Ghana, Coaching Football to Children with BVOL

Company : Budget Volunteering
Location : Accra, Ghana
Duration: 2 weeks to 1 year
Approx Costs: 500 to 2000 £ Pound (UK)

You'll coach football during lesson times and coach the school teams after school. Children lack coaching and the basic ball skills compared to those in Europe. You'll be able to harness their enthusiasm & teach them how to use skills more effectively.

You'll work with a number of schools in Accra, coaching football during lesson times and coaching the school teams after school.

You could also be involved in organising, managing and running the Travellers Football Tournaments.   Football is a massive sport and played by millions across the country on typical African dirt pitches. With players like Michael Essien, Ghana has an abundance of talent ... and undiscovered talent waiting to be found.

As there is very little sports infrastructure and little opportunity for schools to play in competitive tournaments in Ghana, we've created a number of tournaments which allow the children to use the skills they have learnt from the volunteers and put them into practice playing against other schools. If you are involved in one of the tournaments, it will be the highlight of your placement. You'll see how all of the work you have done on your placement will have paid off - and to see the enjoyment it brings to the children is priceless. Whilst you're on your Coaching Football project you'll also help with other subjects such as Teaching English, as Coaching is not full time.

Your accommodation will vary, depending on your work location. You will either be staying in a family run hostel or with a host family. The hostel is a comfortable guest house accommodation, with 11 rooms, the owners are very friendly and they are Ghanian so you can still experience the culture.

Alternatively you may be staying with a host family. This means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like a Ghanaian. Local family stays enable you to fully experience the local culture from the inside. Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave Ghana and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family. Sometimes members of their Ghanaian family have even gone to visit them in their home country.

Food is included in your placement and will be local cuisine - again this is to enable you to fully experience living as local Ghanaians do.

Start Dates

All year round - subject to School Term times

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £595 for one week + £100 for each additional week. You may be able to participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive an information pack about your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a BVOL programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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