Volunteering Coaching Sports and in Physical Education in Ghana

Sports Volunteering in Ghana. Football Coaching. While sports — especially football — are perennially popular in Ghana, high schools in poor rural areas like Koforidua do not 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 coaching volunteer, you can give students the chance to learn new sports, enjoy getting fit, and discover their talents. Volunteers plan and deliver practical and theoretical lessons in the morning and afternoon, avoiding the midday sun. You are invited to bring any useful equipment like softballs and whistles along as teaching aids.

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Official qualifications are not necessary to join the Sports Education Project in Ghana. All we require is a love of sports and the willingness to share your enthusiasm with students. If you have a special skill or talent in a specific sport that you would like to share, we can create a custom program for you.

Download our program information brochure to find out more about volunteering in sports education in Ghana.

Quick facts

  • Program: Volunteer Ghana
  • Location: Koforidua
  • Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Language Requirement: Int. English
  • Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
  • Travel Insurance Not included
  • Suitable for Groups: No
  • Region: Eastern Region
  • Project Site: Schools & Orphanages
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Volunteer House
  • Meals: 2 Meals Daily
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Suitable for Families: No

Your role as a volunteer

Sports education volunteers in Ghana teach individual and group lessons at one or more high school around Koforidua. You’ll plan and deliver practical and theory-based physical education lessons, encouraging 14 to 18-year-olds to develop skills in sports like basketball and soccer.

Tasks may include:

  • Planning and delivering physical education lessons
  • Assisting teachers in preparing sports classes
  • Encouraging physical activity among students
  • Teaching children about new sports
  • Assisting in sports training and local tournaments

Work schedule

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

Journey to work

The schools where you will be working are about a 30 minutes away from the volunteer dormitory by taxi.

Closed dates

The Sports Education project in Ghana is closed for three weeks starting the second week of December and for three weeks at Easter. The project is also closed during July and August and reopens in the second week of September.

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Project Reviews & Testimonials

I really enjoyed the Ghana experience; Charlie, you are invited, I really appreciate uVolunteer for being organized and providing the volunteers with such a nice environment to live in.

It was a great month working with a local football team and local college sporting teams such as track and field, basketball, badminton, table tennis and volleyball. Since the West African Poly games are coming up, I was very busy volunteering with various teams.

The first day I started teaching the girls I thought I was starting from the basics, but I did not realize they had never even seen a basketball before.

Names such as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson were completely foreign and the concept of dribbling had not previously been taught. My goal was to keep it fun. As soon as the girls started to show any signs of being bored, I just let them play even if it meant breaking a few rules.

I was not use to seeing goats and chickens roaming the streets or drinking water from a bag.

Although it was something I was not accustomed too, I quickly adapted. I even tried Ghanaians' favorite food, Fufu. I started my program on Monday. I choose to teach Volleyball to Kingsby Methodist School for girls

Ghana Information Brochure

If you are interested in joining the program in Ghana, you should download and read our destination guide.

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