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Why Join?


6 weeks experience of coaching in a new culture and environment


Further develop your sports leadership & coaching skills


Develop your skills in teaching English within schools


Develop highly sought after employability skills, such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving


Organise and host sporting tournaments between schools and community sports teams across Lusaka


In a global employment marketplace, overseas experience can be a real advantage in graduate recruitment


Developing volunteers cultural intelligence such as HIV/Aids awareness adds a differentiating dimension to your CV


What would I be doing?


You will have your own individual schools and community to work with each day for 6 weeks. Each pair of student volunteers will be allocated their own personal placement, with mornings/early afternoons dedicated to assisting in generic curriculum PE sessions for children from schools, and the afternoons spent coaching established sports teams in football, netball, basketball or volleyball.


Build relationships with Zambian peer leaders, site coordinators and coaches. Each placement site will have a number of peer leaders to assist you with the PE lessons and coaching, you will need to work closely & share ideas & experiences.


What about free time?


The evenings are spent in the IDEALS house. Depending on the distance of your placement from the house you should be back at the house before dusk.


Usually the group have a cooking rota, therefore you & your placement partner may need to visit the shop to buy ingredients and cook a meal for your whole group (10 -16 depending on group size).


A day on site out in the sun is tiring, therefore most students take the evening to relax, share experiences of your day & plan for the next day’s delivery.

Weekends are generally free for students to explore the Zambian markets, accompany peer leaders to church, attend local rugby 7’s tournaments or other sporting fixtures, visit an internet café, or for undertaking any additional coaching at the OYDC. Students often arrange friendly matches between placements during the weekends as well.


Each group gets the option to visit the city of Livingstone and the great Victoria falls, a travellers dream!


How Much does it cost?


Individual and group fundraising efforts cover the cost of the trip each year, with each student asked to raise in the range of £2000 depending on the institution.


This covers:


- 3-day UK-based induction, led by UK Sport


- 6-week volunteer placement with a Zambian Non-Government Organisation (NGO)


- Return flights, including airport pick-up & drop-off in Zambia


- Accommodation in the project house, Zambia


- Comprehensive orientation on arrival in Zambia


- Full support of Team Leaders and NGO staff based in Zambia


- Travel Insurance


*Note, the fundraising target and what this might cover could change depending on the institution.