South Africa Football Coaching

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1. In Brief

Visit South Africa, a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today, and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities and, of course, its famous wildlife and game reserves.

South Africa is a nation also famous for its enthusiasm for sports and, as it successfully hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it is a fantastic time to visit South Africa as a football coaching volunteer!  Whether you enjoy playing football socially or have represented your school, university or club team, or even if you have coaching qualifications, volunteer coaching placements in South Africa will allow you to share your passion with children who have few other opportunities to play and learn in a well-structured environment.

Contribute to this great project which is bringing both education and enjoyment to thousands of disadvantaged children in South Africa!  In your free time, explore the great selection of game reserves, vast stretches of golden beaches and numerous adventurous activities from scuba diving to horse riding!

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Become a coach, mentor and friend to the disadvantaged children

Discover the Rainbow Nation

Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Activities Training sessions
Competitive matches
Arranging 5-a-side football tournaments
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country

Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Project orientation & induction
Project-related transport
Equipment & briefings
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

South Africa has a great sporting reputation but few top players come from poorer backgrounds and many young people lack the opportunity to play sport in a well-structured environment.  The project aims to bridge this gap and offer young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from structured football training. In addition, working closely with Football Academies, the project strives to identify South Africa's next generation of top footballers.

Although the focus is on football, the project's aims are far larger. The goal is to inspire young people and teach life skills, developing a responsible youth, as well as bridging social divides and enhancing awareness of a wide range of social and health issues. Essentially football is used as a vehicle to holistically improve the lives of young people from township communities.

As a football coaching volunteer, you can help provide opportunities for enthusiastic young players to practise sports in an organised and fun environment as well as teaching them personal life skills which will equip them for the rest of their lives!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Under the leadership of local staff you will usually work five days a week coaching children of various ages, normally between nine and sixteen, on both in-school and after-school placements at various schools in the townships around Port Elizabeth. 

You will normally work with children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and you will become so much more than just a coach to them.  As their mentor and friend, you will lead them on a football training program as well as teaching parts of a life-skills curriculum designed to be both enjoyable and educational. 

The majority of your placement will involve running training sessions and matches for the children as well as providing them with decent footballs and other training equipment.  You may also get the opportunity to organise tournaments, holiday camps and various educational activities depending on when you travel and local school holidays.  Over the course of your project, you will see the children develop and improve under your guidance, making this an exceptionally rewarding project!

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

On arrival you will be collected from Port Elizabeth airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation where you can settle in. You will then start 3–4 days of orientation where you will be given inductions, various workshops and training, and be able to get to know the local staff and your fellow volunteers. Throughout your placement all work-related transport is included in your project contribution. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During this placement you will stay in a comfortable volunteer house with dormitory style rooms and shared toilets and showers.  The volunteer house has a great sociable atmosphere with Sky TV and a games room with a pool table and table tennis to enjoy with your fellow volunteers.  The accommodation is conveniently located only ten minutes drive away from town or the beach and a shopping centre and various amenities are within walking distance. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three meals a day are provided on your placement and vegetarians can be catered for if required.  There will be breakfast of toast, spreads and cereals, a packed lunch which the volunteers make up themselves, and dinner is available in the canteen offering various western style meals such as pasta dishes and burgers and some South African specialities.  If you venture to any local cafes or restaurants, try some of the local cuisine such as biltong and bobotie, a delicious shepherd's pie-style dish, or boerewors which are handmade farm sausages and very popular with visitors!

4. The reviews

A once in a lifetime surreal experience.  | 4 Oct 2012
Outstanding.... A once in a lifetime surreal experience. With the Cup of Nations approaching, the...

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A crazy experience!  | 9 Sep 2010
Doing this project right after the World Cup was a crazy experience! All the kids were so motivat...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

You have most evenings free and weekends are also usually free for activities or personal travel. Port Elizabeth is a traveller's hotspot, renowned for its great social life, exciting activities, game reserves, scuba schools and vast stretches of golden beaches.

In-country staff put great emphasis on aiding the volunteers to organise activities and outings together to explore South Africa and, all in all, have lots of fun whilst on their placements!  You may wish to play volleyball and football on the beach nearby and you could even set up a volunteer sports team and see how you fare against the South Africans!  Further afield there are plenty of adventurous activities around Port Elizabeth such as scuba diving, horse riding, bungee jumping and elephant riding! You may also have the opportunity to see the amazing wildlife of South Africa on safari trips to surrounding game reserves and oceanariums.

In a 12-week stay, some exciting excursions are included in your project contribution such as a visit to Kragga Kama Game Reserve, a trip to Jeffrey's Bay, the home of surfing in South Africa and to Bloukrans Bridge where the world's highest bungee is! Also, in the 12-week placement, some local cultural activities are included; a traditional dance and drumming performance and workshop, an authentic evening meal under the stars at Bushcamp Boma and a visit to a historical museum. 

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

5 weeks US$2,745

12 weeks US$5,295

Extra week US$445

DEPARTURE DATES

Departs:  January, February, April, May, July, August, October

2016

9th January (5 - 11 weeks)

13th February (5 - 6 weeks)

2nd April (5 - 12 weeks)

7th May (5 - 7 weeks)

16th July (5 weeks only)

27th August (5 - 12 weeks)

1st Oct (5 - 7 weeks)
 

DURATION

 

5 - 12 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Project orientation & induction
  • Project-related transport
  • Equipment & briefings
  • In-country emergency support

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Port Elizabeth (PLZ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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