Physical Education Project

Physical Education Project In South Africa Project (Cape Town)

Let the games begin by volunteering in the physical education project of South Africa!
South African Children Playing
  • Share your love of sports with the youth of South Africa
  • Coach or assist at local campuses and camps
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of stunning Cape Town
  • Volunteer abroad safely & affordably

Project Summary

Do you love sports? Would you like to teach sports to kids in Cape Town, South Africa? If yes, volunteer for IFRE's Physical Education project in the number one tourist spot in all of Africa!

Skills/Qualifications Needed

Since this is a physical education project, we require a love and passion for sports. To volunteer, one must be willing to help out whenever needed as well as work with the kids to coach them on various sports and recreational activities.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteers will be placed in a coaching position at a local school, or work at a soccer camp in the area. The project will vary depending on location, resources available, and level of trained staff. Some of the projects are very well structured while others lack proper infrastructure and resources. Almost all of the sports projects are funded through subsidies, donations and grants. These are all contributing factors to the management of the project.

Volunteers will work from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. These times may vary depending on the specific activities planned. Volunteers will be responsible for helping with basic sports coaching and fitness training, helping teach a healthy lifestyle awareness program, and contribute to team building exercises.

Other Information

Volunteers will live in and around Cape Town, South Africa. They will have the option of either living with a host family or living in the volunteer house. It should be noted that the volunteer house fills up quickly, so living with a host family is usually more publicized. Living in the volunteer house, accommodations are much like those of a college dormitory. Three meals are provided Monday-Friday with volunteers responsible for their own lunch Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers are also responsible for doing their own laundry throughout their stay. While living with a host family, volunteers will usually reside just outside of Cape Town. They will be provided three meals a day but will be responsible for their own laundry as well.

Projects are located at and around Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is the capital city, and the most popular tourist destination, and a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to reside in. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Home to a Mediterranean climate with mild and moderately wet winters and dry, warm summers, there are many sights to explore in and around the beautiful city. You will never run out of things to do in your free time, which include visiting Table Mountain National Park, City Bowl, numerous popular beaches, Chapman’s Peak Drive, The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium, and more.


  • Please provide more information about the Sports Development Project in South Africa.

    The Sports Development program runs in conjunction with our local public/government primary schools. The majority of the schools do not have the equipment necessary to conduct a sports program and volunteers are therefore requested to be flexible and use their imagination on this program to incorporate physical activity into the daily regimen of the students. South African primary schools have 1-3 periods of Physical Education per day, (approximately 1-2 hours), therefore for the remainder of the day, volunteers with assist the local teachers in their lesson plans. This can of course vary depending on the activities planned for the day, or the volunteer’s creativity and initiative to conduct their own Physical Education lessons with the children.

  • Is sports project available all-round the year? If not, when does it close and for how long?

    *Our Sports Development program is closed the first week in December and re-opens mid-January.

  • Where will I be placed for this project?

    Volunteers will be placed in local public/government primary schools in South Africa to establish and implement physical education programs for the local students.

  • What is the age range of the people who would be taking part in the project?

    Students attending primary schools in South Africa range in age from 6-13.

  • How will I be training them?

    The volunteers involved with this project will be tasked with developing and implementing a sports education curriculum. Volunteers should be able to use their imagination and experience in this type of placement, as certain placements may have little or no sports equipment available.

  • What type of sports are we allowed to organize while in this placement?

    The structure and available facilities vary depending on the location, resources available and level of trained staff. Some projects are very well structured and well managed while others lack infrastructure and resources. Most of these projects are funded through subsidies, donations and grants; it is up to the project volunteers to develop a physical education program.

  • How many hours a day do I need to train?

    Volunteers will only have 1-3 periods of Physical Education per day, (approximately 1-2 hours). The remainder of the day they will be required to assist the teachers in the classroom with lessons.

  • Where do I stay? How far is the project from the accommodation?

    Volunteers placed in sports development projects in communities surrounding Cape Town will reside in a homestay within walking distance from their project or a short taxi ride away at their expense. The communities are approximately 30-40 minutes outside Cape Town. The home stay family will provide volunteers with 3 local meals daily.

    Volunteers placed in a city sports development project will reside in dormitory volunteer house with fellow volunteers. At the volunteer house, breakfast and dinner are provided Monday- Friday only and volunteers are responsible for their own lunches and meals over weekends as well as their own laundry. The project site will be a 10-20 minute commute via minibus/taxi ride that will cost approximately $2-$3.

  • How do I go to the project each day?

    Depending on the distance from your accommodations, you will either walk or commute via public transportation.

  • What daily life would look like in sports project?

    Volunteers will only have 1-3 periods of Physical Education per day, (approximately 1-2 hours) and the rest of the day they will be required to assist the Teachers in the classroom with lessons.

  • Any important information you want to share about this project.

    There is a police clearance required for participation in this project.