Sports and Youth Development Internship

Sports play a big role in the early development of discipline, cooperation and structure. The children living within the townships and settlements have a great need for youth development projects to provide them with opportunity to learn these valuable life skills. Learning these skills with someone who is passionate about their development will, in turn uplift their self-esteem through the realisation of their self-worth. Engaging in team activities is important for the social development as it helps children build friendships; learn how to behave in different social situations; learn about respect and how to deal with failure. Through the various sports projects SAVE runs children are taught to play and fine tune skills in soccer, netball, skateboarding, swimming and other team and individual sports. This is not only beneficial for the development of the children but is also a way for them to be exposed to better role models. By participating in these programs children are engaged and surrounded by positive influences, serving an important role in lowering socio-economic problems such as teenage pregnancy and petty crime, as well as lowering their chances of getting involved in gangster-ism.


  • Coaching different types of sports in several different disadvantaged schools (you have the opportunity to coach hockey, volleyball, soccer, rugby, basketball, tennis, cricket or any other sport you are particularly skilled at)
  • Teaching children social skills alongside the sport you are assigned to
  • Leading a group and working together with the other coaches
  • In conjunction with the sports programs, educational and gross development lessons must be planned and delivered to children of various age groups
  • Teach relevant and sustainable skills which can be applied on and off the sports field.
  • Accompany teams and individuals to matches, trips and trials
  • Fetch children from their school for the sports program – children have to be collected with a vehicle and taken home or back to school afterwards
  • Arrival day for Orientation: Every Saturday
  • Project starts: Every Monday
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Minimum duration: 12 weeks
Previous Internships
  • Preparing and presenting workshops to teach children and teachers about HIV and AIDS – the stigma, and falsehoods about the disease
  • Educating learners about filming, acting and editing to make your own movies.
  • Providing a workshop for small business owners on Social Media and Marketing
  • Evaluating the current syllabus at an educare centre, updating and educating teachers and principals to create a better educational program for the learners
  • Raising funds for equipment and running a 6 week boxing circuit clinic for children and maintaining the program so that it was sustainable.
  • The position is a minimum of 3 month contract (there is no limit to the amount of time you can spend on the program over and above 3 months)
  • Previous experience in the field is required (experienced teachers with formal education will be given preference)
  • A valid driving license (PDP license would be a bonus)
  • At least 21 years old
  • A person who does take initiative
  • Creative, problem solving mind that is sensitive to culture and has an infinity in working with people from all walks of life.
  • In possession of good social and communicative skills
  • Well-spoken and articulate in the English language

Acceptance of internship is subject to availability of position

Example of your Accommodation: You will stay at either an internship house or 3 to 5 star backpackers or hostel once your placement has been secured, we will be able to confirm this. You will share with other interns and/or guests. Dormitory accommodation with 3 – 10 sleepers.

Available facilities are:

  • Electricity
  • WiFi
  • Beds, mattresses and linen(no towels)
  • Males and Females may be in shared room unless otherwise requested.
  • You are responsible for keeping your own room tidy.

Notice: The most important things to bring are a sense of humour, patience, an open mind and a positive attitude

Water: Water is safe to drink however scarce in many areas, use water sparingly and have short showers or baths

Electrical power: South African electrical power is 240 volts AC. Appliances from North America will burn out if they are not switched over or have a properly-rated power transformer (not just a plug converter) attached. Think twice about that hair dryer! South Africa is also prone to electricity cuts due to short supply. Please turn off lights and heaters when not in the room. The plug adapter needed for South Africa plugs is very difficult to find in your home country, we suggest you buy the adapter in South Africa.

Health: The sun is an important health factor to consider. You will get sunburnt easily, even in winter and on cloudy days – always use sun block (SPF 50+) use a hat, and drink plenty of water. Moderate to severe sunburns are common among visitors and volunteers, yet they are completely preventable. Please be cautious of the sun, severe sunburn can prevent you from participating to full capacity.

Dress Codes: While the area that you will be living in is very Westernized in terms of fashion and dress codes, the townships and settlements have cultural restrictions on body parts that are exposed. Please make sure that you are bringing *long shorts and tops that cover both your stomach and chest to avoid making community members and yourself uncomfortable
*Long shorts are defined as not being more than 5 fingers above the knee (no shorter)

What is the difference between volunteering and regular tourism?

For tourists, the emphasis is on expectations to receive excellent service on their trip (great hotel, good food and all excursions working according to a timetable). The place and local community become less important with the tourist becoming the centre of attention. Volunteer tourism (or “voluntourism”) shifts the emphasis to work contribution, goals of the program and helping the local community.
It is the success of the program and the atmosphere between the community and the volunteers that helps make the trip unforgettable – not the level of service or the quality of the hotel. Many programs are underfunded so inevitably there will be some difficulties; however, it is the overcoming of any challenges which creates a sense of achievement and satisfaction not found in regular tourism

Will there be any surprises?

Volunteer tourism can be unpredictable. While SAVE does the utmost to stick to timetables and examples of the type of work needed by the volunteer, there are many factors that can impact these plans. For example, the weather and seasons, local holidays, socio-climate and immediate needs of the programs.
The information you will receive from the program is important and valuable however things can change and we urge you to use it as a guideline and expect the unexpected – this is what makes volunteer tourism so diverse and exciting. It is important that you arrive with a flexible attitude and remember that by being at the project you will be contributing to its running, growth and success. Many of these programs are in cultures very different than yours and as such the type and length of work given may or may not seem important to you but it is needed and valuable to the program.

Culture Shock

The volunteers you will be working with come from all over the world and maybe from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Volunteering is also a cultural experience where you can learn about different cultures, but please be both tolerant and patient. Don’t be shy in sharing your experiences, recipes, songs and traditions it will just add to the overall group cohesion. Children may be raised in ways that are very different from what you are used to. If you are ever unsure about certain issues, please feel free to discuss it with your volunteer leader.

Extra expenses

Please take into account additional expenses like tours, trips, telephone, restaurants and bars. It is a good idea to carry different types of payment: Cash, Credit Cards, Debit cards and Traveler’s Cheques are options.

Travel Insurance

It is very important and necessary to purchase and carry travel insurance for any unforeseen eventuality. We would be happy to recommend a reputable insurance company.


All SAVE participants must have medical, travel and trip cancellation insurance for the duration of their program. SAVE must receive proof of insurance no later than 65 days prior to departure.


SAVE has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs. Offenders will be removed from the program immediately without refund.


No smoking is allowed in front of the children or at the schools. Volunteers or Interns who smoke can do so away from the school/crèche premises or after projects have been completed.


A responsible level of drinking (for volunteers of legal age) during free time is allowed. However in these limited situations:

  • Alcohol is never to be consumed at the volunteer houses
  • Alcohol is never to be consumed during the workday.
  • Participants are never to be intoxicated whilst at the project.
  • Participants are never to be under the influence of alcohol during group discussions.
  • No hangovers will be tolerated on the project so please keep drinking to off days


  •  Airport pick up
  • Orientation and welcome BBQ
  • Walking tour
  • Accommodation
  • Transport to and from the projects for the first week
  • 24-hour support and supervisor on the project
  • Donation to the NPO to assist with projects
  • Certificate of appreciation


Please visit our FAQ’S page for a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions.

Why intern with us?

  • Gain international work experience
  • Enhance your CV
  • Develop a global understanding of community service
  • Gain social hours and a letter of recommendation
  • Improve your organisational and project management skills by organising poverty prevention and upliptment workshops and projects
  • Work with locals in the settlements
  • Discover the South African culture and social challenges
  • Gain insight into the South African social system
  • Make a difference in the lives of the community members
Phone: 0.215.569.69
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Briza Road, Table View
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