WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Children in Swaziland suffer from a lack of access to education, not simply in academic terms but in relation also to an absence of out of school structured activities that would keep them inspired and stimulated. In many cases, the lack of sufficient extra curricular activity has been linked to subsequent criminal activity with high levels of unemployment leading bored youngsters into trouble. This project seeks to provide a means of enabling the development of under privileged children by providing a varied and far reaching sports programme in the poorest areas. Sports have proved time and time again to provide a focus and to improve the lives of young people keeping them stimulated, absorbed, fit and healthy.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
As a volunteer on the project you will be directly responsible for much of the day to day running of the sports projects. All kinds of sports can be integrated into the project, although the most popular tend to be football, netball and volleyball. Your role will be to inspire the children to get involved and use your initiative and creativity to make the sessions enjoyable and constructive. As well as teaching the children important skills, you will be helping arrange tournaments, encouraging less confident children to participate and fundraising for the sports facility.
Some days you may be required to visit other primary schools and day care centres in order to reach out to under resourced sites so that as many children as possible can benefit from this worthwhile enterprise. Twice weekly you will also be asked to join the community care volunteers in coordinating sports outings for orphans and other extremely vulnerable youngsters. You may even like to help organise a sports day for the local community or campaign in the neighbourhood to recruit children to the project and demonstrate the importance of sports and teambuilding. Overall, the activities are varied and will give you a great opportunity to build up your own organising and communication skills whilst providing an enjoyable challenge that you will remember for the rest of your life!