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South Africa Hockey Coaching

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South Africa Hockey Coaching

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

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.

Although South Africa is usually associated with their rugby and cricket prowess, the passion for hockey is extremely strong. However, hockey has not received the same development and attention as other sports, so that opportunities to develop the younger generation's interest in it are often lacking and nowhere more so than in the townships of Port Elizabeth. Perhaps one of the main reasons for this is the difficulty in providing the equipment, which can be very expensive for at least two teams of 11 players. Despite this, through our hockey coaching placements, more and more young players are now able to play and develop in the sport. In time, the hope is that a new generation of South African talent will be able to assert themselves as a dominant force on the world stage.


  • Become a coach, mentor and friend to 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 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.


We welcome volunteers who enjoy playing or coaching hockey, be it socially with friends, representing your school, club or university team or even as far as holding coaching qualifications. The emphasis is not on developing Africa’s next international hockey players, but about getting alongside children from less advantaged backgrounds and building friendships whilst sharing a common expereince. It is from here that you will start to give enthusiastic players the chance to play the sport they love in an organised and fun environment. Whatever your background, be assured that you will be able to offer something positive to the children and the hockey projects you work on. 

During the project, you will be largely centred in the townships and schools that skirt the city. The first stage as a coach is to help organise and run training sessions for the children, as well as providing them with decent hockey equipment. This will be a great experience for forming relationships with the players and also for developing your own confidence. The second stage will be planning hockey tournaments that incorporate both matches and team building activities. Although the focus is on personal skills and sports development, there will be ample opportunity to scout for talented individuals who, with the right support and training, could go on to play professional level hockey. The sports academies with which we work are keen to identify the individuals who will form South Africa's next generation of pro hockey players.


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. 

Being a hockey coach in South Africa will mean you are responsible for running and supervising all training and matches for your players, who are typically from disadvantaged backgrounds. This may sound daunting but you will soon realise that you have an understanding of hockey that your players are desperate for. The rewards are great because the raw talent is often there whilst the understanding of the basics and the experience of a team structure are often not. By your introducing passing and tackling techniques as well as position holding, movement and team play, your players will develop rapidly. You will also have solid support from the other volunteers, our in-country staff and local coaches, who will give you all the training methods and ideas that you might need. From technical short corner plays to early morning beach runs, you will soon develop your own coaching programme, unique to you and your players.


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 and 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 cafe or restaurant, 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!

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

Missing South Africa  | 19 Nov 2019
Howzit! I absolutely loved my time in PE, being able to teach kids who could barely hit a ball wh...

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Best 5 weeks of my life  | 19 Nov 2019
Sunshine, Hockey, great kids and making new friends, what's not to love? Quite literally the ...

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Thoroughly recommend!  | 17 Nov 2019
Enjoyed every moment. The In-country staff are second to none and take care of any problems you h...

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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! Volunteers enjoy playing 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.

In a 12-week stay some exciting excursions are included in your project contribution, including a visit to Kragga Kama Game Reserve, a trip to Jeffrey's Bay, the home of surfing in South Africa, and one to Bloukrans Bridge, where the world's highest bungee is. In the 12-week placement some local cultural activities are also included, comprising 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


12th January (5-11 weeks)

16th February (5-6 weeks)

30th March (5-12 weeks)

4th May (5-7 Weeks)

6th July (5 weeks)

17th August (5-12 weeks)

21st September (5-7 weeks)


11th January (5-11 weeks)

15th February (5-6 weeks)

4th April (5-11 weeks)

9th May (5-6 Weeks)

4th July (5 weeks)

15th August (5-12 weeks)

19th 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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