want to participate in.
If you're are interested in arranging a dance workshop, then please visit
the Street Kids project for more details on a dance workshop that an
ex-volunteer set-up there.
The project may possibly be
extended to involve local unemployed people, or street kids, or even elderly
people or children's orphanages. These are just a few ideas and it may be that
some volunteers will have more ideas that will help to make this project a
worthwhile one that will benefit the community for a long time to come.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
“After 3 weeks
volunteering at the Safe House, I can honestly say that this was the
highlight of my time in South Africa. It is owned and run by incredibly
warm, friendly and helpful staff and the kids they look after (from
toddlers to teenagers) are fun, playful, inquisitive and just plain
adorable. There is so much to get involved in; you will genuinely leave
there every day looking forward to the next”
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
"The area is beautiful and travelling is easy. The house we stay in is lovely
and the Travellers workers are such kind, loving people which really makes it
feel like a home away from home. What with all the other volunteers and the
Travellers staff, it really does feel like our own little family ... well, our
own very big family, I suppose!!"
Ryan Hammond – Sports Work
‘‘This one really puts my heart in my
mouth, on the last day the kids would not let me leave until I had a
photo with them and it was class!’
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us
is to try to see some of the country while you're in South
Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting
and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably
the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up
there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very
close second, albeit very different. Knysna is
where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of
how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch
dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.
is approximately 500km from
the beautiful capital city of Cape Town and voted South Africa’s
favourite town 4 years in a row! Its mountainous backdrop, impressively
sized estuary and indigenous forests really give the town a natural feel
to it. Although it still has that ‘small-town’ feel, Knysna is growing
rapidly, and has all the amenities you could ask for such as banks,
hotels, internet café’s, cinemas and shopping malls.
About 20-30 minutes' drive away from Knysna you'll find Plettenberg Bay
(better known simply as Plett), which is a bit smaller
than Knysna, but equally stunning. Its' pure white beaches stretch
as far as the eye can see and there is a lot to do, from whale and dolphin
watching, to hiking trails and awesome nightlife.
The Garden Route is famous for all sorts of activities from adrenalin
sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving and shark cage diving to more
relaxed pursuits such as hiking, quad biking in the forest or visiting one
of the many animal sanctuaries in the area. Your local Travellers liaison
will be happy to assist you in finding interesting things to do and places
to see so make the most of it!
Knysna nestles on the banks of a
beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. It is
surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil
lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.
Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing
with creativity and energy, and the pulse of good
music. It's a place where the you can enjoy the mellow
atmosphere of street cafes, watching the world go by. The
main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements and it has a wonderful
vacation atmosphere with sun umbrellas everywhere.
Most cafes have outdoors
seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun
umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on
your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or
staving off the heat with a cold drink.
Read more about Knysna and its
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