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SOUTH AFRICA: COMBINE COACHING SPORTS WITH TEACHING TO TOWNSHIP CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN KNYSNA

SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Combine sports coaching with some teaching in poor township schools. Sports include Cricket, Football, Netball and Rugby.

Sport classes are run in conjunction with the Life Orientation classes, which develop Team work, Confidence, Self-esteem, Communication Skills and Leadership.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
All year round, during school term times – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 16, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian. No qualifications required, but you should have enthusiasm and a good knowledge of your sport.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Accommodation
  • Daily transport to and from your project
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Food, Pickup and Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching, working with children or education, or care.

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PROJECT CONTENT

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 a reasonable amount of sports coaching ... and the children will love it!

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, ensuring some 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.

SCHOOL 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.

Dates for the 2018 school terms (semesters) are given below.
Term 1: 17 January – 28 March
Term 2: 10 April – 22 June
Term 3: 17 July – 28 September
Term 4: 9 October – 12 December

Generally the last week before term's end is given to exams and tests. This means that you will find your work load dropping during this week and you will usually find more free time than normal school time. Exams are written by classes from Grade 3 upward three times a year. For the last three weeks of term 2, 3 and 4 it would not be suitable to volunteer in the classes doing exams. The younger children would still welcome volunteers, but individual requests for these dates would have to be discussed first.

Weekends and school holidays are free for you to sight-see and do activities, tours and trips!

REQUIREMENTS: Anyone working with children and/or vulnerable adults is required to complete a Criminal Records Check (CRC) as part of their application process. We'll provide you with the necessary papers and take you through the process.

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ACCOMMODATION

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 onto the verandahs 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.

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.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is FREE Wi-Fi / Internet in the Volunteer House, but you will need your own device.

Facilities include a kitchen kitted out for cooking, dining area, a few bathrooms, TV, DVD player, 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:

Food is not included in this Programme, but 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 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 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.

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK

Anuj Chahal (British):
"Woah! Where to begin?! It was the first time living away from family, and I most definitely felt somewhat homesick during the first couple of days. It would be difficult to relate to the current housemates as conversation often revolved around past events and people, which you would not know anything about! But as soon as you became intergraded into the house, the housemates became your family, and homesickness dissipated into nothingness.

I feel my ability to relate and communicate to people has much improved. Having people of different ages in the house was definitely a benefit. Originally I thought it would be difficult for teenagers to get along with people 24 years and above. In fact it was enlightening being with these people, through talking about their past experiences, and having some of their maturity rub off on you (I hope at least!).

I was so taken back by the children. They showed so much affection at the school. Indeed it is very difficult at times to carry out a teaching role. But it was also very rewarding at the times when the children show an understanding of what you have said. It soon dawned on me that kids just love having fun, so some of the sports lessons I took were just a huge mess about with the boys and girls. I think those are the lessons that are most memorable, spinning the kids around, picking them up upside down and the kids playing with our hair, holding our hands and hugging us non-stop.

The smiles and love that they all radiated was immense. To think that some of these kids have so little in terms of material possessions, and the hardship some of them face, it just astounds me that they can be so happy and good individuals.

I had such a fantastic time and so did the other volunteers around me. Indeed we all looked forward to getting back home to see family and friends again, but we didn’t want to leave either since each day brought about a new adventure, leaving little time to be idle or become bored. So yes this placement has my full recommendation, and I believe a couple of my friends will be pursing it in their gap year next year."

Mark Horridge (British):
"During my stay I took over the football team where I hosted training sessions, picked the team and more importantly organised friendly matches against other volunteer schools. Needless to say we won which ensured a close volunteer relationship and a good time had by all.

Having returned home from Africa I have since acquired a donated full football kit that I will be shipping out shortly. Also during my stay I organised a fund raising fun day for the school where we all basically had a big party on the local playing field. The non-school aspects of your trip will provide as many memories as your time at school.

Knysna is a lovely little town which gets very busy with tourists from time to time and has a good night life to let your hair down at the weekends. My biggest surprise was just how developed Knysna was, and my decision to bring everything with me in a rucksack was instantly regretted as soon as I drove onto main street and past KFC and shops just like Boots and WHSmiths.

During the week we would hire many DVD’s, visit the cinema, go to the beach or visit the town. There is enough on offer to keep anyone with an ounce of personality going and if you get to Knysna I am confident you will fully enjoy it.

Your trip to South Africa will be as good as you want it to be. If you are enthusiastic, motivated and can use your initiative you will have the time of your life, but if you want a holiday with a permanent base this is not the place, as the first priority is the children and not yourself.."

George Lawton (British):
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I would recommend this project to anyone with an interest in sports teaching because you do so much in a day. I am now working with the grade 3 cricket team at the school so these boys have basic hand eye co-ordination and helping them develop is really rewarding.

This project would suit anyone who is interested in both sports and teaching.

No improvements could be made whatsoever to my placement, it has been catered so I do as much sport as possible and I’m loving everything.

A TYPICAL DAY:
7.00 AM – wake up, have shower breakfast etc.
7.30 AM – Sharon [Volunteer Coordinator] picks us up and we leave for work, dropping the other volunteers off on the way or getting dropped off first. Arriving at the school at approx 8 AM.
8:00 AM - On arrival at the school the bell usually goes and the children get ready for there first class which is maths. (in which I take no part in and I use this time to check emails etc.)
8.40 AM - Math finishes and I will go and get my first class where I will collect the students and take them to the yard/field and start my lesson.
9.25 AM - I take the students back to there class and I then go and get the next class and I repeat the lesson till 10.10
10.10 AM - Break time.
10.35 AM - After break it is reading time for 35 minutes, I go and assist Mrs Jenneker (the teacher I do English with) if I can before my next lesson starts at 11.10
11.10 AM - I repeat the lesson again with a different class.
11.50 AM - I repeat the lesson again with a different class.
12.30 PM - Break time.
12.50 PM - My final lesson of the day before finishing at the school at 1.30PM.
1.30 PM - Sharon [Travellers Volunteer Coordinator] picks me up and drops me off at the ‘sports school’ where I will stay till approx 5.15 where I will be doing various cricket exercise which both the under 11s team and the under 13s.
5.15 PM - Iain drives me home from the sports school.

This is normal Tuesday or Thursday, on Mondays and Fridays I assist in the English classes, once on a Monday and 3 times on a Friday.

Sharon [Manager, South Africa] goes out of her way to make sure we have a good time."

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS

As well as protecting all our volunteers, Budget Volunteering is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.

LOCATION - KNYSNA:

Knysna 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.

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 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.

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!

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