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ZAMBIA

COACH SPORTS TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

Help ‘Sports for All’ in Livingstone by coaching sports to underprivileged children in poor schools. Sports you can coach include Football, Rugby, Cricket, Volleyball, Netball & Basketball. You'll be giving the children an opportunity they will never forget ... and neither will you.

We teamed up with the Ministry for Youth and Sport to establish a programme to coach a variety of sports to underprivileged children in schools in Livingstone, very close to the awesome Victoria Falls!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £795 (approx. US$1,015) for 1 week
£300 (approx. US$385) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates and Availability: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. No qualifications required, just lots of enthusiasm and a good knowledge of the sports you'd like to coach.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your Project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Free T-Shirt
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Food, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in sports or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Zambia or Africa or as a short break.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Our Total Sports Project is based in the quaint and lively Livingstone Town, right next door to the incredible Victoria Falls. Travellers has teamed up with the Ministry for Youth and Sport enabling your work to reach as many areas as possible. In this partnership we work with schools, sports clubs, academies, and are also arranging for street orphans to be taught English and sports during the week.

Below are a few examples of sports you can teach, but any sport is available - please contact us for more details if you would like to do something that isn't listed.

1. COACHING FOOTBALL:
Football in Zambia, like the rest of Africa has a massive following! You will see many children playing in the street kicking home made footballs (plastic bags tied in a ball with string) as well as children and adults walking around in worn out replica Premiership football kits. This passion for football is also shown by the government and National team who use football as a tool to gain recognition of Zambia as a Nation.

Coaching takes place from Monday to Friday with optional training on the weekends. You will be coaching during P.E. lessons in a number of surrounding schools, usually from 9am – 3pm. After school, usually from 3:30pm – 6pm, you will be coaching a number of sports teams and possibly even academies.

Many schools practice football in Livingstone, but many lack good sports equipment. Where facilities are available it is generally a pot holed pitch with two warn goal posts (some made of metal and a lot with tree trunks with no nets), and a deflated football. Therefore, all schools appreciate the your help, but also the new equipment many volunteers kindly take with them and the donations that Travellers continues to provide.

In Livingstone there are school cup competitions, and our focus is on providing football coaching for many schools that do not compete so well with larger schools. The other problem is that in Zambia they do not have any age differential cup competitions (due to lack of funds) and therefore you can find small young children playing against larger and older children! One of the aims is therefore to try and give the younger children a better opportunity to compete against the older children.

You will coach football to children at schools and also assist the staff to arrange matches and tournaments. You'll also coach football in one or more schools in the local area, working together with the teachers.

2. RUGBY:
The sad fact is that not many people have the opportunity to play or receive coaching in rugby in Zambia. As a Travellers rugby coach you will be working in a number of schools around Livingstone. You'll usually have sessions from 9 am to around 3 pm, Mondays to Fridays, coaching rugby during P.E. lessons. From 3:30 to 6.00 pm, you will be running coaching at after school clubs to a variety of ages.

As many people in Zambia will never have played rugby before, this project will be quite unique. We are keen to develop rugby in this area at the grassroots level and expose as many people as possible to the sport.

3. VOLLEYBALL:
Volleyball is a popular sport in Zambia. Many people play volleyball, but very few receive proper coaching on how to play volleyball. As a Travellers Volleyball coach, you will be working in a number of schools around Livingstone, usually from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, coaching volleyball during P.E. lessons. From 3:30 to 6.00 pm, you will be running coaching at after school clubs to a variety of ages.

4. CRICKET:
Cricket in Zambia is seen as an elitist sport, many people don’t get the chance to play cricket. As a Travellers cricket coach you will be working in a number of schools from Monday to Friday around Livingstone from 9 – 3 coaching cricket during P.E. lessons. From 3:30 to 6.00 pm, you will be running coaching at after school clubs to a variety of ages.

As many people in Zambia will never of played cricket before this project will be quite unique. We are keen to develop cricket at grass routes level and expose as many people to the sport as possible.

5. NETBALL / BASKETBALL:
Netball and basketball are popular sports in Zambia. Many people play Netball and Basketball, but very few receive proper coaching on how to play. A lot of schools also have very poor facilities, so with Travellers' help and over time we hope to improve this for many schools in the area.

As a Travellers Netball and basketball coach, you will be working in a number of schools around Livingstone, usually from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, coaching Netball and basketball during P.E. lessons. From 3:30 to 6.00 pm, you will be running coaching at after school clubs to a variety of ages.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
Teaching is not available during school holidays, so if you're planning to participate in a placement, please take the school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project. On the other hand, if a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.

Dates for the 2017 school terms (semesters) are as follows:

  • Term 1: 16 January – 13 April
  • Term 2: 15 May – 11 August
  • Term 3: 11 September – 8 December

ACCOMMODATION

You'll live in a small, modern, and lively hostel situated in the center of Livingstone. The hostel has a very large private garden shaded with huge mango trees, and a crystal clear swimming pool. It also has a lively, sociable bar area where many activities are arranged.

Livingstone has a Colonial feel to it and you will find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Your accommodation is ideally situated and can offer excellent trips to places such as Lusaka.

You'll share a room with other other volunteers or guests of mixed gender.

Food and drink is not provided on this placement. There is a local supermarket for you to buy food from and the hostel has cooking facilities for you to use or you can pay for meals at the hostel if you wish. Even better still why not try out some local dishes for a real Zambian experience!

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi / Internet access available in the hostel.

At the time of writing, facilities at the hostel include; a swimming pool, recreation room with TV, a dining and kitchen area where food can be stored. There is also access to telephones.

The hostel also has an in-house booking centre, where many local activities can be booked (wildlife safaris, river cruises, river gorges, bungee jumping, white water rafting, treks, etc). They guarantee to offer the best deals in town and to beat any other lodge or booking centre!

Many guests comment on the quality of the Hostel staff. They are their greatest asset and many have worked for them for over four years and some have been there since the Hostel opened. Staff turnover is very low and a family atmosphere has been created that adds tremendously to their guests' enjoyment.

The Hostel is also involved in a number of community projects. Recently they raised over US $2,000 for a local school. They sponsor a local youth football team, the police regatta team, local fund raising events and an annual day out for orphaned children on World tourism Day. They also sponsor Independence day celebrations.

There are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other volunteers and tourists.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

This experience has undoubtedly changed the way I think, hopefully forever. When you see children laughing and joking and yet at the same time missing one shoe lace, which makes sports difficult, it makes you realise how very lucky our children are...

I can’t thank the donating company [Travellers] enough. They have made a huge, huge difference to the children in Zambia. This school couldn’t afford equipment of any description and as such the children did not have sport as part of their school week. Thanks to the donating company, The school are now including sports in the timetable, specifically football and from what I have seen, they have some talented youngsters. Even after the lesson had finished, these children wanted to continue to play after school, such was their delight. If only everyone was as kind as this company and could see first hand the difference it has made. Adrian Miles

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

On Your Arrival: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Coming Soon!

Terms and Conditions apply for Add-Ons, please see here.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

It'is an unbelievable experience to go down the river on a boat and watch a herd of elephant bathing in the shallows and throwing water in their with their trunks while they keep a wary eye on you to ensure you don't get too close to their babies - it's an experience you never forget. I never have!

LOCATION - LIVINGSTONE AND VICTORIA FALLS:
All our projects take place in Livingstone town, a quaint but lively area very close to Victoria Falls. You'll have plenty of opportunities to participate in the multitude of activities that surround the Falls, from white-water rafting and canoeing on the magnificent Zambezi River to bungy-jumping or game spotting in the Reserve.

Livingstone is the capital of the Southern Province and is situated just north of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zimbabwe. It is a major tourist centre serving visitors to Victoria Falls, but the main streets of this colonial town, Mosi-oa-Tunya, are lined with classic colonial buildings, with Victorian tin roofed houses and wooden verandas.

he spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge is only about 10km away from Livingstone, and the area surrounding the Falls and Livingstone town have given it the name of ‘adrenaline capital of the world’.

Livingstone is a fun town where tourists come for adventure, sports and an adrenalin kick. Being so close to the powerful Zambezi River, water sports are everywhere!

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES:

  • White water rafting is a must! If you are keen for the ultimate thrill then a multi-day trip along the Zambezi is it! The Zambezi provides the best rafting trip on the planet! You'll crash through some of the biggest commercially run rapids in the world. Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty three whitewater rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller coaster ride along a route carved over millenia by the Great Zambezi.
  • Bungee Jumping for the very brave: The highest commercial bridge jump in the world in the most spectacular setting over the Zambezi River! This must be the ultimate adrenaline rush. It’s an indescribable feeling that will probably change your life!
  • And more: You can do riverboarding, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, walking safaris, elephant back safaris, fishing, flights over Victoria Falls, quadbiking, golf and scuba diving. This is a real adventure playground!

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

ADRIAN MILES
British
Teaching in Schools and Orphanages in Livingstone

ADRIAN MILES
British
Teaching in Schools and Orphanages in Livingstone

The idea for the trip came about from my current college course, Fdsc Sports Science. Part of the course is to find a Work Based Learning project. A lot of students look at locally based work related situations but as I am an older and have experience in the business environment I wanted to test myself in a completely different situation. Having coached tennis at a local school I felt that a good idea would be to coach a different sport.

I had looked at volunteer projects before in different parts of the world so when I was informed that I had to do my 2 week WBL project this academic year, I killed two birds with one stone. I chose Africa for a variety of reasons, but the main one being the lack of opportunities available to them for sports.

On the trip and in my spare time at weekends I rode an elephant, walked and stroked lions and went white water rafting down the Zambezi and went to Botswana on Safari, so quite busy!

The children achieved a great deal thanks to the donation of the balls. When I arrived they were playing with rolled up newspaper with sticky tape holding it together so they could at least get to play. Some of the children were playing football for the first time, not surprising when you realise that the average cost of a football is $60 and a monthly wage would be around $40.

They learnt skills and drills and the director and owner of the school, Mrs Q Chansa, was impressed with how keen the whole school was to take part in one of my lessons, so much so that on the last day of coaching we headed up to the new school plot where a full size football pitch was being marked out with shovels. The goal posts were made from tree branches and the lines were filled with lime so they stood out. A problem was the presence of green and black mamba snakes, highly dangerous as the pitch was in the middle of a wood, these snakes were regular visitors so we had some volunteers to beat the ground with sticks to scare them off prior to the children arriving, thankfully none were seen!

On a personal level I achieved a lot. You could say that 2 weeks is such a short time to achieve anything, but I have left a piece of me in Africa as I arranged for a local football coach to come with me on the last day and take part in the training. His name is Hillary and he runs teams for his local church. I have his commitment that he will continue to coach the children at the school and keep in regular contact with me to let me know how things are progressing so the balls will be used very regularly indeed!!

This experience has undoubtedly changed the way I think, hopefully forever. When you see children laughing and joking and yet at the same time missing one shoe lace, which makes sports difficult, it makes you realise how very lucky our children are. In these days of "I want, I want", our children don’t experience the same amount of hardship and yet these children are very happy. One could argue that they know no different, but I do, that’s the difference, and if they had half of the opportunities that our children get then I am sure Africa would strive forwards in education. I mean, when was the last time a blackboard and chalk was used in this country?

I can’t thank the donating company [Travellers] enough. They have made a huge, huge difference to the children in Zambia. This school couldn’t afford equipment of any description and as such the children did not have sport as part of their school week. Thanks to the donating company, the school are now including sports in the timetable, specifically football, and from what I have seen, they have some talented youngsters. Even after the lesson had finished, these children wanted to continue to play after school, such was their delight.

If only everyone was as kind as this company and could see first hand the difference it has made.