Residential Sports Assistant

1,650 USD

Required from September 2023

term time only, one year contract

We are seeking a friendly, active and responsible individual to join St Swithun’s from September 2023 until July 2024 as a residential sports assistant.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone who may want to consider a teaching role in the future, or for a recent sports graduate (although being a graduate is not a requirement of the role).

  • You will work with the teachers and coaches in the PE department to support the coaching and umpiring of sport; ideally you will have played netball or lacrosse to at least club level (experience of both would be an advantage).
  • You will also live and work in one of our senior boarding houses, or sixth form boarding house. You will support and assistant housemistress/master to ensure the smooth running of the boarding house. You will work closely with other members of the house team and will provide practical support and pastoral care to the girls in the boarding house.

You will work full time during term time, including some evenings and at least every other weekend, but you will not be required to work during the school holidays.

To work at St Swithun’s you must have the right to work in the UK; we are not able to sponsor visa applications. Because of the personal nature of some of the care required, and in order to provide a safe environment for the girls in the boarding house, it is an occupational requirement for the job holder to be female.

The School

St Swithun’s School, Winchester is a leading GSA and HMC school offering day, weekly boarding and full boarding for 520 girls aged 11-18.

The girls benefit from excellent teaching, sporting and recreational facilities. St Swithun’s is academically selective and regularly appears in the top 30 schools in the national league tables.

The Role


  • To contribute to the teaching and coaching of pupils across the secondary school age range and ability range
  • To be knowledgeable about the rules of the sport and able to deliver these skills to pupils
  • To have appropriate and demanding expectations for pupil’s learning and motivation and set clear targets
  • To support staff with fixtures including umpiring
  • To support the department with some administration


  • To ensure that the welfare, wellbeing and safety of pupils is paramount
  • To help foster a secure and caring atmosphere within the house for pupils
  • To supervise and care for the boarders, this will include leading and / or supporting after school and weekend activities
  • To eat in the dining room with the girls when on duty, in a supervisory capacity

Age Requirements

Visa requires volunteers to be at least 18 years old at the point of application.


Volunteers are reimbursed weekly towards their fees, flights, visa and travel insurance during placement.


Volunteers have a private room on campus, which could be in the boarding house or a staff flat, and a bathroom shared with other staff members.


Volunteers share meals with the team in the dining hall, where traditional English food is served (expect fish and chips). The schools cater for a wide range of dietary requirements.

More Details

See our information pack that provides the full program details.

Fee Details

Why NVW charges a fee
New Ventures Worldwide is a UK-registered nonprofit charity. The fee contributes to our operating costs and allows us to continue our mission of arranging volunteering placements for our global network of nonprofit organisations.


What’s included in the fee
The fee includes a sponsored Tier 5 visa, a thoroughly vetted placement, an appropriate volunteer role based on age, experience and interests, a placement mentor, any necessary training, preparation guidance, ongoing support, accommodation, food and a spending allowance.


Additional costs 
In addition to the placement fee, volunteers pay for flights, a visa, and travel insurance, usually costing around $2,500 USD (depending on the departure destination). Volunteers are reimbursed weekly towards their costs during placement. The reimbursement amount varies.

Welcome from the headmistress

Jane Gandee

Thank you for your interest in St Swithun’s.

We are proud to be a High Performance Learning School and a member of the Fellowship of World Class Schools. The High Performance Learning philosophy is that: high achievement is an attainable target for everyone; intelligence is not fixed (we can all become cleverer); high performers are made, not born (they work for it). HPL involves the systematic and explicit encouragement and empowerment of students to develop the ways of thinking and ways of behaving that will equip them for success both in school and beyond. It is the cornerstone of our philosophy.


Volunteer Experience



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What is the enrollment process?

After completing the application form, our team will check if you are eligible for your chosen program before inviting you to an interview. The interview is where you get to know the New Ventures Worldwide team, ask questions and get matched to your perfect program. Various background checks are then conducted before you are officially enrolled in the program.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, you will need travel insurance. You’ll need to send us your policy details before starting a program.

Do I need a local phone and bank account?

You don’t need a local SIM card, and most volunteers find they can get by on just Wi-Fi. However, having a local bank account is essential for some programs as it is how your allowance is paid. The New Ventures Worldwide team and guide you through this process.

What happens if there is a problem during the placement?

New Ventures Worldwide has a Ladder of Support so you can see who to contact if you need help. Your placement will assist you in almost all situations. However, we also offer background support, mainly if a more serious issue arises.

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Our placements are for those aged 17-29 years old
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