Take a trip to Ghana, and volunteer as a basketball coach in the sprawling coastal city of Accra. You’ll work with promising young athletes and take part in their coaching and training.
Basketball has become incredibly popular in Ghana. This is especially evident in Accra, where many new courts have been built. However, many communities in Ghana do not have access to resources like professional coaching. We work at a club that has been established to provide players with basic facilities.
You’ll partner with local coaches, and can offer your own creative training techniques. The teams you work with are made up of beginners, and intermediate-level players. Using simple training methods, you can lay the foundations for their development. Your exact role depends on your experience and knowledge of basketball.
You’ll live and work in the coastal city of Accra, and stay with a local host family. Make the most of your trip by tons of delicious local food, and exploring the sights with other volunteers!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
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
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
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 personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized 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
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our booking form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
What will I do on this project?
These are the main activities you can get involved with during your project:
- Coach basketball to disadvantaged children at a basketball club
- Research and plan new, creative coaching methods
- Develop personal skills like leadership, team building, planning, and motivating others
Your work will focus on these main areas:
Coach basketball to children
You can develop the basketball skills of disadvantaged children aged 8 to 15 years old. Training will consist of:
- Fitness sessions
- Accurate passing drills
- Man-to-man and zonal marking sessions
- Team structure
- Strategy sessions
Research and plan new and creative ways to coach sport
Local coaches might not have access to the same information as you. Before and during your project, you can research the latest trends in basketball coaching. You can introduce these new techniques and strategies to coaches and your students.
Develop personal skills like leadership and team building
Coaching sports is a great way to learn important life skills. By guiding students through their activities, you can develop leadership skills. You can explore ways to motivate a team to reach specific goals. You’ll also improve your planning skills by preparing for coaching sessions, and getting an opportunity to carry out what you’ve planned.
Who are our project partners?
We partner with DUNK! (Developing Unity, Nurturing Knowledge). DUNK! is a youth-led, community-based organisation. They provide safe spaces for youth from disadvantaged communities to grow, learn, and socialise.
Through educational support for at-risk youth, DUNK! empowers its members to succeed on and off the basketball court. DUNK! is currently working in the two of the most underprivileged communities in Accra: Nima and Jamestown. They work with around 250 children each year.
Some DUNK! staff members are also qualified basketball coaches.
Where will I work in Ghana?
You’ll work at a local basketball club in Acca. The club was established to provide basic facilities to disadvantaged players who have a passion for the game.
Acca is rich in historical and cultural significance. The city also boasts beaches, museums, and traditional markets.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Meet the team in Ghana
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