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Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer

Cape Town
from £927 (10 days)

Ref: AV064

A great opportunity to design your own volunteer project in the world's top tourist destination and one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Cape Town.  Volunteers can either choose to spend all their time working in sports development, or combine this sporting activity with teaching or working with orphans and vulnerable children, thus broadening the volunteer experience in this exciting city.  Cape Town has many cultural and heritage sites such as Robben Island and the V & A Waterfront and numerous outdoor activities including Table Mountain and viewing African Penguins - a truly wonderful city. The volunteer projects are all located in the Cape Flats area - mainly in the townships of Khayelitsha, Langa, Philippi and many more. Here will be found many different cultures and ethnicities and languages but all suffer from poverty, substance abuse, unemployment and HIV/AIDS and the support provided by volunteers is always very welcome.

Who can join: 17 years of age and over
Accommodation: Dedicated volunteer house
Transfer time: approx. 15 minutes
Pick up Point: Cape Town Airport
Meals: Included on weekdays
Volunteer numbers: 6
Special Offer: £150 off the project fee for all new bookings to join during 2019

Duration & Fees

10 days£927
2 weeks£1,030
3 weeks£1,308
4 weeks£1,585
5 weeks£1,862
6 weeks£2,139
7 weeks£2,416
8 weeks£2,693

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Start Dates

Project start dates are on alternate Mondays throughout the year and volunteers must arrive on their Monday start date.

2019 Start Dates:

7 Jan | 14 Jan | 28 Jan | 11 Feb | 25 Feb | 11 Mar | 25 Mar | 8 Apr | 22 Apr | 6 May | 20 May | 3 Jun | 17 Jun | 1 Jul | 15 Jul | 29 Jul | 12 Aug | 26 Aug | 9 Sep | 23 Sep | 7 Oct | 21 Oct | 4 Nov | 18 Nov

2020 Start Dates:

6 Jan | 13 Jan | 27 Jan | 10 Feb | 24 Feb | 9 Mar | 23 Mar | 6 Apr | 20 Apr | 4 May | 18 May | 1 Jun | 15 Jun | 29 Jun | 6 Jul | 13 Jul | 20 Jul | 27 Jul | 3 Aug | 10 Aug | 17 Aug | 24 Aug | 31 Aug | 7 Sep | 21 Sep | 5 Oct | 19 Oct | 2 Nov | 16 Nov | 30 Nov

This project closes for the Christmas period in early December


£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • project fee which goes directly back into the project to provide funds for items such as building materials, equipment and project supplies. 
  • full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at the volunteer house (excluding weekends)
  • transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport on arrival and departure
  • daily transfers to and from the projects during the placement
  • weekly laundry and housekeeping services
  • full orientation programme
  • help and support from project staff and from Amanzi Travel staff while at the project

What's not included

  • transport to Cape Town
  • Visa fees
  • personal travel insurance for the duration of the placement including cover for repatriation
  • all items of a personal nature such as gifts, clothing etc
  • email and telephone calls made during the placement
  • any activities and excursions outside of the planned project itinerary
  • soft drinks, snacks between meals and weekend food

Project Location

Cape Town nestles in the shadow of Table Mountain, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and is a truly cosmopolitan city with a mix of East and West and Old and New.  It has a vibrant nightlife and diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.  The city is rich in history and worth exploring with Cape Point a scenic drive away and Robben Island just a boat trip over the water.  Further out are the wine farms and vast mountain ranges to explore.

Project Description

South Africa's education system is ranked 133 out of 142 countries in the world by the World Economic Forum.  Lack of  basic amenities, infrastructure and learning resources exist with many children coming from families affected by poverty, hunger and with parents who have little of no education themselves.  The many townshps in and around teh Cape Town area, including Khayelitsha (second largest in South Africa) are a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities and languages yet across these differences there are many parallels such as poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS.  Locals live in many housing types from wooden shacks to larger permanent buildings.  Schools are often over-crowded and short on qualified teachers.  Visiting a township is an eye-opening experience where a communal standpipe for water and blocks of individual toilets shared among a number of families is the norm.  However, it is a wonderfully vibrant community where the streets are filled with smells of mealie (corn) cob and meat from makeshift grillers and the sounds of kwaito music blasts from taxi windows!

Why Should You Join?

  • Assist and conduct physical education lessons with disadvantaged children during the school day
  • Bring new and fresh ideas to motivate the children through sports and personal fitness
  • Help the community with sports development and get hands on experience in South Africa
  • Coach and share ideas and skills with instructors and help put together games, drills and lessons to stimulate the young people
  • Be part of some amazing after school care clubs run by dynamic grandmothers where the focus will be on implementing fun sporting activities designed to develop basic life skills
  • Don't stop at just one volunteer project - "Design Your Own" by combining the best fit for your interests and skills
  • Judge for yourself why Cape Town is the number one place in the world to visit
  • Immerse yourself in Cape Town culture and explore the mother city's many restaurants, museums, markets, beaches and nightlife
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers

 Sports  - Primary Project Full Time

Physical Education
In 1994, post-Apartheid,  the South African Government removed Physical Education from the school curriculum.  Whllst it has now been reitroduced, it only forms a small part of the Life Orientation syllabus. As a result participation in physical activity is very low.The need for intervention remains great as sport and exercise are seen as an integral part of child and youth development as it helps to increase concentration and develop skills such as leadership, team work and communication. Volunteers will assist in one of the township schools, mainly in Khayelitsha or Langa.  Here they will work alongside coaches to provide each school grade the chance of 45 minutes physical education as well as assisting with lesson planning, designing and implementing drills and fitness tests, creating assessments to ensure each child is progressing and sharing knowledge and skills with the students and coaches. 

After School Care
Organising sports activities at several after-school clubs is fundamental to children's development and improves essential skills such as team work and leadership.  Some examples of the types of activity include fun games such as ultimate frisbee, baseball, cricket and American football.  This is a great chance to bring your own interests to South Africa and teach the children, grannies and your fellow volunteers a new talent.  Volunteers may also take part in workshops which aim to provide a platform for sharing information and skills - in the past there have been sessions on nutrition as well as on Kayleigh dancing.

Volunteers who choose to "Design Their Own" project and divide their time between sports development and one of the other volunteer options, could assist in one of the following areas:

Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Enrichment Programme
Khayelitsha and the surrounding areas have been hugely affected by HIV/AIDS and are thought to have the highest rates in the Western Cape.  Volunteers will work at a variety of after school care programmes where the focus will be on the children's development and to give them the vital attention during a very vulnerable time of the day before parents and caregivers get home.  At one particular centre volunteers will work with older children who come from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds where their patience, intuition and creativity with activities  will be rewarded with smiles and a willingness to learn.


Educational Support
Child abuse is most common in the hours immediately after school when caregivers are not yet bck from work.  Several organisations now facilitate after school care programmes and volunteers will help to plan and implement fun and educational games that will have an emphasis on developing important life skills such as team work and leadership.  Some examples of the types of activity include fun games such as "Capture the Flag", "Buddies Up Buddies Down" and "What's the Time Mr Wolf".  Volunteers may also help with homework support, craftmaking, gardening and reading clubs and their input and ideas are always welcomed as new inspiration. Volunteers may also be involved in workshops that aim to provide a platform for sharing information and skills with the wonderful team of Grandmothers who help to run the after-school care programmes.  In return the volunteers are also taught a skill or craft that they can take home with them afterwards.  This encourages the ethos of cross-learning and is based on the "Each One Teach One" model which was implemented by Nelson Mandela and his inmates during their time on Robben Island.

 How it all comes together

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
AM Assist with sports coaching at 1 of 2 local community primary schools Assist with sports coaching at 1 of 2 local community primary schools Assist with sports coaching at 1 of 2 local community primary schools Assist with sports coaching at 1 of 2 local community primary schools Assist with sports coaching at 1 of 2 local community primary schools
Lunchtime Lunch at school – take a breather or play with the kids Lunch with the Community you are working at Go and be adventurous tasting some local delicacies Lunch with the coaches Lunch at the Lion House
PM Support an after school care program * Support an after school care program Support an after school care program Support an after school care program Planning Party
Evening Volunteer Welcome Tours Talk Workship on topical issues Events Night Weekend Begins


Sat Sun
Explore Cape Town and the surrounding areas on a day safari, wine tour or Peninsula trip Spend your morning Shark Cage Diving and your afternoon exploring Table Mountain through hiking. Abseiling or the  more leisurely cable car 

Volunteers should note that during school holidays activities may be different from the usual schedule but the work will still be really valuable and rewarding.  School terms for 2018 are as follows:

Term 1:  17 January - 28 March;     Term 2:  10 April - 22 June;     Term 3:  17 July - 28 September;     Term 4:  9 October - 12 December

Extra Information

Cape Town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and boasts a changing landscape that's ideal for a range of outdoor leisure activities and sports.  There are also beautiful winelands where vineyards can be visited and it is possible to lunch and taste at some of the wine farms.  Cape Town is on the coast and has some fantastic beaches and plenty of gentle hiking and walking trails.  There are also some great local bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy.

During evenings and weekends there will be time to enjoy some of the fantastic attractions on offer in Cape Town, including wine tasting, sightseeing, hiking and even shark cage diving. These excursions are a great time for volunteers to get to know each other better.  Popular excursions include:

  • Aquila Safari - a "Big 5" private game reserve - (minium of 4 people)
  • Cape Point Peninsula Tour including a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Experiencing the great wines and hospitality at Constantia and Stellenbosch wine farms
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus
  • Hike or take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain
  • Shop at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • Surf lessons
  • Shark cage diving
  • Sky-diving
  • Abseil down Table Mountain

Getting There

Volunteers should fly into Cape Town International Airport where they will be met by a member of the project staff and transferred to the volunteer house in Observatory.  Arrivals should be on alternate Mondays throughout the year (see start dates) and flights must arrive between the hours of 7.00 am and 5.00 pm. 

Amanzi Travel has an ATOL licence and can help with all flight arrangements if required.  Please ask about this service when booking.

A perfect way to explore more of Africa

Before heading straight back home, why not take an Overland Journey through Africa to explore more of the wonderful sights and experiences that this beautiful continent has to offer.  You can take a trip that starts and finishes in the same city (eg Windhoek to Windhoek) or you can use it as an opportunity to get your from one city to another (eg Cape Town to Nairobi).

“This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ... brilliant. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. The overland trip was excellent - really well run”
Southern Sun 21 days, Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, aged 32 and 34.

“I didn’t know I could become such close friends with people in just a week. The trip attracts a great group of people who are so easy to get along with. My group ranged from 20 to 70 and we all sat down with a drink, played cards together and just gathered around the campfire.  It was an experience of a lifetime and I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family”
Tanzanian Game Parks and Zanzibar, 10 Days and Masai Mara Safari, 3 Days - Sara, Canada/Malaysia, aged 20.

 From 3 days to 56 days, take a look at the exciting Overland Trips here.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Cape Town, Cape Town Sports Development VolunteerCape Town, Cape Town Sports Development VolunteerCape Town, Cape Town Sports Development VolunteerCape Town, Cape Town Sports Development VolunteerVolunteers will be accommodated in a fully furnished house in Observatory - the most bohemian suburb of Cape Town, about a ten minute drive from the city centre. "Obs", as it is known by the locals, is an artsy district filled with quirky restaurants, relaxed bars and cafes with live music.  The house is on a secure site and is comfortable and spacious and a real home-from-home.  The house is staffed with a cook and housekeeper and all bedding is provided, but volunteers should take their own towels.  Rooms will be shared between 2 - 6 volunteers and bathrooms are communal.  There is private storage for everyone and wifi is available for a small charge.   There are plenty of shops within walking distance.

Three meals a day are provided at the volunteer house Monday - Friday prepared by a team of great chefs.

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Why visit South Africa?

Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Africa’s biggest game reserve - Kruger National Park - boasting the most mammal species of any game reserve, and the magnificent peaks and plunging valleys of the escarpment of Drakensberg.

Cape Town is widely described as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Some of its more famous landmarks include Table Mountain, Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades), Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Kirstenbosch Gardens and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A combination of historical coastal charm and urbane sophistication, Cape Town has some of the finest beaches and is also the gateway to the lush Cape Winelands, famous for world-renowned wines. From here, it is an easy journey to the Whale Route, where Southern Right whales can be seen (June - November) and humpback whales, Bryde's whales, Minke whales and bottlenose dolpins can be viewed year round.

The Garden Route is renowned for its beaches, indigenous forests, nature reserves, lakes, mountain ranges, adventure opportunities and hiking trails. Plettenberg Bay is a relaxed beach paradise with spectacular walks and hikes where one can watch dolphins and whales on eco-marine cruises. With some of the world's finest beaches, the Eastern Cape's untouched and pristine coastline also has a rich social, cultural and political history. Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Eastern Cape, and the perfect complement to the Garden Route. Cape St Francis is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline, in and around Africa's largest man made web of canals and waterways, and is renowned for its long, sandy beaches, surfing, rock fishing and tranquil lifestyle.

Kruger National Park is the flagship of South Africa's game reserves, offering an unrivalled wildlife experience over two million-hectares. Private concessions operating within and alongside Kruger National Park feature luxurious, exclusive game lodges with many exciting safari activities. Some of these lodges are unfenced, allowing for the free movement of wildlife. Madikwe Game Reserve, in the North West province, is one of South Africa's largest private Big Five game reserves and features numerous lodges and camps. The Waterberg area in the northwest is also malaria-free and is aptly named for its strong streams that flow even in dry seasons, making for excellent game viewing. Both reserves are great for those seeking an accessible malaria-free wilderness experience.

Durban is a sub-tropical city and the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal. It offers a unique mix of Zulu, Indian and colonial cultures. Visit the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, take a fascinating glimpse into Zulu culture, hike in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains, dive the reefs, marine and coastal reserves of Maputaland, as well as experience Big Five game reserves. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is renowned for saving the white rhino from the brink of extinction, and Phinda Private Game Reserve is well known for its award-winning lodges and conservation initiatives.

Johannesburg meaning "Place of Gold", is South Africa's economic powerhouse. This vibrant and cosmopolitan city is home to many attractions including the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, and also offers shopping from world-class to atmospheric curio markets. Known as the "Jacaranda City", the state capital of Pretoria features beautiful blossoming trees, significant old buildings and fascinating museums, including the Transvaal Museum, home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at the Cradle of Humankind.

Highlights of South Africa

  • Breathtaking scenery, quaint coastal villages, cosmopolitan cities, wine routes and exclusive bush lodges.
  • Exciting Big Five safaris in unspoilt wilderness areas.
  • Malaria-free game viewing and sunshine all year round.
  • See Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held in prison for 27 years.
  • Go up Table Mountain by cable car for stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful Cape Town.
  • Whale watching and great white shark cage diving.
  • Beautiful, pristine beaches perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
  • The Cradle of Humankind: Sterkfontein is one of the world's most productive and important palaeoanthropological sites.


For Johannesburg:

Seasons Max Min
Summer (September - April) 25 °C 10 °C
Winter (May - August) 19 °C 4 °C
Rainfall: October to March, with November to January heaviest

South Africa has typical seasons of weather for the southern hemisphere, with the coldest days in July-August. The Benguela Current, a cold motion that moves from the lower South Atlantic Ocean, causes moderate temperatures on the West Coast. On the central plateau, which includes Free State and Gauteng provinces, the altitude keeps the average temperatures below 30 °C.In winter, also due to altitude, temperatures drop to freezing point, and in some places, even lower. Heavy snows have fallen recently for the first time in decades in Johannesburg. During winter, it is warmest in the coastal regions, especially on the Eastern Indian Ocean coast and Garden Route, where it has year round mild weather with occasional rain. As winter is cooler and drier, it is more suitable for hiking and outdoor pursuits, and is also a good time for game viewing as vegetation is less dense and thirsty animals congregate around rivers and other permanent water sources.

In summer, South Africa experiences the hottest temperatures and this is generally when most rain falls, October – March. However, there is one exception -  the Western Cape, which is a winter-rain area that enjoys a Mediterranean climate (average 26°C).

Christmas to mid-January, and Easter are the height of the peak season for visitors.
Autumn (April/May) and Spring (mid-Sept to November) are ideal almost everywhere.

Key Facts

Population – 50 million

Capital – Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)
Currency – Rand (ZAR)

Official Language(s) – Afrikaans, English (South African English), Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Time difference – GMT +2 hours

Telephone – country code 27, international access code 00

Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer

I really enjoyed my volunteering experience in South Africa, the support from the project staff was excellent and I am still in touch with several people I met. I would like to travel on a similar project again, and hope to go back with Amanzi Travel in the future.

George, UK, aged 19 (Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer, Cape Town Teaching Volunteer)

Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer

The Project has made me realise what is really important in life. I would also like to say that the people involved in running the project who I have met on a day to day basis are a real credit to the organization generally.

Robert, UK, aged 27 (Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer, Cape Town Teaching Volunteer)

Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer

Great memories, it all worked out really well. The volunteer house is lovely, and all volunteers get on very well together. The work is very well organised. We spend every morning in a pre school (plus a visit to a medical center) and get to know the routines and teachers very well. In the afternoons we do different community projects depending on what needs doing, such as making curtains. At the Teaching Project I sensed a real care for the volunteers and a desire to make sure that the volunteers had a good experience as well as the benefits to the projects.

Mourjin, Holland, aged 51 (Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer, Cape Town Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Volunteer, Cape Town Teaching Volunteer)

Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer

I loved this project. I had an amazing time and look forward to my next visit. All of the projects you do here are great. There are so many great people that I have met. I have gained some friends that I will never forget.

Lauren, USA, aged 19 (Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer)

Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer

The highlight was the general interaction with the children and the contribution that I made to their learning in what was a relatively short time. The people I have met even though they have limited material possessions are very positive and happy and it has been a real and genuine pleasure to meet them. I can honestly say that there is nothing that sticks out that has been a major issue in terms of something that I have not enjoyed.  I have only been on the project for 3 weeks but I have got more than I imagined out of my participation. I have met some genuinely nice people and I think my whole experience will prompt a career change into a more social orientated role.  The project as a whole is well run and structured. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to others. The Project has made me realise what is really important in life. I would also like to say that the people involved in running the project who I have met on a day to day basis are a real credit to the organization generally.

Robert, UK, aged 33 (Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer, Cape Town Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Volunteer, Cape Town Teaching Volunteer)

Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer

I have really enjoyed my time at this project, I have had the most amazing time. Thank you so much for help with organising it for me.  I do feel that I have made a positive impact on the under-privileged communities that I have worked with through this project and I thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Red Hill and the Children of Hope pre-schools.  It was lovely to work with and get to know the young children who have so little but are always so enthusiastic to learn.  I particularly enjoyed spending time helping the young children with their reading one to one in the library. I've also gained valuable skills that will be beneficial in other volunteer programs that I am undertaking over the next four months. These will also be beneficial in my future career, I would recommend doing a volunteer project like this to anyone. Our home in Fishhoek was lovely and I met some amazing people who I hope will be friends for life.  Cape Town is an amazing city with so much to do, it was great being able to unwind at the local beach after a day’s work.  I have left this project with some fantastic memories that I will never forget!

Tracey, UK, aged 28 (Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer)

Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer

It was very humbling.

I went out to Ukhanya Primary school and worked with 180 grade 5 students teaching English, Sport and some Art during my day projects. It was a privilege to be welcomed into a school and allowed to work alongside some great teachers and independently creating schemes of work and teaching lessons. This was incredibly rewarding and I miss all of the students that I got to know so well over the course of the month. Was a pleasure teaching young people with a real desire to learn, such a shame that the schools don’t have the necessary resources. In the afternoons I helped with building projects in the townships to construct an adult literacy building and jungle gym. It was great to have a permanent impact on the landscape of South Africa that will hopefully improve the lives of different generations. I also organised and helped out with work for preschools and the local library – arts and crafts was always a particular favourite with kids!

In terms of the accommodation and other volunteers this project was amazing – I feel like I have made some friends for life and the sense of camaraderie and unity within the houses was superb. It made the weekend and downtime just as much fun as the project work. I was fortunate enough to go shark diving, sky diving, watch a rugby match, go on a wine tour, climb up and down Table Mountain, go on a one day safari, visit Boulders Beach, Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island, Simmons Town and countless other places. I can honestly say that I made the most of every second of my stay and had such a great time. Amanzi was so organised and instantly put me at ease.

I would highly recommend that anyone considering working in Africa should check out the available projects. It was honestly the best month of my life!

Tom, UK, aged 21 (Cape Town Sports Development Volunteer)

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