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Join the Expedition

Play a key part in the original journey which has helped to shape the charity's vision and growing operations.

Join our next expedition

BPF has been leading coaching expeditions in Africa since 2012 and, so far, we have welcomed 200 volunteers, male and female, aged 18 – 65, from 30 countries around the world. We assemble diverse teams with each volunteer – or Pride member – opting to participate with us for anything from 3 weeks or more. The expedition route, has typically taken in up to eight countries in east and southern Africa each year. Looking to the future our expedition itineraries will vary from year to year according to the charity’s program focus.

PLEASE NOTE: We have had to cancel all incoming volunteering programs in Africa in 2021. We plan to restart expeditions from 2022 (depending on the easing of international travel). Please get in touch if you would like to talk to us or register your interest for a future expedition. Alternatively, you can submit an application to join our next expedition.

Let’s make it happen, together

Do you believe in the power of sport and possess a spirit of adventure? Are you ready to embrace Africa, take on the journey of a lifetime and turn challenges into opportunities? By volunteering with us on BPF’s overland coaching expedition, you will make a significant contribution to the charity’s goals, coach inspirational young players alongside members of the community and be totally uplifted. Change lives by starting with your own – apply today and make it happen!

Expedition timeline

Use the map below to explore where our expedition has taken us since 2012 and get a taste for some of the activities you can encounter with the Pride

Example Itinerary

  • April / May (25 days)
  • Arrive Lilongwe, depart Lusaka
  • Work with inspirational communities, coaching rugby and/or netball, in a rural part of Lilongwe where BPF’s programming is going through transformational change. Seeing is believing: Our sports & education community centre, three years in the making, is being operationalised and you will gain first-hand experience in contributing to on-site and outreach activities. You will get a real-life taste of this unique area by staying at BPF’s accommodation.
  • Spend the weekend at Lake Malawi
  • Head to Lusaka with a safari in South Luangwa National Park en-route; stay in comfortable chalets in the heart of one of Africa’s most beautiful national parks, experiencing the sights and sounds of the natural world
  • Where we stay: BPF’s community centre accommodation; other hotels/lodges in Malawi/Zambia
  • Volunteer fee: See FAQs below

Apply to join the expedition

Join us for anything from 3 weeks…

Our itineraries run in approximately 3-week ‘blocks’. You can join for one or more blocks according to your availability and based on our itinerary schedule

…And select where you join and leave

Talk to us about the flexibility of your travel dates and we’ll let you know where and when our entry and exit points are on our expedition route

Frequently asked questions & important info

Start Your Application

Join our next expedition

Coaching with the Pride

Hear from our volunteers as they discuss life with the Pride, their motivations and experiences

Ronan & Rory’s journey with the Pride
Become the Change
Jo Cremin talks life with the Pride