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Sports Coach & Physical Education Assistant

Introduce disadvantaged Ghanaian teenagers to new sports, build their confidence and help them to unlock their potential through sports education volunteering.

OVERVIEW

In Ghana, sport – especially football – is perennially popular; however, high schools in poor rural areas like Koforidua don’t have the resources to introduce students to a variety of sports. Traditional subjects take priority over physical education and a lack of funds means that many schools in Koforidua cannot provide the same opportunities for PE development as their counterparts in wealthier areas like the capital, Accra.

As a sports education volunteer, you can give these disadvantaged teenagers the chance to discover new sports and enjoy getting fit, encouraging them to uncover their potential. Volunteers plan and deliver practical and theoretical lessons in the morning and afternoon, avoiding the hot midday sun. You’re invited to bring any useful equipment like softballs and whistles along as teaching aids.

YOUR ROLE
Share your passion for sport with underprivileged high school students in Koforidua when you join the uVolunteer Sports Education Project. Volunteers plan and deliver practical and theory-based PE lessons, encouraging 14 to 18-years-olds to develop skills in sports like basketball and soccer and helping them achieve their full potential.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Typical day

WORK SCHEDULE
Sports education volunteers in Ghana work four days per week, Monday to Thursday. Lessons are split into morning and afternoon sessions to avoid the hot midday sun. Morning sessions: Hours are from 7am to 10am.  Afternoon sessions: Hours are from 3pm to 5pm.

JOURNEY TO PROJECT
The schools where you will be working are located around a 30 taxi ride from the volunteer dormitory.

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at University or College of High Education level
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 and Thursday from 08:00 - 15:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at uVolunteer are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

DAYS OFF - WHAT TO DO?
With three days off every week, you’ll have plenty of time to explore all that Ghana has to offer. From the sandy beaches along the coast to the architecture and arts of Accra, Ghana is full of unforgettable experiences – make memories to treasure when you volunteer abroad in Ghana.

Most of the uVolunteer projects are located in Koforidua – also known as Kofftown, the capital of the Eastern Region. The city is located centrally just a 45-minute drive from the Ghanaian capital Accra, making it relatively simple to explore in all directions. 

CAPE COAST & ELMINA
World heritage sites, slave trading posts and shrines

KOKROBITE
White-sand beaches, wild water sports and traditional fishing

ACCRA ARTS CENTER
Authentic African art, handicrafts and haggling

MOLE NATIONAL PARK
Exotic ecosystems and beautiful biodiversity - Cheapest Elephant Safari in Africa

NZULEZU
Freshwater lakes, rich history and water village culture

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

Included Services

What's included?
  • Airport Pick-up Service
  • Dormitory Accommodation
  • 2 Meals daily (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Volunteer Project
  • Pre-arrival Information & Support
  • In-Country Orientation (includes City Tour)
  • Daily Local Staff Supervision
  • Social Activities
  • Media Documentation
  • Letter of Completion

What’s Not Included in Fees - FLIGHT, VISA COSTS, INSURANCE, TRANSPORTATION

FLIGHTS: It is your responsibility to purchase a return flight to your your program destination. The cost of this ticket will vary depending on where you live. We do not book flights for volunteers.

VISA COSTS: The majority of our participants do not need a visa to travel to our three program destinations. When you do need a visa, it should cost no more than US$75 and we will provide you with any supporting documentation needed for your visa application but it is your responsibility to apply for the visa.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: It is mandatory for all volunteers participating on the uVolunteer program to have a travel insurance policy. The cover you choose should cover for things like medical emergencies, travel disruptions, damaged or lost luggage, and the loss of expensive items such as smartphones, laptops and cameras. The cost of your policy will depend of the duration of your trip and the what covered, budget $50 – $95.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: Traveling to your work placement is key to culturally integration, and an important part of your time abroad. Some volunteers will be able to walk to their projects. Those whose projects are not within walking distance will have to take a short local bus ride, or a local taxi ride costing no more than $2 daily. Sometimes project staff may provide volunteers a lift from the dorm to work and back. You should budget for about $2 daily for travel to your placement.

AIRPORT DROP-OFF: It will be your responsibility to travel back to the airport after your placement. We find that by the end of your program you should be confident enough to take public transport to return to the airport. Your coordinators can also arrange for a local taxi service to drop you off at the airport. Costs $10 for public bus or $60 for personal taxi service.

PERSONAL EXPENSES: During your 4-day working week you should spend no more than d $20. You can spend much more or less depending on your social activities and habits.

WEEKEND TRIPS & TRAVEL: During your 3-day weekend you will spend most of the money that you will bring on your trip. Budgets for weekend trips should be around US$150. These are low figures so budget for more if you plan on doing a lot during the weekends. Because of orientation, you will not be able to travel during your first weekend.
Airport Pickup at Kotoka
Airport Pick-up for volunteers is include in the program:

IMPORTANT: Your flight must arrive between 6AM and 8PM on the Arrival Date. 

All arrivals are on Fridays; we do not accept arrivals on Saturdays or Sundays. 


Accommodation
Dormitory Life
Our program is based around our volunteer dormitory (the Dorm). Only volunteers, authorized maintenance personnel and staff are allowed inside. 

The dorm is the central hub of volunteer life and it is used for all social activities during your placement. Dormitory life means ‘group living’ so please come prepared to be living in such an environment. 

Dorm Rooms 
Dorm rooms are to be kept closed at all times, this is your private space within the dormitory. Dorm rooms are single sexed rooms. All rooms are fitted with bunk beds. There may be 2, 4 or 6 volunteers sharing a room. 
We will provide all volunteers with clean bed sheets each week.

Volunteers will have sufficient of storage space in the Dorm for your personal belongings. Some dorm room will have keys other won’t. If the rooms don’t have keys you will be provided with keys to the main entrance. The Dorm is a safe space so feel free to bring any electronic devices that you many need during your trip.

Friends traveling together
If you are traveling with a friend, we will try our best to accommodate you in the same room if possible. Couples can only stay together in the same room if there are no other volunteers in the room; otherwise couples will be placed in individual single sexed room.

Showers
Ghana: Showers are always taken cold in Ghana. You may have to use a bucket to shower, if we have water shortages. 
Note: You will need to bring a towel, shower gel and shampoo for your showers.

Kitchen usage
The Dorm has a kitchen that is available for volunteers to use to cook food. Volunteers who decide to cook should only use their food and not that of other volunteers and you should always immediately wash-up after using the kitchen. Private storage space is provided for each volunteer to store food in the kitchen. You may use the kitchen to prepare you lunches.


Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bungalow
Food & Beverages
Meals
Breakfast and Dinner will be served daily at the dorms. The food will be local cuisine and can be made to suit all dietary needs. If you do not inform us of any dietary needs during your application, we may not be able to cater for you on arrival.  
Meal times are set by the schedule of the program and destination. Usually at 7AM Breakfast and 6PM dinner. We cannot change this time schedule for individual volunteers. If you are not preparing to eat at our set meal times, we can safely store your meal plate for you.  You may reheat it later in the microwave.

Lunch
We DO NOT provide lunch for volunteers. Some projects may provide you with lunch, but do not count on this as we have no control over this and project policy can change any day. Please bring a budget for your meals at lunchtime. You can use this time as the perfect opportunity to try out the local lunch options available close to your project. 
Budget: Local lunch at a local restaurant: $6
Budget: 1.5 liter bottle of water: $0.80
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$954.00
5 weeks
$1,080.00
6 weeks
$1,206.00
7 weeks
$1,332.00
8 weeks
$1,458.00
9 weeks
$1,584.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,962.00
Average fees
$201.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Koforidua/Ghana between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. uVolunteer 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 uVolunteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Ghana

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ghana. Please check the visa regulations for Ghana.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ghana and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ghana.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ghana.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Kotoka (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Ghana while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Koforidua, Koforidua, Ghana

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