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.
Basketball has not seen the same investment of time and money as the other national sports of South Africa like rugby, cricket or football. Despite this, Basketball South Africa (BSA), the governing body for the sport, is keen to support grassroots initiatives in order to promote basketball to a wider audience and give people the chance to play and develop their basketball skills. With such a large pool of dedicated and often talented young players in many of the major cities, now is a perfect time for you to get involved with the grassroots development of the sport during your gap year, career break or sports adventure holiday abroad.
• Become a coach, mentor and friend to disadvantaged children
• Discover the Rainbow Nation
• Make lifelong friends
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Arranging informal leagues
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Shared volunteer house
Before you go
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Project orientation & induction
Equipment & briefings
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ backup
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WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The main focus of the basketball placement is creating structured training and playing environments for keen players in and around the townships of Port Elizabeth, predominately aged between 8 and 16 years of age. Because basketball has not seen the same focus and attention as other sports in South Africa, most of your time will be spent supporting informal street leagues and township teams. Although this may require an extra level of commitment and initiative on your part, plus a willingness to laugh off unexpected problems, you will have a direct impact on the sport. You will also have a very positive affect on the lives of the basketball players you are coaching making this an exceptionally rewarding project!
As a basketball 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!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
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. Since the goal is not to find Africa’s next international player (although you never know!) you do not need to be a qualified or vastly experienced coach. So long as you have a basic understanding of the game and the ability and enthusiasm to organise group games and training, you will be very well suited to this basketball placement!
Please note - If you choose to become a basketball coach you will also be required to pick a second choice sport depending upon local interest at the time. Basketball is growing in popularity in South Africa but currently we are not able to guarantee a full work programme focussed solely on basketball.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
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.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
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 ten minutes drive away from town or the beach and a shopping centre and various amenities are within walking distance.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
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! 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 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.
To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.
There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.