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.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
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?
Visa costs (where applicable)
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:
- 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.
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.
I decided to volunteer with Projects Abroad in Ghana as it was a perfect opportunity to combine my love and passion for sport with a desire I have had for some time to explore Africa.
Volunteer Football Coaching for High School Students in Ghana
Perhaps some of my favourite moments were whilst coaching, from being given our set of players, to eventually winning the tournament. I loved coaching the kids but also seeing them enjoy football.
Volunteer Football Coaching for High School Students in Ghana
Meet the team in Ghana
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