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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Coach a variety of sports to underprivileged children in schools in Livingstone, very close to the awesome Victoria Falls! Sports can include Football, Rugby, Cricket, Volleyball, Netball & Basketball. You don't need any qualifications, just a good knowledge of your sport and a passion to pass your skills on to deserving children.

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 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 18 and no qualifications necessary, just lots of enthusiasm and a good knowledge of the sports you'd like to coach.
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
  • Meeting you at the nearest Airport
  • 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, Daily transport to and from your project (but we can arrange this for you), 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 children, children's welfare, education.

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PROJECT CONTENT

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 if you're planning to participate in a placement, please take the 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 2018 school terms (semesters) are as follows:

  • Term 1 15 Jan - 13 Apr 2018
  • Term 2 14 May - 10 Aug 2018
  • Term 3 10 Sep - 7 Dec 2018

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

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 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 for you to use or you can pay for meals at the hostel if you wish. Even better still why not try out some local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

At the time of writing, facilities at the hostel include; a swimming pool, recreation room with TV, a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored. There is also access to telephones.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi / Internet access available in the hostel.

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!

There are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other volunteers and tourists.

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Feedback and Reviews

Adrian Miles

"This experience has undoubtedly changed the way I think, hopefully forever. When you see children laughing and joking and yet at the same time missing one shoe lace, which makes sports difficult, it makes you realise how very lucky our children are...

"I can’t thank the donating company enough. They have made a huge, huge difference to the children in Zambia. This school couldn’t afford equipment of any description and as such the children did not have sport as part of their school week. Thanks to the donating company, The school are now including sports in the timetable, specifically football and from what I have seen, they have some talented youngsters. Even after the lesson had finished, these children wanted to continue to play after school, such was their delight. If only everyone was as kind as this company and could see first hand the difference it has made.

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:

When you arrive you'll be met by the Project staff and taken to the project site. On arrival there you'll be introduced to any other volunteers. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more. Your adventure has begun :-)

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