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Reasons to Volunteer

1. Meet like-minded people: Our volunteers are a typically generous and kind crowd with a love of sport. You will meet lots of like-minded people who share the same passions and interests as you, be it sport, development work or travel and volunteering abroad, with whom you will be able to develop lasting friendships. We are renowned for the quality of our social and cultural experiences. Programmes see groups of adventurous people living, working and travelling together. This creates a close family-feeling amongst everyone involved, from your fellow travel mates to our in-country staff. 

2. Diversity of Experience: Our trips offer an incredibly diverse experience. The volunteering itself will keep you on your toes, but there is so much more to do on your placement. We offer a great amount of optional excursions, but we also offer the freedom to go and travel independently around your placement as well as the guidance to help you do so. Our trips offer a wide range of opportunities from bungee jumping to wildlife experiences. Each destination offers its own unique opportunity. We will do our best to give you the flexibility in dates, durations and activities to tailor make the experience you desire. How about combining a sports and non-sports volunteer project? Or how about extending your trip once you’re in-country? These options are all available, as are many more.  

3. Careers and Other Benefits: Volunteering is a great way to grow as an individual. It allows people to feel good and have fun whilst making a positive difference to others. It is a huge plus point on a C.V and is a personally satisfying and surprisingly educational experience

4. Responsible Travel and Community Integration: We are committed to having our programmes genuinely benefit the local communities economically and socially, whilst minimising any negative environmental impact they may have. We therefore ensure money goes directly into local services like food, accommodation, training and local staff. We also comfortably blend in the local setup and have all the necessary local staff, community buy-in and understanding of the context and sensitivities which enables a genuine and healthy relationship between all stakeholders involved.

5. Value for Money: We offer great value with no hidden costs. Quality pre-departure advice, excellent in-country support and professionally run activities are just some of the benefits you will receive with a United Through Sport trip. 

6. Comfort: Our accommodation and facilities are all basic yet comfortable and with our staff on hand to help at all times, our volunteers can always relax at a United Through Sport base. You can rest assured that our accommodation is kept up to a high standard of cleanliness and comfort.

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Testimonials
  • Tennis is so important to me that I'm glad I was able to use it to help the young children in Port Elizabeth. I had a blast!"
    Dimitri Le Vourch , Tennis, South Africa
     
  • I am really thankful to the guys of United Through Sport which gave me this opportunity to teach tennis to hundreds of great South African children. These 5 weeks made me a very happy girl and changed my life back in Holland in a positive way as well.
    Maud Calame (NL) , Tennis, South Africa
     
  • Watching the kids improving in the water was so moving I can't think of a more rewarding way to spend a summer. Phenomenal."
    Amy Nicholls , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "Taking my love of tennis to Argentina was a dream come true. I will never forget this once in a life time opportunity to play and coach tennis to a range of abilities in such a great country. Thanks to all who were part of this!"
    Emily Prescott , Tennis, Argentina
     
  • Teaching in Argentina was better than I ever expected it to be. It was very emotional saying goodbye and I will miss the buzz of excitement we used to get before arriving at the schools and the incredible welcome the kids would always give us."
    Sam Edwards , Teaching, South Africa
     
  • "I loved it, just loved it! Hope to get involved with United Through Sport again in the future!!"
    Max Vigor , Teaching, South Africa
     
  • Great tour! Met some lovely people in South Africa, me and the guys loved the warmth that we were met with and the teams we played against were fantastic, it was good to Braai with those guys after the games. Superb"
    Matthew Brannigan , Sports Tours, South Africa
     
  • We were all impressed with the standard of football that we were up against in South Africa and it definitely brought out the best in us. As for the opposition, a great bunch of lads."
    Jonny Cox , Sports Tours, South Africa
     
  • "What an amazing time I had in Argentina, I miss it already. Alejandro, our coordinator, showed us all a fantastic time. Thanks United Through Sport!!!"
    Tom Leahy , Football, Argentina
     
  • "Thank you to everyone at United Through Sport. I have had my eyes open to the poverty in Argentina. It is so important that volunteers continue to sign up, they will not regret it"
    Declan Cockpu , Football, Argentina
     
  • "The most amazing experience of my life. I enjoyed this opportunity so much that I now live in Ghana and work for the charity's sports academy".
    Alex Burrows , Football, Ghana
     
  • "This was my first time in Africa and it was such an eye opener. An amazing opportunity to coach the academy lads at United Through Sport."
    Tom Lyonette , Football, Ghana
     
  • "I loved the friendships I made through the netball sessions and it's great to see what this charity is doing for so many."
    Anna Robinson , Netball, Ghana
     
  • "I volunteered on a netball project in 2010 and loved it so much that I never went back. Ghana is my favourite place on earth and I just love the Dzandza brothers who look after you."
    Liz Wells , Netball, Ghana
     
  • "Such an amazing time spent with all my Ghanaian friends. Thanks so much for making the netball experience such a fantastic and unforgettable time."
    Natalie Schaffer , Netball, Ghana
     
  • "This was a unique experience. Working in all areas of Ghanaian athletics has given me a great understanding of how athletics is developing in West Africa."
    Josh Curtis , Athletics, Ghana
     
  • "I play a lot of golf in the USA, so to have the chance to play in Ghana and also coach kids was a fantastic experience."
    Peter Lamenzo , Golf, Ghana
     
  • "It was great to work alongside the Ghana Golf Association to help run tournaments as well as coaching for the young caddys."
    Peter Dunmore , Golf, Ghana
     
  • "This was such a rewarding project that got great results. Seeing kids who were scared of the water gradually gain confidence was amazing."
    Rob Scott , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • "We take being able to swim for granted so being able to teach young Ghanaians this valuable gift was a huge privilege."
    Laura Brown , Swimming, Ghana
     
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