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New SA Threes

Interested in sport and working with children?
As a new democracy many of South Africa’s institutions, such as schools, still need help in their development. The children of South Africa’s townships do not get the privilege of sport that those in the higher classes do, as sport is not yet in the national curriculum. Nelson Mandela once said that sport can ‘create hope’, thus volunteering in South Africa, will give you the opportunity to make a real difference in a child’s life, whilst having safaris, skydives and famous locations like Jeffrey’s Bay on your doorstep.


  • Year round
What’s Included
  • Accommodation & 24/7 in country support
  • 3 Meals a day & Clean drinking water
  • Airport pick up and Transfers
  • A number of trips including a trip to a Lion park, a Township Braai (BBQ) and a visit to Bloukrans/Storms River
  • 5 week placement – £999
  • 12 week placement – £1,699
3rd Party Costs
  • £45.86 for CRB (Criminal Background Check)
  • Follow @SouthAfricaVols


About South Africa

SA8Famous for its passion for sport, Big 5 safaris and its rich exhilarating culture, it is no wonder South Africa was named the top gap year destination in 2012. South Africa has something to offer everyone, from exciting adventure to complete relaxation; it is definitely a destination to add to your bucket list.

However, despite the wonderful Rainbow Nation South Africa is today, it is a country that has suffered an arduous past, littered with race struggles, most notably through the treacherous years of Apartheid. Apartheid devastated the nation, segregating a large proportion of the population, leaving many of them living in poverty with no escape. However, thanks to the tireless work of Nelson Mandela and the large number of freedom fighters, Apartheid was officially ended in 1991 and three years later South Africa had it’s first democratic election, resulting in Nelson Mandela becoming president.

SA16Since becoming a democracy South Africa’s infrastructure has developed well, reaching the same standards as a number of first-world countries, but despite this there are still a number of gaps in it that need to be filled. Nelson Mandela highlighted the importance of sport in uniting the nation in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, but despite this, sport is still not a part of the national curriculum in schools. Although wealthier schools have simply added sport to their daily routines, many of the poorer townships schools rely on volunteers to offer their children the opportunity of enjoying at least an hour of sport, once a week. With InvAid, you could be one of these volunteers!! Volunteering in South Africa will present you with the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children living in South Africa’s townships. Skills you teach them, may give them the possibility of bettering their education prospects and in turn, their future.

‘Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can. Sport can create hope. It is an instrument for peace.’
Nelson Mandela, Former President of the Republic of South Africa.



Project Details

  • 5 days a week
  • 3 schools a day
  • 1.30 hrs at each school
  • You will be taking coaching sessions with children of all ages (7-13yrs), including warm ups, taking drills and setting up matches.
  • There are also opportunities to teach and help in a local orphanage if you want.

Available Dates

5 Weeks

  • 4th October 2014 – 8th November 2014
  • 17th January- 21st February 2015
  • 21st February-28th March 2015
  • 18th April- 23rd May 2015
  • 23rd May- 27th June 2015
  • 29th August- 3rd October 2015
  • 3rd October- 21st November 2015

12 Weeks

  • 17th January- 11th April 2015
  • 18th April- 4th July 2015 (Only 11 weeks)
  • 29th August-21st November 2015




SA9Stage One:
When we receive your application we will assess your suitability. If you are suitable, we will then get in touch with you to discuss further your interest in this project, discussing your passions, skills and availability. If our needs and your needs marry up we will then ask for a deposit of £200 to secure your project, once the project details and dates have been provisionally confirmed.

Stage Two:
After the deposit has been paid, we will organise for your final payment to be made (a month before departure). We will then send you an information pack with all the information you may need to prepare for your trip and put you in touch with our flight partners.

Stage Three:
Once your final payment has been received, and we have all the information we need from you, your application is complete. It is now time to go to South Africa!! Remember, you’ll have a team meeting you from the plane and 24/7 support throughout your placement to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.




‘South Africa was the most incredible experience. Working with the kids everyday and watching them improve their skills whilst always smiling, will stay with me forever. Freedom to explore the area with some amazing, now friends for life, was really special and I will never forget the memories that were made. A real highlight was skydiving in Grahamstown as well as being given a fright by rhinos whilst on safari. I will never forget the good times I had and the people I met.’
John Walters (12 week placement)



Do I need any qualifications or experience?

SA14No. You do not need any official coaching qualifications, or any other sports related qualifications for this project. You also do not need to have had any coaching experience to volunteer in these schools. However, our partners do ask that volunteers have had experience within the sport they wish to teach. You do not need to have played at a high level, but a basic knowledge of the sport and its rules is necessary. Having played in a team for this sport, will simply help you when setting up drills and matches for the children.

What sports can I coach?

The main sports available are football, rugby, tennis, swimming, hockey, cricket and netball. You can coach a mixture of the sports but we ask for a first and second preference in your application. There may also be an opportunity for you teach a different sport of your choice, however, we will have to check this with our partners and cannot guarantee it will be possible.

SA12Do I need to bring equipment?

All the basic equipment you will require will be provided. However, our partners in South Africa are always looking for donations of clothes and equipment to give to the schools. So if you have any old/spare clothes, shoes or sports equipment at home, take it with you and it will most definitely be appreciated. In addition to this, if you wish to use your own equipment whilst out there, that is also fine.

Is there a dress code?

There is no specific dress code for your placement or during your free time in South Africa. However, it is advised to wear sports appropriate clothing, especially suitable shoes, as the ground is quite rough. In addition to this, please keep this sports clothing modest (nothing too revealing), as this is appropriate when working with children.

SA4Is the area safe?

Although parts of South Africa can be seen as unsafe, we can assure you that the care and protection of our volunteers is our primary concern. Our partners in South Africa have lived in the area for a number of years and are very experienced and knowledgeable in the local way of life. The volunteer accommodation is in a very safe area but as with everywhere in the world, due care and attention should be given to ensure your safety. Our partner’s continuous presence locally, in addition to the project staff that will be overseeing the project you are working on, will provide you with any support you require. You’ll also have 24/7 access to one of our team in the office in the UK as well as an emergency contact 24 hours a day in South Africa.

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