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South Africa Volunteer Primary School Sport Program!

Do you play sports or have played sports in the past? Do you enjoy physical activities and understand the benefits of leading an active life? Do you dream of a sporty and travel experiences in South Africa? Then, your passion and enthusiasm is greatly needed in South Africa.

South Africa is at the tip of the African continent with so much to offer, you will be spoilt for choice. With over 2500km of beautiful coastline perfect for surfers, it is also known as the golf capital of Africa, with plenty of out doors activities including hiking and abseiling.

Although sports especially soccer and cricket is very popular in South Africa, unfortunately many schools do not offer sport in their curriculum. In poor communities where you find many talents, sporting activities are uncoordinated, underfunded and lack proper management. There is a lot of untapped talent that could change children lives forever if it is properly managed, causing a high demand for physical education educators and we urgently need your help in our volunteer opportunity in South Africa.

By joining this project, you will not only make an impact on the lives of children wishing to pursue sports as a career but also fulfill your lifetime goals of sharing your sports skills and passion.

If you enjoy working with children, while fulfilling your passion to make a significant impact to change lives of children and make the world safe and healthy, contact us today to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

You will be placed in either a sports coaching position at a local school or at one of the soccer camps in the area. These will vary depending on the location, resources available, and the level of trained staff.

It should be noted that some volunteering in South Africa in teaching physical education projects are very well structured, while others lack infrastructure and resources. You will be responsible for helping with basic sports coaching and fitness training, helping teach a healthy lifestyle awareness program, and contribute to team building exercises.

Teaching Physical Education in South Africa is a very meaningful project. Your work to make children fit and prepare for a possible sports career will help change the South African sports industry forever. Your skills will provide much needed help to improve the physical health in South Africa and improve sports skills in the country.

Skills and Qualifications

No specific qualifications are needed to join this South Africa Volunteering opportunity. This project needs you to be filled with deep love and passion for children and a desire to make the world a better place. We recommend that you be ready to just have fun with the kids as you teach them sports and recreation.

Minimum volunteer age is 18 years.

Working as a sport teacher volunteer, your days in South Africa will be fun filled and exciting with many sporting activities planned for you and the children. Everyday you will be able to share your love and passion with children, which really makes an impact in their lives.

In South Africa we work with several schools and each has its own needs, tasks and program, therefore, there is not such a fixed daily schedule as tasks vary every day.  It will be fun and fulfilling to take on as many tasks as you could.

Here is sample daily schedule:

  • First Day: On your first day of volunteering in South Africa program, you will be escorted a local coordinator and introduced to the local staff you will be working with at the school. The rest of the day you will get to familiarize yourself with the duties, facilities and the children.
  • Weekdays: A typical day for you will look something like this:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM​: You will share a delicious South African breakfast with your host family or other volunteers in the house.
  • 7.45 AM:  You will then head out for a full day of fun activities like playing with the children, teaching sports skills to the children, exercising and some administrative work.
  • 12.00 PM: Around noon lunch is served; you can choose to share a local nutritious South African meal with the children or with your fellow teachers.
  • 3.00 PM: Work at the placement usually ends. You are now free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing around the local area.
  • 6.45 PM: Dinner is served around this time. You will enjoy a local meal with your host family and you will have plenty of time for stories and cultural exchange.

South Africa Volunteer Primary School Sport Program: Dates and Fees

Dates: Volunteer in South Africa

All volunteer programs in South Africa start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Fees: Volunteer in South Africa

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering work in South Africa . We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in South Africa application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee . You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

    Duration Primary School Sport Program:
  1 Week   $300
  2 Weeks   $450
  3 Weeks   $600
  4 Weeks   $750
  5 Weeks   $900
  6 Weeks   $1.050
  7 Weeks   $1,200
  8 Weeks   $1,400
  9 Weeks   $1,550
  10 Weeks   $1,750
  11 Weeks   $1,900
  12 Weeks   $2,050

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »
How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 2 times a day)
  • Airport pick up
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering trips in South Africa program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering in South Africa, you will stay at our well managed volunteer house. You will also be served with two home cooked local meals (breakfast and dinner) per day. The home is comfortable and secure featuring running water, electricity and western-style toilets.

Read more about your accommodation and meal in South Africa.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

While in South Africa, you can be assured to spend a considerable amount of time exploring and touring the country. You will have plenty of free time every day after work since you only work for about 4 to 5 hours per day. Over the weekend this will be the time to travel to the rest of the country to explore the amazing scenery and experience the South African culture and cuisine.

Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration during your South Africa volunteer program.

Safety and In Country Support

GCR’s top priority is your security. We will support you from the time you land in South Africa to when you finish your project. Additionally, you will be assigned to an in-country coordinator who will be available to help you if you need anything. We also offer Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan to ensure you are safe at all time while working in our volunteering project.

Read more about our commitment to your safety.

South Africa Volunteer Primary School Sport Program: FAQs

Arrival and Departure

You need to fly into Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town or other major international Airports of South Africa to participate in our South Africa volunteer ing programs. Make sure to check your placement for more details. It is always advisable to arrive in South Africa a day prior to the start of your assignments.

We offer airport pick up services for all our international volunteers. Our airport representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your placement. However, GCR does not provide airport drop off services but your in-country coordinator will be happy to advice you on how to best get there.


You need to get a tourist visa. You can get on arrival visa depending on your nationality. Visa can be extended by visiting the South African immigration office. Please visit the following site  for more information in details.


You need to get certain kinds of vaccination and immunizations before you join South Africa volunteering projects. Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for traveler's health recommendations. These are certain vaccines that the you should get before traveling to South Africa such as Hepatitis A &B, Malaria, Rabies, Typhoid vaccines.

Why volunteer in Physical Education Project in South Africa?

Physical education volunteering helps you stay physically healthy.

According to recent studies people who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. Older volunteers tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, and have better thinking skills. While Volunteering in South Africa, you can lessen symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Volunteering in Physical education project provides a sense of purpose.

Taking part in this program will help you find new meaning and direction in your live by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life.

Brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Volunteering opportunity in South Africa is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. While volunteering with us you will find it meaningful and interesting. It can also be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments.

Other Volunteer Opportunities Available In South Africa

No matter your passion or interests, we offer a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in South Africa such as
work in child care,
volunteer English teaching,
health care, and much more.
For more information on our exciting programs in South Africa, contact us today.

Teaching Physical Education in Other Countries

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