At a glance
- Use your coaching skills to inspire and motivate promising young athletes from marginalised areas of the Akuapem Hills.
- You’ll be partnered with a local coach. Together, you will devise a basketball training plan for the children. You'll lay the foundations for the development of beginner players.
- You’ll live and work in the Akuapem Hills, and stay with a local host family. Make the most of your trip by eating tons of delicious local food and exploring the sights with other volunteers!
16 or over
Your work will focus on these main areas:
Coach basketball to children
You can develop the basketball skills of disadvantaged children from years 1-3 of high school. 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?
Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Akuapem Hills is characterised by vibrant green vegetation and rich red earth. As one of the quieter regions, children calling 'Obroni’ (foreigner) as they try to catch your attention will be unmistakable. The villages are welcoming and know how to entertain!
When volunteering in Ghana, join in on the street festivities or try dried fish and yams at a food stall on the main street. The bustling city of Accra is within easy reach for a day trip.
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 application form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Ghana
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