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Sports Development Volunteer Project in South Africa - Cape Town

Sports Development Volunteer Project in South Africa - Cape Town

Improve wellbeing through physical activity
Start dates
Programs start on the first and third Monday of each month
Choose from 1-24 weeks
Volunteer hours
Up to 5 hours a day
Volunteers aged 18+ and families
Volunteer house
Program fees
From CA$394 for 1 week
What's included
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This program is ideal for:

Physically active volunteers who love sport and are interested in education and youth development. As you will be volunteering with the support of the local team and alongside local teachers, you don’t need to have experience in teaching or coaching to participate.

Project details

Looking to score a spot on the Sports Development volunteer team in South Africa? International Volunteer HQ’s Sports Development project is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to assist with physical education in local schools. Volunteers gain teaching and coaching experience while providing supervision, guidance and enabling students to practice and enjoy a range of sports and improve important social skills.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

South African children are fun-loving, passionate about sport and eager for any opportunity to play their favorite games. However, many schools in the community lack the funds and resources to provide physical education classes for their students. Volunteers help alleviate this issue by providing the supervision and guidance that enables students to practice and enjoy a range of sports and learn about teamwork and sportsmanship.

As a Sports Development volunteer in Cape Town you’ll work with children aged between 6 and 12 years old, and you can expect to teach more than one class with each class lasting about 45 minutes. Volunteer duties usually include:

  • Planning and delivering innovative physical education lessons
  • Arranging and running games and activities
  • Teaching popular local sports or introducing new ones
  • Accessing the local curriculum to help guide your lesson planning
  • Coaching, mentoring and encouraging students to enjoy sport

It is important to note that resources are limited and if you wish to introduce a sport, you will need to bring any equipment with you. If you choose to volunteer during the school holidays, you will help out on a special holiday project, which involves a variety of activities aimed at promoting physical, social and personal development.

School Holidays 2024:

  • 21 March - 2 April
  • 17 June - 8 July
  • 23 September - 30 September
  • 11 December - end date in January 2025 to be determined
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Good mental and physical health is key to sustainable development and building healthy and happy communities. Now more than ever, we must increase access to free healthcare and health education across the globe to achieve an acceptable standard of living and wellbeing for all.

Why do Sports Development volunteering in Cape Town with IVHQ?

As a sports volunteer in South Africa you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to physical education in schools
  • Helping students learn and grow in a safe place
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching and coaching experience
  • Immersing yourself in South African culture
  • Exploring South Africa’s amazing wildlife

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

Jezreel Yau
02 Feb 2024

It was an amazing experience to give back to the community, immerse myself into the culture, know more people and to explore Cape Town. The accommodation made me feel homey and warm. Thank you to all the staff who put in effort on cleaning and organising, also cooking for our lunch and dinners. It was an amazing stay!

It was very special for me as it was my first time solo travelling and it was also my first time volunteering in a foreign country. I thought I would be the person who was trying to give back to the community by teaching the children at school but eventually I felt like it was me who took away so much and I have learnt so much from all the children who offered me so much during the program. They taught me about African dance at school, they showed a lot of care to the volunteers and always gave us a big smile when we met. It was a beautiful and wonderful experience that I will never forget!

I would not second doubt to go volunteering again in a different city in the future and I highly recommend to anyone who is thinking to do it!

Simon Bergdahl
14 Dec 2023

I gained knowledge of cultural differences and I’m now more appreciative about what I have. I’ve met people from all over the world and I now have some really good South African friends, I even learned how to surf!!

Curren Bledsoe
06 Dec 2023

I had the best experience in Cape Town that I could have asked for! I signed up for 3 months and left wishing I could’ve went for 6.

Luke Sandford
06 Dec 2023

IVHQ provided very extensive guidance and preparation for my trip, which made the whole process of doing the trip a lot easier. The local team were extremely nice and welcoming, and my hosts provided a diverse selection of food that was great. They were also flexible with the meal times, which made exploring the country a lot easier in my free time.

Madison Primeau
29 Jun 2023

I loved everything about my experience, I cannot pick my favourite moment! From the kids at the school, to the surrounding community to other volunteers everything was so amazing! Life is more than my sport and I finally found my version of happiness, not through things built rather the energy and positivity people give to me! This experience is life changing!

Jake Johnson
21 Apr 2023

From the beginning, I felt very prepared and confident that I was going to be taken care of. The local team did such an amazing job and were always available for support and guidance. Meeting people from all around the world and being able to have the experience with them was my favourite part of the program. Experiencing a new culture and being able to have fun with the kids everyday was a blast! I felt that I made at least a small difference in some of the kids lives everyday. Volunteering is such an amazing opportunity that you won’t regret.


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Volunteer Abroad in Cape Town, South Africa with IVHQ


The IVHQ South Africa volunteer program is based in Muizenberg, a beautiful, small coastal town with excellent surfing. It is about a 30 minute drive from the Cape Town City, and up to 15 minutes from volunteer placements located in the Philippi, Steenberg, Capricorn, and Grassy Park townships.

South Africa is known for its natural beauty, wildlife, sporting prowess, and diversity of culture and ethinic groups. It’s turbulent socio-political history is also well known, and is important to learn about in order to gain insight and understanding of the country’s people, culture and attitudes. There are many places where you can do this in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.

The IVHQ South Africa program is one of our longest running volunteer programs and has the aim of delivering positive outcomes in communities throughout the area by placing volunteers on a wide range of impactful projects. There is a focus on animal welfare as well as supporting children and young people who have had a challenging start to life because of exposure to drugs, alcohol or physical abuse.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month and volunteers need to arrive in Cape Town on the day before orientation. If your start date falls on a public holiday, your orientation will begin on the day following the public holiday.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Your airport pick-up is included in your program fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Muizenberg. Your accommodation is covered by your program fee and includes the night before your program orientation and checkout is on Saturday.

If you are traveling in South Africa prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up within the Cape Town CBD area on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is taken by our South Africa team in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in South Africa – an introduction to South Africa, South African customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in South Africa, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and make plans for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete you will take a trip into Cape Town before returning to your volunteer accommodation.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays - A typical volunteer day would be as follows:

07:00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.
8:00 - 8:30 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements.
12:00 - 2:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to the volunteer house for lunch, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.
5:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner is available at the volunteer house.


On the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Cape Town or other areas in South Africa. See unusual wildlife like antelope and penguins, visit the spot where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, paraglide off a rock high above the city, visit a local vineyard, or watch the sun sink into the Atlantic ocean with a glass of the region’s finest wine in your hand.

Long weekends can be taken if volunteers wish to go on safari, bungy jump, or travel to places further afield, such as the Garden Route or Stellenbosch.

Accommodation and WiFi

All volunteers are accommodated in a large two-storey dormitory style volunteer house with capacity for around 40 volunteers, with rooms separated by gender. It is a 7 bedroom house that comfortably sleeps 6 people per room. The rooms on the second floor lead out to a balcony that overlooks the village. The house has 6 bathrooms, a TV lounge, a dining area and a volunteer kitchen.

The beach, convenient stores, ATMs, restaurants etc. are all in walking distance from the house. Bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. The house is clean and well looked after, and living is comfortable.

The accommodation is safe and secure with the volunteer house located in Muizenberg, a safe suburb near the communities where volunteers work. Muizenberg is a very historical part of Cape Town and the house you will be living in for the duration of your stay is about 150 years old.

The volunteer house has electricity and running water with Western toilets, but you’ll need to bring your own towel and toiletries. During the Winter (June through August) Cape Town can get quite cold and it’s recommended to bring an extra blanket.

The volunteer house has unlimited Wifi 5G with a very good connection.


Volunteers in South Africa receive three meals a day, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will also be available on weekends. Meals served in the volunteer house are typically Western-style and can be high in carbohydrates.

Breakfast consists of self-serve tea, coffee, toast and cereal. For lunch volunteers will be provided with supplies to make their own sandwiches, and dinner consists of dishes containing meat, vegetables and a starch, such as potatoes, bread or pasta.

It is not possible to drink the tap water in South Africa, however, bottled water is readily available in South Africa, and you should budget approximately US$5 (approximately CA$7) per week for 2 liters a day.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.


  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately CA$472) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week $275 Equivalent to $39/day
2 weeks $445 Equivalent to $32/day
3 weeks $615 Equivalent to $29/day
4 weeks $785 Equivalent to $28/day
5 weeks $955 Equivalent to $27/day
6 weeks $1,125 Equivalent to $27/day
8 weeks $1,465 Equivalent to $26/day
10 weeks $1,805 Equivalent to $26/day
12 weeks $2,145 Equivalent to $26/day
16 weeks $2,825 Equivalent to $25/day
20 weeks $3,505 Equivalent to $25/day
24 weeks $4,185 Equivalent to $25/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$472) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in South Africa generally find US$50-75 per week to be sufficient for expenses.
  • Meals
  • Airport pick-up
  • Transport to and from your placement
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

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Safety and support

Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Essential country information

Capital Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative)
Population 58.6 million
Languages Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana
Currency South African Rand (ZAR)
Time zone UTC+02:00

Weather and climate

The subtropical location, moderated by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides of the country and the altitude of the central plateau, are responsible for the warm temperatures typical of South Africa. Across much of the country, summer (December to February) is characterized by hot, sunny weather with temperatures averaging around 25°C (77°F). Winter (May to September) is cooler and drier with evening temperatures averaging around 10 °C (50°F). In Cape Town, sporadic showers and chilly winds are common during the winter months, but with daytime temperatures can average around 15°C (59°F).

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