You may remember the success story of student Henry King, who gained a fantastic opportunity in America. The same company who helped Henry; BUNAC, the long-established work and volunteer abroad expert, is currently offering £250 off its 12-week Sports Coaching South Africa volunteer programme, departing 25 August 2012, on all bookings made before 31st May. If you’re passionate about playing sports, and are interested in gaining some invaluable teaching and coaching experience in an exciting country, then why not consider coaching sport in South Africa?

Open to British and Irish applicants age 18 plus, the 12-week programme costs £1,850 (discounted price).  For this price you will receive a one-to-one orientation interview, health screening, transfers, work placement, accommodation in a shared volunteer house with swimming pool and all amenities, three meals a day, local transport to work, 24/7 in-country support, social and cultural activities. BUNAC also offers a flight booking service for a tad extra, but this small fee will deduct all the stress of booking flights yourself.

This opportunity is ideal for sporty individuals looking to “kick off” their gap year, where career breaks and valuable CV enhancing is twinned with overseas voluntary work experience. The programme aims to use the power of sport to raise awareness of health and social issues among underprivileged children in Port Elizabeth. If you’re interested and want to find out more about what is required of volunteers, the general tasks include bringing your passion for sport to the local community where you will gain experience in running coaching sessions, organise matches and tournaments, run sports clinics and enable local children to use sports facilities that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

While the focus is on sport, the aim of the programme is to help disadvantaged children to develop life skills, to promote health and social awareness by getting young people positively involved in activities that bridge social divides, engender self-confidence and keep them off the streets. This opportunity is ideal for those who want to try something new and exciting, but also give something back to a community that would benefit highly from some help and attention. If you’re searching for something worthwhile to do whilst expressing your enthusiasm for sport including football, netball, cricket, hockey, tennis, basketball and rugby, then this opportunity is perfect for you. Whilst no qualifications are required, what is crucial is enthusiasm for the sport and expressing an interest in working with children will be advantageous.

If you like the sound of this venture then why not take a look at BUNAC’s website:  or if you have any questions you want to be answered directly, contact the BUNAC Volunteer Team on 020 7553 6180 or