Sports Coaching

Ghana

Share your love of sport through leading coaching sessions and help to improve concentration and increase the confidence of the children. You will work with the team promoting improved health care and education and live in the heart of the community in a tropical village.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Rural village in Eastern Ghana
  • Start dates: Throughout the year - see role section
  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £795 / €955 / $1075 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers are needed to work within the community, coaching a variety of sports to pupils in a rural community school. This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers who would like to share their love of sport through coaching sessions and activities for children from 6 years old to adults. Volunteers can teach:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Netball

The children love to learn new sports and games so volunteers are welcome to coach any other sports they have an interest in

The schools in Ghana have very limited sports equipment and really appreciate any donations of sports equipment or kit. Volunteers are not required to have professional sports qualifications, just lots of enthusiasm and a passion for sport!

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with 2 days off. Generally volunteers start at 8am and finish at 4pm however this can vary.

Other volunteers

Sports Coaching, Child Care, Building, Teaching and Photography volunteers in Ghana all live together and there are generally 1 to 5 volunteers in total however this may vary. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Ghana.

Child Protection

Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Start Dates

2017: 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 2 Dec

2018: 6 Jan, 20 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 Feb, 3 Mar, 17 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 23 Jun, 7 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov

Closure Dates

Closed from 15 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Ghana volunteer reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers are able to provide additional sport coaching sessions, teach new games and new skills which wouldn’t be possible due to the schools limited resources. They are able to share their ideas with the current teachers who can pass on their knowledge to their future pupils.

Although English is the national language of Ghana, the level of English in this area is low since many children speak local tribal languages. All Primary and Secondary school subjects in Ghana are taught in English, so a good understanding of the language is vital for furthering their education. By teaching sport in English volunteers are directly improving education and employment prospects of the pupils and member of the community.

“We love our volunteers and the community welcomes them with open arms! They are a key part of the charity and the team in Ghana. They help the local team assist and reach more communities by giving their time and energy”Neil, Charity Director

How is the project making a difference?

The Sports Coaching project has encouraged community wide participation in new sports and created great community spirit. The project has enabled volunteers and schools teachers to act as positive role models for the young men and women by inspiring a passion for sport and increasing self-esteem.

Before the project was launched few women chose to be part of sports team, but with volunteers help there is now an established and successful men’s and women’s football team who compete against local teams.

The charity that you will work alongside in Ghana started their work in 2006 when they completed their first well which allowed a village of more than 300 people to access safe drinking water. Since then, they have helped many other villages to alleviate poverty with the help of volunteers on projects which include building wells, a clinic, schools, toilets, improving education and health initiatives.

Where will I be living?

Ghana is regarded as the one of the friendliest African countries. You will be based in a small village, nestled in a jungle in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The village has no running water and there is electricity around 70% of the time.

In the village volunteers sleep in bunk-bed dormitories. Although efforts are made for each dormitory room to be shared on a single sex basis, this cannot be guaranteed. There is a traditional mud hut available for couples. At the volunteer base there is a common room and simple kitchen area. The accommodation is clean but very simple, with long drop toilets and bucket showers.

Volunteers can visit a colourful bead market in nearby town of Koforidua, Boti falls or umbrella rock at weekends.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Sarah is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Community volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Accra)
  • Accommodation - shared
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction and training, including health & safety and culture
  • Local introductions and tours
  • Local language lessons given by the Headmaster of the school
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod Volunteer is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
1 week £795 GB Pounds
2 weeks £895 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £95 GB Pounds
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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

80+

members of the community have participated in the community sports programmes

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

Sarah

Pod UK Specialist

Sarah has visited the project, apply and you'll hear from her soon!

We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Ghana Sports Coaching volunteer - Mabel

    “Coaching football was good fun! Lots of the girls hadn't played much before but it was great to see them improve! They showed great enthusiasm and were keen to try new things and challenge themselves.”

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  • Ghana Sports Coaching volunteer - Scott

    “Being accepted as the coach of a very enthusiastic, very receptive soccer team was very rewarding indeed. It was wonderful to watch my players develop on the field as they started to feel natural and comfortable.”

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  • Ghana Sports Coaching volunteer - William

    “Volunteering in Ghana far exceeded my expectations mainly in the relationships that I formed with the Ghanaians in the village who were fantastic people. It was amazing to be a part of this project!”

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