This is the perfect project for the sports enthusiasts! Get involved with creches, schools and community outreach programs coaching sports and at the same time learn about sports administration in the NPO sector while having a lot of fun in the sun!
|Starting days||Starting days are Monday to Friday in the South African school term (see below for dates). Closed from November to mid-January|
|Minimum Requirements||2 weeks and longer subject to visa requirements. A minimum age of 17 years old and older.|
|Cost||£1100 for 2 weeks and £350 for each additional week|
|What is included||Food, accommodation, meeting you at the airport, airport collection and drop-off, welcome braai (BBQ), Saturday tour, donation to the project, daily transport to the sports school and back in the week, pre-departure support, in-country staff, t-shirt, 24- emergency help, certificate of completion and more|
|What is not included||Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money|
|Best for||Gappers, career breakers, families, post-retirement gappers, couples, sports students, Physical Education teachers, sports lovers|
Sport is such a great way to develop not only healthy bodies but also healthy minds but in the poorer areas it can be very difficult for children to get proper coaching and sports facilities are very limited. This is where the Sports Experience project plays such an important role. Established in 1992, the sports school facilitates fantastic sports outreach programs into schools and creches. Aside from physical education, cycling, golf, soccer, touch rugby, hockey, bowls, cricket and even recently swimming are just a few of the sports that are coached which gives some of the talented youth who normally would not have access to take part in these sports, the opportunity to do so and excel.
There is a great program for the little ones called “kids in traffic” that teaches foundation phase learners at creches and playschools the rules of the road with road sign props and bicycles with the aim of instilling road safety from an early age. Foundation phase learners also have general physical education so the sports experience project has so much variety with age group, locations, and socio-economic background of the youth you will be assisting with
You would also be involved with sports administration, setting up for matches and tournaments and general maintenance on sports grounds and with equipment so it is a great all-around sports project for those crazy about sports and wanting to uplift youth from disadvantaged areas with sports development …. or even those looking at studying sports development and coaching as a career
Coaching can take place within the various schools and creches, driving ranges and golf courses and some at the sports school grounds depending on the school term and season as some sports are seasonal. For those that enjoy cycling, the cycling program has some incredibly beautiful scenic routes and is highly popular both with volunteers, coaches and the youth….but make sure you stick to the group and don’t get lost like some past volunteers!
If you have an interest in a particular sport, please let us know so we can do our best to accommodate you.
If you would like to assist in a specific sport, the seasons for the different sports are as follows:
- Competitive Bowls, Tag Rugby, Golf and Cycling: All year round
- Cricket: January – mid March, and September – mid November
- Tennis: April – end of May
- Hockey: Mid-March until September
School terms for 2022
|1st||12th of January||17th of March|
|2nd||05th of April||24th of June|
|3rd||19th of July||30th of September|
|4th||11th of October||14th of December|
School terms for 2023
|1st||18th of January||31st of March|
|2nd||12th of April||23rd of June|
|3rd||18th of July||29th of September|
|4th||10th of October||13th of December|
The volunteer accommodation is shared and self-catering in the town of Knysna close to shopping malls, restaurants, take-aways, gyms, nightlife, entertainment areas and essential services. There is security and the area is safe to walk around. Bedrooms are either shared with another volunteer or single depending on volunteer numbers, a satellite TV, a shared bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet and a washing machine. There is a braai facility and kitchen for meals. There is also WIFI. Couples, friends, and families can be accommodated.
You will also receive a food allowance for your basic food essentials for your breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will be taken for a grocery shop as part of your induction on your arrival. This means that you can choose the specific food if you have set dietary requirements. There is a kitchen for cooking
You will need to fly into George Airport for your airport collection where you will be met by your Volunteer International Adventures representative and driven to your volunteer accommodation in Knysna. After your project is complete, you will be taken to Gorge Airport for your departure flight
Knysna is one of South Africa’s favourite towns based around the beautiful Knysna estuary with views of the iconic headlands. It is not known as the jewel of the Garden Route for nothing and is surrounded by magical forests, farmlands and a breath-taking coastline dotted with blue flag beaches which are great for swimming, barbequing or just simply watching dolphins surfing in the waves. It is also home to the famous elusive Knysna elephant which are the most southern free roaming elephants in the world and there are still hot debates about the numbers with some saying there is only one left and others a small herd of about 4.
The area that Knysna is situated is the Garden Route of the province of the Western Cape and it is a dream for animal lovers and extreme sports enthusiasts as there are numerous private wildlife reserves, national parks, whale watching, predator sanctuaries, primate sanctuaries, elephant sanctuaries, wolf sanctuaries, skydiving, paragliding, sandboarding, numerous interesting markets and so much more so boredom is not an option.
Our projects take place mainly in the local townships in the poorer areas where we do our best to try and lighten the load for the teachers, schools and NPOs assisting in the area with hands on help and financial support