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African Adventures

Sports Coaching Assistant

Coach a variety of sports for children in our partner schools. With limited resources you will have to think on your feet to entertain the children.

Ghana is a vibrant, beautiful country with friendly people, stunning landscapes and unspoilt beaches. Dancing and drumming are central to the way of life, and you are never far away from a beating drum. The area we work in is very rural – if you want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a new culture and way of life, you can’t go wrong with Ghana.

About the Program

African Adventures works with several schools in the coastal Volta region of Ghana. Whilst they are government-run schools, they are severely underfunded. In some classrooms, there are not enough desks for the number of students, meaning that children must take lessons sat on the floor. There is also a significant lack of resource material, particularly text books, which can present challenges in terms of teaching. The schools are in desperate need of funding and volunteer support. Volunteering is the absolute focus of African Adventures trips. 

Sport is hugely popular in Ghana and an important part of daily life in many areas. Because of the heat in Ghana, most PE lessons take place early in the morning and after school. As a multi-sports coach, you could typically expect to start with two hour-long morning sessions at 8am. Lessons inside the classroom will then take place, some of which are based around health, the body and the theoretical elements of sport. There will be times when lessons are not sports focused and instead concentrate on other areas of the curriculum. 

Ewe is the spoken language in Volta, the region you will visit. However, at school children are taught in English (with the exception of lessons for younger children), so feel confident that you will be able to interact with the teachers and children comfortably in English. The children will want to practise speaking English with you and, in turn, they will enjoy trying to teach you some Ewe! Please do not underestimate the impact this exercise can have on a person learning a new language; it could be more valuable than you think.

Your Role as a Volunteer

With African Adventures you will have the opportunity to either assist teachers in coaching sports or deliver your own coaching sessions for the children. The children are very eager to learn and relish the opportunity to experience different coaching methods. Your challenge will be delivering coaching sessions with limited resources and facilities. Don’t worry if you don’t have qualifications; all you need for this role is motivation and a can-do attitude. Football and volleyball are very popular and widely practised in Ghana. You could also introduce new sports that the children are not as familiar with and teach them new skills. The children love physical activity and are always willing to try new games and sessions – there will be no shortage of enthusiasm and energy!

Not only will you provide coaching support, you will have the time to interact with the children, talk to them and just do simple things like playing games. Interaction of this sort is more meaningful than many people would imagine, as a large number of the children in the area we work do not have the family structure and guidance that we, here in the UK, are accustomed to. Each day, you will visit partner projects of African Adventures, which are largely government run primary schools, and assist with teaching and building work (whatever the projects have highlighted as most needed) and you will have the opportunity to coach sports during the lunch hour and even before or after school hours, should you wish. 

When coaching, it may be that you support a teacher with delivering a PE lesson or, if you are comfortable, you could deliver a sports session yourself. Don’t worry if you don’t have qualifications; all you need for this role is motivation and a can-do attitude. Football and volleyball are very popular and widely practised in Ghana. You could also introduce new sports that the children are not as familiar with and teach them new skills. The children love physical activity and are always willing to try new games and sessions – there will be no shortage of enthusiasm and energy!

Outside of your volunteer work, we give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana, with a weekend adventure and a number of different cultural activities. This is a life-changing experience and we are sure that you will return from your trip a different person.

How will you benefit from your stay?

During your stay, you will soon become familiar with, and adjust to, the pace of life in Ghana. Everyday life is more relaxed than the usual fast-paced lifestyle you may be used to in Western culture so be prepared for a few obstacles along the way with timings. Likewise, you may find that although we work hard to ensure that project work runs smoothly, it won’t always be exactly as advised – project needs can change and it is important that we are adaptable and flexible to manage this. The best advice we can give is to travel with an open mind and embrace the Ghanaian culture as best you can.

We believe in providing an experience which has clear two-way benefits. Not only will you be helping to create lasting change in this deprived area of Ghana, you will go on an amazing journey and learn a great deal in the process.

We are confident that you will:

  • Learn valuable skills which you can use in the future.
  • Gain experience that will benefit you and your career.
  • Return home a more globally aware citizen.
  • Help create lasting change in the Volta community.
  • Feel proud of the impact you have made whilst volunteering.
  • Go on an emotional journey that will make you appreciate what you have.
  • Build new relationships and make new friends, possibly lifelong ones.
  • Be inspired to continue helping to create change.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Typical day

You will wake up and meet for breakfast at around 7:30am and will then be taken to your allocated project to start your day’s volunteering. Remember to take plenty of water with you as it will be very hot and humid.

After lunch, you may like to take your learning outside the classroom and get the children participating in a PE lesson. Activities may include bean bag racing, co-ordination exercises and counting games. These activities will depend on the resources available so we recommend bringing some sports equipment with you if you have specific sessions planned. Afternoon activities will finish at around 3pm, at which point you will be picked up and taken back to your accommodation to relax after a hard day’s work. 

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
The right attitude and a desire are the most important things that we look for in a volunteer. We believe that everyone has something to offer, regardless of their skills or background.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

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

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved with sporting activities at the schools. There will also be cultural activities included as part of the trip.You may have the chance to visit the market or take a trip to the beach during the afternoon. In the evening you can relax with a book, play some games or reflect on your day’s volunteering with other travellers. 

You may also like to get involved in some drumming or practise your Ewe! A weekend adventure activity is optional an can be booked for an additional cost.

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$617
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The trip cost covers most aspects required during the trip. This includes food, accommodation, all in-country travel, in-country guides, project work and volunteer travel insurance. The costs that are not included are flights, visas, medical expenses before you travel and spending money for the trip. There is an additional cost should you decide to go on an adventure weekend. 

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport

We provide all travel required from and to the airport whilst in Ghana and we also provide all the travel to and from the projects and the adventure weekend.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay at our volunteer house, used only by our travellers. It is basic but comfortable and has the necessary western amenities.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day and will get to sample the local cuisine. All meals have a staple such as potato or rice and there are lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Plantain is a popular part of the meal.

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,357.00
3 weeks
$1,788.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2,219.00
Average fees
$617.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Woe/Ghana between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Adventures 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 African Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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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 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.
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?
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