Zimbabwe children are incredibly enthusiastic and love learning new sports! The Sports coaching volunteering project in Zimbabwe provides these children with a range of activities and sports to participate in and volunteers are placed in primary or secondary schools to assist with Physical Education classes and other sports activities.
Sport plays a vital role in children’s lives. Whether at a social or competitive level, it is fundamental in the development of one’s personality, co-ordination, discipline and social development. It provides one with the opportunity to develop one’s interpersonal skills, self-esteem and create a positive self- image.
- Prepare sports training modules/plans
- You will be teaching and assisting in sports trainings.
- You might be assigned to develop team assignments
- You will be able to share your knowledge, skills and passion for sport
- You will learn deeply about Zimbabwean culture and the country
- You will do something positive
- You will make a significant and worthwhile contribution to the local community
- You will meet new people and make friends for life
Volunteers do not need previous teaching or coaching experience to participate on this project, however it is important to note that volunteers may be required to teach other classes during the school day. Volunteers on this sports coaching project also have the opportunity to work in a local street children placement, which runs most Wednesday afternoons and takes children (predominantly teenage boys) off the streets, encouraging them to become involved in sports activities.
Our Zimbabwe volunteer trip starts and ends in Harare the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe. You will be based in Harare. Harare, formerly Salisbury, lying in the northeastern part of the country.
On the edge of landscaped Harare Gardens, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe has a large collection of African contemporary art and traditional pieces like baskets, textiles, jewelry and musical instruments. The unusual granite formation Epworth Balancing Rocks is southeast of the city. Wildlife such as zebras and giraffes roam Mukuvisi Woodlands, which has bike paths and a bird park. Cycling is amazing for those looking for a form of cardio or aerobic exercise other than running. You will burn plenty of calories just riding a few miles to the supermarket. You’ll burn many more if you get out on some trails. It’s also much easier on your joints than running.
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The city is modern and well-planned, with multistoried buildings and tree-lined avenues. It is the site of Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, a Dutch Reformed church, the Queen Victoria Memorial Library and Museum, the National Archives, the University of Zimbabwe (opened 1957), and the Rhodes National Gallery.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Zimbabwe will meet you on arrival at the airport in Harare and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Zimbabwe has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. The volunteer guest house will be your base for volunteering while living in Zimbabwe. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.
Zimbabwe sports coaching volunteering project aims to empower the local children and youth through various sports and games activities. You can combine this project with other community service projects in Harare. If you are looking for a volunteer project with a difference, then join this meaningful volunteer project in Zimbabwe.
While football/soccer is the most common sport in Zimbabwe, the children also welcome the introduction of new sports like cricket. Our extensive range of sports on offer include football, soccer, rugby, cricket, hockey, netball, basketball, tennis, boxing, golf, baseball, martial arts, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, swimming, athletics, snowboarding, skiing, water-sports and more. The sport you choose really comes down to personal preference or the skills you have.
If you would like to merge a passion for sports with a career then this sports coaching volunteer project in Zimbabwe is perfect for you. You can join this program all year round and you can stay for as long three months and engage your team into various competitions. Volunteers interested in participating in our sports coaching volunteer project in Zimbabwe don’t need to be as good a sportsman as Lionel Messi, this project has a focus on fun and learning to provide children and youth with an enjoyable experience.
GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:
Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Zimbabwe volunteering program.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Zimbabwe. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.
Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
Visitors to Zimbabwe must obtain a visa from one of the Zimbabwean diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or are eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Foreign citizens may apply for all types of visa (tourism, business, residence and study) online through the eVisa system. Visa fee can be paid online or on arrival. It takes an average of two working days to obtain an e-Visa. However the period may vary due to a number of factors. The e-Visa is valid for three months from the date of issue.
You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Zimbabwe has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
|Availability:||Project open all year round|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older|
|Dates:||Flexible start and end dates|
|Duration:||Minimum 1 week commitment|
|Arrival:||One day before the start date|
|Airport Arrival:||Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative|
|Accommodation:||Volunteer house or host family|
||Daily Breakfast, lunch and dinner|
|Working Days:||Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day|
|Weekends:||Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost|
|Support:||Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7|
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us