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South Africa Football Coaching

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South Africa Football Coaching

Work with disadvantaged children to promote teamwork and life skills, bringing happiness into their lives through football.

Prices from US$2,245

Visit South Africa, a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities and, of course, its famous wildlife and game reserves.

South Africa is a nation also famous for its enthusiasm for sports and, as it successfully hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it is a fantastic time to visit South Africa as a football coaching volunteer!  Whether you enjoy playing football socially or have represented your school, university or club team or even if you have coaching qualifications, volunteer coaching placements in South Africa will allow you to share your passion with children who have few other opportunities to play and learn in a well structured environment.

Contribute to this great project which is bringing both education and enjoyment to thousands of disadvantaged children in South Africa! In your free time, explore the great selection of game reserves, vast stretches of golden beaches and numerous adventurous activities from scuba diving to horse riding!



  • Become a coach, mentor and friend to the disadvantaged children
  • Discover the Rainbow Nation
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 17 years


Location Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Activities Training sessions
Competitive matches
Arranging 5-a-side football tournaments
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

Airport pick-up & drop-off
Project orientation & induction
Project related transport
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


South Africa has a great sporting reputation but few top players come from poorer backgrounds and many young people lack the opportunity to play sport in a well-structured environment.  The project aims to bridge this gap and offer young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from structured football training. In addition, working closely with Football Academies, the project strives to identify South Africa's next generation of top footballers.

Although the focus is on football, the project's aims are far larger. The goal is to inspire young people and teach life skills, developing a responsible youth, as well as bridging social divides and enhancing awareness of a wide range of social and health issues. Essentially football is used as a vehicle to holistically improve the lives of young people from township communities.

As a football coaching volunteer, you can help provide opportunities for enthusiastic young players to practise sports in an organised and fun environment as well as teaching them personal life skills which will equip them for the rest of their lives!


Under the leadership of local staff you will usually work five days a week coaching children of various ages, normally between nine and sixteen, on both in-school and after-school placements at various schools in the townships around Port Elizabeth. 

You will normally work with children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and you will become so much more than just a coach to them.  As their mentor and friend, you will lead them on a football training program as well as teaching parts of a life-skills curriculum designed to be both enjoyable and educational. 

The majority of your placement will involve running training sessions and matches for the children as well as providing them with decent footballs and other training equipment.  You may also get the opportunity to organise tournaments, holiday camps and various educational activities depending on when you travel and local school holidays.  Over the course of your project, you will see the children develop and improve under your guidance, making this an exceptionally rewarding project!


On arrival you will be collected from Port Elizabeth airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation where you can settle in. You will then start 3–4 days of orientation where you will be given inductions, various workshops and training, and be able to get to know the local staff and your fellow volunteers. Throughout your placement all work-related transport is included in your project contribution. 


During this placement you will stay in a comfortable volunteer house with dormitory style rooms and shared toilets and showers.  The volunteer house has a great sociable atmosphere with Sky TV and a games room with a pool table and table tennis to enjoy with your fellow volunteers.  The accommodation is conveniently located only a ten minute drive away from town or the beach and a shopping centre and various amenities are within walking distance. 


Three meals a day are provided on your placement and vegetarians can be catered for if required.  There will be breakfast of toast, spreads and cereals, a packed lunch which the volunteers make up themselves, and dinner is available in the canteen offering various western style meals such as pasta dishes and burgers and some South African specialities.  If you venture to any local cafes or restaurants, try some of the local cuisine such as biltong and bobotie, a delicious shepherd's pie-style dish, or boerewors which are handmade farm sausages and very popular with visitors!

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You have most evenings free and weekends are also usually free for activities or personal travel. Port Elizabeth is a traveller's hotspot, renowned for its great social life, exciting activities, game reserves, scuba schools and vast stretches of golden beaches.

In-country staff put great emphasis on aiding the volunteers to organise activities and outings together to explore South Africa and, all in all, have lots of fun whilst on their placements!  You may wish to play volleyball and football on the beach nearby and you could even set up a volunteer sports team and see how you fare against the South Africans!  Further afield there are plenty of adventurous activities around Port Elizabeth such as scuba diving, horse riding, bungee jumping and elephant riding! You may also have the opportunity to see the amazing wildlife of South Africa on safari trips to surrounding game reserves and oceanariums.

In a 12-week stay, some exciting excursions are included in your project contribution such as a visit to Kragga Kama Game Reserve, a trip to Jeffrey's Bay, the home of surfing in South Africa and to Bloukrans Bridge where the world's highest bungee is! Also, in the 12-week placement, some local cultural activities are included; a traditional dance and drumming performance and workshop, an authentic evening meal under the stars at Bushcamp Boma and a visit to a historical museum. 


5 weeks US$2,245

12 weeks US$4,295

Extra week US$345


Project runs from Saturday to Saturday


14th January (5 - 11 weeks)

18th February (5 - 6 weeks)

8th April (5 - 12 weeks)

13th May (5 - 7 weeks)

15th July (5 weeks only)

26th August (5 - 12 weeks)

30th September (5-7 weeks)


5 - 12 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Project orientation & induction
  • Project-related transport
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24 hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Port Elizabeth (PLZ)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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