Volunteers with a love of sport and real enthusiasm for working with children are well suited to our Sports Teaching project in Ghana. Volunteers on this project work with young children and older Ghanaians to help develop their interest in a range of sports and increase their skill base. In addition to the physical benefits of sports education, this project helps in developing the mental discipline of the children, as well as heightening their alertness and coordination. The Sports Teaching project will generally involve physical training, teaching the children how to work as a team, bringing the best out in the players, and encouraging children to have more self-confidence. Football/soccer is a popular sport in Ghana, however volunteers are also encouraged to introduce new sports to the children. To teach these sports, volunteers may need to bring equipment from home, as there is a chance it may not be available for purchase in Ghana. Volunteers do not need any previous teaching experience to participate on the Sports Education project, however it is important to note that volunteers may be required to teach other classes during their project, such as Math, English, Science or Social Studies (Geography and History) as sports is usually taught in the afternoon and early evening. During the school holidays, volunteer will work on school holiday workshops that will be created by the school directors, placement staff and volunteers.
Ghana described in one word: happiness. There is happiness everywhere – in the streets, in food, in people’s homes and especially in people’s hearts. If you ever felt down or home sick the happiness inside of them without a doubt made you smile once again. Ghana is the friendliest country I have ever been to and the children, along with the views and volunteers are guaranteed to create some of the best memories in your life. I really do feel that I made a difference which feels amazing!
Volunteer programme length – 2 weeks
Sports Academy Ambassador: Christian Atsu
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