- Coach your own team to success: run training sessions, oversee drills and prepare for matches
- See the progression in the young players as you nurture their talent
- Contribute to the health and fitness of young people while keeping them off the streets and out of trouble
- Enjoy beautiful weather year round- perfect for a game of footie!
- Immerse yourself into the Ghanaian culture by living and working alongside local people
- Gain great experience for future jobs in sport and education!
Head to Ghana and volunteer as football coach in the lively city of Accra. Football is Ghana's number one sport, and you’ll be training teams and supervising matches with talented youth teams in Accra. 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. Plus, in your free time, you can explore more of Ghana or just relax on the beach. Be prepared to roll your sleeves up, there's coaching to be done!
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What to expect at the project
For the first few days of your programme, you will have a fantastic orientation to really help you get settled in to your new surroundings and get to grips with how things work in Ghana. You’ll receive an orientation briefing covering lots of useful information relating to your programme and Ghana in general. In addition, you’ll also be taken on a tour of Accra including visits to the craft markets, shops, bars, banks and of course the lovely local beach!
Situated in the buzzing capital of Accra, our project gives volunteers the chance to develop their love for the beautiful game by coaching enthusiastic young Ghanaians. Football is passion throughout the country, especially after Ghana’s international team progressed to the quarter finals during the 2010 World Cup - and so you're sure to come across enthusiastic, bubbly young people who love the sport during your time here!
Transport between your accommodation and chosen project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.
Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
Day in the life
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 range between 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.
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!
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!
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 volunteers.
During your free time, you'll have the chance to explore Accra and further afield. You'll have approximately 2 days off a week to get stuck in to the local culture, so as well as hitting the shops and markets in Accra and enjoying the local nightlife, you could sit back and relax on the beautiful Ghanaian beaches. There is lots to see and do a little further afield too, popular weekend trips include heading off to explore Kakum National Park and Cape Coast, Volta Region or even taking a flight to the north of the country to go on safari! Extra activities and weekend trips are not included in your trip, but the local team in Ghana will be able to help you arrange these.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
This fantastic volunteer project connects international volunteers with sports clubs in and around the capital city of Ghana, Accra. While Ghana offers free education to children, some don’t get the best start in life. Without suitable extra-curricular activities, children may spend their free time on the streets, where they can find themselves in dangerous situations or mixing with the wrong sort of people, leading to anti-social behaviour and other vices.
By helping out at a football club, you are providing a much-needed opportunity for children to express themselves and have fun while keeping out of trouble. You will be contributing to the health, fitness and general well-being of the kids and nurturing their sporting ability. Who knows, you may just discover the next international footballing star!
As well as getting the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of young people, you’ll also gain great coaching experience in a unique setting. This’ll help prepare you for future roles in sport and education, and certainly make your CV stand out from the crowd!
You’ll also gain a fantastic insight into local culture by living and working alongside Ghanaian people. You’ll become a part of the community and make real connections with people in Accra, as well as the children you will be coaching.
- All accommodation in a shared volunteer house
- 3 meals per day during your placement
- Volunteer placement
- Support during your placement
- Arrival airport transfer
- Departure airport transfer
- Assistance of in-country team
- Comprehensive orientation, including a tour of Accra
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Snacks and drinks
- Optional activities
- Project T-Shirt
- Transport between your accommodation and project
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, ATMs, bars and even the beach!
You’ll be sharing a dormitory style room with other volunteers of the same gender, each room accommodates between 2 and 12 volunteers. There are also shared bathroom facilities including toilets and showers (cold water only).There are fans in each room and air conditioning is available at night time only for a fee which can be arranged locally.
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. The house does not have wifi, but local sim cards with data packages can be also be bought very cheaply locally (for around 15p for a SIM card and 90p for a GB of data) and there are local internet cafes that can also be used.
Three meals per day will be provided for you at the volunteer house, the food will be basic but nutritious. Meals are a combination of western and local Ghanaian dishes, please ensure you inform us of specific dietary requirements prior to departure.
Transport from your accommodation to your project each day is not included in the programme, so you will need to make your own way to and fro. During the first few days of your programme, a member of our in-country team will accompany you to show you how to use the local transport system and ensure that you are happy and comfortable doing so before you start making the journey on your own.
Your flight to Ghana should arrive at Accra Kotoka International Airport (airport code ACC) on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.
To book your flights, please contact our flights team on 01892 277037 or [email protected] who will find you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.
The minimum age for this programme is 18 years.
A 3 month tourist visa is required for entry into Ghana. The application process takes 10-15 working days, so please allow plenty of time for your application. Please ensure your passport is valid, with at least six months validity remaining from the date of your planned return. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away.
Please also note that a valid Yellow Fever Certificate may be required in order to enter Ghana. All visa and entry information is subject to change and you should consult your nearest Ghana High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
An enhanced DBS check is required for this programme. If you do not hold a certificate dated within 12 months of your programme start date, please contact us as we can help you arrange the DBS check for an extra fee.
Do I Need A Visa For Ghana?
Yes you do! You must obtain your Ghana visa prior to departure as it is not possible to obtain a visa on arrival. You are required to have a tourist visa for this programme. British passport holders can obtain a Ghana tourist visa from the Ghana High Commission in London. You will need to apply and pay for your visa online and send off your passport and valid yellow fever certificate for your visa to be issued. It takes 10-15 working days for Ghana visa applications to be processed, please allow plenty of time to apply for your visa.
What Vaccinations Do I Need?
As we are not medically trained, we are unable to give advice on which vaccinations you may need for your travels. However, please note that a valid Yellow Fever Certificate is required for entry into Ghana and will be inspected immediately on arrival. Malaria is also present in Ghana so please you ensure malarial prophylaxis options with your GP prior to travel
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. When you travel during your free time, mosquito nets are normally provided in guesthouses etc when required. It is possible to purchase a mosquito net locally if you would like to have one.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
Yes, this is available at the volunteer house. The local team will give you more details when you arrive.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.