Type: Teaching & Education, Working with children,
Many children in Ghana don’t receive proper coaching at a young age and they lack the basic ball skills and understanding of Football compared to those in Europe. You will be able to harness their enthusiasm and teach them how to use their raw talent more effectively and in a structured way. You'll coach football during lesson times and after school. You could also help to run a Football Tournament occasionally held against other schools. Football is played by millions across the country on typical African dirt pitches.
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.
"I would have to say that the Travellers Football Tournament we have just completed, pitting the U12 teams from the schools where we coach, together in a day of festivities was a joy to watch. The kids were infectiously enthusiastic, friendly and genuinely talented at every school we worked at. We generally did 3 or 4 sessions a day, usually around an hour in length." Louis Rutherford
You don't need any qualifications, but you should have good English.
Coaching is not available during school holidays, so if you're planning to participate in a placement, please take the school term dates into account when planning the timing of your project.
However, during the summer school holidays we run a summer-camp for the children to give them something to do and a place to go that provides them with food and keeps them off the street. You'll be able to participate in the Summer Camp if the summer holidays fall during your placement period.
On the other hand, if a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing.
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.
"My family - Lizzie and Prince are lovely. The children are very sweet, and I feel extremely lucky to have been placed with them. The house is of a Western standard in most ways, and Lizzie's cooking is excellent. I feel a part of their family already."
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.
2 Weeks £595
3 Weeks £695
4 Weeks £795
6 Weeks £995
8 Weeks £1,195
10 Weeks £1,395
12 Weeks £1,595
Extra Weeks £100
Start Dates All year round, subject to school terms - you choose your start and finish dates!Duration2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
►Meeting you at Accra Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Full pre-departure support
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project?
All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
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Telephone 1: 0207 193 6835 (From within the UK) or +44 (0) 207 193 6835 (From outside of the UK)
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