Challenge Youth Football Academy
You will mainly be working at the Challenge Youth football Academy and School. The academy is supported by our charity and is a grass-root run football academy that supports local kids in Kisumu.
Volunteers do not need any coaching experience as you can assist the coaches in the training sessions. If you do have coaching experience or you feel comfortable enough to take training sessions, you will have the opportunity to coach your own sessions. The academy caters for youths of all ages from under 8's to the under 19's so you will have opportunity to coach different age categories.
The under 14 and the under 19 also play in leagues so you will have chance to help out with the preparations for the games and team talks on the day of the matches.
Challenge Football Academy is a voluntary organisation and by you volunteering your time you are adding another valuable pair of hands to the project. The kids love the volunteers and you will have the time of your life coaching them.
Volunteering in a school
If you wish during the weekdays you can assist at the local school either with educational classes or PE lessons. At the school you will never be given the responsibility of planning and taking classes on your own.
The teachers in Kenya are trained professionals and unless you have a teaching certificate we believe that volunteers could hinder the academic progress of the children. However by assisting in lessons a volunteer is an extra pair of greatly needed of hand.
- Your role will be to assist the coaches in their daily routine
- You do not need any coaching experience as the coaches will help you throughout
- You also have the opportunity to take PE lessons at a local school
Language: The major spoken languages are still English, Kiswahili and about 40 indigenous languages, with various tribes populating the country.
Climate: Kenya lies directly on the equator and elevations vary from sea level at the coast to 7,000+ ft. Generally, the days are warm and pleasant and the nights are cool. Summer clothes are worn throughout the year. In some areas, nights can be chilly. In the northern region, days are quite hot. The coast is hot and humid.
There are two rainy seasons; the long rains in April and May and the short rains in November and December. The hottest periods are from January to March and August to November. The coldest months are in July and the beginning of August. Average temperatures in Kenya range from10 Celsius to 35 Celsius. Geography- Nakuru is based in the Rift Valley Province that's sits in the Rift Valley, which passes through the province, it's the largest, most populated, and most economically vibrant province in the country. The Rift Valley Province is probably the most geographically spectacular province in Kenya.
Things to do
You can visit to Lake Victoria and take in the beautiful scenery. There are many points around Kisumu where you can go and eat fresh fish and watch the sun set over the lake. Volunteers can also take a boat trip to see the local hippos- the trip takes you close enough to see the hippos bathing in the lake during daylight hours. Or if your up early enough you can take a boat trip at dawn to see the hippos on the shoreline
Volunteers can also visit Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, where volunteers get the chance to see Impalas, Lions, Cheetahs, Monkeys and Giraffs. The sanctuary is on the shores of Lake Victoria where you can sit and enjoy a refreshing drink at the shore while soaking in the stunning scenery.
If you want to see the 'big five' in one morning, Masai Mara in south east of Kenya is the place to be. During the dry season from July to October the wildlife spectacle is unparalleled. Nowhere else can you watch the annual migration of over a million wildebeest. We can arrange for a trip to the Masai Mara during your time volunteering if you so wish. Kenya is a strikingly beautiful country with pristine white sand beaches, scaling mountains and savannas full of African wildlife. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. So if you want to travel around Kenya after you volunteer trip it is easy for volunteers to explore this magnificent country, as the transport is cheap and reliable and there are an abundance of hotels and hostels that cater for all budgets.
To volunteer on this trip volunteers must sign up for a years membership with Challenge for a £175 donation.
Challenge years membership entitles members to: -
- Access to volunteer on as many Volunteer Trips or Football Tours in the year of membership
- Face to face Skype pre-departure orientation calls and email support
- Detailed Challenge Volunteer Country Handbooks
Accommodation and costs
Volunteers will stay in a Hostel or Hotel we can arrange this for as little as 1500 Kenyan Shillings per day for bed and breakfast. You will have access to a hotel bar and super sports so you can watch all the football.
What is not included
Once you have applied we will send you a detailed Volunteer Handbook that provides you with all the information you will need to make your trip.
We are always here to help and if you have any questions please ask we are only an e-mail away.
- Fill in application (Link can be found at bottom of page)
- Challenge will contact you via Skype and to discuss your volunteer trip and football tour options you have.
- You will hear from us within 24 hours to hear if our application has been successful.
- If you have been successful with you application you will need to sign up for a £175 years membership via BTMyDonate
- Challenge will plan your trip with you so you are fully prepared for your volunteering experience.