Volunteer as a sports coach in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth South Africa and teach youngsters the importance of being physically active.
|Minimum Duration:||1 week|
|Cost:||From 210 Euro per week|
|Minimum Age:||18 years|
We all know that taking part in sport is very important for a child’s physical and social development. It improves their ability to learn new skills and who doesn’t enjoy learning when you are having fun, right? Join the team at Izizwe Projects and you will contribute to a sports program which has influenced many children from various age groups to enjoy dance, football, basketball & swimming.
With limited resources in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the children in this community are exposed to poverty, high unemployment, alcohol and substance abuse & child neglect. This sports program is a way to reach these children in an informal setting and hopefully develop sport talents that otherwise might not have been noticed. You might be coaching a future Bafana Bafana star or olympic medalist!
This program is run by a small local team with the help of volunteers & students. The program is affected by exams and school holidays, so please check with us when is the best time to join. If you love to exercise, enjoy team sports, have coaching experience or you are studying towards a qualification in sports and movement, this is the project for you!
The sport program currently consists of the following:
Primary School Sports
Coach, motivate and inspire primary school boys and girls in the age group of 6-18 years together with local volunteers from Monday to Thursday.
After School Sports
Bring your A game, facilitate and participate in basketball training for high school children between the ages of 12-18 years on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Baby sports is offered at creches/daycares with age appropiates songs and games to get the little ones moving and learning.
Give basic swimming lessons to children between the ages of 6-9 years on Fridays. Diplomas are also handed out to children who show that they have what it takes to become a successful swimmer.
Working days and hours
This depends on which project you will be working at. Normally we work weekdays from 8:30am until 15.30pm, Friday until 12.00 and weekends are off. Some projects however might start earlier and in summertime, due to the heat, hours can change.
Guidance will be offered in multiple ways as different people are involved in your stay with Izizwe.
First of all, by one of the Volunteer Coordinators who will pick you up, shows you around and prepares your work activities with the projects before, supervises during and evaluates after your stay. They will transfer you to and from the project, make sure the shopping is done and organize fun outings for the weekends. The coordinators live at the volunteer house and will be looking after your needs in any way. They have lots of experience and have volunteered before themselves.
At Izizwe Projects (within Walmer Township) we have several coordinators who are responsible for your daily duties and activities and will guide you during project hours.
It is important that volunteers of this project understand the importance of the following:
- To be enthusiastic and independent
- To sign a “Code of Conduct” when arriving
- To show respect towards the people and culture of the local community. You might not agree with certain ways of conduct during your stay here, but don’t forget you are a guest here, and you can’t try to change everything in a period of just a few weeks.
- To show flexibility and patience towards responsibilities, tasks and activities.
- To be willing to take initiative and come up with ideas.
Volunteering at this project is very diverse and can be challenging. You will get acquainted with the circumstances in which 70% of South Africans live today, and experience their culture and situation. Be prepared to face misery and poverty. For this reason, it is of absolute importance that volunteers are independent and mature individuals. You will be singing and dancing with the children, you will make them laugh, help them with schoolwork and teach them there’s a whole world waiting for them. This way you can change a mind-set that will enlarge their horizons and contribute to a better future.
You most likely won’t be alone when volunteering at Izizwe, and will meet both local and international volunteers. We get volunteers from all over the world – from the USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the UK and many other countries.
The volunteer house in Port Elizabeth is a gorgeous home with loads of space. Whether you prefer to unwind in the garden, at the pool or in the lounge; this home has a special place for everyone.
The home was built in grand old architectural style and is decorated with modern touches. A pool for summer and a fireplace for winter, what more do you need?
The property is well secured and superbly located within walking distance of the beach, restaurants, laundry & shops.
We include three basic meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Airport transfers and daily transport to and from your project is included in your fees. Keep in mind that daily transfers to projects are planned between projects and your host.
The Fun Stuff
Volunteering with Khaya also means there is time for fun things and to share your time with all the other volunteers the best way possible.
There is so much to do in the area and we love organizing weekend tours and day trips (additional costs may apply). We however provide a free activity weekly during our Friday Social.
As we finish early on Fridays we use the afternoon to do fun activities together like visiting the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre, visiting Animal Welfare to walk their dogs, go for a hike along the beaches, play games on the beach or start the weekend with a beer at one of the beachfront bars.
What is Included?
- Information and assistance before departure
- Pick up on arrival and drop off at the end of your stay (Monday to Friday)
- Basic family style meals during your stay Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Shared dorm style accommodation with our host. Single and double/twin rooms are available upon request at extra cost.
- Daily transport to and from the project
- Direct donation to the project
- Free social activities
What is Excluded?
- Personal luxuries such as snacks, cold drinks and alcohol
- Costs for weekend trips
- Flight tickets
- Laundry service
- Arrival/departure transfers on Saturday/Sunday
Our volunteers arrive on Mondays and start at the project on Tuesdays. We can pick you up from the airport or from any accommodation in Port Elizabet/Gqeberha.
Arrivals and departure transfers from Monday to Friday are included in the fees. If you need an arrival or departure transfer over the weekend (Saturday to Sunday), we ask for a local cash payment of ZAR 250 per transfer.
Participation is in full weeks (7 nights) only. Please also keep in mind that projects close for 2-3 weeks over December/January each year.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The team at Khaya loves Port Elizabeth (PE to the locals). Our head office is based in Port Elizabeth, so we know what we are talking about!
Here we enjoy beautiful beaches, scenic hiking trails, the Big 5 is on our door step, amazing restaurants, whale watching, sand boarding, canoeing, diving, international sports events and much more!
East of PE you will find the Wild coast (former Transkei and Ciskei). Here you can experience the unspoiled rolling hills & rural villages in wide open spaces between larger towns like Grahamstown, East London & Port Alfred. Along the Wild coast there are numerous coastal towns where many locals go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
To the North you will find the great Karoo; a semi desert area with wide open spaces, large nature areas and long open roads with historical places such as Graaff Reinet, the Baviaanskloof Wilderness and much more.
To the West towards Cape Town, you will be amazed by the Tsitsikamma National Park, holiday villages such as Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Nature’s Valley or the surf mecca of Jeffreys Bay.
This gives you plenty to see and visit while you are here, and we believe even provides you more diversity than staying in Cape Town to volunteer. You can always visit Cape Town or any other city or area on weekends or after your stay with us.