Min duration35 days
I wanted to make a difference to the lives of children from underprivileged backgrounds. I believed that utilising my experience and skills from coaching tennis would be the most rewarding way of doing this.
I most definitely improved my confidence in working with large groups of children on my own and improved my coaching skills/techniques – especially when trying to overcome the language barrier which required new skills. I got to introduce a sport that they were unfamiliar with and got them involved and having fun.
I remember turning up to one school I had coached at only once to see them practicing a drill that I had taught them the previous week. This was very pleasing and generally seeing how they progressed over the 5 weeks I was with them. The other activities such as orphanage work and school teaching gave a good variety.
Early wake up and breakfast during the week. Hop on the fun bus and off to visit three schools per day in an area of P.E. [Port Elizabeth]. There I would deliver a lesson trying to build on from the previous one and have fun most importantly! Have a swim, shop, relax in the afternoon (around 4pm) and get ready for a night out in town, or an early night watching a film or playing pool/table tennis.
Very good. Port Elizabeth has some great places to go and relax after each weeks coaching and if you want to head up to Cape Town for a weekend then jumping on the Bas Buz is really easy.
Very friendly people, I never really came across anybody that I did not get on with or have any problems – including on my own independent travelling afterwards. The African people and cultures I found fascinating and refreshingly different.
Bungee jumping, preparing and delivering a course of sports lessons with an aim at the end. Sand boarding, Skydiving, white-water rafting (so much to do).
Cape Town (especially Robben Island and a Table Mountain hike)
National Parks such as Addo and Kruger
Bungee Jumping (Bloukrans)
Surfing & Sandboarding (Jeffreys Bay)
Hike up Table Mountain
Robben Island visit.
Just graduated from University and working part time.
A little bit of fear of what to expect, but was absolutely fine from the first day. Work commitments but as only working part time this was not a problem and has been kept open for when I return.
A few months break after University because I wanted to go and explore something completely different and make a difference using skills that I already possessed in tennis primarily.
Definitely as I feel much more comfortable working with large groups of people and would also now consider a career in teaching.
Yes definitely! If you wanted to have a break from the norm and experience something completely different and rewarding in such an amazing country with amazing people and cultures and such diversity then do it while you can!