What will I do on this project?
Our volunteer sports coaching placements in Kenya takes place in public primary schools and drop-in centres in and around Nanyuki. Here are some tasks you can expect to get involved in:
- Gain experience by coaching children of differing ages and sporting abilities
- Boost the fitness and confidence levels of your students through fun training sessions
- Work alongside local coaches and teachers, learning and sharing your knowledge
Your work will focus on these main areas:
Gain experience by coaching children of differing ages and sporting abilities
You will quickly gain hands-on sports coaching experience in Kenya by working with students of different ages and abilities. Encourage slower runners and give quicker students more challenging tasks You can also create games that develop teamwork, boost fitness, and are fun for the children.
For young kids, you can focus on simple yet effective activities like ball skills using an obstacle course. With an older soccer team, you can focus on their team tactics, ball control, and accurate passing skills on the pitch.
Boost the fitness and confidence levels of your students
You will follow a busy schedule, created by the Projects Abroad Sports Coordinator. Use each lesson to work on the fitness and confidence levels of your students, depending on their age and abilities. Through games, drills, or stretching sessions, you can give your students pep talks, encouraging them and building their self-confidence.
Work alongside local coaches and teachers, learning and sharing your knowledge
As a volunteer teaching sports in Kenya, you will work alongside local coaches and with our Sports Coordinator. During Physical Education lessons at your placement, learn as much as you can! You can ask the staff questions, make suggestions, and share your knowledge and experiences of sports back in your home country.
You should be mindful that at some placements, resources may be limited or not available. You can work with the Kenyan coaches to think of creative, and fun activities for your students that don’t require equipment.
Where will I work in Kenya?
Your hands-on sports coaching experience in Kenya will take place in the small town of Nanyuki. The town is around a 3.5 hour drive away from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. You can see the country’s highest mountain, Mount Kenya, easily from Nanyuki.
You’ll work at public primary schools and drop-in centres in and around Nanyuki. You will work with the coach of the school or centre, and you’ll have guidance from the Projects Abroad Sports Coordinator.
Be prepared to lead sessions on soccer fields that may have bare ground without much grass. However, fun and engaging activities can be done using any open space. We encourage you to get creative with the resources you have.
You can use your free time and weekends in Kenya to explore! Plan a trip with fellow volunteers to Ol Pajeta Conservancy and see if you can spot the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros). Or, relax at your host family home, or at a stunning beach on the coast of Mombasa.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Kenya is the perfect opportunity to explore this extraordinary country. With such a vast array of different activities, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to fill your evenings and weekends.
A trip to East Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari. You can see wildlife like elephants, lions, and even the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, as you explore the savannahs.
Our projects are based in Nanyuki, which is known as the gateway to Mount Kenya. With this majestic mountain on your doorstep, it’s worth taking a day to hike around the base.
You can spend evenings at buzzing restaurants, listening to live music and trying some of the local dishes. Kenya also has must-see markets, with bright textiles and hand carved sculptures.
You can spend your free time exploring independently or travel with a group. With so many volunteers joining us throughout the year, you’re sure to make some new friends and travel buddies during your trip.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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