Program & Schedule
This program is for passionate, sporty people who would love to introduce and coach sports to the school children of South Africa.
You’ll work with local children who lack access to structured, fun, physical activities. This programme allows the children to benefit from fitness improvements, emotional wellbeing and other benefits like leadership, communication, teamwork and more!
These children, aged 10 to 13 are always excited for the visiting coaches from overseas who are willing to dedicate time working with them.
During your time here you can expect to take part in training them in the rules, motor skills and techniques found in:
- Swimming (only between October and March due to weather restrictions)
No coaching qualifications are required but an ability and understanding of the sport you intend to coach is important as well as a passion and enthusiasm for working with kids. All ages are welcome but keep in mind the majority of other participants will be between 18-25 years old.
Aims & Objectives
- Give you invaluable and practical experience in Coaching
- Provide a structured physical education program for the children
- Improve the children’s motor skills, teamwork, outlook and fitness
Monday to Friday
You will be involved for a full week of coaching from Monday to Friday, working each day between 09:30 to 15:30. Evenings and weekends are free time but are filled with options for various social activities and excursions with other participants.
A typical weekday looks like:
- Departure for the various placements
- School 1 coaching
- School 2 coaching
- Break to eat a packed Lunch
- School 3 coaching
- Return to accommodation
Evenings: occasional activities but usually free - can be spent either at the accommodation or out and about. Only condition: be in fit state for coaching the following morning!
Weekends are also full of opportunities for excursions and social activitiesThis schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 17
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
- Proficiency and understanding of the sport you intend to coach
Living & Location
Port Elizabeth, also referred to as Nelson Mandela Bay, is South Africa’s 5th largest city and is known locally as The Friendly City, because of the warmth of its people and its relatively low crime rate. Port Elizabeth also hosts a number of high level sporting fixtures each year because of its world class stadium facilities which host international fixtures in rugby, cricket and football, for any avid sporting fans.
Our accommodation here is known as ‘Umzi’ which is Xhosa (a local tribal language) for “home”. It is a convenient 15 minute drive from the beach and also 15 minutes from placement activities.
The accommodation comprises of mostly dorm rooms, though there are two single rooms that can be requested at an extra rate (one with en-suite) upon request. The accommodation can sleep up to 50 people in total. Each room is equipped with lockers, drawers and shelves as well as lockable doors.
All bathrooms are shared but split by gender, and there are a total of 13 showers and 12 toilets for you to use. There is a dining room and lounge, both equipped with Sky TV, and an entertainment area with pool table, table tennis and darts. There is a large swimming pool and garden space for your enjoyment and a small bar that serves drinks and snacks in the evenings.
All common areas of the facility are cleaned daily and bedding is washed once per week. The accommodation is very secure with a walled exterior with keypad access only, lockable buildings and rooms, 24 hour CCTV surveillance and two night security guards. We also have two staff members that live and stay on site 24 hours per day 7 days per week to provide you with all the support you need!
All 3 meals daily are provided as part of our service but there are also two ‘mini’ kitchens for you to store and prepare your own food if you wish.
You can find several services nearby
Supermarket: Located 5 minutes walking distance from the accommodation
ATM: 5 minutes walk from the accommodation.
Laundry: There are coin operated washing machines at the accommodation costing R10 each we also provide a laundry service for a little extra cost.
Restaurants: There are plenty of small restaurants and bars within walking distance. The beach and larger entertainment areas are a 15 minute drive.
Activities & Events
Extra activities we offer outside of the program schedule are held every weekend.
Wednesdays - Every week
5-a-side football is held weekly for all our participants! Come join in and take a break from coaching by actually playing!
Excursions - Almost every weekend
The longer you stay, the more activities you can participate in! Here are some activities we organize for our participants on weekends...
home of surfing South Africa - transport Free (optional overnight stay R160, optional dune boarding R180, optional surf lessons R250)
Great White Shark Cage Diving
Face your fears! Cost R2,450
Bloukrans Bungee Jump
Transport is free but if you want to take the dive, Bungee jump will cost you R850
Zip wires, Bungee Swing, Canoeing – R700
Shamwari Game Reserve
Luxury Big Five Reserve – R2,100
Game reserve close to Port Elizabeth - Free
Once in a lifetime! Costs R2,500 (R400 extra for video)
Enjoy a boat trip and BBQ (braai) on the river - Free
Outdoor meal, under the stars, plus traditional African dance group - Free
***Activities are not guaranteed and may change depending on factors, such as weather, number of participants wishing to take part and other potential events taking place.***
***Please note that actual charges mentioned may vary. We cannot be held responsible if you pay more than mentioned above***
Sights & Surroundings
The city has all of the amenities one would expect of a major city including cinemas, casino, bowling, bars, restaurant, ice rink and much more. On top of this, Port Elizabeth has some of the best beaches in South Africa, lapped by the warm Indian Ocean. As a result there are plenty of water sport activities to be enjoyed, such as surfing, scuba diving and kite surfing. Inquire with your coordinator for recommendations!
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Republic of South Africa
Population: 55 million
Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial), Pretoria (executive)
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele
Currency: South African Rand
Time zone: UTC +2
South Africa is a vast country with an incredible variety in landscapes, people, traditions, languages, cuisines and more. The country is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its population diversity. The country is also renowned for its wines, so make sure not to miss these while you are here!
While big cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg can look quite first worldly, most of the country has remained underdeveloped. This is a perfect example of the economic inequality that exists in the country.
South Africa is an ideal destination for those interested in nature and it is incredibly varied in terms of landscapes. The country boasts a large number of National Parks such as Kruger, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is located in the desert, Addo Elephant National Park, Simangaliso Wetland Park and many more. It is also a great place to spot the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros) as well as a wide range of other species.
All in all, South Africa is an ideal place to start if you wish to travel in southern Africa and get a good insight into the region.
The climate in South Africa ranges from area to area. The southwestern corner of the country receives a Mediterranean climate, the northeastern regions are subtropical, the interior plateau is quite temperate and even a small area in the northwest has a desert climate.
Winter: South Africa is situated at a high altitude and during winters, temperatures can get very low. The coldest months are June, July and August.
Summer: During the summer months, most of the country receives rainfall and thunderstorms during the afternoon are not uncommon. Rain is heavier and more frequent in the eastern part of the country than in the west. The only exception to this rule is the Western Cape area, where rain is more common during the winter.
South Africa is often dubbed the “Rainbow Nation” due to its multicultural diversity. While 80% of the population is made up of Black South Africans, they all belong to different ethnic groups. A large number of Afrikaans (descendants of Dutch settlers) reside here, as well as many British descendants. Moreover, in the 1600s, Germans, Portuguese and French Huguenots brought in a large number of slaves from India and what is now Indonesia. Islamic and Hindu traditions are also a huge part of daily life in South Africa.
South Africa is so diverse that there are eleven officially recognized languages in the country, English being one of them. Another one of the official languages is Afrikaans, which is derived from Dutch.
The food in South Africa is one of the highlights of most visitor’s time in the country. A great variety of restaurants serve both modern and traditional food. It is almost impossible to write about the cuisine of South Africa in brief as it is incredibly varied due to its multicultural sources. The diversity of its dishes is a great reflection of the cultural differences in the country. To summarize a bit, let’s divide it into two categories:
Traditional cookery is mostly prepared by indigenous people and traces back to the precolonial period. The food is generally cooked over an open fire and meat is one of the main ingredients, either stewed or grilled. Typical dishes include morogo, chakalaka, amadumbe and don’t forget to try tripe, a traditional treat that is considered a regional delicacy in the Cape.
This was introduced during and after the colonization periods. A popular style of South African cuisine is called “Cape Dutch” and is characterized by its use of spices. A famous dish, which is often regarded as the national dish, is babotie. It consists of spiced minced meat baked with an egg topping.