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Izizwe Township Projects Sports Coaching
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Izizwe Township Projects Sports Coaching

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Life changing

Showing love without judgement to an entire community through programs for different ages. Spending time in all areas was fantastic. I really would have to love to stay longer the next time i come to South Africa.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Amazing

The impact a bit of care and love has on the community, they are very grateful for what Khaya provide. The happiness small efforts such as providing sport a few times a week and how much joy it bring the kids.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Personal development at its best

Enjoyed the happiness and joy of the kids in Walmer Township, when doing sports with them. As soon as i arrived i was warmly welcomed and it really opened my eyes and has given me the opportunity to see the world and South Africa from a new perspective.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Amazing experience which I will never forget

The best experience for me was to help during the sport lessons and see the impact that it has on the children. The big smiles and the love they gave me is by far the best experience I had and I will never forget it. The children are so happy with little things, and that makes me realize that I am really lucky with the things I have in Holland. This volunteer experience has taught me a lot about the country and culture but also about myself and i am really thankful for that.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

If you like sports this is a perfect program

I found out online and chose this project because I love sports and the range of projects Izizwe offers is interesting. The location of the project was also great for me, not as busy and big city like as Cape Town and more with the people in the community.

The best thing about the programme is working with a variety of schools and classes, I really enjoyed moving around the township and being able to see so much of their culture.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

I love sports and to share this with others

I found this program on Google and chose it because there seemed to be others of my age and it was not as expensive as other volunteer programs.

The best thing was playing soccer with the kids at the after school sports program. It was challenging at times as times were never really accurate and the program always started late because of the school but that is how it works in the townships.

I got a really good perspective and idea of how people really live in townships. In Germany I only see this on the TV.

I can really recommend this to anybody as this was a really great time in my life.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

I had a blast!

What an amazing organisation! Its so nice to meet all these new people and really contribute within the local community. Its so nice to see that within Khaya the project coordinators and volunteers are all locals from PE itself. For example my coordinator Samantha, she knows almost everyone in town and she nows al the best spots around town!

There are so many things that i loved about my experiences within the sports project, but i think i loved the brand new basketbal court the most! Right in the middle of the Walmer Township there is a beautiful and professional basketball court where the students from the secondary school next to it love to play. They are very serious about it and they also look very professional since one of the Khaya volunteers donated a bunch of basketball clothing for them. A true basketball team is rising here with a lot of talent, but they need good trainers! Please come and help out over here if you love Basketball!

Then the accomodation and location: Amazing! what more can i say.. The volunteer house is based from walking distance from the beach and popular bars/restaurants. Although PE has a reputation as an industrial city there's a lot to do here as well. You can party in Beerschack/White Tiger as if your in Europe or meet the local students (PE has an big university) in places like Gondwana on walking distance from the volunteer house. You can do daytrips like sandboarding, boat trips and even do a big 5 game drive safari within less than a hour drive away (Addo Elephant Park).

Within Khaya they also organize weekend trips every now and then and they even charge you way less then the travel company's around the area. If you're lucky the founder of Khaya himself takes you with him in his 4X4 and shows you all the beautiful spots!

I would recommend taking some spare time after your volunteering with Khaya as well, PE is the start of the amazing and world famous Garden-route roadtrip to Cape Town.

Thanks everyone from Khaya, I will definitely come back one day!!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Brilliant

Sports lessons at the school were the best for me, coaching the kids is a rewarding experience. The smiles on their faces when i arrive is life changing. i really enjoyed my stay and was good to be in a different country and learn a new culture.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

What you can do with sports

What a great time i had. Helping the kids with the swimming lessons and daily sports activities was really rewarding and i got exactly what i was looking for with regards to my sports internship. Seeing the children smile everyday was good and this time has definitely changed the way i look at life.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    5

Unforgettable experience

This was a unique and eye opening experience for me. There is variety offered which served the purpose of this rather short trip and i would definitely do this again. I enjoyed the fun we had with the kids, they are always joyful!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Coaching sports in Walmer Township

Four weeks I had, four weeks to experience South Africa to the fullest and traveling the backpackers route only shows me so much of this vast and beautiful country. I decided therefore to find an affordable way of spending some more time in 1 location and doing something I love; sports and any outdoor activity.

If you compare the actual costs for volunteering it can be basically cheaper than sleeping in a dorm bed very night, cooking your own meals and finding your own way around so just from a financial point of view; volunteering at this project can be a cheap way of traveling and getting a unique experience.

I was welcomed warmly by one of the Khaya staff; Samantha. A lady with attitude, I immediately took a liking to her straightforwardness and willingness to help with all my questions. The house is quite a place; very large and close to the beach so I can only imagine how perfect it will be when the summer days are hot.

Working with Lise, Coach, Lungi, Florence and the other local volunteers from Izizwe Projects was awesome. I worked directly with all these locals and really felt this project is run by and for their community.

Helping with the Physical Training lessons at the 2 primary schools was great, exhausting at times as hundreds of kids are all eager to get busy and structure is challenging at times but that's where I felt I could contribute; to help prepare lessons and what activities we would do and I could see the improvement in the short time I was there.

I loved it; Walmer Township is an amazing place with so many friendly people, despite the poverty you see. I am thankful for this experience and hope to come visit again and I can recommend it to anyone interested in volunteering in South Africa.