Sports Development Volunteer Project in South Africa - Table View
Ready to hit the ground running as a Sports Development volunteer in South Africa - Table View? International Volunteer HQ’s Sports Development project enables volunteers to assist with after-school programs helping students practice and play a range of sports. Volunteers gain experience as sports coaches, teachers and project leaders while giving disadvantaged students opportunities for the positive engagement and activity sport provides.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from £248 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Lead, coach and teach sports for disadvantaged young people
Discover South Africa’s incredible scenery and wildlife
Stay near a beach with views of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain
Who is this program suited to?
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
After-school sport is hugely popular with children from low-income communities in South Africa. They enjoy it as a way to play their favourite games and spend time with their friends, but it also helps with their development and exposes them to positive role models.
As a Sports Development volunteer, you’ll help to provide these programs to keep children busy after school with socially positive and constructive activities. This can help to prevent some of the socioeconomic problems found in disadvantaged areas in South Africa and which often affect young people.
You’ll act as a volunteer sports coach, and have three options to choose from for your project:
- You can help to run the existing sports being offered, including skateboarding, netball, soccer, boxing or swimming. This involves practicing and playing these sports and running the program that is already in place.
- You can take on a leadership role, working with the local team to analyze the way sport is offered and finding ways to improve it.
- You can run a sports clinic, teaching a sport not currently offered. This is likely to involve more planning and you may need to bring your own equipment.
The project runs in the afternoons from Tuesday through Thursday. In the mornings, you’ll spend time on the Kindergarten project, helping with games, activities and general duties. This is another active volunteer experience, working with younger children and helping their development. The Sport Development project is not available during the school holidays. If you apply for the Sport Development project during the school holidays, you will be switched to the Holiday Club project.
School Holidays 2021:
- 27th September - 4th October
- 13th December - 18th January 2022
School Holidays 2022:
- 26th March - 4th April
- 25th June - 18th July
- 1st October - 10th October
- 16th December - (exact date for returning to school in 2022 has not yet been confirmed)
Why do Sports Development volunteering in Table View with IVHQ?
As a Sports Development volunteer in South Africa - Table View you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Improving access to sports for disadvantaged young people
- Developing your communication skills
- Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
- Gaining sports coaching experience
- Immersing yourself in South African culture
- Exploring Table View and Cape Town
- Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
- 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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The program is based in Table View in Cape Town. Table View is about 30 minutes from Cape Town CBD and is where volunteer orientation and general administration is carried out by our local team as well as where the volunteer accommodation is situated. Projects are located in the Du Noon township, Wolwerivier settlement and Blouberg beach.
Arrival and orientation
Volunteers need to arrive in Cape Town on Saturday in order to complete the program orientation which will take place on Sunday afternoon. 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 Table View. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the Saturday night before your program orientation.
If you are travelling 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 - Table View team in Table View. Orientation 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, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
Volunteer schedule example
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.
Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at, but a typical volunteer day might be as follows:
|Morning||Make your own breakfast at the volunteer house|
|8:00 - 9:00 AM||Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements.|
|12:00 - 5:00 PM||Work at the placement usually ends between 12pm and 5pm depending on the project. After their project work ends, volunteers are free to relax at the volunteer house, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.|
|7:00 PM||Dinner at the volunteer house.|
Please note Monday and Fridays are half days of volunteer work. On Monday afternoons there is a volunteer meeting and planning session for the week ahead, and Friday afternoons are free time.
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 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, or travel to places further afield, such as the Garden Route or Stellenbosch.
Looking for more ideas of things to do in South Africa? Check out our South Africa Travel & Tours page!
Accommodation and WiFi
Volunteers are accommodated in volunteer houses and can expect to share a room with one to nine other volunteers. Bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided, but you will need to bring your own towel and toiletries.
The accommodation is safe and secure, located within a suburb near the communities where volunteers work. Living is comfortable and the volunteer houses have electricity (with occasional power outages) and running water with western toilets.
To ensure volunteer safety and commitment to volunteer placements, there is a curfew in place at the volunteer house of 11:00 PM. If you prefer a private room, couples room, or family room, accommodation upgrades can be arranged with our local team for an additional cost, but are subject to availability.
All volunteer houses have WiFi available which you are welcome to use.
Volunteers in Table View receive three meals a day. Meals served in the volunteer house are typically Western-style and can be high in carbohydrates. Breakfast consists of self-prepared tea, coffee, toast, yoghurt, fruit and cereal.
Lunch is also self-prepared with food supplies in the volunteer house. This can range from sandwiches taken along to your placement, leftovers from the previous night’s dinner and salads.
Dinner is eaten together with all volunteers at one of the houses and is prepared by a local chef. Dinners can consist of dishes containing meat, vegetables and a starch, such as potatoes, bread or pasta. There are also two braai (barbecue) nights a week.
Tap water is not safe to drink, but bottled water is readily available in South Africa and volunteers should budget approximately US$10 (approximately £7) per week for this (2 litres per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to cater for you.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||£248 Equivalent to £36/day|
|2 weeks||£417 Equivalent to £30/day|
|3 weeks||£639 Equivalent to £31/day|
|4 weeks||£876 Equivalent to £32/day|
|5 weeks||£1106 Equivalent to £32/day|
|6 weeks||£1328 Equivalent to £32/day|
|8 weeks||£1772 Equivalent to £32/day|
|10 weeks||£2216 Equivalent to £32/day|
|12 weeks||£2660 Equivalent to £32/day|
|16 weeks||£3549 Equivalent to £32/day|
|20 weeks||£4437 Equivalent to £32/day|
|24 weeks||£5325 Equivalent to £32/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of £228 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in GBP.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in South Africa generally find US$50-75 per week to be sufficient for expenses.
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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.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Capital||Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative)|
|Languages||Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana|
|Currency||South African Rand (ZAR)|
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 characterised 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).