The tiny but beautiful kingdom of Swaziland is unfortunately faced with an array of problems, among them high levels of unemployment and poverty. As a result many children find themselves bored and unstimulated, with very little to excite them. Sport and play are known methods for helping improve the lives of the children that find themselves in these types of negative situations.
This project aims to improve the wellbeing of the disadvantaged children and youth of these semi-rural Swazi communities, through sport and play. The focus is on providing a platform for development for these children, encouraging focus, fitness and a healthy lifestyle, while at the same time building their confidence through fun physical activity.
What's not Included
Swaziland is a small, landlocked monarchy in Southern Africa known for its abundance of wildlife, stunning scenery and colorful culture. Bordered by Mozambique and South Africa, the smallest country in the southern hemisphere is a true representation of Africa - with strong traditions, vibrant festivals and warm, welcoming people.
By volunteering on this project you will have many opportunities to engage with children from the local community in a variety of activities – including song and dance, ball games, obstacle courses, tri-cycle riding and swimming lessons. You are encouraged to get as involved as possible in arranging these fun-filled events aimed at bringing joy to these children.
As a volunteer you may get involved in some of the following activities:
- Setting up obstacle courses and activities
- Teaching hand-eye co-ordination through throwing and catching
- Teaching basic life skills including teeth cleaning and hygiene
- Arranging and participating in song and dance activities
- Assist with swimming and horse vaulting lessons
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Ages 18 - 50
- Good level of English
- Immunizations (consult with your doctor)
- Good physical fitness
During your free time over the weekend you will have the opportunity to explore the magic of Swaziland. You will have the option to join a number of adventure excursions including zip lining across the stunning mountains and gorges of Malolotja National Park, white water rafting on the Great Usutu River, a quad bike tour or a rural home stay in an authentic Swazi village.