Sports Development and Fitness - Ghana

Our Sports Development placement will enable students to play a vital role in teaching youth the importance of maintaining active and healthy lifestyles, while building skills in teamwork and sportsmanship. To be an effective sports coach abroad, you’ll be encouraged to be inventive with your lesson plans, teaching new skills, and organising tournaments for the children. This opportunity it’s a mix of rural and inner city projects and it’s available for sports groups.

We have a wide range of rewarding sports coaching opportunities available in Ghana. You will work with local teams, clubs and schools to develop the sport, skills and the players you will be working closely with.


FOOTBALL: Ghana’s number one passion. Every child grows up playing it anywhere and everywhere they can. Because of this we are using football as a tool to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and create better opportunities in the communities that we work with. We work with an academy of elite players aged 13- 18, these boys are working hard to make it as professional players either in Ghana or abroad and are currently playing in one of Ghana’s best divisions.


BASKETBALL COACHING: One of the most played and watched sports in Ghana with its popularity and participation still growing across the country. This is a fantastic opportunity for any athlete or coach to get involved with a growing sport with many talented young players to coach to victory. You’ll be working in local schools and community clubs to help develop Basketball at a grassroots level in Ghana.


HOCKEY: You’ll work closely with the Ghana Hockey Association to help promote, develop and coordinate hockey in Accra. With Ghana Men’s national team currently ranked 36th in the world and Ghana Women ranked 32 in the world there is an increasing interest and participation rate in the sport, especially amongst young girls and boys wanting to learn more about the sport.


NETBALL: Still a developing sport in Ghana although the introduction to the sport in schools, colleges and universities across Ghana has seen a huge rise in female participation in sports and created a pathway for interested students to make an impact through their coaching experience. You’ll be primarily working in schools with girls and boys during their sports lessons.


RUGBY COACHING: Although it’s still a grassroots sport in Ghana there is a huge amount of talent and passion for the sport. You will help to structure coaching sessions and help us to initiate positive and lasting change for individuals and communities using the universal power and simplicity of team sport.


TENNIS COACHING: Organise fun training sessions and competitive matches for many disadvantaged yet talented and enthusiastic children at Ghana’s national tennis stadium. You’ll be based in Central Accra at the National Tennis Centre working alongside local coaches to provide fun, active and organised coaching sessions to the youth players in Accra.


BOXING: Ghana is a nation with much success in the international boxing scene. You will be working with passionate young athletes that dream of becoming professional boxers. Work alongside coaches to help junior boxers thrive in their game whilst also training alongside adults, raise your fitness level and gain an insight into boxing in Africa.


HORSE CARE: The Ghana armed forces mounted unit have over 60 horses under their care that they use for official occasions, escorts and riding. As a horse care you will be working in Burma Camp, the armed forces base with the mounted unit and their 68 horses.


”I have been to Ghana twice, both times I went for 6 week placements. The placement was massively influential in me achieving my merit in my PG Certificate because of how different it is and the actual experiences I was able to extract from that.  As a part of my qualification we had to be actively involved in coaching and my block placement in Ghana working was mine. Where I did well over 150 hours worth of placement in the 6 week period. Coaching for 4/5 hours per day and planning my sessions in the evening.”

Rob Ellington, Sports Business Management, Leeds Beckett University

Two-Week Training Programme Overview
This can be developed and repeated if the volunteer is staying longer. We encourage volunteers to bring their own ideas and use this as a starting point to work with the children on their own training programmes and training. You will be working with a broad age range, from 4- 18. There are established football teams for Under 13, 15 and 17.

Schedule and Football Programme Overview
Under 13
Tuesday 4pm – 6pm
Wednesday 4pm – 6pm
Thursday 4pm – 6pm
Saturday / Sunday Friendly/League matches

Under 15
Tuesday 4pm – 6pm
Wednesday 4pm – 6pm
Thursday 4pm – 6pm
Saturday / Sunday Friendly/League matches

Under 17
Tuesday 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday 6pm – 8pm
Thursday 6pm – 8pm
Saturday / Sunday Friendly/League matches
✔︎ Accommodation - You will stay in a local-standard shared volunteer house
✔︎ Meals - You will eat local standard Ghanaian food.
✔︎ 30 + hours of interactive cross-cultural training and practice
✔︎ Certificate of Learning - proof this is not a holiday!
✔︎ Support - we got you!
✔︎ Transportation - Airport drop off and collection. Plus all placement related transport (to and from partner NGOs)
✔︎ Experience of a lifetime - no exaggeration!
✔︎ Vocational Impact International Development donation
Costs involved ** From £54 per day **

This is a self-funded experience. Vocational Impact are a fundraising organisation encouraging sustainable international development with all of our project partners. Therefore you will pay an all-inclusive fee, which will include a donation.
Where does my Volunteer Investment fee go?
We have established the Arms Around the Child volunteer abroad programme to raise important funds and offer life changing work experience to volunteers hoping to gain valuable hands on experience. Because of this, the fee has been set to offer a regular and sustainable income to or project in Ghana, and 80% of the fee will be sent directly to them. They will then use this money to pay for hosting the volunteers, providing the accommodation for your stay, and their running costs. The additional 20% is kept back to develop the volunteer abroad programme and to recruit new volunteers to feed into the sustainable charity cycle.
Do I require a visa to travel to the country I wish to volunteer in?
Yes, but every situation is different and visa requirements are dependent on the country you are traveling to and your nationality. You can contact a member of the Volunteer Invest team to provide guidance on where to find the information you require, or contact your nearest embassy for the country you are traveling to.
Which vaccinations will I require?
The vaccinations you require will depend on which vaccinations you have had previously, and the country that you are traveling to. We advise all of our volunteers to talk to their GP/Doctor ahead of their trip. To travel to Ghana, you will definitely need Yellow Fever as standard.
How much money do you think I will need to bring for the month? How much do you think food, travel etc. cost?
Food and accommodation are included. We advise taking multi-vitamins and some packaged food like protein bars, nuts etc etc
We advise budgeting for $50 per week for optional extras like day trips and treats.
What do volunteers do incase of emergency?
Call the volunteer in-country representative instantly. There are local numbers on the wall of the volunteer house and we provide these directly to you before you leave for your trip. You will also receive an essential volunteer information pack before you leave.
What about Internet?
Sim cards for your cell/mobile phones should be bought at the airport or on arrival into Senya. The Internet is available for Whatsapp but runs out quickly. The cost is around 40c for 2-3 weeks depending on use.
Is there anything specific you think I need to bring other than basic necessities? Does Ghana have any particular clothing policy? Is there anything I shouldn’t bring for security reasons or is the house fairly secure?
The volunteer house is very secure. We advise volunteers to take some long sleeves and light weight trousers. You should get a mosquito net. Ghana is a very hot country; insect repellant and sun cream are advised.
Suggested Packing List
Hand fan
Battery pack
Plug adaptor (from UK 3 pin)
Insect repellant
Sun screen / After sun
Hand soap
Tea towel
Fruit mix / water squash
Water bottle
If I have any further questions, who should I ask?
Volunteer Invest is here to help guide you through any questions or concerns you have, before, during and after your trip. So keep asking, and we will keep replying. You will also have on the ground support during your programme in Ghana
How are volunteers trained?
During your stay, you will be given orienteering and training with the staff on the ground. These are people who have been dedicated and working with the projects for a considerable time
What is the volunteer application and acceptance process?
We assess each application separately, looking at their reasons and motivations. We are approaching graduates because of the nature of the Ghana project. We don’t want to decide for people, only giving them the core information and allowing them to decide if it’s right for them. We aren’t a big company we are a small charity looking to build a sustainable model in the charity sector and offer reliable income for the Arms Around the Child projects on the ground in India, Ghana and South Africa. We will keep our size small to stay personable at all times. We want to build a community of like-minded people, who want to gain and give in different ways.
How do I pay for my Volunteer Programme?
Many of our volunteers fundraise for their fees. Imagine you are going on holiday and have to pay for accommodation, food, transport and airport travel. This is all included in your volunteer fee. We also include the donation for the Ghana project. Our fees are set so the Ghanaian organisation don’t lose money-hosting volunteers; rather gain valuable experience, support and investment to their work.
You can set up an online fundraising page and encourage your network of friends and family to support your ambitions to volunteer. Many volunteers do fun activities to raise money and awareness. We can help you with ideas. We believe that fundraising is a really important skill to learn and your investment into the work really is life-changing for them and the whole experience will be life changing for you.
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What are the programme outcomes for the volunteer and partner organisations?
The volunteers will gain valuable hands-on, real-life experience working with vulnerable children in a challenging environment. They will experience the inside workings of a busy charity on the ground, saving lives of children. They will gain valuable perspective on different cultures and customs.
Many volunteers gain practical experience relating to their chosen university studies or career focus. We have noticed a growing number of volunteers applying as part of their university studies.
For the organisation, they gain a stable income to support their work and running costs. Our Ghana project organisation gain a huge amount from international volunteers sharing their education, skills and ideas.
How do they maintain a relationship with the organisation upon return?
Many of the volunteers have such a life changing experience that they want to help share their stories, which we put on our blog, and send out to out networks via email. We believe the experience will be so powerful that word of mouth will enhance the volunteer numbers. An organic growth process is our aim. We are dealing with some challenging issues and the over-riding charity Arms Around the Child ensure that updates and projects are continually occurring.
Do returned volunteers recruit new volunteers?
This isn’t intentional, but it happens. We don’t force anything onto our volunteers. If they want to tell their story, and share then of course we will support this. But it’s not an aim, more of a coincidence. The nature of the programme means that we do have repeat volunteers and referrals. We love expanding the community of like-minded people.
How are you supporting volunteers whilst onsite?
We have volunteer coordinators at all sites and we are in constant communication with them while they are there. We know the teams on the ground very well and they too give us regular updates. We are here to help guide the whole process, from early engagement, during, and after.
Do you have a volunteer alumni network?
We are building one, and we have some beautiful write-ups from them on our BLOG:
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