Where does the money I raise through fundraising go?
Funds raised are used to cover the in country costs. This includes the equipment that we use (and leave in the country), coaching cards for the newly trained coaches, and the salary of the Ambassadors who work in the country. Each kit bag costs around £300, the coaching cards around £150. An Ambassadors salary is typically around $150 per month for 20 hours coaching per week.
What is a typical day on a project?
Although each day is different and subject to last minute changes, a typical day will involve visits to two schools in a morning session delivering HIV messages and coaching cricket skills and games. A short lunchbreak is taken and then a final visit to another school is made. The evenings are free for socialising, blog writing and getting used to the pace of African dining.
How much do I have to fundraise?
Individuals are expected to raise £975.
What support is there for fundraising?
There are hints and tips on fundraising in our Fundraising guide. We also encourage you to speak to your project leader and to other team members for ideas and support on fundraising.
Can I speak to previous volunteers to find out about the projects?
Yes. We arrange meet ups for past, present and future volunteers so you can ask any questions here. There will also be returning volunteers as part of your project team who will be happy to chat. If you still have questions, your project leader will be able to help.
Which country will I go to when I volunteer?
If you have a preferred country to visit, we will do our best to accommodate this, but it is not always possible. We will let you know the country you will be visiting soon after you have been accepted to volunteer.
How do you link cricket and HIV?
CWB has developed a method to link the ABC TS messages with delivering coaching points. You will learn more about this at the training weekend, examples and our coaching cards can be found here.
Do I have to be good at cricket to volunteer?
No. You don’t need to have any cricket experience. A general interest in cricket, or wider sport, may be beneficial as a common interest amongst the project team.
Do I have to be a cricket coach to volunteer?
No. You don’t need to have any coaching experience. However, experienced coaches in any sports discipline are always welcome.
When I volunteer how hands on is it?
In a word, very. Everyday you will be working with local children – up to 500 a day – and there will usually be an opportunity to work with smaller numbers of teachers. Contact is mostly limited to these large groups, but there will be chances to have one to one conversations from time to time.
What can I learn from the experience?
Every trip is unique and your experience will be individual to you. We hope that you will learn sport coaching skills and you will also learn communication skills, teamwork, leadership skills and much more.
What happens at the training weekend?
The first thing you will do at the training weekend is meet the rest of your project team and your Project Leader. During the weekend you will hear more about the charity, learn about HIV and gender issues, and learn the basics of a coaching session. You will also find out more about the country you are visiting and have an opportunity to ask any remaining questions.
What should I wear at the training weekend?
There will be activity at the training weekend so sports kit is appropriate. It is a very causal weekend so you are welcome to wear sports kit for the whole weekend.
Is there a kit list for the trips?
You will collect your CWB kit at the training weekend. The training weekend will also be a chance to ask questions about what you need to bring. Generally the trips are casual and most of the time during the day you will be wearing CWB kit. It can be cool in the mornings and evenings so you should bring a sweater. In addition to clothes bring insect repellent (DEET), sun cream and a refillable water bottle. You can get currency in country and ATMs or foreign exchange services are available in all the places you will visit.
How long is a project?
A CWB project is for two weeks in Africa. You may want to consider the project starting when you are accepted as a volunteer to include your time and effort in fundraising for CWB.
What do I have to pay for?
As a volunteer you will pay for your flights and any preparation for the trip (eg vaccinations). On the trip you will need to pay for food and drinks (breakfast is often included) and any additional excursions. Prior to the trip you may also want to budget for the training weekend (travel, accommodation and subsidised dinner). You are also expected to raise the minimum fundraising amount.
When do I book flights?
Flights should be booked as soon as possible. CWB works with a travel agent to provide flights at a discount to the charity. Your Project Leader will let you know when the flights become available and let you know contact details for the agents.
Will I get to travel around the country we’re visiting?
There will be travel during the project, which is generally by private bus. Where the schedule permits, excursions are made available during the trip (at extra cost to participants). If you are interested in arranging your own travel before or after the project this is possible and you should discuss this with your Project Leader for details of where the project will begin and end.
What happens if I can’t make the training weekend?
We consider the training weekend as the start of the project so it’s really important that you try your best to be there for all or part of the time. If there are unavoidable circumstances you should discuss this in advance with your Project Leader.
Where do we stay on the project trips?
This depends on the country you’re visiting. Generally we will stay in moderate hotels and you will be sharing a room.
Should I collect second hand cricket kit to bring on the project trip?
You should discuss this with your project leader as often any extra baggage allowance will be taken up with kit and training equipment provided by CWB. We partner with the Lords Taverners who run a kit recycling scheme – more info can be found on their website – www.lordstaverners.org/sportskitrecycling