Saints Volunteer, Stellenbosch

Saints Volunteer, Stellenbosch is an international coach development programme run for University of St Andrews students in partnership with Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Based in the historical oak-lined university town in the Boland Mountains of the Western Cape, the 5-week programme offers selected students a unique opportunity to gain practical coaching experience and develop key skills through work integrated learning.

Enrolling as International Students at Stellenbosch University, successful applicants will work alongside the International Global Team as part of the International Summer School, before being placed directly within the broader Stellenbosch community to support a number of local schools. The programme aims to encourage active global citizenship and to support local work to increase community engagement.


The programme


Each year the University recruits 8 students to take part in the international coach development programme in South Africa, spending two weeks delivering on Stellenbosch University’s summer camps and the final 3 weeks within schools in the broader community.


The Saints Volunteer, Stellenbosch programme runs in July/August each year to coincide with the South African school term and to ensure students gain the best possible experience and coaching opportunities by maximising their engagement in the community.

Dates for Summer 2023

1st July – 5th August (Exact dates dependant on available flights)

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29,000 students (including 4,000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3,000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. The University is amongst South Africa’s leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence.

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Maties Sport

Stellenbosch University has a long and proud sporting tradition and through Maties Sport aims to foster excellence in both the academic and sport performances of talented student-athletes, and to promote social cohesion and engagement in an active lifestyle among students and staff.

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How to apply

To apply to join the project, please reach out to Nina Revell (Sports Development Officer) on [email protected]

Volunteer Portal

The volunteer recognition scheme monitors, acknowledges and rewards the hard work and commitment of volunteers at St Andrews. Students can sign up to the scheme via the dedicated online portal, where they can log their volunteering hours and projects. Students who achieve Gold and Platinum awards can have their volunteering efforts formally recognised on their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) when they graduate.