Sports Coach Volunteer in Ghana
Sports Coach Volunteer in Ghana
The thrill of the game, the roar of the crowd – sport is a passion in Ghana! And Ghanaian children have plenty of energy and excitement to go round! They love football, but really, they love anything which has them running about and competing! And this is where you come in as a sports coach volunteer!
Working with schools and clubs, you can share your love of sport and your knowledge about how each game is played, to help local children raise the bar and step up their game. As a sports coach volunteer in Ghana, there will be tons of opportunities to share your enthusiasm too, with children of every age looking to benefit from your skills!
Get your Game Face on …as a Sports Coach Volunteer!
Here are some of the sports you can teach, but the sky’s the limit – whatever your passion, Ghana’s local schools, academies and after school clubs are waiting for their sports coach volunteer – that’s you!
Football: Teach U12s, U14s and U17s with up to 2 sessions per day. Support and cheer your team on with occasional weekend matches too.
Boxing: Help to build children’s confidence with boxing techniques in a safe way. Most coaching is done in the afternoons which leaves your mornings free.
Golf: As a sports coach, you will help young players (8-17) to master their golfing skills in local golf clubs and schools. Skilled coaches may even have the opportunity to provide clinics at other golf club locations in Ghana and try out the different courses too.
Hockey: This sport, whilst, quite new to Ghana, is becoming popular and being played in many local schools. You will coach children in U12 and U14 age groups.
Sports relatively new to Ghana
Athletics: Many children have dreams of representing their country at championship level. Help them to increase their speed, stamina, strength and skill.
Tennis: Tennis is relatively new to Ghana, so it’s more about having fun and teaching the basics than teaching advanced skills.
Rugby: Teach children new to the game, the fundamentals of the sport, such as rules and strategies, and techniques.
Basketball: Pass on your knowledge of dribbling, offense, defense, jumpshots and teamwork to local players eager to learn the fundamentals of the game.
Netball: Again, you may be teaching at a grassroots level, and whilst facilities may not exist for formalized netball for some local youth, the enthusiasm definitely does!
Martial Arts: Introduce the basics, and help children to improve their moves, fitness routines, groundwork, linework and stretching, under your direction.
Swimming- This is a great chance to teach water safety and swimming basics to help small groups of boys to improve their skills.
Why be a Sports Coach Volunteer in Ghana?
- Gain some practical sports coaching experience for future careers
- Meet new people and make friends with other volunteers
- Embark on weekend adventures, exploring all that Ghana has to offer
- Tuck into great-tasting Ghanaian cuisine with meals and beverages* included
- Stay in our safe and comfortable gated-community volunteer centre
*tea, coffee, and drinking water
Sport is a shared passion that goes beyond language barriers, so you’ll feel part of the team from day one! With good preparation and the confidence to instruct a small team of children, this really is a great opportunity for those looking to gain experience as a sports coach volunteer. And on top of that, you have the rewarding job of boosting the skills and confidence of the children you are working with!
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
Orientation Day Schedule
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations,
- Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Ghanian Do’s and Don’ts, Ghanian Culture Lessons and
- Language Lessons.Tour around the local area
- Drive into Accra to visit the museum and craft market,
- Independence Square and Oxford street.
- Visit local shops and amenities.
- Meet some of our academy athletes at our training centre, help with our after school programme or visit the community children we support with our programs.
Tuesday to Friday
- Sports Coaching
- Sports Coaching
- Free time
Cost of transport to locations is not included, but will usually be around £1.50 per day.
Actual schedules may vary depending upon the program you will be coaching, weather or unforeseen circumstances.
You can expect to spend 3 or more hours each day coaching.
There may also be matches on the weekends when your team is playing or other events that you may want to attend which are related to your sport.
Evenings and Weekends
Your evenings and weekends are your own – unless you’re hot-footing it to a match you’re supporting your team at! Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new friends through the week and travel further afield at the weekends.
Places to Visit
Here are some of our favourite destinations in Ghana …
- Cape Coast
- Lake Volta
- Elmina Castle
- Manhyia Palace
- National Museum of Ghana
- Kwame Nkrumah National Park
- Accra Mall
- Bojo Beach
- Aburi Botanical Gardens
Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, with a population of over two million. It stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north, with many bustling towns and villages along the way.
Our accommodation is located in Teshie, a coastal suburban town on the east side of Accra. It is a quickly growing suburb that’s getting bigger and bigger every day. Teshie is rich in its diversity and has its own train station for easy transport to many of Ghana’s landmarks and places of natural beauty.
About the Accommodation
Safety is our top priority, and our Centre in Accra is located within a gated community, with dorm-style separate male/female accommodation. The programs are located between 20 to 40 minutes from the centre and transportation is readily available (all transport is extra).
And if you’re coming by yourself for the first time, you won’t be alone! There will always be other volunteers to spend time with, and there are staff on-site 7 days a week to help you. Wifi is limited, so we recommend you purchase your own SIM card to help stay connected with friends and family.
Anyone hungry? Ghanaian cuisine is a real treat, with typical Ghanaian food including rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef, and fish with its own African spices. At our centre, you’ll find a mix of Ghanaian and Western food to enjoy, with all meals, tea, coffee, and filtered water included in your stay. There are 3 meals during the week and 2 meals on weekends.
Our Volunteer Centre is close to all amenities with the closest shops within a 15-20 minute walk. ATMs are 15 minutes away by taxi, and restaurants and bars (including Wifi cafes) are a 20-minute taxi ride from the centre.
Trip Country Info
Population: 27 million
Currency: Ghana cedi (GH?)
Time zone: GMT (UTC +0)
This multicultural nation is in the western region of Africa, south of the Sahara. Bordered by the Togo in the east, Burkina Faso in the north, Ivory Coast in the west and the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana’s President is both head of state and head of the government. They now have one of Africa’s strongest economies, which together with their democratic political system have made them to a regional power in West Africa.
This country has succeeded in keeping its culture alive for centuries making it an amazing place to visit. Its diverse geography and ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical jungles. Once known as the gold coast, Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa and today Ghana is also the second largest producer of cocoa beans in the world.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|MUST have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof
|DBS, Criminal Background Check
|Under 18, Parental Consent
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance