Projects Abroad volunteers taking part in football coaching for high school students in Ghana donate new equipment to a local team.

Volunteer Football Coaching for High School Students in Ghana

Travel with teenagers your age and get coaching experience working with local coaches and disadvantaged children

Volunteer as a football coach in Ghana with other teenagers, and work with local coaches to help disadvantaged children improve their skills. This is a great way to help while getting practical coaching experience for your CV at the same time.  

Football is a national sport in Ghana, and most young people love it. You’ll often see children playing football on the streets and at school. On this project you’ll work at a long-established football club where you’ll coach young boys. Through your training sessions, you’ll help improve their confidence. Football also gives the kids a healthy and fun way to keep active.

You’ll learn from professional football coaches who will teach you correct techniques and strategies, as well as basic first aid and lesson planning. We want you to help us build a strong team of football players with a love for the game. Some children may even go on to to secure university sports scholarships or play in international football leagues!

You’ll live and work with people your age in Accra, and stay with a local host family. We’ve organised plenty of social and cultural activities when you’re not working, as well as a weekend trip.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Trip Format:

High School Specials - Hassle-free, pre-planned trips for 15-18 year olds that help you step out of your comfort zone

Project Name:

Ghana > Soccer

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school holidays

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Accra (Read More)


Host family Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is volunteering as a teenage football coach in Ghana right for me?

If you are a teenager who loves sport and working with children, then coaching football in Ghana is for you!

You don’t need to be an experienced football player to join. All you need is an interest in sports and a willingness to learn. Professional football coaches will teach you everything you need to know, and our staff are also there to help you if you need it. 

You’ll gain plenty of practical coaching experience in Ghana. This will stand you in good stead if you’re looking to pursue a career in sports coaching or as a physical education teacher in the future.

This High School Special runs over fixed dates during the summer holidays. Your Projects Abroad supervisors will be there to guide and support you every step of the way.

Projects Abroad volunteers taking part in football coaching for high school students in Ghana lead a ball skills practice session with a young team.

What will I be doing during my project in Ghana?

In Ghana, you’ll work with children and young adults at a long-established football club in the capital city of Accra. These are a few of the activities you’ll participate in:

  • Learn training techniques and strategies from professional football coaches
  • Prepare football training sessions alongside professional coaches
  • Teach young football players the correct techniques and help them improve their skills
  • Referee at football games and provide match feedback to your players

These are the tasks you’ll focus on during your project:

Learn coaching skills from professional football coaches

Learning the proper training techniques and strategies are key to being a good football coach. Each day, you’ll join a training session with professional coaches who will teach you various aspects of the game. You’ll learn game rules, effective warm-up and cool-down exercises, and match preparation. On top of this, you’ll also learn basic first aid and how to coach different ages groups.

Prepare football training sessions

Alongside professional coaches, you’ll help plan the next day’s football sessions. This will include effective warm-ups that help avoid injury and fitness activities that improve the strength and stamina of players. You’ll also assist with organising and running friendly matches where they can practise against one another.

Help improve the skills and techniques of young football players

Every training session is an opportunity to develop the skills of the children who attend the football club. If you show show enthusiasm and confidence, they’ll follow your lead and instruction. This training will help them improve their:

  • Footwork
  • Ball control
  • Passing skills
  • Overall technique

The more they practise, the better they will play together as a team.

Referee at football games and provide match feedback

After two-weeks of preparing your teams, you’ll be able to show off their improved skills at a local tournament. You’ll may even be able to put your football knowledge to the test by refereeing at the game. You’ll need to keep a close eye on your players, because once the game is over, you’ll provide constructive feedback to each of them. You can share your observations with them and give them advice on where they can improve.

Where in Ghana will I be volunteering?


As a volunteer, you’ll be based in the thriving capital city of Accra.

The city is home to over 2.7 million people. The streets are constantly buzzing with people going about their daily lives. As a prosperous trading centre and cosmopolitan city, Accra is the perfect place to start your journey into West Africa.

You’ll work at a long-established football club. The focus here is to develop a competitive youth team. The club aims to train football players that win league titles, secure university scholarships, and play professionally on a global level.


When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ghana Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this Football Project?

The aim of our Football High School Special in Ghana is to help young boys from disadvantaged areas improve their football skills. Playing football also helps them develop their confidence while having fun getting fit at the same time.

Ghanaians are hugely passionate about football and manage to play the game whenever they have a free moment.

Through regular football coaching and giving the boys a chance to play competitive matches, you’ll contribute to the development of their football skills and techniques. Our goal is to build a team of highly skilled football players that are able to secure scholarships as a result of their athletic ability. We hope to see them play professional football for some of the best football leagues in the world!

Join us in Ghana and work with other teenagers and local coaches to help disadvantaged children develop their football skills.

Projects Abroad volunteers taking part in football coaching for high school students in Ghana help improve the skills of their students.

Measuring Our Impact

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.


You'll stay with a host family in Accra, Akuapem Hills, or Cape Coast. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana and have a truly unique experience.

On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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