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round - you choose your start and finish
dates! Subject to school holidays.
1 week to
12 weeks or longer (subject to visa requirements)
16, no qualifications necessary (just a good
dose of enthusiasm).
pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection Insurance
Daily transport to and from your project
in-country team support and backup
What's not included
Cost of Visas (if a visa is
Airport pickup and return (but we can
arrange this for you)
Who can do this Project?
All projects are open to all nationalities.
The schools we work
with are mainly for the underprivileged children in
the local community and they have a love for sports
and are very keen and eager to learn. Sports classes are run
in conjunction with the Life Orientation classes.
The average class size is between 15 and 40.
You can coach a variety of sports, such as Cricket,
Football, Netball and Rugby. Although facilities are
basic, there is still a lot that you can do to help
the children in their development of sports skills.
The purpose of the
Life Orientation classes is to develop Team work,
Confidence, Self Esteem, Communication Skills and
Leadership. These classes also help to develop
skills, knowledge, values and attitudes that empower
learners to make informed decisions and take
appropriate actions regarding:
■ Health promotion;
■ Social development;
■ Personal development;
■ Physical development, movement and orientation to
the world of work.
As sports lessons are
run in conjunction with Life Orientation classes, it
is difficult to say how much of your day will be
devoted to coaching sports, because it depends on
the school timetable. Therefore, some of your day
will also involve teaching general classes as well.
However, if you use your initiative and enthusiasm
to generate sports activity when and where you can,
or even after school, you'll have areasonableamount
of sports coaching ... and the children will love
Sports in South Africa
are becoming compulsory. Unfortunately many children
don't receive a proper sports education at their
school, which is why your help is needed. You'll
also provide essential education for the school
teachers, who'll learn from you and be able to carry
on with your coaching assignments once you've left,
continuity for the children.This
is not a full-time sports project and won't fill up
your entire timetable, you will have the opportunity
to teach other subjects during the day, such as
conversational English or any other subjects you may
be interested in.
TERMS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Please note that this placement is not
available during the school holidays, so it’s
important to consult the school terms 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 holiday periods.
the 2016 school terms (semesters)
are given below.
13 January – 18 March
Term 2: 5 April – 24 June
Term 3: 18 July – 30 September
Term 4: 10 October – 7 December
Dates for the 2017 school terms (semesters) are given below.
Term 1: 11 January – 31 March
Term 2: 18 April – 30 June
Term 3: 24 July – 29 September
Term 4: 9 October – 6 December
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
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. 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.
There 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.
Food is not included in this project, so you will
need to budget for that.
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 offer.
There are supermarkets
and local shops where you'll do your food shopping.
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
The waterfront and
marina 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.
LOCATION | TRAVEL
| SIGHTSEEING & EXPLORING:
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 holiday, 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.
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
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
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!
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
Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing with
creativity and energy,and
the pulse of good music. It's
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
holiday 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.