Volunteer Coaching in Ghana
Do your football (soccer) skills extend beyond your gaming console? Have you mastered the version of tennis that isn’t played on a table? Have you been calling “nothing but net” since you were six? Well then volunteer coaching in Ghana is perfect for you! Come help local kids learn and excel in football, basketball, tennis, netball, field hockey, rugby, and boxing.
The volunteer coaching in Ghana project involves working with local coaches in schools, clubs and academies to promote sports from grassroots and youth teams up to the highest level in Ghana. All of the projects provide quality coaching experience for budding athletes, students or coaches. You’ll help these young athletes by developing their skills and teamwork while getting active with them on the field (our court) of play. Volunteers have a wide array of sports to choose from for their coaching placement.
There are two opportunities to coach soccer in Ghana. You can work with an elite academy in one of Ghana’s most talented divisions where volunteers will help to develop game play and skills while addressing players’ personal strengths and weaknesses.
Another option is to work with our Street to School Soccer project. It’s a community-based youth football program with roughly 100 players aged 8 to 16. The project gives young girls and boys the opportunity to gain an education, mentoring, and support in addition to quality coaching. The aim of this project is to create better opportunities for young people, alleviate poverty and keep children off the streets.
Opportunities in different fields such as strength and conditioning are also available.
This is a fantastic opportunity to promote a rapidly growing sport at Ghana’s National Hockey Stadium. You’ll help coach alongside some of Ghana’s best coaches and National Team players to raise the profile of the sport. Volunteers support the next generation of players by honing their skills, game play and teamwork. From beginners to the National level, this sport has something for everyone.
Netball is a growing sport for girls in Ghana. As a volunteer coach, you’ll help with promoting young female participation in sports. You’ll coach the athletes by teaching them new skills, fostering an environment of team work and increasing the popularity of the sport. Volunteers also help promote a healthy lifestyle while working with your own team to raise the standard of the sport in Ghana.
Basketball is a popular sport in Ghana, but many players lack quality coaching to help them develop and improve. You will be mainly working in schools to help grow the sport. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to coach at after school clubs with dedicated young players.
Tag Rugby is the primary form of rugby in Ghana due to the quality of the pitches available (hard, dirt surfaces). You will be working with local coaches to help young girls and boys learn new skills in the sport. Rugby is still an up and coming sport in Ghana, so there is plenty of scope to develop it and get as many people as possible involved. This is very much a “grassroots” type coaching project, where you’ll be building players’ skills from the ground up with a focus on basic rules and game play.
Situated in the oldest part of Accra, boxing has become a very popular sport with Ghanaians. The country has produced some world class boxers throughout the years. Boxing gives children the opportunity to stay active, keep off the streets and learn about dedication and discipline. You will work with local coaches to inspire more kids to get involved and have the opportunity to train with well respected champions of the sport.
Volunteer tennis coaches train athletes at Accra’s Tennis Stadium; home to some of the best players in Ghana. Accra’s stadium hosts regular training sessions for all ages and abilities from beginners to professionals. Not only will you get the opportunity to coach here, but you can also show off your own skills as a player.
The impact of sports coaching is one of the easiest to recognize. Watching a young athlete improve their form, agility, and skills through your coaching is an visible confirmation that you’re making a positive difference. Some of the more notable success stories include:
- One “graduate” of the program now plays professional football (soccer) in Germany
- Many boys & girls from the field hockey programs have gone on to play for their respective national teams
- Several players have been accepted into Ghanaian football academies to continue preparing them for potential professional careers while also providing them with an education
Many of them lack the finances to acquire proper footwear, uniforms (kits), and equipment for their sports. Donations of any of these items, new or used (in good condition), are a huge help and motivator for them to continue to pursue their athletic dreams!
Room & Board
Your project fee for projects in Ghana covers your room and full board in the NGO’s volunteer house. Here, you’ll be living in a large, beautiful house located a short taxi ride from your placement.
- Shared, single-sex dorm rooms with en-suite bathrooms and ceiling fans
- 3 meals per day (breakfast: self-service | lunch & dinner: local chef prepared in-house)
- Filtered drinking water
- Hot water & limited WiFi is available
- NGO staff lives in the house with volunteers for 24/7 support
As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.
|Additional weeks (each)||£250|
There are additional fees for the medical internship (£100) and veterinary care (£200) projects.
Included: Airport arrival transport • Orientation on arrival • Shared accommodation in volunteer house • 3 meals per day and purified drinking water • 24/7 on-site staff support
NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
Additional weeks cost a flat rate of £250 each.
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
Special Considerations | Volunteer Coaching in Ghana
For special considerations regarding all projects in Ghana, please visit the Ghana page.
Criminal Record Check
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.
Volunteers interested in coaching should possess experience playing and/or coaching the sport they wish to work with. This ensures that the volunteer coach has a sufficient understanding of the game and the skills necessary to provide guidance to young athletes.