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ZAMBIA

COACH SPORTS TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN LIVINGSTONE
Category: Volunteering, gap year and career break in Zambia

Coach a variety of sports to underprivileged children in schools in Livingstone, very close to the awesome Victoria Falls! Sports include Football, Rugby, Cricket, Volleyball, Netball & Basketball.

You'll volunteer on a programme that enables enthusiastic sports volunteers to coach sports to poor children, including sports that they generally don't have the opportunity to learn.

You don't need any qualifications, just a knowledge of your sport.


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PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
Duration From 1 week to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Meeting you at the nearest Airport and transfer to your accommodation
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Daily transport to and from your project (but we can arrange this for you)
  • Return transfer to the airport.

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WORK DESCRIPTION
For this project, we have teamed up with the Ministry for Youth and Sport to enable your work to reach as many areas as possible. The aim is to try to re-ignite the passion for sports which has gradually dwindled in Zambia over the past 10 years. We work with schools, sports clubs and academies, and are also arranging for street orphans to be taught English and sports during the week.

While on your project you may also be asked to help arrange workshops, where you will help teach local sports teachers (including school coaches, sports club coaches, and even local rural chiefs) about the importance of sport. Not only will you help in the field, but you may also attend the head quarters to help plan yearly goals and aims for sport in Livingstone and the Southern Province.

You'll also cover training techniques which have not been used in Zambia. These workshops are excellent for sport in Zambia and you will be given a lot of help from our local manager (an ex-head teacher) with preparing these workshops. With these work shops you may also actually go with representatives to rural villages to help promote sport and set up sports coaching for the villages.

 Below are a few examples of sports you can teach, but any sport is available:

  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Netball / Basketball

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
Teaching is not available during school holidays, so please take the above school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. On the other hand, if a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

Dates for the 2017 school terms (semesters) are as follows.

  • Term 1: 16 January – 13 April
  • Term 2: 15 May – 11 August
  • Term 3: 11 September – 8 December

"Thank you so much for organising everything in Zambia! I had an unbelievable time! It was such a wonderful school and the pupils were so friendly and willing to learn (as were the teachers). I made so many new friends and discovered that I really did enjoy doing this kind of thing! Livingstone was a great place to be as it had amazing character and was so close to Victoria Falls. It was an amazing experience and one which I will never forget, I'll be sure to pass on the word to people" Hamish Brown

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ACCOMMODATION

You'll live in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of Livingstone. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and a crystal clear swimming pool. It also has a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged.

Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.

You'll share a room with other other volunteers or guests of mixed gender.

FOOD:
Food and drink is not provided on this placement. There is a local supermarket for you to buy food from and the hostel has cooking facilities that you vcan use to prepare your meals. There is a dining room at the hostel where you can also buy meals that they prepare in-house. Many of the participants eat out on local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

At time of writing, facilities at the hostel include;

  • a swimming pool
  • recreation room with TV,
  • internet cafe with internet access,
  • a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored and
  • access to telephones.

The hostel also has an in-house booking centre, where many local activities can be booked (wildlife safaris, river cruises, river gorges, bungee jumping, white water rafting, treks, etc). They guarantee to offer the best deals in town and to beat any other lodge or booking centre!

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LOCATION | TRAVEL | SIGHTSEEING & EXPLORING:

ON YOUR ARRIVAL IN ZAMBIA:
You'll usually fly into Livingstone Airport where you'll be met by the Hostel's courtesy bus and taken to the Hostel. You may have a day or two to settle in before starting your project. Our Manager will meet up with you on the day after your arrival and give you an Induction / Orientation.

You'll then be taken to your project where you'll be introduced to the people you'll work with. You'll be shown how to get to and from your project by local transport and accompanied on your first trip to ensure that you're comfortable with the route and how to get there.

LIVINGSTONE
Livingstone is a fun town where tourists come for adventure, sports and an adrenalin kick. It's very close to the awesome Victoria Falls and the powerful Zambezi River. Water sports are everywhere!

The spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge is only about 10km away from Livingstone, and the area surrounding the Falls and Livingstone town have given it the name of ‘adrenaline capital of the world’.

Local attractions include not only the impressive Victoria Falls, but also Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Livingstone Game Park. Livingstone Museum has displays of historical African artefacts and memorabilia related to Scottish missionary David Livingstone and his exploration of the region in the 1850s.

FUN AND ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES:
White water rafting is a must! If you are keen for the ultimate thrill then a multi-day trip along the Zambezi is it! The Zambezi provides the best rafting trip on the planet! You'll crash through some of the biggest commercially run rapids in the world.

Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty three whitewater rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller coaster ride along a route carved over millenia by the Great Zambezi.

Bungee Jumping for the very brave: The highest commercial bridge jump in the world in the most spectacular setting over the Zambezi River! This must be the ultimate adrenaline rush. It’s an indescribable feeling that will probably change your life !

And more: You can do riverboarding, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, walking safaris, elephant back safaris, fishing, flights over Victoria Falls, quadbiking, golf and scuba diving. This is a real adventure playground!

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