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Sports Internship in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

SPORTS WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP IN KNYSNA IN SOUTH AFRICA

This internship combines coaching in a variety of sports with gaining valuable work experience in a well set-up Sports School. You'll coach full time for the underprivileged community, as well as assisting in the management and running of the school and possibly playing for various teams based at the school.

Areas you'll be involved in include Sports Administration & Management, Organising Sports Events, Sports Development and Grounds Management, amongst others. The experience you gain on this internship will be an excellent entry into your CV, making you stand out in the crowd of job seekers.

"Working at the sports school was a great way for me to learn how to coach in a professional environment and improving my coaching techniques as the coaches at the school really helped me and I in turn could help the children. The sports school is an excellent placement for those who want to really get stuck into sports full time coaching whilst learning new coaching techniques and playing sport." William Dawson

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates - but subject to school vacations.
Duration No qualifications required, but you should have enthusiasm and a good knowledge of your sport. Minimum age 17.
Requirements No qualifications or experience required, just lots of enthusiasm and a love of children.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food 
Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 16.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about Sports Management and practice overseas.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • n exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Sports Work Experience in South Africa

Sports Work Experience in South Africa

WORK CONTENT
You'll get involved in a number of different activities during the day. Apart from coaching, there are also aspects of sports administration and management, which the school needs assistance in, including:

  • Monthly sports festivals at the Sports School - schools from around the country come to take part in these festivals!
  • Matches between schools and clubs.
  • Matches for overseas touring sports teams.
  • Sports facility maintenance
  • General paperwork and administration

This Sports School is dedicated to the development program which it implemented to help the underprivileged children in the community and give them a chance to play sports in an environment just geared for sport with other local children.

You will have the opportunity to coach and play a variety of sports, including: Cricket, Tag Rugby, Hockey and Cycling (mountain biking which is done as an outreach program in nearby Rheenendal). Football, Golf, Bowls and Tennis are also played but to not as large an extent.

You can also get involved in a number of different roles:

  • Sports Administration & Management
  • Organising Sports Events

  • Sports Development

  • Grounds Management

  • Maintenance

  • Umpiring and refereeing games.

ABOUT THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:
The Sports School has a well established sports development program which aims to allow children from the surrounding townships to come to the facility and receive free coaching. They also have children from more affluent backgrounds attending the Sports School so there is a wonderful interaction and benefits for both groups

There are a number of qualified coaches at the school who you will be assisting, so if you're not a very experienced coach, or you lack confidence in your coaching skills, you can learn and develop your own abilities by working alongside these coaches. you can choose to coach one or more different sports and you can do a placement for any length of time, from two weeks upwards. The sports are divided into seasons as follows:
  • Summer (between October and April, with a long break in the middle from around 1st December to around 15th January) Cricket, Cycling and Golf

  • Winter (April 10th approx to 22nd September approx) Football, Hockey and Tennis

  • Tag Rugby, Golf and Cycling is played throughout the year

Morning coaching is mainly for the pre-primary school children while the afternoon coaching is when the local school children and older learners attend for their coaching. Any administration in attended to in the mornings.

During the start of the school year (February & March) you'll go into the township schools with the coaches to do talent spotting to identify children who have talent in a particular sport. These children are then encouraged to come to the sports school to receive coaching.

PLAYING SPORTS:
As well as coaching sports, you may also have the chance to train (and possibly play) for the sports schools senior/men’s teams, if you're considered good enough. The sports school has teams in a number of sports.
If you would like to compete and train in a specific sport, the dates for the different sports sessions are as follows:

  • Competitive Bowls, Tag Rugby, Golf and Cycling: All year round

  • Cricket: January – mid March, and September - mid November

  • Tennis: April – end of May

  • Hockey: Mid-March until September

This placement would suit someone who has a keen interest, not only coaching sports, but getting involved with the sports administration and management role as well. It is open to anyone who has, or intends to study sports.

This is a very professional and intense sports placement where you can really benefit by learning sports administration, management and coaching. At the same time you will also be providing a benefit to the poorer community through the sports development program

SCHOOL SEMESTERS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Please note that this placement is not available during the school vacations, so it’s important to consult the school semesters below to plan your placement dates. Your project coordinator will also assist you with your placement planning, as well as suggest alternatives and exciting things to do during the vacation periods.

Dates for the 2015 school semesters are given below.

Term 1: 21 January – 1 April
Term 2: 13 April – 26 June
Term 3: 20 July – 2 October
Term 4: 12 October – 9 December

Dates for the 2016 school semesters are given below.

Term 1: 13 January – 18 March
Term 2: 5 April – 24 June
Term 3: 18 July – 30 September
Term 4: 10 October – 7 December

Please see a complete list of current public holidays for 2015 and 2016 at http://www.publicholiday.co.za.

Generally the last week before terms end is given to exams and tests.  This means that you will generally find your work load dropping during this week and you will usually find more free time than normal school time.

Sports Work Experience in South Africa

Sports Work Experience in South Africa


Ryan Hammond – Sports Work Experience
'These children were completely awesome and they were very willing to help with everything at the athletics track I was at.’

Sports Work Experience in South Africa

ACCOMMODATION: THE VOLUNTEER HOUSE:
The volunteer house in Knysna is within walking distance of the town, yet set against a natural green belt. The bird life is prolific and often the local Vervet monkey troop comes to visit to entertain the volunteers with their antics. The sunset views from the top balcony of the volunteer house of the Knysna lagoon are beautiful and great way to relax after a day working at your placement or to catch up on your tan in the summer. See photo on right-hand side.

The house is large and spacious and also has a self-contained flat  downstairs for couples and families. y volunteer placements. The bedding in the two same sex dorms and the towels in their ensuite bathrooms are changed regularly every Friday by our much loved cleaner, Pretty, and there is plenty of cupboard space to store your clothing.

Facilities include a kitchen kitted out for cooking, dining area, a few bathrooms, TV, DVD player, free Wi-Fi, garden and several wooden verandahs.

There is an outside courtyard and garden in the secure grounds where you can have a typical South African barbeque known there as a ‘braai’. Make sure you try the local spicy sausage known as ‘boerewors’ and the Karoo lamb chops are to die for on a ‘braai’, but if fish is more to your taste then a fish ‘braai’ with South African ‘snoek’ is a must.

FOOD:

You'll be given a food budget which will cover your basic essentials (but not extras like alcohol, snacks and eating out). The kitchen has all the cooking amenities that you might need to take advantage of preparing meals with some of the great seafood, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables South Africa has to offer.

There are supermarkets and local shops where you'll do your food shopping.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking distance that offer the most incredible local and international cuisine which our volunteers rave about. Knysna is also famous for its oysters and even has an annual Oyster Festival where everyone eats and drinks far too much!

The waterfront and marine is beautiful and full of restaurants and cafes with cuisine that ranges from breakfast, coffees, cakes and snacks, through to sumptuous meals and various different nationality menus.

 


Volunteer house in Knysna


View from the house overlooking the lagoon

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

ABOUT THE SPORTS SCHOOL:
The Sports School is situated in a beautiful location, overlooking the Knysna Lagoon.  Being out in the fresh air and playing sports with such panoramic views is enjoyable, uplifting and quite unique! The School has excellent facilities, including a pavilion, cricket and hockey ground ground and is very close to a golf driving range and golf courses.

The School was established in 1992 as a sports promotional tool for the previously disadvantaged community. It provides term-time coaching to boys and girls and works closely with the children from the underprivileged community and townships. As well as coaching, the school also organises a number of sports events which brings visiting teams to Knysna to play against local teams. These occasions are always lots of fun, ‘teaming’ with  good, strong competitive spirit (pardon the pun!).

The mission statement of the sports school is: “The promotion of sportsmanship, fellowship and self-respect among children in Knysna through the medium of a healthy sporting ethos and environment, and the development of their skills in their chosen sport.

EXTRA ACTIVITIES YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR PROJECT

You may also have the opportunity to provide help and support to the local community through the various afternoon activities we have to offer. This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the African culture, but most importantly to give a caring hand to the local community. The activities could range from helping out at;

  • The Children's Home:Make the afternoons fun and exciting for these lovely children by playing games, helping them with home work and just being there to give them the attention that they so appreciate.
  • After-school drama or sports - Take some time out after school to set up after school sports or drama clubs, the children love it and it's a great way to get to know them better in a relaxed and fun environment. If you'd like to set up a drama or sports club, please let us know when you apply so that we can arrange it with the school before you arrive.)
  • Other community projects  - Past volunteers have helped to paint the outside of a crèche that was in desperate need of a lift. The crèche is now looking very cheerful with brightly coloured walls. A jungle gym was donated to this orphanage and volunteers also helped to put it together for the crèche too! There may be other similar projects available at the time you're there that you might want to participate in.

If you're are interested in arranging a dance workshop, then please visit the Street Kids project for more details on a dance workshop that an ex-volunteer set-up there.

The project may possibly be extended to involve local unemployed people, or street kids, or even elderly people or children's orphanages. These are just a few ideas and it may be that some volunteers will have more ideas that will help to make this project a worthwhile one that will benefit the community for a long time to come.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

  

“After 3 weeks volunteering at the Safe House, I can honestly say that this was the highlight of my time in South Africa. It is owned and run by incredibly warm, friendly and helpful staff and the kids they look after (from toddlers to teenagers) are fun, playful, inquisitive and just plain adorable. There is so much to get involved in; you will genuinely leave there every day looking forward to the next”  Andrew Rintoul

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. 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.

"The area is beautiful and travelling is easy. The house we stay in is lovely and the Travellers workers are such kind, loving people which really makes it feel like a home away from home. What with all the other volunteers and the Travellers staff, it really does feel like our own little family ... well, our own very big family, I suppose!!" Luke Brennan

  

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Ryan Hammond – Sports Work Experience
‘‘This one really puts my heart in my mouth, on the last day the kids would not let me leave until I had a photo with them and it was class!’

OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. The most popular choices are the safari trips from Cape Town and many volunteers use these as their means of travel to arrive at their project in Knysna..

Wildlife Safaris & Adventure Tour Combos
4-Day Surf Safari and Wildlife Adventure
1-Day Adventure Activities in Cape Town
1-Week Wildlife Rehabilitation

1-Week Whales Sharks Dolphins
Cage Dive with Sharks
 

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in South Africa, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Volunteering in South Africa, and having fun!

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up there :-)  KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very different. Knysna is where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.

LOCATION:
Knysna
is approximately 500km from the beautiful capital city of Cape Town  and voted South Africa’s favourite town 4 years in a row! Its mountainous backdrop, impressively sized estuary and indigenous forests really give the town a natural feel to it. Although it still has that ‘small-town’ feel, Knysna is growing rapidly, and has all the amenities you could ask for such as banks, hotels, internet café’s, cinemas and shopping malls.

About 20-30 minutes' drive away from Knysna you'll find Plettenberg Bay (better known simply as Plett), which is a bit smaller than Knysna, but equally stunning.  Its' pure white beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and there is a lot to do, from whale and dolphin watching, to hiking trails and awesome nightlife.

The Garden Route is famous for all sorts of activities from adrenalin sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving and shark cage diving to more relaxed pursuits such as hiking, quad biking in the forest or visiting one of the many animal sanctuaries in the area. Your local Travellers liaison will be happy to assist you in finding interesting things to do and places to see so make the most of it!

Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. It is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.

Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing with creativity and energy, and the pulse of good music. It's a place where the you can enjoy the mellow atmosphere of street cafes, watching the world go by. The main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements and it has a wonderful vacation atmosphere with sun umbrellas everywhere.

Most cafes have outdoors seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or staving off the heat with a cold drink.

Read more about Knysna and its attractions

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.




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