Join Our Team as a Sports/ Green Volunteer or Intern
We offer volunteer and internship placements for experienced individuals between the ages of 18 to 30 years for a minimum of two and a half months in Gansbaai, South Africa. The Football Foundation Volunteer Programme was established in 2010. Here volunteers undertake sports and physical education coaching and therefore require sports coaching experience in soccer, hockey, netball or athletics. Volunteers teach the Football Foundation children in the relevant sports code as well as teaching physical education at local schools. Working hours are 5 – 6 hours per day, Monday to Friday. There could be events, camps and tournaments on weekends.
As a Green Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty. Within this programme, volunteers work full days at our Growing the Futures Farm, Grootbos Horse Stables, Green Futures Nursery or Masakhane Community Farm. These volunteers work a full day from 08:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.
To apply to become a volunteer complete the Interactive Volunteer Application Form. We welcome young professionals to apply for an internship to gain more experience and complete specific projects at the Grootbos Foundation. Interns spend the working week on their specific project and are based either at the Grootbos Foundation office or at a specific project site. Our programme is ideal for foreign students or young professionals who want to take a gap year and combine travel with making a meaningful contribution to a local community. Bettering the lives of the children of the Gansbaai community is a deeply rewarding experience!
If you are interested in becoming an intern please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our offices are located on the 5-Star Grootbos Private Nature Reserve with beautiful panoramic views of Walker Bay. For volunteer accommodation rates or to get involved download and complete our application form below or email email@example.com
SPORTS & EDUCATION
Our flagship Football Foundation sports programme in Gansbaai showcases how sport can be a powerful socially transformative vehicle aimed at upliftment and integration in a rural community.
In Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus we train various age groups between ages 6-19 years in soccer, hockey, netball and athletics, Monday – Friday from 14:00 to 18:00 all year round (except for a short break from mid December – mid January). We reach from 100 – 400 children on a daily basis through our sports and education activities. Our team includes experienced full-time resident coaches in most sports, along with volunteers who add their expertise and enthusiasm.
We take as much pride in our educational programme as we do in our sports project. We regularly host speakers from various organisations to join us for key lessons on pertinent issues such as AIDS/HIV, personal hygiene, substance abuse, etc. In addition we (coaches and volunteers) prepare our own educational lessons; volunteers are usually very creative and use a good mixture of technology, audio-visuals and music to host interesting lessons about their home countries, the sports they coach, etc. We also encourage the children as well as volunteers to speak as much English as possible.
Coaches and volunteers are positive role models and mentors in a safe environment.
The benefits for children are:
a) Having fun whilst discipline and respect is cultivated
b) Being protected from engaging in dangerous/ risky activities in the streets
c) Being transported to a different world where children are protected from potentially dangerous home situations
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
During your stay the Gansbaai Volunteers will share a beautiful, three-storey brick house overlooking the ocean with approximately 14 volunteers. Boasting a full kitchen, living area, game room, office space, three bathrooms and four bedrooms, this house is located in the coastal village of De Kelders, a suburb of Gansbaai, approximately five-minutes away from both the foundation offices and the sports fields. Gansbaai is approximately 50km from the vibrant town of Hermanus. The Hermanus Volunteer House where you will share a house with 3 fellow hockey/soccer volunteers. The house is perfectly situated within walking distance from the beach and a shop and the centre of town is a 5 min drive away where both Gansbaai and Hermanus Volunteers socialise and have fun!
Meals are not provided and are the responsibility of each volunteer or intern. There is a full-service grocery store located in Gansbaai as well as Hermanus where you can purchase food in order to prepare meals at the house. There are also numerous restaurants and other dining options.
Gansbaai’s and Hermanus natural, rugged and unspoilt beauty is breathtaking. From the spectacular cliffs of De Kelders to the miles of white sandy beaches of Pearly Beach, you will find one of the most unique and astonishing land-based whale watching spots in the word. Or onwards to Dyer Island where the Great White Sharks have drawn visitors from across the globe, hence Gansbaai having become known as the Great White Shark capital of the world. In the same vicinity just off Shark Alley, you will find an abundance of seals, being the hot spot restaurant of the great whites, not to mention the Penguin colony of Dyer Island. Throw in a mix of horse riding, nature walks, trips to Hermanus and Cape Town, and you are set for the experience of a lifetime.
We also assist our volunteers by facilitating field trips so that you can enjoy the most common attractions of the region. These include hiking, shark cage dives, whale sighting boat trips, horse riding, nature walks or other outdoor activities. The splendid beach environments provide plentiful opportunity for relaxation and entertainment. Avid sports fans can join the local Football League, Cricket, Tennis, Netball, Hockey or Rugby club(s).
Three cars are provided by the foundation for work-related transportation purposes, two for the Gansbaai Programme and one for the Hermanus Programme. Any travel to Cape Town or further afield can be arranged through a private taxi service (expensive) or through the shark dive operators that travel between Cape Town.
Most volunteers choose to club in and rent a car in Hermanus for a weekend of fun adventures in Cape Town.
For volunteer accommodation rates or to get involved download and complete our application form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in our area and have time and skills you would like to contribute, please do not hesitate to contact us. There are many ways you can assist us, and we welcome day and part time volunteers from Hermanus, Stanford, Gansbaai and surrounds.