Sports Coach & Assistant

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founded in 1989
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High­lights

Teach rules, strategies and inspire young students
Create cultural exchange opportunities through communication with locals
Develop your teaching skills, gain practical experience and develop as a coach
Introduce the children to a new sport or further their skills in a sport they already love!
Take your love of sports or coaching and give back to local youths in Ghana! Teach them the basic rules, strategies and everything else to do with your chosen sport. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
Ghanaian children have a love for sports! The most popular sport is probably football, but most kids just love anything that gets them running and jumping and has a competitive element. If you love sports as much as the kids here do, then we need you in Ghana!

Share your knowledge and skills about how each game is played and inspire the children to learn more and to increase abilities within the sport. There are plenty of opportunities here, you can increase their skills at a sport they already play or introduce them to a totally new sport! Feel free to bring any sort of equipment or teaching aids with you, this can help greatly with your coaching experience, as equipment can be limited in some projects.

Sports coaching you can teach:
  • Football– U12, U14 and U17 are where most of coaching options are at local schools, academies and after school clubs. You may be required to coach twice each day and occasionally assist at weekend matches.
  • Boxing– Local boxing athletes have made this sport popular in the area. Share your knowledge of the sport with the next generation of up and coming boxers, at local boxing gyms in Accra district. Coaching sessions are mostly taught in the afternoons which leaves your mornings free.
  • Golf- Assist young players (8-17) with learning new skills and developing their golfing abilities. You will either teach at a local golf club or at a nearby school. Skilled coaches could even have the chance to provide classes at other golf club locations in Ghana and try out the different courses too.
  • Tennis- Tennis is emerging as a sport in Ghana, so your role will be to teach the basics and coaching will not be at a higher level. If you do have the background skills, you might be placed among national youth squads. The main aim is to get the kids excited and involved in the sport.
  • Hockey- Hockey is becoming increasingly popular here and is being played in many local schools. Your project may even give you the opportunity to train with some of the best in the region, as you could coach youth in the U12 and U14 age groups.
  • Rugby- Work with a local Rugby club and schools in the surrounding area and guide the community kids to take their game to the next level. As not much is known of the sport here, you will be required to teach the basic rules and strategies.
  • Basketball- Teach kids and teenagers dribbling, offense, defense, jump shots and team work skill to local youth who are eager to learn this sport. Your knowledge of the sport will help young athletes in the local community to improve their game and train them to be stronger and inspired. Talk and share knowledge with local coaches at organised competitive events.
  • Netball- This is coaching project will start with the basics, as not much is known of the sport and it is not widely played. However, students are eager to learn, so we could use your help in teaching the basic rules of the game. You can get creative to use what is available to establish the field and then inspire the students to learn more about the sport. You may even have a chance to organise training classes and matches for students in schools (ages 10-16), so that they can improve their passing and shooting skills.
  • Martial Arts– This is a great sport that teaches discipline and respect. Guide the students into the best practices, teaching them sparring, patterns, kicking, punching, self-defense moves, fitness routines, groundwork, linework and stretching, under your direction. Depending on your skill level, teach small to large groups of local youths.
  • Athletics- You will coach local children and teens in and around the capital of Accra. The project is at local clubs and schools, where you will help with speed, stamina, strength and skill. Many of them have dreams of representing their country at the Olympics one day- and you can inspire them to do so!
  • Swimming- This is a special project and a great chance to give valuable lessons to children who not do not usually have the chance for swimming lessons. You can teach on water safety and swimming basics, to help small groups of boys to improve their ability and to be confident in the water.
*Please be advised that you will be responsible for your daily transportation costs to and from your program. This could range from 2.50 to 4.40 USD each day.

*Schedules could vary depending upon the program you will be coaching on. 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 wish to attend. 

During school holidays, you will will work on school holiday workshops that are organised by the local school directors.    

Note that School Holidays are:
-Mid April to early May
-All of August  to early September
-Late December to mid January

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.

Typical day

You will volunteer for 4-6 hours per day
Monday
  • Breakfast
  • Introduction
  • Lunch
  • Introduction
  • Dinner
Tuesday to Friday
  • Breakfast
  • Coaching
  • Lunch
  • Coaching
  • Dinner

Free-time activities

There are plenty of things to do on your days off- here are just a few!

Cape Coast
Cape Coast in Ghana has a colonial history, being the site at which many slaves were shipped over to the America’s. Michelle Obama is believed to have roots traced back here and herself and Barak Obama unveiled a plaque in their visit in 2009. Cape Cost is a fishing town, with a fort to look around and with an artsy vibe in the town centre. Many travellers use this location as a base to travel on to Kakum National Park.

Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is a coastal rainforest covering an area of 357 kilometres. There are 40 species of monkey, 200 bird species and over 500 species of butterflies. The park is one of the most visited attractions in Ghana, with spectacular scenery and canopy walk for visitors.

Lake Volta
Lake Volta is a picturesque man-made lake, just North from Accra. The building of the Akosombo Dam resulted in lake Volta being formed. You can take a boat tour across the lake or even try kayaking over it.

Elmina Castle
Elmina Castle is situated in the Cape Coast region of Ghana and it has a dark past. During the height of the slave trade around 33,00 slaves were held here, before being shipped off and out of Ghana. Slaves were kept captive and tortured at Elmina Castle, which was built by the Portuguese. You can visit here with a guided tour, that will give you a better understanding of Ghana’s past history.

Manhyia Palace
Built by the British in 1925, Manhyia Palace was made to welcome back the ruler of the Asante state, after many years of banishment from the country. Rooms are still set up as they would have looked at the time, and you can book guided tours and watch a video presentation, explaining the palaces history. The small museum holds displays showing old royal objects, clothing, furniture and photographs.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
This is the site of the grave of Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Situated in the downtown area of Accra, this impressive sculpture is made entirely from Italian marble. Inside, you can see items and photos from the president and information about his life story. The monument is surrounded by water and looks particularly picturesque at sunset.  

National Museum of Ghana
The National Museum has been open since 1957 and has three main display areas; art, archaeology and ethnography. The museum is located in Accra and has some interesting exhibits displaying Ghanaian culture and history.

Accra Mall
This is where you can go for all your shopping and clothing needs. Accra mall is a large shopping centre that has clothes shops, a supermarket, restaurants and a cinema.

Bojo Beach
A great day trip from the city is Bojo beach, a large scenic beach, just 5 kilometres from Accra. Getting to the beach requires hopping on to a small boat over a small patch of water. Once here, you can relax and dine at one of the beach cafes. You can also try water sports such as jet skiing!
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Police check or working with children check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation
3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
1 day orientation
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
Airport
ACC (Kotaka International Airport)

Pickup Window
You will be met upon landing on Saturday or Sunday between 06:00 - 24:00. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

Other Times
Discouraged, but can possibly be arranged. Please contact us in advance.
Accommodation
Your accommodation in Ghana is situated at our volunteer centre in Accra. The accommodation is located within a gated community. Rooms are generally dorm rooms, with separate bedrooms for male and female. Volunteer projects are situated around 20 to 40 minutes away and you will be responsible for your own transportation costs to and from the project. Staff will be on site at the accommodation 7 days a week to assist with anything you need.

Your accommodation is close by any amenities you need, the closest shops are within a 15-20-minute walk. ATM machine is 15 minutes away by taxi. Restaurants and bars are a 20-minute taxi ride away.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Your meals will be Ghanaian dishes mixed with Western style food, served at your accommodation. Typical Ghanaian food include rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef and fish. They are typically stews and soups.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$655
2 weeks
$660
3 weeks
$800
4 weeks
$1,000
8 weeks
$1,700
12 weeks
$2,425
20 weeks (max. stay)
$3,255
Average fees
$409 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Sports Coach & Assistant

Take your love of sports or coaching and give back to local youths in Ghana! Teach them the basic rules, strategies and everything else to do with your chosen sport.

$409/week

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