Program & Schedule
Many Ghanaian children have a passion for sports. The most popular of these is probably football, but there are many who love anything that gets them running and jumping and keeps them competitive. This is where you come in!
You can share your love for sports and your knowledge about how each game is played to help the local children to raise the bar and step their own game up. There will be tons of opportunities to share your enthusiasm and efforts in a variety of sports, to help local children learn a totally new sport or make improvements in the sport they already love to play.
You can feel free to bring any sort of equipment or teaching aids with you, that will assist with your coaching experience, as equipment may be limited in some placement areas.
Coaching options include:
Football- U12, U14 and U17 are where the vast majority of coaching options exist at local schools, academies and after school clubs. Coaching may require 2 sessions each day, in some cases and there may be matches on the weekends as well.
Boxing- Made popular by local boxing greats that have gone on to represent the country on national and international levels, you will have the chance to provide coaching and share your knowledge of the sport with the next generation of up and coming boxers, at local boxing gyms in Accra area. Most coaching is done in the afternoons which leaves your mornings free.
Golf- Coaches will assist young players (8-17) with mastering their skills and developing their talents. Placements may include a local golf club and nearby schools that are offering programs in the sport. Skilled coached may even have the opportunity to provide clinics at other golf club locations in Ghana and try out the different courses too.
Tennis- Since tennis is emerging as a sport in Ghana, the current emphasis is on participation and developing an understanding of the basics, so there is no need to worry about high level coaching ability. If you do have the confidence and desire to take these students to the next level, that is all the better! You may have a coaching placement among national youth squads.
Hockey- Here is your chance to be part of the sport that is growing in popularity and being played in many local schools. Your placement may even give you the chance to train with some of the best in the region, as you prepare to coach youth in the U12 and U14 age groups.
Rugby- Bring your passion, enthusiasm and structure to the game of rugby, as you share all you know with locals who share the same passion for the sport. Work with a local Rugby club and schools in the surrounding area to help community youth to take their game up a notch. This may be a ground zero program, where you will need to teach the fundamentals of the sport, emphasize rules and strategies, etc., because very few may be familiar with the sport at all.
Basketball- Pass your knowledge of dribbling, offense, defense, jumpshots and team work to local players eager to learn the fundamentals of the game. Your coaching will help young athletes in the local community to improve their game and train them to be stronger in every aspect. You may even get to share your knowledge during practice sessions, and scheduled games, alongside local coaches for organized competitive events.
Netball- This is coaching experience may truly be at the grassroots level. Although the facilities may not exist for formalized netball for some local youth, the enthusiasm to learn still does. You can get creative to use what is available to establish the field and then share your knowledge of netball to get the game going. Start with the basics and it is only up from there! You may even have some opportunity to organize training clinics and matches for students in schools (ages 10-16), so that they can improve their passing and shooting skills.
Martial Arts- Introduce the basics and help young people develop their skills, as they practice the martial arts under your guidance. Based upon your own level of skill, you can guide small to large groups of local youth, as they improve through sparring, patterns, kicking, punching , self-defense moves, fitness routines, groundwork, linework and stretching, under your direction.
Athletics- You will coach children and teens in and around Accra at local clubs and schools, helping them to increase their speed, stamina, strength and skill. Many of them have dreams of representing their country on the world stage at the Olympics or other World Championships.
Swimming- Not every child in Ghana has the opportunity to learn to swim, but this could be your chance to be part of something special. You will have a chance to provide lessons on water safety and swimming basics, to help small groups of boys to improve their ability to enjoy their new skill.
Please be advised that the daily transportation costs to and from your program are not included and must therefore be paid by yourself throughout the course of your stay. Those costs may range from 2 - 4 Euros per day.
Actual schedules may vary depending upon the program you will be coaching. 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.
Aims & Objectives
- Gain some practical experience for future careers
- Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals
- Develop your teaching skill and become a better coach
Tuesday to Friday
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
It is a requirement that you MUST have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof. You may be asked to produce this certificate at the point of entry into Ghana and can be refused entry if you don’t have one. There may be other vaccine recommendations listed that you may want/need to get before starting.
Living & Location
Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, with a population of over two million. Accra stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north. 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.
During your stay here in Ghana you will be accommodated at our center here in Accra. The accommodation has a pool (donations for maintenance are requested) and is located within a gated community. Rooms are generally dorm style and are separated between male and female. Programs are located about 20 - 40 minutes away from the house. Limited WIFI is available in the common area. Staff remains on site 7 days a week to assist participants.
Typical Ghanaian dishes mixed with western food will be served at the accommodation. Typical ghanaian food includes rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish.
It is close to all amenities with the closest shops within a 5-10 minute walk. ATM is 5 minutes away by taxi. Restaurants and bars are 20 minute taxi ride.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
National Museum of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah National Park
Aburi Botanical Gardens
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Republic of Ghana
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.
Geographically speaking, Ghana is located only a few degrees north of the Equator, giving it a warm climate that is relatively mild for its latitude. There are two main seasons, but to be on the safe side, expect everyday to be hot and the humidity to be high. During rainy days it usually just rains for a short while, but occasionally it can rain for the entire day. Temperatures tend to hover around 22-30°C.
The north experiences its rainy season from April to November. The south experiences two rainy seasons each year. The heaviest rain there is from April until June, and a lighter rain is possible during September and October. Rainfall ranges from 80 to 215 cm a year. You can still expect to experience hot days, in both the north and the south.
Hot winds from the Sahara desert blow into the northern part of Ghana in late December and continues until mid-February, this is called Harmattan. Some years this can be pleasant, as it dims the sun and decreases the humidity. Other years a bad Harmattan day will look like a big London fog, except it’s dust. The Harmattan is more intense in the north and this is a perfect time for wildlife viewing as animals congregate at the water holes during this period. Since the coast is in the south, you will likely find even more humid weather than in the north.
There are over 100 ethnic groups living in Ghana. The largest are Akan (45%), Moshi-Dagbani (17%) and Ewe (14%). The Ashanti tribe of Akan are the largest tribe and one of the few societies in West Africa where lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors. They were once famous for their luxury and wealth rules, but today are more known for their craft-work.
The bond of family is very strong in Ghana and it is the primary source of identity, loyalty and responsibility. Family obligations take precedence over pretty much everything else in life. The entire family shares loss of honour, or the pride of success, which makes the culture a collective one. People are respected because of their age, experience, wealth and position. Therefore, you can always see preferential treatment for the eldest member in the group.
The centuries old culture of Ghana has even managed to be reflected gastronomically! Most Ghanaian dishes are often served as thick stews or sauces with meat. It is common that dishes include home grown ingredients or local crops, even soups will contain some of the local groundnut or palm nut. Some stews and soups are tomato-based as tomato is another popular ingredient in the country. Most meals also include a starchy component such as boiled yams, rice or cassava as well.