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Trip Code: KEVRG1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £200 per Week
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Rugby CoachnullRugby in Kenya

Share your passion for rugby by coaching rugby to disadvantaged Kenyan children. Help organise rugby matches and coaching sessions for keen rugby players in schools around Nairobi’s major settlements, giving them the chance to play and enjoy the sport they love so much.

Rugby in Kenya
Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in Kenya. Their achievements as one of the most exciting teams on the IRB World Sevens Series is remarkable considering the lack of grassroots rugby structure in Kenya. The Kenyans have reached the semi-finals of the last two world cups in 2009 and 2013 in the Rugby World Cup Sevens and have now qualified for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the rugby World Cup in 2015 after leading the group qualifier going into the last match against Zimbabwe. Sadly they lost a close game and Namibia qualified instead.
 
Rugby remains an elitist sport in Kenya with most players coming into the game late on at well-established high schools or private schools. Most of the clubs get their players from their academies and the children predominantly come from the settlements. There are not enough fixtures and tournaments until children start high school. There is no national primary school rugby programme making it rare for children to get exposure to the game at key developmental ages from 7-14 years old.

Your Rugby Volunteer Placement
This is where you come in. Our rugby coaches play rugby for the top divisional rugby teams in Nairobi and live in the settlements they coach in. You will work alongside our team of around 24 rugby coaches as they deliver our all year round rugby coaching sessions in primary schools located in 3 main settlements in Nairobi (Kibera, Mathare & Eastlands).

You will be assigned to one of the centres to work in primary schools every day to coach boys and girls aged 10-14. You will work in a team of at least 2 other coaches and will work in mixed schools and all girls schools. The rugby sessions last approximately 1 hour and after each rugby session you will be asked to lead a life skill discussion with the children (The life skill programme will be covered in your induction so you know what is being delivered at the time of your rugby coaching trip).

Every Sunday afternoon there is a rugby group training session in the 3 major settlements where the keenest children all come to play in their age groups (10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, girls junior, girls senior). You will work with the same group of children every weekend where our rugby sessions are more serious. At the end of the month you will see your team compete in our monthly rugby tournament where they will play 4-5 fixtures against our other centres and guest clubs and schools.

Our work with a local NGO has a big focus on the community and you will also get to visit the children at home and at school. You will see how our social worker conducts interviews with teachers, family members and other people in the community to collect relevant data needed to help the neediest of children. We also run a life skill course for 6 days in the holidays in March, August and November. If your placement overlaps with these dates you will take part in the course. We will run frequent refresher training on the life skill course for our coaches so all you need to do is be passionate about the game and wanting to give this great sport to an emerging group of enthusiastic Kenyan children.

Your Rugby Coaching Role
You will be expected to represent the values held closely to the sport of rugby. You will be expected to be a role model and leader to these children. We place a unique emphasis on the type of coaching that we use in Kenya. We use coaching empowerment and games-based rugby coaching, which maximises enjoyment, decision-making and self-esteem. The philosophy adopted is that the children learn from doing and not being told what to do. Your job is to facilitate the games so that the children are able to learn the desired skills in a very positive and collective atmosphere. The philosophy adopted is that through rugby the children become better people and make better decisions within the very challenging environments faced in their lives.
 
CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) check in order to take part in this project. Sporting Opportunities can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On Tab.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Rugby Coaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
KEVRG1
Continent
Africa
Country
Kenya
Airport
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Rugby Union
Cost
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £200 per Week
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
The longer the better but 4 to 8 weeks is usually a good amount of time
Pre-requisites
A knowledge of rugby and its rules is essential. Coaching experience would be helpful but not necessary as support will be given.
Ideal for
Rugby coaching opportunities, coaching abroad, gap year rugby, sports science degree students, summer holidays, sports holidays, experiencing rugby in Africa.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any weekend of the year.

Note that we do have an end of month tournament so it is best to arrive a week before the last Sunday of the month.

We would also prefer you to arrive on the Saturday unless stated, so that you can be part of the Sunday rugby training sessions.

School holidays in Kenya occur in April, August, and from mid/end of November until January, so please take this into consideration when deciding on dates and duration. If your placement dates do coincide with school holidays then we often run other rugby camps for kids so we may be able to offer you another placement until schools starts up again.

Visa
British Nationals will require a visa to enter Kenya, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Kenya High Commission website by clicking here
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Included

Accommodation
You will be in a guest house close to the project location
Airport Pick-up
You will be collected from the airport and taken back to your accommodation on arrival
Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.
Support
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Donation
Part of your fee is used to buy decent equipment for the project and community you work with.
Travel Equipment and Medical Discounts
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; Transport to and from your placement; In country travel; Laundry service; Extra activities not on itinerary.
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The Rugby Programme
You will be working with a Kenyan NGO that uses Rugby to improve the lives of youth and children living in some of the largest settlements in Nairobi and Africa. The organisation has been teaching rugby to 700 primary and secondary school aged boys and girls for the last 4 years in Nairobi. 

They use the values of rugby to help teach the children life skills with the intention of increasing children’s self-awareness, confidence and the ability to make better decisions in their challenging lives. The aim of the organisation is to make better people through the interaction of rugby.

Where in Kenya?
The head office is in the centre of Westlands, Nairobi, close to shopping centres, restaurants and bars. This part of town is where a lot of Expats live and work. The location is very good for getting to the settlements where the rugby sessions are being held.
You will be working in Kibera, Mathare and Eastlands settlements. Kibera is reportedly the largest settlement in Africa. Mathare is the second largest settlement in Nairobi.

What the organisation does? 
The organisation runs weekly rugby sessions in 30 primary schools in each of the 3 settlements. The rugby sessions are usually conducted at 3:15 pm every day for 1 hour. You will meet with your local head coach and visit the schools and run some rugby sessions. After each rugby session you will help the coaches teach a 10 minute life skill discussion.

On Sundays we run an open rugby training session in each settlement on a better pitch where we can have up to 200 children representing under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s for boys and junior and senior girls. This session lasts 2 hours and at the end we feed the kids and do some life skill education.

The last Sunday of the month we run a rugby tournament for all our children and invite some guest clubs and schools to compete. This is a busy time and all our coaches will bring the kids to one pitch and we split the pitch into 3 game areas. The coaches will organise the kids and also referee the matches. We then give the children some hot food after the tournament is finished and may bring our life skill coaches to talk to the kids.

We have social workers that pay visits to schools to get progress reports from teachers. They also do community visits to meet with family members as our children come from complex social issues faced on a daily basis. The social workers also meet the families to help advise them on money issues or help them with small business initiatives. Some of our children will also be offered some counselling to deal with personal issues.

We also use the office to organise all our rugby kit and donations from schools and rugby clubs in the UK. We hold regular meetings at the office with donors and partners and also use the space for life skill training and other CPD activities.

Kenya Map

Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in Africa. Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya offers some stunning sceneries and many places to visit. You can explore Africa’s open savannahs (Maasai Mara National Park, Tsavo National Park, Samburu National Park, Amboseli National Park) and watch the ‘Big 5’ (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino), lay on the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean, visit the Rift Valley and the Great Lakes area (Lake Victoria), and climb Africa’s second highest peak (Mount Kenya). 


Quick Facts
Name
Kenya
Location
East Africa
Bordering Countries
Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Capital City
Nairobi
Government
Presidential Representative Democratic Republic
Population
44.5 million (World Bank 2013)
Language
English and Swahili
Currency
Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Name
Kenya
Poverty
45% of population below the poverty line
Main Exports
Tea, horticultural products, coffee, petroleum products, fish, cement
Climate
Kenya is on the equator, meaning that there are no summers or winters there, instead the climate is hot throughout the year. The rains usually fall from April to May every year.
Time Zone
+2 GMT summer, +3 GMT winter
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Travel Highlights in Kenya
• The Maasai Mara has unbelievable safari opportunities, where you can see the Big 5 and The Great Migration.
• The beaches of Mombasa, Watamu, Diani, Kilifi, and Lamu Island offer paradise locations to relax, enjoy, and do some fun activities (e.g. snorkelling, paragliding, kite surfing, sailing, and scuba diving).
• In case you fancy climbing the second largest peak in Africa, Mount Kenya is a 5 day trek which can be reached with no climbing experience and the help of a guide.
• Camping on the shores of Lake Naivasha, cycling at Hell’s Gate, and climbing Mount Longonot are fun activities only 1.5 hours away from the capital Nairobi.

Fun Facts about Kenya
• The Lion king was set in Kenya, the main character "Simba" means Lion in Swahili and "Hakuna Matata" means no worries.
• Kenyans drink their beverages at room temperature. Warm beer anyone?
• Kenya is roughly the same size as Texas.
• Nairobi has one of the best climates in the world with a temperature of 22-30 degrees during the day and then dropping to a cool 15 degrees at night with a breeze due to it’s altitude of 1661 metres above sea level.

 

Lion of Kenya Kenyan Culture

In 2015, Kenya was voted the World’s Top Safari Destination by the World Travel Awards.

Kenya has over 40 wildlife reserves and national parks set in the African planes, the northern deserts and in the foothills of Mount Kenya.

The Maasai Mara is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Africa. The Great Wildebeest Migration (from end July to end September) has been referred to as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, and sees 1.5 million wildebeests, 400,000 Zebra and 200,000 gazelles move from the Serengeti planes in Tanzania across the Mara river into the Maasai Mara in Kenya. 

Kenya is also famous for its conservation efforts to protect their endangered species against poaching and protecting its big cat population. Other well known conservation work worth mentioning is the Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary that rescues baby elephants affected by poaching and the Giraffe Centre, both in Karen, Nairobi.
 
The coast of Kenya is very beautiful, hosting marine parks for diving and snorkelling. Kite surfing and other watersports are available on the coast. Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya situated on the cost with some rich history and sandy beaches. There is the island of Lamu to the north which has an Arabic feel and is very popular to visit. There are the quieter beach locations of Watamu, Malindi and Diani which have hotels and many private family villas that can be rented out. Flights from Nairobi only take 45 minutes at reasonable prices.

Whilst in Kenya, many people also take the opportunity to visit Zanzibar and climb Kilimanjaro (5895m) which are both in the neighbouring country of Tanzania.

Kenya is also famous for producing some of the world’s fastest middle and long distance runners of all time. Kenya have also excelled in the Rugby World Series 7’s circuit, recently coming 4th at the world cup in 2014. Kenya is known for its amazing climate and produces some of the best flowers for export to the UK. Kenya also produces some of the best coffee and tea in the world, so you will be truly spoilt with everything Kenya has to offer.

Where is Kenya?
Kenya is located along the equator and overlies the East African Rift. It borders with Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east.

History of Kenya
The birthplace of humanity
Thanks to some inquisitive poking around by the Leakey family in Lake Turkana (Northern Kenya) and at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) in the 1980s, the Great Rift Valley has been established as the ‘cradle of humanity’. The Leakeys’ discoveries of several hominid skulls, one of which was estimated to be over 2 million years old, radically altered the accepted theories of the origin of humans.

Early Settlements
The first to arrive in Kenya were the tall, nomadic, Cushitic-speaking people from Ethiopia, who began to move south around 2000 BC, basing themselves first at Lake Turkana and moving south as their livestock stripped the vegetation.
The ancestors of most of the tribes that occupy Kenya today arrived from all over Africa from around AD 1000. The first immigrants were Bantu-speaking people from West Africa (who gave rise to the Gusii, Kikuyu, Akamba and Meru tribes, among others), who came around the 15th century. The Nilotic speakers who gave rise to the Maasai, Luo, Samburu and Turkana tribes, came from the Nile valley in southern Sudan at the end of the 16th Century. 

Arab and Persian Traders
Muslims from the Arab Peninsula and Persia (now Iran) began to visit the coast of Kenya from the 8th century AD onwards, as part of their annual trade migration around the Indian Ocean. Many set up trading posts along the seaboard, intermarrying with Africans and creating the culture that later became known as Swahili. Slaves and iron were Africa’s primary commodity, but the Arab dhows also exported tortoiseshell, rhino horn and gold. Arab-Swahili domination on the coast received its first serious challenge with the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century.

The Europeans
Evolving from a mixture of Bantu and Arabic, the Swahili language then developed for trade between the different peoples.  The first Europeans to arrive in Kenya were the Portuguese in 1498, when the Arab dominance on the coast was clipped, as the Port of Mombasa became an important resupply stop for ships bound for the Far East. The Portuguese gave way in turn to Islamic control under the Imam of Oman. The Omani Arabs remained in control of the East African coast until the arrival of the British and Germans in the late 19th century (and, nominally, right up until independence in 1963), and established their main base on Zanzibar, off the Tanzanian coast.

Colonial History
The roots of the colonial history of Kenya go back to the Berlin Conference in 1885. The British Government founded the East African Protectorate in 1895 and soon after, opened the fertile highlands to white settlers. Even before it was officially declared a British colony in 1920, these settlers were allowed a voice in government, while the Africans and the Asians were banned from direct political participation until 1944. During this period thousands of Indians were brought into Kenya to work on building the Kenya-Uganda Railway Line and subsequently settled there, whilst inviting many of their people who were mainly traders from India to join them. With the completion of the railway, the headquarters of the colonial administration was moved from Mombasa to the cooler small settlement of Nairobi, and white settlers began to occupy the fertile highlands north of Nairobi.

The colonial process was interrupted by WWI, when two thirds of the 3000 white settlers in Kenya formed impromptu cavalry units and went off in search of Germans in neighbouring Tanganyika (Tanzania). It resumed after the war, under a scheme where veterans of the European campaign were offered subsidised land in the highlands around Nairobi. The net effect was a huge upsurge in the white Kenyan population, from 9,000 in 1920 to 80,000 in the 1950s.

Tribes in Kenya
Kenya’s population is made up almost entirely of Africans, with small (although influential) minorities of Asians (about 80,000), Arabs (about 30,000) and Europeans (about 30,000).

Kenya is home to 42 tribes. The most important distinguishing feature between the tribes is language. The majority of Kenya’s Africans fall into two major language groups: the Bantu speakers (Kikuyu, Meru, Gusii, Embu, Akamba and Luyha), and the Nilotic speakers (Maasai, Turkana, Samburu, Pokot, Luo, and Kalenjin). A third language grouping are the Cushitic speakers (El-Molo, Somali, Rendille and Galla), which occupy the northeast of the country.

Food Culture in Kenya
Kenyans eat a staple diet of Sukuma (fried kale, tomatoes and onions) and Ugali (maize flower and water). They eat this with their hands and this can be accompanied by a beef or goat stew. They eat a lot of fried fish close to Lake Victoria and on the coast. The seafood on the cost is excellent.

Other common food is Githeri, a mixture of potatoes, corn and beans, Matoke, fried plantains with rice.
Kenya is famous for Nyama Choma or barbeque meat. You can visit several BBQ restaurants to try the local meat at Carnivore, Fogo Guacho or in Naoribi. Kikope close to Gil Gil is also a famous place to stop and have some ‘’choma’’ on the way to Nakuru.

Travelling in Kenya
There are many airlines who regularly fly to Nairobi. British Airways and Kenyan Airways fly directly and you can reach Kenya in 9 hours from the United Kingdom. For cheaper options, KLM fly from London to Nairobi via Amsterdam and Turkish Airways also stopover in Istanbul. There are other airlines that also fly to Kenya so do check for good deals.

The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta which is 30 minutes from the city centre if you arrive early morning or at night. During rush hour expect to wait several hours to get through the town centre at these busy times.

You will need to apply for a visa at the airport and all the paperwork can be done on arrival. You will need to bring 50 USD to pay for the visa in cash. This is a single entry visa so if you leave Kenya and return, be prepared to pay for another visa.

Jim cab are a well-established taxi company. You will see plenty of them at the airport. The going rate is 2-3000 KES to Westlands from the airport. The taxis don’t use a meter, Jim Cab will used fixed prices and independent taxis will be prepared to barter. If you use an independent taxi be careful of the safety of the vehicle and the driver. It is best to stick with 1 or 2 taxi drivers you know and trust and use them and their colleagues instead of using random taxis especially at night.

Sport in Kenya
Kenya has a rich heritage when it comes to athletics and in particular middle and long distance running. Julius Yego won gold in the javelin at the World Athletics Championships in 2015. But the biggest Kenya sports star right now is 800 metres world record holder, double World Champion and Olympic Champion, David Rudisha.

Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in Kenya. Their achievements as one of the most exciting teams on the IRB World Sevens Series is remarkable considering the lack of grassroots rugby structure in Kenya. The Kenyans have reached the semi-finals of the last two world cups in 2009 and 2013 (Rugby World Cup Sevens) and have now qualified for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 after leading the group qualifier going into the last match against Zimbabwe. Sadly they lost a close game and Namibia qualified instead. 

Rugby remains an elitist sport in Kenya with most players coming into the game late on at well-established high schools or private schools. Most of the clubs get their players from their academies and the children predominantly come from the settlements. There are not enough fixtures and tournaments until children start high school. There is no national primary school rugby programme making it rare for children to get exposure to the game at key developmental ages from 7-14 years old.

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your sports placement is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
 
Project Assessment
Before you see a sports placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is a well-structured and great opportunity to gain some sporting experience overseas.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which sports placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively, all love sport and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the people you will be living with.
 
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while you are abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our sports placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your sports placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
Ongoing Volunteer Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support our registered sports charity, United Through Sport. This donation funds future initiatives in many countries around the worlds, and helps to support the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop in their chosen sport.
 
Giving Others the Same Amazing Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our overseas sports placements, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
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There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour. 

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. Simply email STA Travel at sportingopportunities@statravel.co.uk or call +44 (0)333 321 3102 to meet your personal booking agent and get a free quote.

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Sporting Opportunities is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.

STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.

Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.

Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:

• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week trip while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.

Why is insurance not included?
Each of our traveller’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to be a volunteer sports coach overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
 
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project fee in easy-to-manage instalments.
 
Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.
 
Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best volunteer experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous coaching you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.
 
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.
 
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your project. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane
 
Orientation
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project. 

"I had an amazing time working in Kenya with these kids. They show such dedication and there is some serious talent. I can't wait to go back."

Will Ferguson

"Kenya is a fantastic country and being part of rugby development in this great place with these great kids will always remain a fond memory."

Edoardo De Paoli
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Nomad Travel has been kitting out travellers for a wide range of trips since 1990. 

Specialising in kit that can take you off the beaten track, Nomad ensure that you leave fully prepared for your trip. With large ranges in-store and online including clothing, rucksacks, footwear and a lot more as well as a team of travel experts to help you select your gear, Nomad are the one stop shop for all your sports travel needs. 

In addition Nomad have been providing travel health advice to thousands of people to ensure they leave prepared health-wise for their sports trip. As well as general advice about your destination, vaccinations and information about anti-malaria options, you will also be able to discuss any health issues you might be worried about when travelling abroad.


Sporting Opportunities have teamed up with Nomad Travel Stores to offer great deals on a whole range of equipment and clothing.

By quoting 'SW1000' you will be entitled to a 10% discount on travel gear and vaccinations, both online and in-store.

Visit their website to take advantage of this great offer and service here: www.nomadtravel.co.uk

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Testimonials
  • "This was a great trip to just get me set up in Australia and have the support of the team. The surf camp was also totally awesome and great fun."
    James Scott , Surfing, Australia
     
  • "I made so many great friends on the surf camp that I stayed in contact with throughout my 12 months in Australia."
    Nikki Denton , Surfing, Australia
     
  • "Having the scuba diving course off the back of the job support and friends I made was such a useful start to my career break in Australia."
    Emily Lamb , Scuba Diving, Australia
     
  • "I loved everything about my time in Australia, made that much better by the Sporting Opportunities team helping me settle into Aussie life that more easily."
    Ed Dench , Scuba Diving, Australia
     
  • ''It was an ideal opportunity for me to combine travelling with my passion for sport.''
    James Hairsine , Football, Ghana
     
  • “This was a fantastic opportunity to gain some experience in sports psychology, which has really helped with the psychology element of my sports studies degree.”
    Anthony Gibson , Football, Ghana
     
  • "First class training and facilities. Just what I needed to keep up with my high performance training and fitness conditioning."
    David Burgess , Rugby Union, Australia
     
  • "This training experience in Australia was such a great way to spend part of my gap year and has got me focussed to continue my Rugby back home."
    Rory Leadbetter , Rugby Union, Australia
     
  • "The sports tour that Sporting Opportunities arranged for us was perfect. South Africa was a great country and having the mix of playing against locals as well as coaching sport to kids in the townships was a nice balance. Doing two weeks in South Africa has made a number of us want to come back for a longer stint on one of your 5 week volunteer coaching projects so look out for us. Thanks to all involved".
    Dan Long , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "Taking the girls on this two week hockey tour was excellent. It was the first time that any of us had been to South Africa and the team made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. You pack so much into such a short period which totally tired us out but apart from being great fun will be a fond memory for years to come. We'll certainly be looking at coming away with you again".
    Sarah Jackson: PE Teacher , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "A well organised trip with a difference. Combining playing and coaching as well as all the cultural things you put on for us was a great idea. To even get to a Springboks Rugby game was a special treat for the lads on this tour so thanks for going the extra mile to make this happen for us".
    Geoff Fagence: Rugby Coach , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "Teaching netball and volleyball to the girls was great fun. I've totally loved Thailand and can't wait to see more of it."
    Lucinda Redfern , Basketball, Thailand
     
  • "To be part of a sports project that can have real impact on children's lives was an awesome experience to be part of. Thailand and it's culture has so much to offer and the people are so friendly. Thanks."
    Bernhard Gessler , Basketball, Thailand
     
  • "I had an amazing time working in Kenya with these kids. They show such dedication and there is some serious talent. I can't wait to go back."
    Will Ferguson , Rugby Union, Kenya
     
  • "Kenya is a fantastic country and being part of rugby development in this great place with these great kids will always remain a fond memory."
    Edoardo De Paoli , Rugby Union, Kenya
     
  • "I spent 8 weeks on this internship which was a great amount of time to get behind the organisation and really make an impact. An amazing experience."
    Marnie Gontovnick , Football, Thailand
     
  • "I did a 6 month internship in South Africa as part of my university course in the Netherlands and the whole experience has helped me now get a career in sport."
    Ruben Baarda , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "This sports project was incredible and so much fun. Experiencing the warmth of the Fijian people will stay with me forever."
    Megan Nadine , Football, Fiji
     
  • "Coaching rugby to the kids in a rugby mad nation was so much joy and I even got to watch an international match whilst in Fiji."
    Matt Henessey , Football, Fiji
     
  • "The 5 days were great fun and what a crowd of party animals to catch some waves with. Would defo recommend this."
    Suzie Holmes , Surfing, Australia
     
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