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It’s essential to plan well before any big trip abroad - especially if you spend several months away from home. Sporting Opportunities is an active partner of the government’s ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign run by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The campaign aims to prepare people properly for overseas travel helping them to stay safe and healthy abroad.


Their suggestions to stay safe and healthy abroad is to take some simple precautions:

1) Check the foreign travel advice.
2) Take a look at their travel checklist.
3) Get comprehensive travel insurance and read the small print.
4) Research your destination - know the local laws and customs, even if you’re visiting friends and family.
5) Check the health risks before travelling.
6) Check your passport is valid and you have the necessary visas.
7) Make sure you take copies of important travel documents and store them online using a secure data storage site.
8) Tell someone where you’re going and leave emergency contact details with them.
9) Take enough money and have access to emergency funds.

Their website is full of useful information so visit them here: www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo

   

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Testimonials
  • ''I made a difference by encouraging children and adults to believe that everyone has some degree of talent... and to believe in that talent.''
    Stuart Garrett , Rugby, Ghana
     
  • ''What they don’t have in skill, they certainly make up for in speed and determination. Ghana also has some very promising youngsters and it has been really exciting, and a real privilege, to share my knowledge of the game with them.''
    Doug Graham , Rugby, Ghana
     
  • “Coaching rugby to underprivileged children is a very rewarding experience. I am seriously considering coming back here and staying longer. It’s such a great place and there is so much to do!”
    Luke Norfolk , Rugby, South Africa
     
  • “I’ve had the best three months of my life! I would definitely recommend it! Thank you.”
    Philippa Tollit , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "Being able to teach kids how to swim has to have been one of my most significant moments in life. From seeing 12 year old kids fearful of water on day one to being able to swim full lengths of the pool with confidence after 5 weeks was just incredible. You also know that you are giving these kids a gift for life".
    Neil Dennison , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • "I have had the best three months in Ghana ever! Working a living alongside local Ghanaians and seeing a completely different way of life will live with me forever. My project in helping kids learn how to swim was so rewarding too and it has really made me think about what I want to do when I get home with my future career and working with young people. Thanks to everyone involved and I look forward to coming back to my African home again one day."
    Sarah Dunbury , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • ''I really enjoyed the tennis coaching and was amazed at the standard of tennis and the dedication of the children. And they always had a smile on their face too.''
    Charlotte Wallis , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghanaians are friendly in a way that is almost unheard of in the West. They are extremely affectionate and, once you have got used to it, you can be just as friendly back.''
    Graeme Acheson , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''I feel really fulfilled that I have aided less fortunate people in giving them a chance to play tennis in the first place and to offer assistance with my coaching knowledge to help the development of the sport in Ghana.''
    Sal Bolton , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''It was a seriously amazing trip that I will never forget. So thanks for what all you guys have done, and thanks for making it such an unforgettable trip!''
    Christian Dorin , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • “It was an incredible experience coaching the children in Port Elizabeth – they are so enthusiastic about learning to play tennis. Their energy levels are amazing and they had improved greatly by the time I left.”
    Dave Leicester , Tennis, South Africa
     
  • “One of the best experiences of my life! I just can’t believe how enthusiastic and grateful the kids were to learn and play Ultimate. The talent was awesome too – some were naturals! I can’t wait to come back to South Africa one day and see how my players are getting on.”
    Miles Jackson , Ultimate Frisbee, South Africa
     
  • "I've had the best few weeks of my life. The kids loved learning volleyball and in turn I loved every bit of my experience!"
    James Taylor , Volleyball, Ghana
     
  • "Coaching Rugby out here has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. Met some awesome people and really enjoyed the country. Really kind host family made me feel v-welcome. Would definitely like to come back one day!"
    Tim Wace , Rugby, Argentina
     
  • "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".
    Ceri Newman , Tennis, Argentina
     
  • "The sports tour that Sporting Opportunities arranged for us was perfect. South Africa was a great country and having the mix of playing against locals as well as coaching sport to kids in the townships was a nice balance. Doing two weeks in South Africa has made a number of us want to come back for a longer stint on one of your 5 week volunteer coaching projects so look out for us. Thanks to all involved".
    Dan Long: Football Captain , Basketball, South Africa
     
  • "Taking the girls on this two week hockey tour was excellent. It was the first time that any of us had been to South Africa and the team made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. You pack so much into such a short period which totally tired us out but apart from being great fun will be a fond memory for years to come. We'll certainly be looking at coming away with you again".
    Sarah Jackson: PE Teacher , Basketball, South Africa
     
  • "A well organised trip with a difference. Combining playing and coaching as well as all the cultural things you put on for us was a great idea. To even get to a Springboks Rugby game was a special treat for the lads on this tour so thanks for going the extra mile to make this happen for us".
    Geoff Fagence: Rugby Coach , Basketball, South Africa
     
  • "Seeing the kids in week one be so fearful of the water to seeing them confidently swim after my 5 weeks in South Africa has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Thank you to everyone involved."
    Caroline Rudge , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "I never thought I could take my love of football and coach it to kids in the Caribbean so this has been an experience I will never forget. Totally amazing."
    Scott Black , Football, St Lucia
     
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