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Coach Sports in South Africa

Become a sports coach and inspire kids in Africa

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Group Size: Between 15-45

Trip code: SACS

Duration: 4-12 weeks

Play sports all day, everyday!
Gain great skills for your CV
All food & accommodation included

Love sports? Love travel? Then jet across to beautiful South Africa and become a sports coach! Spend 5-12 weeks in the spectacular coastal location of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and help kids in local communities to fulfil their full sporting potential. Sport plays a vital role in providing exercise, improving health, increasing confidence and stimulating young minds and this project aims to encourage and educate these young people and give them better opportunities in life. You’ll not only be developing their sporting skills, but also building their futures. Plus, you get to play your favourite sport all day! What’s not to love? 

Trip Highlights

  • Become an inspirational sports coach and make a difference in the lives of South African kids
  • Pass on your sporting passion and share your skills: Available coaching placements include football, rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, swimming or tennis
  • Spot up-and-coming sporting talent, gain great experience for your CV and make a real difference abroad
  • You can also help out in local schools as an assistant teacher and inspire kids in the classroom
  • Enjoy amazing activities with your fellow volunteers such as game drives, surfing and bungee jumping
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What's included
  • Airport welcome and arrival transfer
  • Return transfers to Port Elizabeth Airport
  • All food
  • All accommodation
  • Sports coaching placement
  • Opportunity to teach lessons at local schools
  • Full programme activity co-ordination
  • All required equipment for the volunteer programmes
  • Transport to and from placements
  • Social activities including visit to game reserve and visit to Jeffrey’s Bay
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Laundry service
  • Soft drinks and alcohol


Further trip information

Sport is a massive part of South African culture. In 2010 South Africa was the first African country to host a World Cup tournament, and sport in general is at the heart of South African identity.

As PE is not on the school curriculum in South Africa, kids from disadvantaged backgrounds rely on sports coaching programmes such as this one to introduce them to exciting new sports, as well as giving them the opportunity to improve their sporting skills, build their confidence and learn team values. 

As a volunteer sports coach you can help kids with promising young talent to fulfil their sporting potential and become future South African sports stars!

The following sports can be coached in South Africa:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Swimming

Please note: Swimming is only available between October and March due to weather restrictions.

Download the detailed trip info for more information about each sports placement.

A Typical Volunteer Day

8am: Wake up time
8.15-9.00: Breakfast
9.30: Leave for coaching placement
10-11.30: School 1 coaching session.
12 noon-13.30: School 2 coaching session.
13.30-14.00: Lunch
14-15.30: 2 sports coaching sessions at different schools.
16.00: Return to accommodation
18.00: Dinner
19.00 onwards: Free time and lesson planning

At the weekends, breakfast is at 8-9.30, lunch at 12.30-13.00 and dinner at 17-18.00.

Teaching Days

During your stay in South Africa you can also get involved as an assistant teacher in a classroom, teaching kids from local schools basic English and maths. This role would usually take place once weekly and would run alongside your sports coaching role.

Free Time

Alongside your vital coaching role, you’ll also have chance to explore South Africa and have fun during your free time. The Wild Coast has loads of great activities for you to try, including canoeing, hiking, safaris at the game reserves, fishing, mini golf, shopping in Umtata and going on beach walks. You could try a spot of surfing in Jeffrey’s Bay or head along the famous Garden Route to Cape Town and the iconic Table Mountain. The in-country staff can suggest great trips and activities and help you to plan your free time to max out your experience.

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Certain durations only run on specific dates due to the school terms. Please contact us for details.

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Arrival information

You should arrive in Port Elizabeth airport on your arranged start date, where you will be met and taken to your accommodation (about 15 minutes from the airport).  You should only leave the airport with a member of our in-country staff, and if for any reason you cannot locate our staff at the airport, please find a payphone and call them.

Your induction will normally start the following day, when you will have a full briefing of the details of your volunteer coaching programme, have a full tour of your accommodation and be told about any ground rules.  You also get the chance to meet the other travellers and volunteers as well as your Lead Co-ordinator, who will inform you of your coaching schedule for the duration of your stay.

At the end of your time as a coaching volunteer, you will be dropped off at Port Elizabeth Airport for you to continue your onward travel.

Accommodation & meals

All accommodation and meals are included as part of this sports coaching programme.


Accommodation is at a shared volunteer house in Port Elizabeth, located around 10 minutes drive from the city centre and 15 minutes drive from the airport.

The volunteer house offers a basic standard of accommodation, in single-sex dorm rooms with bunk beds sleeping four people per room, and shared bathrooms.  There is a communal area for socialising, with table tennis and a pool table, a volunteer kitchen, a satellite TV with 24 sports channels, and a large garden so you can enjoy the outdoor lifestyle in the South African sunshine and kick a football around.  There is also a large swimming pool so you can cool off after a hard day’s coaching!

The volunteer house has four coin-operated washing machines available for you to do your own laundry.  There is a payphone available at the house, and there is also free wireless internet coverage (although this can be intermittent) where you can connect your own phones or laptops, and there are also internet cafes only a short walk away. 

The accommodation is centrally located in Port Elizabeth with the main shopping mall close by, as well as local shops within a five-minute walk, selling everyday items such as snacks and drinks, toiletries, SIM cards, phone top-up vouchers and international call cards.  The beautiful Port Elizabeth beachfront is only a short taxi ride away (costs approx 42 ZAR per journey), and the accommodation is approximately 10 – 15-minutes journey from the Township areas where you will volunteer.

The volunteer house is very safe, as it has a coded entry system, and there are two night security guards. Your volunteer co-ordinators also live on site in the house. Lockers are available for your use, although you will need to bring your own padlock.


Three meals a day are included, with a self-service breakfast of cereal and toast served between 7:30-9:00 Monday to Friday and 8:00-9:30 at weekends.  You will make up your own packed lunch every morning from provided ingredients (sandwiches, crisps, fruit) to take to your placement. Lunchboxes are provided. At the weekend, lunch is served between 12:30-13:00pm.  Dinner is cooked by the house cooks, and is served between 17:00-18:00pm unless you are working at a late placement, where a meal will be saved for you. Volunteers will wash up their own dishes when they have finished eating. Typical meals include; rice dishes, burgers, lasagne, bolognese, curry, pie etc. Vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements can be catered for provided you inform us in advance.

Alcohol is not provided at the accommodation, but there is an off license 5 minutes walk from the house.  You are allowed to consume alcohol in moderation at the house, but if at any time placement performance or other volunteers are affected alcohol consumption may be prohibited during the week. 

Minimum age & eligibility

Minimum age to take part in this coaching programme is 18.  No previous coaching experience is necessary, just enthusiasm, commitment and a good knowledge of your chosen sport.

You will get a 90-day travel visa on entry to South Africa. You only need to renew this if you are planning to stay in the country for longer than 90 days.  The visa maybe renewed for an extra 90 days at a charge of R425.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.


On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS previously known as CRB, or Criminal Record Bureau check and will need to have a clean criminal record.

DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.

There is an addition cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in 3 stages:

1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.

2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) will need verification of your identity - to do this you will need to take 3 original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £9 and is payable directly to the Post Office.

3. Once the post office verification is done it usually takes up to 2 weeks for your DBS to be processed, and your DBS will be sent to you directly in the post.

Please note, enhanced DBS (criminal record) checks can take 6-8 weeks to come back, so please ensure your start date allows enough time for your DBS check to be completed.

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