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Sports for Development

Use sport to provide children and at-risks youths in Namibia with valuable skills and opportunities. Volunteers with any interest in sport and development can make a big difference and inspire the champions of tomorrow. Staying in Windhoek allows you to discover this city and its surrounding treasures.

Sports for Development Project


Location Windhoek, Namibia
Duration From 4 weeks
Dates January to November
  • You must have an Upper Intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You must have an interest in sports and youth development
Minimum Age: 18
Your impact
Documents required Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance, police clearance certificate (in English), visa application (all travellers to Namibia are required to have a valid passport and a work visa)
Day of arrival Thursday
Day of departure Thursday


  • Participating in a renowned sports empowerment project in Namibia that also runs in other parts of Southern Africa.
  • Sharing and exchanging your sports interest and passion, whilst learning new personal and professional skills.
  • Giving children and youth a chance to play, have fun and learn, but also to develop their skills as leaders and self-confidence.
  • Getting fit while working closely with the local community, volunteers and children.
  • Taking part in amazing tours and excursions outside of the project.
  • Making new friends from all over the world.

Project information

The Sports for Development project uses sport to provide children and youth with valuable skills and opportunities that they need to succeed in life and contribute to their communities. It was founded in the South African township, Khayelitsha, in 1991 and has been operating in Namibia since 2000. Volunteers are at the heart of this project as it was volunteers who paved the way for the programme to become a successfully inclusive NGO for underprivileged children in both South Africa and Namibia. At the time, the project was ground breaking, a unique effort to give impoverished township children a chance to play against the backdrop of apartheid South Africa and use sport as the basis of cultural exchange.

Sport is at the core of this upliftment project which aims to provide access to sport and recreational activities, giving children and youth a chance to play, have fun and learn, but also to develop their skills as leaders and to compete. Current sports of focus are football, volleyball, netball, basketball, yoga, distance running and tennis.

One of the Namibian Sports for Development programme’s strongest legacies is the strong base of local volunteers who get trained in sports coaching and leadership, and organised sport in the target communities as well as the increased involvement of girls and women. This project believes that the availability of facilities should not be an obstacle to sports participation. Volunteerism and commitment is the key.

Your role

Monday to Friday, 08:30 to 16:30.

The usual day-to-day duties include:

  • Sport training and facilitating
  • Life skills training
  • Leadership training
  • Facilitating physical education classes at local schools
  • Organising and planning workshops
  • Social media planning and content

You will receive full orientation training after your arrival.

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.


You will stay at a backpackers that mainly hosts students and people who are doing internships or volunteering in Windhoek. The backpackers is close to the city centre. There is a cosy lounge where you can watch DVDs and free wireless internet is available. There is also a huge swimming pool where you can cool down during the hot summer months. The dormitories are very spacious and have 4 or 6 beds per room - they are mixed-sex rooms but it is also possible to sleep in a same sex dormitory. Laundry per load is N$ 75.


Camila from Chile


"This definitely was the best experience of my life. Giving your time and sharing it with underprivileged children is priceless, I just saw the happiness in their faces when they saw us walking down to the field or arriving at the schools was so rewarding and indescribable. You will feel it if you are a brave person and decide go, I promise you will never regret to become a volunteer and I promise that you'll have the best time of your life like I had."