Sports in South Africa

On this program, you will be teaching various sports and extracurricular activities to children in Cape Town, South Africa.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

Program information

Participating in sports from a young age has lifelong health benefits, including reduced risk of obesity, increased cardiovascular fitness, healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons and improved coordination and balance. This program is geared towards teaching local township children various sports and encouraging them to become more physically active.

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Program overview

What children learn outside the classroom is just as important as what they learn inside it. Taking part in this program involves coaching mainstream South African sports in townships that surround the renowned city of Cape Town. Without this program or volunteer assistance, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skills and general supervision within the township.

The program involves running sports lessons at the township schools. You will be running general physical education classes but you may also be teaching specific sports like football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby. Volunteers will: prepare and run general physical education classes and coach specific sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby.

*Please Note: During holiday periods, all participants will join Cape Town’s school holiday program. During the school holiday period, all of GVI’s projects come together to work at a local library to provide a safe and educational space for children of all ages. Activities here possibly include a wide range, from tutoring, reading and arts & crafts, as well as sports and wellbeing. When possible to do so, the team also runs soup kitchens on the ground in the community.


  • Make a positive contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Coordinating sports lessons at township schools
  • Teach world known sports such as football, netball, tennis, athletics and more.
  • Encourage students to be more physically active for their long term health longevity
  • Immerse yourself in one of the most culturally diverse regions in Africa
  • Educational Workshops

Program details

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GVI Africa, South Africa, Cape Town
Volunteer with Children

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Exclusive offer. Book before the end of the month and receive up to 0 off this program.

COVID-19 flexibility. If COVID-19 prevents you from travelling, change your location and dates free of charge.

Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.