Why your help is needed
Volunteers on this project connect with children from underprivileged backgrounds via the medium of sport, combining physical education with the promotion of health and social awareness.
The schools in these townships simply do not have the resources to provide pupils with any kind physical education so, supported by Umzingisi (BUNAC’s South African partners), volunteers are able to give local children the opportunity to use sports facilities they would otherwise not have access to. Bringing their passion for sport to townships on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, volunteers take coaching sessions, run matches and organise tournaments.
However, while the focus is on sport, the priority is on developing personal life skills among South African children, promoting health and social awareness and getting children involved in a positive activity that bridges social divides, keeps children off the streets and gives them the chance to learn and develop while enjoying themselves. This means that volunteers do not simply coach sport, they make a real difference to the lives of children from underprivileged backgrounds.
Umzingisi also co-ordinates a programme that gives children the opportunity to receive a scholarship to an acclaimed sports academy, and volunteers may nominate any children they identify as possessing exceptional sporting potential to be considered for the scholarship.
How you can help
Take training sessions and plan rugby tournaments
Organise and run sports clinics
Help promote good citizenship and impart social / health awareness and knowledge
Where you will be living
Volunteers stay in communal accommodation in Port Elizabeth, with dormitory style rooms and shared bathrooms, and daily transport to the project is provided.
What to do next
If you are interested in booking this project have a look through our webiste and give us a call!
5 or 12 weeks
£1,100 for 5 weeks,
£2,100 for 12 weeks (£1850 for August departure until 30th May)
accommodation, food, kit, airport pickup
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