Cape Town – Volunteering Sports Program

Join an international team of volunteers and teach various sports and extracurricular activities to children in Cape Town


Participating in sports from a young age has lifelong health benefits, including reduced risk of obesity, increased cardiovascular fitness, healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons and improved coordination and balance. This program is geared towards teaching local township children various sports and encouraging them to become more physically active

Taking part in this program involves coaching some of the more popular South African sports in townships that surround the renowned city of Cape Town.

You will be running general physical education classes but you may also be teaching specific sports like football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby. As a volunteer you will: prepare and run general physical education classes and coach specific sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby.


  • Coordinating sports lessons at township schools
  • Teach world known sports such as football, netball, tennis, athletics and more
  • Encourage students to be more physically active for their long term health longevity
  • Immerse yourself in one of the most culturally diverse regions in Africa
  • Teach children the importance of healthy lifestyle and team work
  • Experience day to day life in a township primary school
  • Make a positive contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Cape Town – Volunteering Sports Program

Volunteer and live in an attractive coastal village close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, with direct exposure to local culture and communities.

  • On this project, you will be involved in planning and conducting sports classes at the local primary school. You will work with students in Grade 4 – 7
  • Run general physical education classes but you may also be teaching specific sports like football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby
  • During the school holiday period we run a school holiday program at a local library. The ages of these students vary from 1-15 years.

Typical Day:

Your project work is typically from 9am to 4pm and will be 5 days a week from Monday to Friday.

You will spend the morning planning & conducting sport classes. Afternoons will be used to prepare for your following days lesson. During the week you will also have the opportunity to teach environmental awareness classes as well as classes on health and wellbeing. We encourage you to remain flexible as schedules at school can change. 


Training is provided on arrival and includes teacher training, lesson planning, a local language lesson and class management. Ongoing daily support is provided by JCR program partners staff at the project sites.

Field Conditions:


Accommodation is in a house with shared rooms and bathrooms, situated only 10 minutes away from the beach. All meals are included.

Free Time:

Weekends are free for you to explore the local area with many different side trips and activities available such as a safari day trip and Cape Town cultural weekend.


This project gives township children the opportunity to play sports in conjunction with creating an awareness of the environment around them. The program provides a safe space and keeps the children physically active, healthy and safe from the drugs, alcohol, and crime which is so prevalent in the townships.

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

  • Improve the quality of education in Nomzamo and Zola.
  • Promote gender equality in the local community
  • Increase the health and wellbeing of less privileged people in the community
  • Increase in-country capacity by providing training to less advantaged people in South Africa

Volunteering with JCR not only allows you to participate on programs assisting communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.
Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad.  Our Cape Town field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in South Africa!

Optional Weekend Trips:
Cape Town Cultural and Activity Weekend – This trip includes 2 nights in Cape Town near Long Street so that you can sample the lively weekend city life. On Friday afternoon you will travel through to Cape Town after finishing your volunteer work.. The Saturday is a free day and you may wish to take the opportunity to visit some of the following iconic Cape Town attractions: Robben Island, Table Mountain, District 6 Museum, Castle of Good Hope or the Green Market Square craft markets. Sunday includes a full day in Cape Point and a visit to an African Penguin colony. You will have the opportunity to explore the Cape Point nature reserve on mountain bike where you may see antelope, zebra, ostrich, seals and possibly even whales. During the day you will enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the reserves beautiful beaches.

Wildlife Safari – Visit a private game reserve which is located one and a half hours from Cape Town. Here you will enjoy lunch and an afternoon safari before returning home. Transfers to and from the project accommodation are included. There are many other fantastic trips in the area around Cape Town that can easily be arranged once in-country such as shark cage diving, skydiving, wine tasting tours, Hermanus day trips for whale watching (seasonal) or a typical township experience.

Please note that anyone booking on this project for the two week option will need to extend their stay if they want to take part in more side trips. All these trips are at your own expense.

Further Travelling Opportunities:
South Africa has such a wealth of fantastic opportunities for further travel. In Cape Town, you have easy access to the famous Garden Route, chances to explore the Cederberg Mountain range or take more time to enjoy the vibrancy of Cape Town. Other possibilities include the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, the beauty of the Kalahari Desert, historic Zululand, the fantastic Southern Coast, the world-renowned National Parks of Kruger and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and many more amazing options in this stunning country.

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Airport transfers (before 10pm on scheduled days only)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Daily transport to and from project sites
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting
Cape Town – Volunteering Sports Program


Start Dates:
Specific Saturdays

2 – 12 weeks


Gordon’s Bay

South Africa Sports
Cape Town South Africa
2 WEEKS $2,075
4 WEEKS $2,735
6 WEEKS $3,395