Oyster Reviews: Sports coaching volunteering in South Africa

Find out what Oyster volunteers have said in these reviews of our sports coaching volunteering project in South Africa:

sports coaching“The group environment was a brilliant way to meet new people, and the coaching was organised in a professional yet relaxed way. Oyster provided me with all the information necessary and I felt prepared for the 5 weeks.”

Daniel Hall, 5 weeks, January 2017


South Africa sports“My time in South Africa was brilliant. The staff were welcoming and friendly. The volunteering was rewarding and enjoyable. The social aspect of the trip was brilliant also. Yes I do miss it! It was great :)”

Mark Hall, 5 weeks, January 2017


web“I had a wonderful time overseas, thank you, it was an amazing charity to work with and getting to do teaching and childcare was more amazing than I could have hoped for. The kids were honestly inspirational and I loved spending time with them. I also got to meet amazing people while I was out there and I’ve made friends for life! I miss life on the project so much. I really miss the other volunteers and of course I miss the children I worked with as I become so close to the children at the school at which we taught. I also miss South Africa as a country and its incredible culture! Thank you so much for helping me make this trip possible, it was honestly the best 6 weeks ever!”

Asha Hall-Jones, 6 weeks May 2016


web“Absolutely loved my time in PE, it was the best 8 weeks I’ve ever had in my life, being able to do something I love every day and meeting new lifelong friends and creating memories with them in a new place. Really glad I didn’t leave after 5 weeks and that I did in fact extend to have 3 extra weeks there. Thank you so much for all the help with planning the trip – I really had the best time of my life and would love to do it again sometime in the future, but in a different country to be able to experience more places.”

Georgie Wager, 8 weeks January 2016


Ella Gaskell

“It is so fulfilling to help all the children and develop relationships with them and see them improving at sports. I loved the people and the programme, and the coordinators and staff were fantastic.”

Ella Gaskell, 5 weeks January 2016


 

thumb 23“A great opportunity to get away from home, gain independence, coach the sport you love, explore SA and make a great deal of lifelong friends. To see everything come together after about 9 weeks with a few particular schools was brilliant. Now they’re able play rugby with thought and technique, while at the start they could barely catch the ball.”

Harry Lovibond, 12 weeks August 2015


web Kirsty“My high expectations were far surpassed. This was the most rewarding experience I have ever taken part in. For me the highlights were getting to know the kids in the school and talk to them and get to know their stories. During teaching sessions, explaining a problem and seeing the light go on and the child understand the question was incredible. This is the perfect combination of rewarding volunteer work, incredible opportunities (bungee jumping, shark cage diving etc) and also a chance to live with and meet new and amazing people. Be prepared for the best experience of your life!”

Kirsty Elliott, 7 weeks October 2015


Sports volunteering“My time in South Africa was amazing and absolutely life changing! I learned so much about life in Port Elizabeth and I learned a lot about myself as well. I had so many amazing experiences while I was there and I definitely miss it already. While I was at the airport I was absolutely heartbroken that I wouldn’t be able to see the kids or the other staff members again. I hope to do another project very soon and I could see myself applying for a permanent position after I finish my degree. Thank you so much for the opportunity, I had a blast!”

Jaimie Braybrook, 5 weeks July 2015


Sports coaching volunteering“The word I would use for this trip is unreal. The experience is amazing and I’m having the time of my life – thanks for giving me this opportunity. The coaching is great and now the weather has picked up I can’t complain about one thing!”

Danny Johnston, 5 weeks July 2015


Sports volunteering“My experience overseas was amazing. The kids are so excited to see us and learn from us. It cannot be explained the connection you feel with the children and the happiness for their major and even minor successes. The excursions were amazing as well. Thank you so much for your help in coordinating this trip for me and on behalf of the children who we worked with, your efforts do not go unnoticed.”

Devon Edmunds, 5 weeks July 2015


Sports coaching volunteering“I had a great time in South Africa and it was definitely the best time of my life! The countryside, the people, the beaches, the activities… but especially the daily “work” with the children were amazing!!!!!! Sport coaching is a lot of fun and an easy way to get in touch with the children. Even if you are the coach, you can learn so much from the children, e.g. how easy it is to be happy! I would recommend this experience to everyone! I was so well prepared for this trip so THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!”

Felix Klee, 6 weeks January 2015


Sports coaching gap year“I’ve just passed the halfway mark of my time in South Africa and so far its been great, so I’d like to thank you for your help in getting me out here so fast and how you dealt with my last minute application, so thank you very much for that.”

Jonty Small, 12 weeks September 2014


Sports coaching volunteering“My experience in South Africa was amazing. The coaching was a great opportunity to make a difference to young people who are not as well off as ourselves and it was extremely sad to leave them behind. While in South Africa, I was able to do many adventure activities such as bungee jumping and shark cage diving. I also got to travel along the garden route to Cape Town with other volunteers. Overall South Africa was hands down one of the best experience of my life.”

Ali Smith, 5 weeks July 2014


Eddy Ryan“I returned from SA yesterday and I have had an absolutely wonderful time out there. I would like to thank you for all the help that you gave me to set it all up. I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone else who might need something to do for a gap year as it was one of the best experiences of my life!”

Eddy Ryan, 7 weeks May 2014


Sports coaching in South Africa“I’m having an absolutely amazing time here in South Africa! I’ve made some really good friends, and after we finish the sports coaching we’d like to do a weeks travelling to Cape Town. The coaching is going great – it’s so rewarding and the social life with the other volunteers is so good too. Thanks again from sunny Africa!”

Emily Darroch, 5 weeks January 2014


Football coaching South Africa“On Wednesday, we visited the Townships that we’ll be teaching in and we aren’t going to expect facilities or anything similar to what we’re used to. Luckily football is a sport that can be played with limited space and kit. Our first day of coaching was incredible; we had a great group of kids who all thought they were Messi. The kids are so enthusiastic and always happy no matter their situation in the townships.”

Nick Daley, 8 weeks January 2014


“Thank you frts coaching in South Africaor the wonderful opportunity in South Africa. I have had a wonderful experience working with the organisation and I have had an amazing time working with children from the townships. We organised a tournament at the end of my programme and gave out the Manchester United shirts to the winners of the tournament as prizes. I have such an amazing time, thank you.”

Seth Darnborough, 8 weeks April 2013


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“My 5 weeks on this project was incredible. The kids were so enthusiastic and so fun to teach. Just hearing their excited screams as the volunteer minibus pulled up told us how much they valued us being there. Port Elizabeth is beautiful, and the accommodation was exactly what was needed. I had such a great time both coaching and making friends for life, and left with only one regret, that I wasn’t staying for longer!”

Lucy Marvell, 5 weeks January 2013


“The placement definiterts coaching in South Africaly lived up to my expectations as I have had a brilliant time and I have gained a lot of coaching experience, as well as making new friends both on the course and with people living in South Africa. Other people should do this placement because it is a life changing experience where you get to live life alongside another culture, as well as experiencing once in a lifetime activities.”

Richard McDonald, 12 weeks January 2013


“I had therts coaching in South Africa trip of a lifetime. Literally the best four weeks of my life! There’s so much I have to say about it all and I can only hope that more people take part in the project. It is an amazing organisation, and the staff who work out there were incredible. I hope I will get the chance to return at some point. Thank you for all that you did for me prior to my departure. I will be recommending Oyster to everybody I know!”

Tayah Wood, 4 weeks September 2012


“I was helprts coaching in South Africaing out with netball three days a week, and swimming two. Teaching swimming was really rewarding, as in the first week a lot of the kids (some 17 years old) didn’t even get in the water. By the end, we had them swimming laps of a 25 metre pool. I honestly wish I did the 3 month programme. I highly recommend this as it will truly change your outlook and make you feel so grateful for what you have!”

Kaitlin Bakker, 5 weeks January 2011


rts coaching in South Africa“I would recommend this project 100%, I’ve already extended by another month. This trip is wicked and you will meet friends for life as well as getting the most rewarding feeling from knowing you’ve made a difference. Coaching hockey was a real eye opener, going to the townships and seeing how little they have. I’ve also had the opportunity to train with a local hockey club, which is such fun.”

Emily Steel, 12 weeks April 2010


For more information about sports coaching volunteering with various sports in South Africa, have a look at our volunteer sports coaching website.

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