Ghana Football Coaching

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Highlights

Talented local Under 11

Trip Highlights

  • Coach your own team to success
  • See the progression in the young players
  • Immerse yourself into the Ghanaian culture
  • Enjoy beautiful weather year round- perfect for a game of footie!

Trip Summary

Loved throughout the country, football is Ghana's number one sport, and it's not exactly hard to see why! (Who doesn't like a good kick about every now and again?) 

Working with a collective of local youth clubs and schools, our football coaching programme is great for sports fans and wannabe coaches alike. When you arrive at the project you'll be assigned a team, and moving forward you'll be there to coach them to sporting glory, from heading up the training session on the beach to being chief supporter on the sidelines of a match.

Be prepared to roll your sleeves up, there's coaching to be done!

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Trip itinerary

Situated in the buzzing capital of Accra, our project gives volunteers the chance to develop their love for the beautiful game by coaching to Ghanians. Football has become a national sport over the past few years, especially after The Ghanan's rose through the ranks during the 2010 World Cup- and so you're sure to come across enthuisastic, bubbly young people who love the sport during your time here!

The football teams come from a variety of different backgrounds, including schools, youth groups and clubs, all located within Accra. Variety is the spice of life- so expect to be coaching different abilities throughout your stay!

You'll be first assigned your team when you arrive in Accra, and the fun all starts from there. The teams do vary in ability and age- from the U12, U14 to U17, and you'll be responsible for putting together the team's training programme as well as attending all of the training sessions and matches. Fancy giving your team the tough task of laps around the track, or fitting in press ups between their dribbling tasks? It's all down to you, so you'll have to adapt your training style to suit your new team.

It does get quite competitive between the volunteers during the placement, as of course they all want their teams to knock the other off the top spot! You're sure to have a lot of fun during your time as a new coaching pro and as your team will be putting their trust in you, you'll feel more and more like their manager. It's an incredibly worthwhile and fufilling experience!

For the first day or so of your programme, you will have a fantastic orientation to really help you get settled into your new surroundings and get to grips with how things work in Ghana. The orientation will cover all of the things you need to know in Ghana- and if you have any burning questions, this'll be your chance to ask them! Additionally, you'll also be taken on a tour of Accra including a visit to the local shops, bars and one of our favourite places, the awesome beach!

You'll receive lots of assistance during your time on the project; volunteers are not left alone and you will work alongside our in country team and local coaches as well as the other volunteer too. 

During your free time you'll have the chance to explore Accra, and further afield, the rest of Ghana. You'll have approx 2 days off a week to get stuck in to the local culture, so as well as hitting the shops in Accra and having a good time with the nightlife in the centre, you could sit back and relax on the beautiful Ghanan beaches. Such a hard life...

There's loads of other cool things to check out whilst you're in Ghana too, from the gorgeous sandy beaches to the lush jungles and the ancient ruins. If you wanted, you could even take an African safari!

 
 

Destination Information

Ghana is in West Africa and renowned for having the warmest, friendliest people. It borders the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and the Atlantic Ocean. Ghana is considered one of the safest places in Africa, with some of the friendliest people on the continent.

Ghanaians are traditionally very welcoming people and they pride themselves on the peaceful state, with very low crime rate.

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • All accommodation and three meals a day
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Sport placement
  • 24 hour local and emergency support
  • Pre-departure online account
  • Local Orientation

What's Not Included

  • Flights, travel insurance and visas
  • Local transportation
  • Extra activities

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

18 years old.

Accomodation & Meals

Throughout your placement in Ghana you will be accommodated in a shared volunteer house in Teshie, near the capital city of Accra. Centrally located, you are in easy reach of local shops, banks, bars and even the beach!

You’ll be sharing a room with other participants on the programme, normally there are between 4 and 8 people sharing a room. There are also shared bathroom facilities including toilets and showers.

The house is basic but comfortable and has some lovely communal areas where you can chill out during your free time and socialise with fellow participants. 

3 meals a day, basic but nutritious

FAQs

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

No, you won?t need to take a sleeping bag with you, however it might be a good idea to just take a sleeping bag liner or a thin sheet for night as it can be very hot.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

All of the house windows and doors are netted and the rooms are frequently sprayed for mosquitoes. Even when you travel around, mosquito nets will always be provided if necessary, so there is no need to bring a mosquito net.

Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?

There is a locked filing cabinet (in the lockable on site office) where you can keep your valuables, you will also have frequent access to your items when needed.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

You will need a visa to enter Ghana and you must apply for this before you leave the UK or home country. Please refer to the website of the Ghana High Commission in London using the link below to the online application process.

You will need to complete the online application and print off a copy of the completed form to submit with your application for a visa through the Ghana High Commission.

www.ghanahighcommissionuk.com

Applying for a tourist visa:

  • You will need a valid certificate of inoculation against Yellow Fever. This will be inspected at your point of entry.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of departure from Ghana.
  • You need to have at least three blank pages in your passport.
  • When completing the online application, you will be asked to select visa category, please select ‘B-2: Temporary Tourist Visitor’ from the drop down list. Follow the instructions to complete your application online and print off a completed copy which will need to be submitted with your application. 
  • Two colour passport photographs; these need to be pasted or stapled to your completed application form in the specified spaces. 
  • The cost of the visa on a standard service is £60 for a single entry, or £100 for a multiple entry 6 month visa (advised if you plan on leaving Ghana whilst travelling during your free time). Payment can be made by Postal Order or Bankers Draft made payable to ‘Ghana High Commission’. Personal cheques and cash payments will not be accepted. Express services are also available, please refer to the Ghana High Commission website for further details on fees. 
  • You can submit your application by post or in person. 
  • Applicants should provide a self-addressed pre-paid envelope (special delivery service is highly recommended). 
  • The completed form with two passport photographs must be submitted with the applicants passport and valid yellow fever certificate. 
  • It takes a minimum of seven working days to process a standard service application. Faster express services are also available. 
  • Please do not post cash.

Your Ghana visa will become valid once it is entered into your passport. Therefore, you should not apply for your visa too early as it may expire before you enter the country. It recommended that you apply for your visa approximately 1 month prior to departure. Once in Ghana, you can then easily extend it during your orientation in Accra.

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

Non Citizen ID Cards (For stays over 3 months):

The law in Ghana states that anyone staying in the country for over 90 days must apply for a non citizen ID Ghana card. Without this card you'll be unable to extend your visa if you are staying over 90 days. The cost of the Ghana card is $120 and lasts for a year and then $50 every year after that. Our in-country staff are able to help with this procedure.

Reviews

Overall Rating: (9/10)

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stefan hunte

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights of my trip were working with the children who are very talented at football, smart and extremely fun to be around, travelling around parts of the country which was amazing. The Volta Region in particular was very beautiful and a must go place for anyone who travels to Ghana. Visiting the castles of Cape Coast and El Mina was an unforgettable experience. Working in a local school was very fun and the children were fantastic.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No

Tips for other travellers?

Make the most of your time volunteering, travel around the country when possible and to try the local cuisines.

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Marijn Rubens

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Please rate the service received from our team before departure

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Met some cool people during my time in Ghana, but my highlight was without any doubt hanging around with the kids sponsored by the charity that i was staying with. Being able to interact with them, teach them, play fun games like maths bingo, and just generally having a good time was fantastic!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

more chances to travel further afield.

Tips for other travellers?

Go in with an open mind! Ghana works on Ghana time Budget for extra activities as these are brilliant.

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