Volunteer to Teach Tennis to Children in Mzuzu, Malawi

Mzuzu, Malawi Children & Youth Development

Program

Description

In a country like Malawi, anything that can serve as a means to activate and educate young minds in an effort to keep them away from life’s vices. In this case, Tennis Kids Malawi gives underprivileged children in Mzuzu a racquet to help shield them from the racket in Malawi’s tough streets. Training youth to play table and lawn tennis, as well as hosting tournaments where children can channel their competitive spirit, this project creates unity through this exciting sport.

Your role will be key to making this project appeal to children. You will gauge their interest in tennis, creating a fun atmosphere while ensuring they use it as a go-to source of activity, either for competitive or recreational purposes. They can pretend to be Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic in their respective primes for a healthy cause. Be someone who can inspire so children can aspire to a sport that will make them do more than just perspire.

With Tennis Kids Malawi aiming to make tennis northern Malawi’s leading sport, you can help children use tennis to escape their struggles, even for a short time. It will improve health, build friendships and friendly rivalries. Plus, you might be more interested to play or coach the sport professionally after watching these talented children play. Are you game, set and match for this wonderful opportunity? Get involved now and get in on the fun!

Impact

If you are a sports lover, this project, while taxing, will feel fun and provide thrills both for you and the children you are teaching. Help make tennis more popular in Malawi, make some new friends while doing it and promote unification and healthy habits through sport. Show you’re game for the cause and sign up today!

Field conditions

You will work on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with weekends at your leisure, though there will be some weekends where you will be required to work tournaments Here are some of the activities you will be tasked with during your project involvement.

Coaching and Training Assistance: You will be assisting children of different ages and skill levels, teaching them lawn and table tennis skills. You won’t necessarily need to be a professional or know advanced tennis terms, but any basic knowledge of the game will be beneficial during the coaching process. Enthusiasm and discipline will be particular elements you will display so children will feel the desire to play, so be encouraging and have fun with them.

Developing New Coaching Techniques: Tennis Kids Malawi offers coaching courses that shape foundations for upcoming coaches, helping them learn how to perfect their craft. You will develop new coaching techniques to help you train participating children properly while providing assistance to other coaches to sharpen their skills.

Personal Health and Fitness Activities: Creating a healthy atmosphere for children by involving the children in fitness-based activity so they stay active, even after they’ve left the court. You will guide young people toward a health-conscious lifestyle.

Visiting Schools and Teaching Sports: schools. School outreach helps make this project such a success as there is a league tournament involving 11 schools. You will be teaching children lawn and table tennis at various schools while identifying new talent.

Raising Awareness and Promoting Tennis in Mzuzu and Surrounding Areas: This program also offers tournaments that promote HIV/AIDS awareness and uses activities that encourage testing and knowing their status. Plus, it provides counseling for those who have the disease. You will help raise awareness for tennis while using it as a way to promote good community values and develop healthy competitive habits.

Arrival and orientation

You will be picked up from the terminus at Lilongwe International Airport in Lumbadzi but will have to pay an additional cost upon arrival, which can be shared with other volunteers. You can also stay at an accommodations of your choice and take a bus to Mzuzu where you will be picked up at the bus terminus, or you can fly in via Tanzania.

After meeting your Khaya coordinator at the airport, he will drop you off at your accommodations and help prepare you for your project tasks. Furthermore, the day after your arrival, he will show you around Mzuzu, provide you with a local SIM card and explain local customs. Once you’ve caught up to speed, you will begin work with the children.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

You will stay with a host family at their accommodations located within minutes of your project, making travel to and from work very manageable. However, there will be occasions where you will have to take public transport with your team to various schools and teach sports on location Public outreach is essential for this project to flourish.

The accommodations have two bedrooms with up to three beds each. There is also a private bathroom with a western-style toilet and a shower with warm water for you to use. Given how hot it gets in Malawi, you will not necessarily need warm water all the time, though. Meanwhile, there is a dining rooms area, a lounge with a TV and a large garden for all you plant lovers. Male and female volunteers will have separate rooms, but you will have to share with other volunteers, so put a smile on and be as accommodating a roommate as you can be.

Cuisine in Malawi is different and somewhat unique from what you are used to at home, but you are encouraged to try as much of it as possible. You might learn how to cook new treats and add to the recipe book when you get back, so feel free to assist in preparing meals as often as you want. You will be provided with three meals a day, though you are free to buy and cook your own food if you like. Breakfast will consist of porridge or bread with coffee or tea. Lunch and dinner are cooked meals and will feature rice, pasta, fish, vegetables or meat.

Location

Volunteers will be staying with a host family.

Cost

from $252 USDper week

from $252 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Direct donation to the project’s needs

  • 3 basic meals a day

  • Volunteer coordinator available 24/7

  • Accommodations in host family

  • Pick up upon arrival (extra costs apply)

  • Information and assistance before departure

What’s not included

  • Insurance

  • Airfare

  • Costs for weekend outings

  • Private luxuries (snacks, cool drinks, alcohol, etc.)

  • Extra costs for transport to schools during your volunteer work (25 usd per week)

  • Extra costs for airport transfer or bus tickets

Start dates

Volunteer work starts on Mondays only. (If you will be arriving before Monday, we gladly assist with your pick up, and extra days will be charged accordingly.) Participation is per full weeks only and the project will be closed for about 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year's.

Established in 2005, Khaya Volunteer Projects offers unique and affordable volunteer and gap year projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zanzibar. Khaya projects run the gamut of volunteer interests with project areas including Children; Communities; Sports Development; Healthcare; Wildlife and Conservation; and Education projects. A common thread running through all Khaya projects is a commitment to ethical volunteering. They work to ensure that your volunteering efforts and your financial contributions are used in the best way possible. In alignment with that goal, Khaya, with its base and several offices in Africa, can and does assist its local partners and projects in Southern and Eastern Africa with keeping the focus on responsible and ethical volunteering.

Their mission is simple but resonant:

“...we provide volunteering opportunities for international travellers that are both unique and as affordable as possible with high standards of service and facilities. Needless to say, we also prioritise our selected volunteer projects’ needs in ways that benefit both project and you, the volunteer.”

Honest pricing, crystal clear information, timely communication, and great service are all hallmarks of how they run a successful organization. True to the meaning of “Khaya” in several African languages, Khaya Volunteers makes sure its volunteers feel secure, well informed, and that they belong to the project to which they commit. Khaya believes that if you join on of their volunteering projects, you’ll have an African experience you’ll never forget.

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