Zanzibar Sports Coaching

Dedicate your time to making a difference in the lives of the island children of Stonetown through play and sports!

Share your love for sports and enjoy every minute of your time while spending it  with the kids, the community, and other participants. You are about to uncover the potential of these young kids through assisting in sports training sessions, teaching various sports techniques, organizing matching events with other clubs or sports associations.


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Program Description

Sports are an integral part of human life and there is a great importance of sports in all spheres of life. Clearly, sports can help anyone reach fitness goals and maintain healthy weight. It also prevents people, especially the youth, from engaging in different vices such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Instead,  it helps them build their character and personality as a person, and in the long run, will make them advocates in the field of sports. In fact, research shows that children who play sports probably perform better at exams than those who don’t because engaging in sports activities improves the thinking abilities of individuals.

On the other hand, Tanzania is a home  and has produced world-class athletes, especially in the field of Athletics, which serves as the most dominant sport in the country. In addition, basketball, baseball, cricket, and rugby are also sports loved by the people of Tanzania. In fact, this country advocated and invested much in sports. This is because this is a country with people with great passion for all sports in the world.

Thus, this sports coach program is designed for passionate individuals like you who would like to join a worthwhile project to teach the children at school the value and power of sports. You will have students of various age groups and various levels of skills, who will be ready to learn, play, and be part of your sports coaching journey. Moreover, your skills as their coach will help these children of Stonetown in having a great sports learning experience and hone their skills and passion for sport as well. Additionally, the coaching session will take place at the town Local schools.

In this program, you will have daily coaching sessions where you will be able to use your own methods of sports training. With your coaching, you will not only enhance their skills in sports but also you will inspire them to achieve more  in life, to be disciplined, and even how to face failures and learn from them. It will also be a life lesson for the kids who do not have much but in the future who would strive to achieve greatness for sure. 

This program includes Coaching options on the most famous and popular sports in Tanzania that include Football, Basketball, Rugby, Athletics, and Cricket.

So get ready, bring your passion, full energy with you and gear up and make these children’s dream come true.You can also fell free to bring any sort of equipment of training aids, that will assist with your coaching experience, as equipment may be limited in some placement areas.

Your Roles – General Information

Generally, as a sports coach your major roles and core functions will be, but are not limited to: teaching relevant skills,  tactics and techniques, introduced a basic rules and regulation of the each sports,  organized game plans and matching events,  monitoring and enhancing performances through encouragement, motivation and constructive feedback, identifying the children sports development needs, strengths and weaknesses, advising health and lifestyles issues and to be part of their journey towards future success.

Specifically,  in each sport you may consider imparting some basic skills and techniques that will surely help honing the skills and potentials of the young athletes of Stonetown. Just keep in mind that they are just starting and you may need to start at the very basic and beginning.

Football – While there are no official national sports in Tanzania, the unofficial national sports is the most popular one; football/soccer.As has been mentioned a couple of times, soccer is quite popular among Tanzanian youth and children and most of the people are quite dedicated to the sports. In this, you need to put extra effort as this sport requires so much energy.  U12, U14 and U17  where the vast majority of coaching options exist at local schools, academies and after school clubs. Thus, you may use or teach additional coaching options to the children.

Basketball – It is also played in the country but mainly in the army and school. Pass your knowledge of dribbling, offense, defense, jump shots and team work to local players eager to learn the fundamentals of the game. Your coaching will help young athletes/children in the local community / school to improve their game and train them to be stronger in every aspect. You may even get to share your knowledge during practice sessions, and scheduled games, alongside local coaches for organized competitive events.

Cricket – This sport is a rapidly growing sport in the country after hosting the ICC Cricket League Division 4 in 2008 where the national team finished the tournament with a win. Meanwhile, this sport requires batting skills, thus, the player must possess good hand eye – coordination, reflexes, strength, running speed, sound judgment and of course knowledge of cricket rules and an understanding of cricket strategy and tactics. Therefore, you may focus on that and impart your skills to the best of abilities that you have.

Rugby – This sport served as a minor sport in Tanzania. Being said,  you will need to teach the fundamentals of the sport, emphasize rules and strategies, etc., because very few may be familiar with the sport at all.

Baseball – Tanzania baseball has been played frequently by a number of secondary Schools in the country and the participating number of students keeps on increasing. This sport requires five key skills such as running, fielding, throwing, hitting, catching and hitting for power. Thus, this is where your assignment started.

Athletics – Tanzania is known for their runners. This country is also a powerhouse in the Commonwealth Games and the African Championships in Athletics. Thus, Help the children to increase their speed, stamina, strength and skill. Many of them have dreams of representing their country on the world stage at the Olympics or other World Championships where two of their fellow countrymen bring honor to their country.

On the other hand,  this is a great reminder for you that you are exploring this beautiful Town of Stonetown away from the comfort of your own home, thus, making a difference in the lives of the children is greatly appreciated.

 During the Program Schedule:

  • Be on time and always come to your assigned training or coaching sessions prepared.
  • There may be a change of time and schedules so please be patient and respect the advice of your local program coordinator.
  • Work closely with your local program coordinator.
  • Be respectful with the local staff, the local people, fellow participants,local teachers at school and to the community in general at all times.
  • Be able to use your own methods of sports training in fun and engaging ways.
  • Be careful and mindful with your acts in front of the children
  • Be responsible on your training  and coaching session schedules
  • Always adhere to the safety guidelines and protocols while having a sports training and coaching sessions
  • Be careful when using sports equipment and facilities.
  • Always leave the training or placement areas clean and in order after the coaching sessions.
  • Bring with you some emergency medical kit in case of emergency or medical purposes.
  • Wear your sports gear or clothes in order for you to move comfortably and easily.
  • Take a minute of a little warm up exercises always before you start your coaching sessions.
  • Always check the children’s health and physical condition before , during and after the training sessions.
  • Under the influence of alcohol during your program is strictly prohibited.
  • Always bring Water bottled or containers.
  • Enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Note: Stated rules and regulations will be discussed further by the local staff or the Country Manager a day after your arrival.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

Specifically, this project aims to:

  • Impart sports skills and potentials to the children of the Stonetown.
  • For children to have a strong foundation of sport skills, methods and techniques.
  • Gain some practical experience for future careers.
  • Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals.
  • Develop your sports skill and become a better coach.


Monday & Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Leave Accommodation Center to Transfer to the Placement Areas.
  • Coaching Sessions.
  • Headed Back to the Accommodation Center.
  • Lunch
  • Free Time – Half day Break
  • Coaching Sessions.
  • Headed back to the Accommodation Center.
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Leave Accommodation Center to Transfer to the Placement Areas.
  • Coaching Sessions.
  • Lunch
  • Free Time – Half day Break
  • Coaching Sessions
  • Headed back to the Accommodation Center
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Leave Accommodation Center to Transfer to the Placement Areas.
  • Coaching Sessions;
  • Headed Back to the Accommodation Center.
  • Lunch
  • Free Time – Half day Break
  • Coaching Sessions
  • Headed back to the Accommodation Center
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Leave Accommodation Center to Transfer to the Placement Areas.
  • Coaching Sessions.
  • Lunch
  • Free Time – Half day Break
  • Coaching Sessions
  • Headed back to the Accommodation Center
  • Dinner

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                –

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • A decent level of fitness, energy and patience is required.
  • Older participants are required to have a medical clearance, while participants under 18 might need signed parental consent.
  • At least 18 years old. If you have the permission of a legal guardian or are accompanied by your parents or someone older than you, you may be exempt.
  • Have completed the following vaccines: typhoid, tetanus, Rabies, Malaria, Hepatitis A, and Diphtheria.
  • Tanzania is a country of mixed beliefs, including Christianity and Islam, as well as a number of other conservative traditions and faiths. Therefore, modesty is the ideal, thus, wearing clothes that cover the knee and shoulders for women and shorts, trousers, and t-shirts for men is highly advised.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment is required for this program but you are highly advised to bring sturdy shoes, comfortable sports clothes and re – hydration or bottled water at all times. You can also fell free to bring any sort of equipment of training aids, that will assist with your coaching experience, as equipment may be limited in some placement areas.