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Volunteer in Primary School Sports Program!

Do you love sports? Would you like to teach sports to kids in Cape Town, South Africa? If your answer is ‘YES’ then don’t miss out on being a volunteer in Primary School Sportsin Africa’s the number one tourist destination.

South Africa is a highly multicultural with a rich diversity of flora and fauna. This country is a must for all nature and history lovers alike. Roam vast valleys full of vineyards and artisanal crafts or watch elephants in the savannahs. Sports enthusiasts can go on countless hikes, paddle board when the ocean is calm and surf when the waves swell.

Unfortunately, due to overcrowding in schools and lack of funding physical education and sports are often one of the first things on the curriculum to be abandoned. Government funded schools simply don’t have the budget for sports/physical education teachers, specialized sports coaches or sports equipment. This leaves these children lacking in the vital health and social benefits that physical education in school provides.

You can help make a real difference in the lives of children in need by becoming in Primary School Sports Program. By playing with the children and teaching them sports they will not only gain the health benefits that sports provides but they will develop much needed social skills and learn how to work in teams.

The children will bring these skills back home to use in their communities. You will not only directly change the lives of these children but you will make school a fun place to be and you will help them develop the skills to form tight community bonds.

If you have a passion for sports your help is needed in South African communities to help children stay active and use physical exercise to help build community ties. Contact IFRE today to find out more about how you can spend your valuable time making life-changing differences to children in need.

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Responsibilities & Impact

As a volunteer you will be placed in a coaching position at a local primary school, or assist at a soccer camp in the area around Cape Town. Your duties will vary depending on the location, available resources and training level of staff in the project you take part in. Duties will vary depending on resources and infrastructure each project has access to.

You can expect to plan, organize and run your own physical education classes which include sports coaching, fitness training and team building exercises, assist any sports coaches that the school may have, organize and assist with sports outside of school time, help children in the classroom teaching a healthy lifestyle awareness curriculum and assist teachers with classes.

All volunteers working in South Africa in sports projects will work Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to support sports outside of school. Even though you will have to have a flexible schedule around different planned activities you will always have fun playing with the kids and knowing you are making a valuable difference in their lives. After a busy day you will be sure to rest-easy knowing you have played a vital role in building secure, healthy futures for the children and communities of South Africa.

Skills and Qualifications:

Having a background in physical education, sports, teaching or coaching can help you provide the children with a valuable learning experience. A love and passion for sports, physical education, living a healthy lifestyle and teaching children in need is all that is required of people who are 18 years or older and wish to volunteer. In addition, you must be patient, flexible and willing to help out whenever is needed within the school as well as coach the children in various sports and recreational activities.

As a volunteer in South Africa Primary School Sports Program, you will need to be adaptable around the children’s other educational requirements and therefore flexible with your schedule. Typically you will work during school hours between 8:00 am and 14:30 pm giving you the afternoons free. However, some days you may be required to organize fun sports activities and get involved in fundraising projects after school has finished to better the children’s learning experience.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator, introduced to the project staff you will be working with, provided an orientation session of the school and your duties, and given you schedule. This will help you get a better understanding of your projects needs and how you can best be of service.

Weekdays: While your schedule will be tailored to your project needs this typical volunteer schedule will give you an idea of what to expect.

  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Fuel with a delicious breakfast at the volunteer house or with your host family.
  • 7.45 AM: Head off for a day of valuable life-changing work teaching children sports and the value of teamwork.
  • 12.00 PM: Enjoy a lunch getting to know the children, local staff and like-minded volunteers. Before setting off for more active classes in the afternoon.
  • 2:30 PM: Around this time, unless you are helping out with after school activities, you will be free to travel home, go shopping, explore Cape Town or plan lessons for the next day.

Volunteer in Primary School Sports Program: Dates and Fees

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency.

Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Duration Physical Education Project
  1 Week   N/A
  2 Weeks   $450
  3 Weeks   $600
  4 Weeks   $750
  5 Weeks   $900
  6 Weeks   $1,050
  7 Weeks   $1,200
  8 Weeks   $1,400
  9 Weeks   $1,550
  10 Weeks   $1,750
  11 Weeks   $1,900
  12 Weeks   $2,050

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Airport Pick up/Transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

When you Volunteer in Primary School Sports ProgramIn South Africa, you will live in a volunteer house. Our Volunteer House is located in Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb, Observatory! Affectionately called “Obz” by the locals. It’s an arty district that is home to a huge melting pot of various people, sights, sounds, tastes and cultures!

Our Volunteer House is a dormitory style accommodation where you will share room with fellow participants. There are between 4-8 volunteers per room. The House is located close to the City Centre, restaurants, supermarkets, and all the tourist spots the city has to offer.

Breakfast and dinner is included Monday to Friday and lunches and weekend meals are excluded which the volunteers have to cater for. The Volunteer House provides a clean, comfortable, safe and secure living-environment for all our volunteers – the house is strictly used for our program participants and not open to members of the public

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

The Volunteer in Primary School Sportsprojects are based in the local schools around Cape Town. Cape Town is a major destination for tourists, immigrants and expatriates giving it a diverse, vibrant, multicultural essence. Your volunteer schedule will be between 7-8 am and 3 pm with additional out-of-school help being between 3 pm and 6 pm Monday to Friday. During your volunteer time you will have plenty of time to explore the city and its surrounds.

South Africa features a climate is similar to the Mediterranean. You will experience mild and moderately wet winters with dry, warm summers. With local staff happy to help, you will never run out of things to do in your free time. Take the time to visit popular sights such as visiting Table Mountain National Park, City Bowl, relaxing or surfing on numerous beaches, visiting Chapman's Peak Drive, The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium, and much more.

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Safety and in Country Support

At IFRE your safety is the number one priority. IFRE has provided over 22,000 people with safe, affordable, life-changing volunteer experiences in in over 20 countries since 2006. Rest assured knowing that projects are evaluated annually to ensure they continue to meet our safety standards. You will have access to a local in-country support person who can answer all your questions, will periodically check in to see how you are doing and will respond immediately if any safety issues arise.

Your in-country support coordinator will also arrange your airport pick-up, help you settle into your accommodation, introduce you to project staff, inform you of safety information, provide you with a project orientation and teach you about the local culture and customs. It is their job to ensure you have a valuable and memorable experience teaching sports and physical education in South Africa. IFRE also offers a Comprehensive Insurance & Evacuation Plan to give you peace of mind during your volunteer experience abroad.

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Volunteer in Primary School Sports Program: FAQs

Arrival and Departure

Fly into the Cape Town International Airport for our physical education volunteer program in South Africa. Please arrive a day prior to your project start date and inform our local country coordinator of your flight details in advance so we can pick you up from the airport. Be sure to notify us of any flight changes or delays so we can rearrange your pick up time. Please note that IFRE does not offer any airport drop off services.


To be allowed entry for volunteering program in South Africa. You must obtain a South African tourist visa from the Embassy of South Africa in your home country prior to your arrival.

Alternatively, people from certain countries can also obtain a 90-day tourist visa at the Cape Town International Airport upon arrival in South Africa. Citizens of countries like Canada, Russia, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, and most of Europe are eligible for on-arrival-visa.

Your visa can also be extended for extra 3 months if you decide to continue volunteering. To extend simply visit the immigration department and fill out a visa extension application form.

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To be part of our physical education South Africa volunteer project, you will need to be vaccinated for rabies, pneumonia, hepatitis A, yellow fever, cholera, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), typhoid, chickenpox, meningitis, shingles, hepatitis B, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), polio, and influenza. Please consult with your local travel doctor for more information about the required vaccines.

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Any other important information you want to share about this project?

You will need to provide a police clearance report for participation in this project.

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

The Sports Development volunteer program in South Africa runs in conjunction with 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 during this program to successfully incorporate physical activity into students daily regime.

South African primary schools have the potential for 1-3 periods of physical education classes per day, (approximately 1-2 hours). During the remainder of the day volunteers with assist local teachers with their lessons. How you help will vary depending on the activities planned for the day, or your creativity and initiative to conduct your own physical education and health lessons with the children.

How will I be training the children while Volunteer in Primary School Sports Programwith sports project?

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 any experience they have to create lessons for the children especially since some placements have little or no sports equipment available.

What type of sports can we organize during our South Africa volunteer project placement?

The structure and available facilities vary depending on the location, resources available and level staff training. Some projects are well funded and well managed while others lack infrastructure and resources. Most of these projects are funded through subsidies, donations and grants. It is up to you as a project volunteer to develop a physical education program around the available resources.

Why volunteer in Physical Education Project in South Africa? Physical education volunteering helps you stay physically healthy.

Running around with the children helps you stay active and healthy yourself. As a sports enthusiast you know the importance of keeping active every day.Volunteering in South Africa with a physical education program will keep you motivated to stay fit and healthy so you can keep up with the children.

Volunteering in a physical education project provides a sense of purpose.

Volunteer work in physical education can help bring you a sense of purpose as you see children play, learn new skills and have smiles on their faces every day. You can rest-assured knowing that your valuable time has been put to good use helping build healthier futures for children of South Africa.

Brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Volunteering trip overseas in South Africa is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a fulfilling and energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work or school commitments.

You will meet new like-minded friends.

As a volunteer you will get to meet other like-minded volunteers from around the world and forge new friendships.

Physical education volunteering program connects you with the greater community

One of the more well-known benefits of the South Africa volunteer program with physical education project is the impact it has on the greater community. This program allows you to connect with local communities on a deeper level, help them build stronger bonds and ultimately make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, and organizations in need.

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