Sports Management Internship in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

  • South Africa

Ages20 - 80

Tour ID121278

Arrival LocationPort Elizabeth Airport (airport code PLZ)

People on trip18 to 30

Gain real life experience in the sports charity sector and support our great team in South Africa. Take part in local marketing efforts, structuring up timetables and events as well as working alongside children that we are supporting through our work there. Put your knowledge into practice on this worthwhile sports management internship.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Our South Africa Sports Management Internship opportunity is a great way to get involved and build on your knowledge and experience of sport in the work place and also support the great efforts of our South African team and what they are doing with thousands of kids each year.

Sport is an incredible way to create change for children to develop socially, physically, mentally and academically in deprived communities.

Sports in South Africa
Sport in South Africa has and always will unite people from every walk of life. South Africans are extremely passionate about sports; football, rugby and cricket are the most popular sports in the country. One of the goals of the project in South Africa is to use sport to teach children who would not necessary be able to practice or have the equipment too. Ultimately the charity is seeking to stimulate children’s minds through the medium of sport. The view is to create a future for them beyond the poverty in which they now live. We believe by showing what is possible we can inspire aspirations and build a more sustainable future and healthier lives. The governing body for sport is starting to improve and support initiatives such as this. That is why we need ambitious and enthusiastic people such as yourself to promote sports to a wider audience of children.

Your Sport Management Internship Role
As an integrated member of a dynamic and collaborative team, you will have the opportunity to shadow the in-country coordinator and experience on-the-job training to assist in increasing the understanding of how the NGO operates and provide a mutually rewarding experience. Due to the flexibility of the structure and the set up in Port Elizabeth, you can play a crucial role in implementing ideas and have a huge impact on the development of sport in the local community. As a sports management and volunteer intern in Port Elizabeth your role will be to assist the in-country team in the day-to-day activities and running of the organisation and the local charity. Successful candidates will be entrusted with key operational activities throughout the week, including; helping out new volunteers through project inductions and local orientations, visiting the placement with in-country staff and helping to arrange new placements with the local sports clubs, local schools and supporting the local charity. It’s not all work, there will be the opportunity to help arrange additional excursions, such as shark cage diving, bungee jumps, BBQ’s, safari’s and matches between volunteers and locals.

A key aspect of the sports internship will be supporting the full time management team and could see you taking part in organising schedules and timetables for weekly coaching sessions within the schools as well as writing funding proposals to raise funds to support the children through the programme. We also need people to support local and international marketing efforts, so writing content and news articles to go out on our social media platforms and website is a vital part of this role. It is also important that you get out into the community and not become an office monkey, so regular visits to the schools where you can also take part in coaching and life skill classes can form an essential part of this sports management internship in South Africa.

Sports management internship duties may also include:
Conducting arrival induction and orientation sessions for new volunteer sports coaches.
Helping our in-country team by attending placements with new volunteers.
Updating the social network accounts and relevant websites with new content.
Training and instructing the sport coaching team.
Managing and coaching sports training sessions when needed.
Encouraging an increase in attendance from children from nearby communities.
Support and help establish new sports placements and internships.
Getting involved with fundraising activities and increasing funding and donations for the NGO.

Candidate specification:
Graduate or undergraduate in Sports Management or related subject.
Outstanding organisation and time management skills.
Self-assured and friendly personality.
You’ll need to supply us with your CV and cover letter explaining why we should choose you for the sports management internship.

This is a popular placement with a limited number of space at any one time, so please only get in touch if you are serious about applying.

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. We can provide this service for you at an additional cost because some people may already have one that is valid (please get in touch for more details).

Programme Dates 2020
11th Jan – 5 to 11 weeks
15th Feb – 5 to 6 weeks
04th Apr – 5 to 11 weeks
09th May – 5 to 6 weeks
04th July – 5 weeks
15th Aug* – 5 to 12 weeks
19th Sep – 5 to 7 weeks

Programme Dates 2021
09th Jan – 5 to 11 weeks
13th Feb – 5 to 6 weeks
03rd Apr – 5 to 11 weeks
08th May – 5 to 6 weeks
03rd July – 5 weeks
14th Aug* – 5 to 12 weeks
18th Sep – 5 to 7 weeks

* indicates you can come on this date for a full 12 week trip (maximum duration).

Note 1: 5 weeks = 35 nights, 6 weeks = 42 nights, 7 weeks = 49 nights, 8 weeks = 56 nights, 9 weeks = 63 nights, 10 weeks = 70 nights, 11 weeks = 77 nights, 12 weeks = 84 nights

Note 2: dates are based on school holidays and are subject to change.

Note 3: All programmes run from Saturday to Saturday

British Nationals only require a visa to enter South Africa if they intend on staying over 90 days. We recommend you research this yourself depending on what Nationality you are.

Equipment Donation for South Africa
We are dedicated to sustainable development. This is why part of the fee you pay goes towards buying decent equipment for beneficiary organisations in South Africa. You will often use this equipment during your project and it is always left with the community when you leave. In some cases, an equipment donation may not be appropriate so a financial contribution is made instead.

Sports Camps
The majority of your volunteer project will coincide with the school term but during school holidays you will be able to coach at sports camps in or around the Port Elizabeth area. There is a big need for volunteer coaches at these camps and they are a fantastic way of coaching sports to children who do not usually have access to sports during term time. The camps expose sport to a large number of African children and are something the young athletes have come to depend on and really enjoy. The camps also allow you to see other parts of South Africa that you would not otherwise experience.

Other Volunteer Projects
In addition to your main sports coaching project, you can get involved with some non-sports volunteer projects if you wish. Projects range from care work with orphans to teaching in local schools. And with a western education, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the standard of teaching that the young students receive. Subject areas include English, maths, science, business, IT, and a whole variety of extra-curricular activities. Many volunteers find this element of their volunteer trip one of the most rewarding.

Social Life in South Africa
We believe it is important to give our volunteers the chance to unwind and have fun while they are away. Our in-country team therefore organises a variety of social activities to bring volunteers together, to share their experiences and, above all, have a good time. The social life in South Africa really is second to none and you will return home with some truly unforgettable memories and friends for life. With so many sporty people living together, social sports teams are pretty much unavoidable and there are plenty of local teams to play for. For the less competitive, why not head to the beach for some casual volleyball and football matches in the African sunshine? You’ll also get to experience plenty of Bomas during your stay (authentic South African barbeques under the stars). Sport, friendship and lots of laughs – what more could you want from a social life abroad?

Playing Sport in South Africa
If you fancy playing some sport while you are away, or simply enjoy the social side as a supporter, you should join our sports team, Stroh. A number of matches are played across a variety of sports including football, rugby, cricket and more. This will give you the chance to play against local teams in a fun and competitive environment. Although the matches are often taken quite seriously – it is sport after all! – the side places a strong emphasis on the social side of sport. This gives you a great experience of playing sport overseas while building cross-cultural friendships and enjoying Stroh’s fiery post-match celebrations! If you want to know what Stroh means, I guess you’ll have to book a volunteer project in South Africa!

Your accommodation is basic but comfortable and you will stay in a dormitory style room. The accommodation has a very sociable atmosphere and you will find it a great place to relax and unwind in the evenings. The accommodation is also centrally located to your volunteer project with shops and other useful amenities either a short walk or taxi ride away. With so many volunteers living together, you will soon find our communal house your new home, away from home.

Volunteer lodge with shared rooms (4-10 people per room); Basic but comfortable; Shared toilet and shower facilities; Communal areas for socialising and relaxation inclucing pool, TV and games room and bar; Single and double rooms may also be available – contact us.

3 meals a day; Basic but nutritious.

Airport Pick-Up
Included on arrival and departure date. Ask us for details if you are arriving early.

Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.

Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.

Part of your fee maybe used to buy decent equipment for the project and community you work with. We also encourage you to bring any extra equipment that you are happy to give away but this will need to fall within your personal weight allowance with the airline you travel with.

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; In country travel; Laundry service; Extra activities not on itinerary.

You will be met on arrival. Full details will be provided once you have booked your trip with us.

Preferred Duration
We believe 8 weeks is a good duration to come as it takes time to get into the role but the longer you can give it the more you will achieve.

Typical Hours
Working hours are usually weekdays from 9am to 5pm (flexible), with some evening and weekend work.

Applicants will need to have at least 1 year of experience in a Sport Management degree (at least 1st year completed), or a relevant field of work. A passion for sport is highly recommended, and an out-going, confident and flexible attitude. Copy-writing experience would be beneficial but not essential.

Ideal For
Sport Management Internship Abroad; Sports Development Work in South Africa; Sports Charity Work Overseas; Volunteer Coordinator and Management Opportunities; Student Placement; Graduate Placement.

How much spending money will I need?

It varies depending on the amount of excursions. For a 5 week stay participants usually bring from £400 - £1000 (€500 - €1,200) depending on how many excursions and how sociable they intend to be.

Are there ATM’s/cash points nearby?

The nearest ATM is just a 2 minute walk from the accommodation you will be based at.

How should I manage my money?

It is recommended that you bring a small amount of cash, and carry the majority of your spending money on a cash card. The Post Office provides a card that avoids any charges for withdrawing cash and also Revolut and Monzo accounts could be useful and are app controlled. We can also store money and other items in our safe in the office, also located at the accommodation.

Can I speak to the other people that will be coming?

We would prefer it if you could use our social media platforms to try and communicate with others that maybe coming away at the same time as you. We are a small team and are very busy preparing and organising the trips. Also, given that we ask you to all arrive on the same weekend, you'll quickly get to know each other as you settle in.

How much time is spent on the projects?

Participants work at 2 or 3 schools each day Monday to Friday. Each session lasts 90 minutes. This is weather permitting, but everything is done to ensure as much activity as possible takes place. Expect to be out working for approximately 6 hours per day.

Who will I be working with?

The majority of children coached are aged between 10-13 years old. However, in smaller schools, it is common for either slightly older or younger children to take part as well to boost the number of children participating. All schools worked in are in the disadvantaged township communities.

Will there be any training provided?

Placement activities not begin straight away. We provide a 2 day long induction where you learn about the program, as well as receive useful techniques. In addition to this, the induction is a great place to meet with and learn from your fellow travellers.

How much free time is there?

You are free to do what you wish in the evenings after the activities and at the weekends. Some participants like to play social football or other sports as we are very connected to local clubs in the area or go to the gym which is a 20 minute walk from the accommodation. Additionally a lot of your time will be taken up by excursions and other organised events as we feel it is important to show you some of the great spots around the area. We also recognise that you will need some down time, so you will still have plenty of time to relax, unwind and explore the local area.

What experience and/or qualifications are required?

We do not require any qualifications or previous experience. However, if you are on a sports projects it is recommended that you have had some playing experience at any level in the sport you wish to coach and do try and come away with a few training drills you can share. Although of course the more proficient you are in your respective sports, the more it will aid you when working with the children. The most important thing is enthusiasm to work with kids.

Sports Management Internship in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

  • South Africa

Ages20 - 80

Tour ID121278

Arrival LocationPort Elizabeth Airport (airport code PLZ)

People on trip18 to 30

Suitable for ages 20 to 80

Most participants are between 20 and 25, so please be aware of this. We do welcome older people because of the value and experience they bring to the community. We have even had people in their late 70s join us so don't be put off!

"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

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