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
In Livingstone there are school cup competitions, and our focus is on providing
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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