Sports Program in Ghana

Many Ghanaian children are passionate about sports. The most popular of these is probably soccer, but there are many who love anything that gets them running and jumping and keeps them competitive. This is where you come in!

  • Convey your passion for sport.
  • Through sports activities, it teaches different values.
  • He transmits teachings for his daily life in a playful way.
  • Youwill know their customs being daily with local people.
  • Enjoy this experience with volunteers from all over the world.

What is this program about?

You can share your love of sports and your knowledge of how each game is played to help local kids raise the bar and improve their own game. There will be tons of opportunities to share your enthusiasm and efforts in a variety of sports, to help local kids learn a whole new sport, or to make improvements to the sport they already love to play.

Feel free to bring any type of equipment or teaching aids that will help enhance the coaching experience, as equipment may be limited in some location areas.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

The day to day of the volunteer consists of a collaboration from Monday to Friday, approximately 4 or 5 hours, distributed during the morning or afternoon according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with breakfast at the accommodation with all the volunteers. At the end, the volunteers go to the project, where they meet with the local coordinator to organize the activities planned for the day. 

Sometimes there will be games where your team plays on the weekends.

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. A stop is made for lunch and, depending on the needs, they continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his free time. In the evening, the group has dinner and prepares for the next day.

Training options include:

  • Soccer: U12, U14 and U17 is where the vast majority of training options exist at local schools, academies and after-school clubs. Training may require 2 sessions each day in some cases, and there may also be matches on weekends.
  • Boxing – Popularized by great local boxers who have represented the country nationally and internationally, you will have the opportunity to provide training and share your knowledge of the sport with the next generation of up-and-coming boxers, in local boxing in the Accra area. Most of the training is done in the afternoons, which leaves the mornings free.

Golf Coaches: will help young players (8-17) master their skills and develop their talents. Locations may include a local golf club and nearby schools that offer programs in the sport. Qualified trainers may even have the opportunity to give clinics at other golf club locations in Ghana and try out the different courses as well.

  • Tennis – As 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 coachability. If you have the confidence and desire to take these students to the next level, so much the better! You may have a coaching placement among the national youth teams.
  • Hockey – This is your chance to be a part of the sport that is growing in popularity and is played at many local schools. Your location may even give you the opportunity to train with some of the best in the region, as you prepare to coach youngsters in the U12 and U14 age groups.
  • Rugby – Bring your passion, enthusiasm and structure to the game of rugby, while sharing everything you know with locals who share the same passion for the sport. He works with a local rugby club and surrounding schools to help young people in the community improve their game. 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.
  • Basketball – Pass on your knowledge of dribbling, attacking, defending, jump shots and teamwork to local players eager to learn the fundamentals of the game. Your training will help young athletes in the local community to improve their game and train them to be stronger in all aspects. You may even get to share your knowledge during practice sessions and scheduled games, alongside local coaches for organized competitive events.
  • Netball – This coaching experience can really be at the grassroots level. Although the facilities may not exist for formalized netball for some local youth, the enthusiasm to learn still exists. You can be creative to use what is available to set up the field and then share your netball knowledge to get the game going. Start with the basics and it’s only from there! You may even have an opportunity to organize training clinics and matches for students in schools (10-16 years old), so they can improve their passing and shooting skills.
  • Martial Arts – Introduces the basics and helps youth develop their skills as they practice martial arts under your guidance. Depending on your own skill level, you can guide small or large groups of local youth as they improve through sparring, patterning, kicking, punching, self-defense moves, drills, groundwork, line work, and stretching. , under his direction.
  • Athletics – You will train children and teenagers in and around Accra at local clubs and schools, helping them increase their speed, stamina, strength and skill. Many of them dream of representing their country on the world stage at the Olympic Games or other World Championships.
  • Swimming – Not every child in Ghana gets the chance to learn how to swim, but this could be your chance to be a part of something special. You will have the opportunity to provide lessons on water safety and swimming basics to help small groups of children improve their ability to enjoy their new skill.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Experience in any sport.
  • Certificate of criminal offenses.
  • Fluent English.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The airport you need to arrive at is Kotoka International Airport, in Ghana. If you arrive on Saturdays or Sundays from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm. , you will be picked up at the airport, in case you arrive at another time, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there.

Once you arrive you will stay at the volunteer’s house, located in Accra. The accommodation is located within a gated community. The rooms are generally dormitory-style (bedding is provided for the volunteer) and are separated for men and women. The programs are located about 20 to 40 minutes from home and participants are responsible for their own round trip transportation costs (€6-8). Staff remain on site 7 days a week to assist participants.

Rooms are shared by volunteers of the same gender. The house has common areas that can be used by volunteers and also provides access to a laundry room. There is no hot water, nor is there Wi-Fi.

Dates and method of arrival

The program is open throughout the year. You will be picked up at the indicated airport if you arrive on Saturdays or Sundays from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you arrive at a different time, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.  

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution of register for the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the contribution as indicated by your coordinator.

YOU COME?

What can I see during the weekend?

Ghana is a country with wonderful places. Soak up its culture and its most beautiful corners. Some of the places that you cannot miss are: 

  • Kakum Park Kakum

National Park is a tropical rainforest located in the central region of Ghana. It is one of only three natural sites in the country that offers its visitors a walkway over the trees known as the Kakum Canopy Walkway. Inside there is also a house built in the treetops about 20 meters above the ground that offers visitors the adventurous opportunity to spend the night. 

  • Accra

It is the capital of Ghana and has a lot to offer for lovers of art and history, as there are many museums, galleries, libraries and monuments to explore. It is usually recommended to visit the National Theatre, the National Museum, Christiansborg Castle, the Jubilee House or the Black Star Square.

The most popular beach in the city is that of Labadi. Next to the beach is also the Academy of African Music and Arts.

  • Cape Coast

City and port located in the central region that offers its visitors 32 different festivals throughout the year. Visitors can also visit Cape Coast Castle and the Cape Coast National Cultural Center.

  • Ada Foah

Small seaside town famous for its palm-lined beaches and neighboring islands. Many locals and tourists also take advantage of the water sports activities that the city offers.