Join Our Team as a Sports/ Green Volunteer or Intern

*Covid19 Regulations have resulted in the suspension of domestic and international travel in South Africa. Our volunteer programme is temporarily suspended but we encourage interested volunteers to begin the application process anyway, in the hopes that this exciting programme can be resumed at short notice.

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

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


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


For volunteer accommodation rates or to get involved download and complete our application form below or email

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.