Coach football in dusty fields in Africa ... Many children in Ghana don’t receive proper coaching and they lack basic ball skills and understanding of Football. You'll teach them how to use their raw talent more effectively.

You'll work with a number of schools, coaching football during lesson times and coaching the school teams after school. You'll also combine your coaching with some normal teaching, such as English, thus giving you a wider range of experience.


Hi, I'm Jim Morel, Project Coordinator for Ghana, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £795 (approx. US$995) for 2 weeks
£200 (US$255) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 weekS to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round subject to school terms / semesters – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 17. No qualifications needed. You don't have to have a great knowledge of the game and the rules, but you must be an enthusiastic person who enjoys playing the game.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your Project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in working with children, teaching or sport
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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A volunteer coaching a football team on the Sports Coaching Project in Ghana
A volunteer coaching one of the older football teams.
Coaching a football team on the Sports Coaching Project in Ghana
School team practising on the pitch - not exactly a green pitch, but that doesn't take away their enjoyment of the game!


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.

The schools are a mixture of primary, junior and secondary. You will generally be asked to teach football to all age groups. You are very likely to be in popular demand everywhere - in and out of the classroom.

Whilst you are on your Coaching Football project you'll also help with other subjects such as Teaching English, as Coaching is not full time. There are no qualifications needed but a good level of English is required.

As there is very little sports infrastructure and little opportunity for schools to play in competitive tournaments in Ghana, Travellers have created a couple 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 the timing is such that you are able to be involved in one of the Travellers 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.

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

Play wih KWABENYA ROYALS (Division 3):
We have a link with a local team called KWABENYA ROYALS who play in Division 3 in Ghana. Some of our recent football volunteers have been training and coaching this team before school and have made a real impact. So whatever your standard and level of expertise in football, we are able to cater for your needs. Playing for a local team will give you a real insight into Ghanaian football and culture. This opportunity all depends on their timetables but this is a wonderful chance to train with some really talented players.

Teaching 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. If a holiday falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing. Dates for the school terms (semesters) are as follows:

2018/2019 School Terms
Term 1: 11 September – 20 December
Term 2: 15 January – 11 April
Term 3: 7 May – 25 July
Schools closed until 10th September when the new academic year begins (end of year dates to be confirmed).

As a volunteer sports coach with Travelles, you have access to a large number of coaching manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced in-house by Travellers and are generally very useful in helping you to plan coaching sessions for your students.

Volunteer Richard coaching football at Nania on the Sports Coaching Project in Ghana
Volunteer Richard here is coaching football at a professional football club based in in Accra.
TFC Team training on the Sports Coaching Project in Ghana
Volunteer taking the team through some pretty strenuous training.
Cricket Under 14s tournament held together with the Ghana Cricket Association
The Travellers Cricket Under 14s tournament held together with the Ghana Cricket Association.


Your accommodation will vary depending on your work location, but will either be in a family-run hostel or with a host family. This means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like a Ghanaian. This enables you to fully experience the local culture from the inside.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There are no internet facilities in the host family homes, but there are numerous internet cafes in town which you can use

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.

The family for the past 6 weeks, the Opuku family, have been very warming to us staying there. They've cooked up some fabulous meals and have been very helpful to us when we have needed some help finding our way around. The children at the house are fantastic! They're very keen to explore your room, and sweets seems to be very high on the list. Jonathan Childs

Food will be local cuisine - again this is to enable you to fully experience living as local Ghanaians do. When we arrange your placement, we will liaise extensively with you regarding both the placement and your accommodation. As always, our Local Manager will look after you well and will always be on hand to help and offer advice.

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.

Volunteers outside their host family home in Ghana
Caroline, Elizabeth and Suzanne on the front verandah of their host family home.
Volunteers in Ghana having a night out together
Aloysius (our Ghana Manager) and some of our volunteers enjoying a night out together.


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Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

Like all our destination countries, the culture in Ghana is different to what you're used to. For example, the people are exceptionally friendly and helpful, with big smiles and a relaxed attitude. On the other hand, the living standard falls short of UK or Western standards. And Ghanaian time is when someone says, "See you at 10.a.m.," - what he really means is, "I'll see you sometime tomorrow" ... And then he may not turn up at all.

The pace of life is slower and more relaxed, but you'll quickly get involved in the daily life of the local people and pretty soon you'll feel completely at home - Ghana has that effect on you!

Self-reliance, independence and initiative are highly appreciated and a sense of humour when the electricity fails, or buses don't turn up, will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

Letter from Samuel Kenney-Hastens, Managing Proprietor, Sambel Academy, one of the institutions that Travellers Volunteers assist in Ghana.
Sambel Academy is an educational institution situated in Accra. Our school is privileged to be part of Travellers Worldwide programme. We have had the opportunity of receiving volunteers of different backgrounds. The activities of the persons sent to us fell within various sports disciplines and of course academic activities. In fact our young but very dynamic institution has gained immensely from the activities of the various persons sent to us since our relationship with your esteem organization began in 2003.

In fact, for the first time, we were introduced to the game of cricket. A newly developing sport in our part of the country. I would like to outline the immense contribution gained from the volunteers who came to teach and handle activities such as English language, music and dance, French, story telling etc. Some of our students had learning difficulties but the volunteers isolated them and gave them tutorials. One volunteer also donated about eight hundred dollars towards our development when he came to our school. In fact his contribution has been very helpful to us.

With the remarks given, I want to emphasize our preparedness in receiving volunteers any time they are available in the country. I further wish this commendation could be published on your website. Thanks so much.


Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

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The voluntary football coaching project in Ghana
Children playing football on their pitch. The quality of the pitch is ... not so good, but that doesn't stop the kids making the most of the meagre facilities and really enjoying their game!
A Kente stall in Accra. Kente cloth is world-famous. It's always brilliantly coloured and hand-woven by skilled weavers. Very few people leave Ghana without taking some Kente cloth or some sort of Kente product with them. The ultimate Ghanaian souvenir!


Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Learn to play the African Drums in Ghana

Immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana by learning the art of African drumming! A chance to either learn from scratch or improve your technique with one of Accra’s most established traditional bands.

  • OPTION 1: Taster Course: 1 week (5 hours over 5 days) - £35
  • OPTION 2: Standard Course: 2 weeks (10 hours over 2 weeks) - £70
  • OPTION 3: Advanced Course: 4 weeks (20 hours, over 4 weeks) - £140

You’ll learn about the instruments and diverse range of techniques, as well as the rhythms and dances associated with the various tribes of Ghana. This is a fun way to learn about the culture and history of Ghana and as most people progress quickly, it won’t be long before you’re performing with the band!

Whichever course you choose, you will be taught approximately 2 hours of theory and the remainder of the course will be practical. Those doing the Advanced Lessons will also be taught how the drums are made. Classes are taught in an open-air compound and there are normally 1-2 students per class, so you’ll receive valuable one-to-one tuition.

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Volunteers canoeing while on their gap year projects
Volunteers having a great time canoeing down the river.
Travellers' Fergus Kane walking the favour rop bridge
Fergus Kane (from Travellers UK) walking the famous rope bridge while on an inspection trip to see the Ghana Projects. EVERYONE walks across this bridge - it's like a rite of passage!

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Ghana is a wonderfully welcoming country and the people are overwhelmingly hospitable and friendly. They love their music, dancing and socialising, and this, together with lots of glorious open African country and sunshine, contribute to making your travel adventure to Ghana very special.

Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, is both big-city hectic and African laid-back. There is something else this African city has that makes up for lack of planning and fancy buildings. It is a wonderful city to experience. It is full of character, has a warm feel, is extremely friendly and feels very safe. It also has some great beaches!

It is a city that is young, wild and full of soul and here you'll sample the true African spirit. During the day, the streets are full of market stalls and vendors where you can browse and buy mouthwatering foods, colourful Kente cloth, beads, or baskets. Don't forget to practice your haggling. During the night the city comes alive with the traditional Ghanaian ‘spot’ bars and the sound of live drumming music in the warm night air. Village-specific festivals and events occur throughout the year.

Accra itself is fascinating, very different from home. Very noisy, dusty and hot, but really colourful and vibrant. Particularly impressed by the palm trees, amazing variety of little stalls and shops and the women balancing huge bundles on their heads! We've felt very safe so far - very little hassle from people, most of whom have been really welcoming. Caroline Allen – Law Placement


Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

A typical street vendor in Accra. It's estimated that 73% of the economic activity of the Metropolitan Area is made up of street vendors, who sell a range of items, from food to cloth, shoes, electronics, and more.
Lots of amazing African masks for sale at a souvenir stand!

Coaching Football to Disadvantaged Children in Schools

Ghana is a very different country to England and when I landed I felt pretty overwhelmed as I drove through Accra on a Saturday night!! However I soon acclimatised to Ghanaian life after meeting my roommate and fantastic host and found everyone to be genuinely friendly. The children and adults we’ve been coaching have all worked hard and seem to appreciate the sense of fun we are trying to inject into their technical development. I’ve already learnt so much from the people I’ve met in Ghana, in regards to how we should treat each other and ourselves, in life.

Football is a major passion in Ghana and its been infectious, not just in our coaching sessions, but also when we ourselves have joined in local games or watched champions league matches in the next-door bar. As a huge football fan myself its great to be living in this kind of environment. I would therefore 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. At times passions ran high and I doubt tournament organisers in England would appreciate 3 pitch invasions!!! But it epitomised the celebratory nature of the day, which was a pleasure to be part of.

Ghana’s a great country and I’d recommend to anyone that they should come here but in relation to my placement specifically, I would say what sets Travellers aside from other gap year organisers in the country is that the experience they provide is of an authentic Ghana. We aren’t just staying with a Ghanaian family; we eat and drink with them in the evenings and meet their friends and join in their celebrations and football matches. We have been immersed in the culture and the larger organisations can’t offer such an individual experience. Travellers programmes are for travellers basically!!

If you love travelling, are curious to explore different cultures and meet different people then try one of the programs. If you find a program that appeals to you and you feel you can give a helping hand to the recipients involved then you should enjoy yourself and help make a difference to whoever you're helping.

Can you describe a typical day?
Our day would start early, usually involving getting up between 5.45 and 6.30 which was an effort for my roommate and I as we can hardly be described as morning people, but a combination of an insistent alarm clock and a freezing cold bucket shower (you grow to love them!!) and the knowledge that breakfast was waiting for us on the table, usually ensured we didn’t have to rush… (usually!!). Breakfast varied in what was served but everything was lovely. Porridge, strangely popular in such a hot country, but nevertheless tasty, was interchanged with bread and hot chocolate, fried egg toasted sandwiches and rice-water. Rice-water is exactly what it sounds like but hot and sloppy with salt and is really nice.

You sweat a lot in Ghana and whilst this makes it very important to drink lots of water, it also means you’ll be requiring a lot of salt and this breakfast is fantastic at replenishing supplies. (I recommend taking Vitamin C tablets that you can add to water - wards off flu, settles stomach, etc and something like Marmite to add to bread.) Then, slap on a bit of sun-cream, don your Travellers t-shirt and lug the balls over your shoulder out to the road to grab a tro-tro (minibuses).

Our location, on a road with tro-tro’s passing every 30 seconds, all going in our direction, meant that you couldn’t think of a more ideal mode of transport if you tried. Well, this is a slight exaggeration, tro-tro’s are cramped and you may hear a few horror stories, but we found them to be great and soooo cheap.

Arriving at our first school of the morning after a 15 minute tro-tro trip, we entered the school gates to varying degrees of friendly pandemonium depending on the school you happen to be at. You’ll soon get into a different routine with each school, but most tended to invite you to sit down with the teachers and have a morning chat whilst the children got ready. We got really friendly with many of the teachers this way and it was one of the best things about living in ‘Ghanaian time’ (which is a much hazier and laid-back version of normal time!!).

Many schools may offer you a much needed ‘pure-water,’ which is a sachet of water about the size of the palm of your hand which you rip the corner off, with your teeth and suck on. They’re fine to drink and heaven chilled. I recommend buying a pack of 30 for your room as they’re only around 8,000 cedis. Once the children are ready, (‘Ghanaian time’ dictating, and this can get a bit annoying so either have a brief chat with the teachers about it, or try to leave a good gap between each session), take them out to the pitch and either wait for them to get changed or, if they’re changed already, dive straight into starting your session.

The pitches you coach on are usually a good size, though with some exceptions, and are hard and sandy, with no grass and unfortunately sometimes a fair bit of empty ‘pure-water’ sachets lying about. Dribbling and long passes are therefore difficult to execute on this surface due to the bumpy hard ground making it hard to have the ball completely under-control. Ghanaians tend to compensate for this by keeping the ball on the ground, using short passes and trying to take a touch before moving it on.

Once you’ve introduced yourself to the excited children and talked a bit about fair-play, how long you’ll be there and what you’re looking to teach with them, you can begin your first drill. When I was coaching there was two of us which meant that you can split up the children and take half each but if you’re on your own, it shouldn’t matter as you can still split them up and take it in turns to supervise each half. Our first lessons simply consisted of creating 2/4 circles, with a ball for each circle and the players spaced around the outside. As the player with the ball dribbles into the middle s/he calls out the name of another player and passes to him/her and follows the pass taking their place as s/he dribbles out into the middle and makes his/her pass etc. It gives you a chance to know a few players names and also gauge the general standard of the children you’re playing with.

A drawback with this game is that its not guaranteed that every player gets a touch of the ball so as soon as the children have grasped it, move on to stating that players that have been in the middle, squat down once they are back on the outside of the circle, leaving only players that haven’t touched the ball, still standing. You can progress again onto doing a turn in the middle (inside turn (instep), outside turn (outside of foot), drag-back (sole) and a cryuff turn (inside turn through legs)) and then having two players in the middle and instructing the players, whilst stressing that they stay in a circle, to pass it around the defenders in the middle (swapping places with them if the defender makes a tackle/interception.)

This tended to fill our first hour, so we then assembled in the middle of the pitch, asking the children to bring in the balls, and had another quick talk about technique, what we saw that was good/bad and also just friendly chat about… whatever! before taking them back into the school. For the most part, 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 and found this to be pleasantly exhausting!! To be honest, the most important thing in making sure you’re not completely knackered at the end of each day is to arrange your timetable really carefully. Achimota, the one school that we were teaching at that wasn’t within 20 minutes of our home, (it was actually an hour away) we gave a whole day of sessions to, so that we were just travelling at the start and end of each day.

The other days we managed to arrange so that Achimota’s sessions were the last in the day so that we could go via one school to another school and so on. Obviously the school’s needs is the number one concern and its their timetables you are going to be working to, but you have a large degree of flexibility with some of the schools, so use this to your advantage. You might be lucky enough to have lunch provided for you by some of the schools if you arrive at lunch time, which is a really welcome gesture and much appreciated, but if not, you can always pick up some great food at street stalls, or from street vendors.

The fruit in Ghana is amazing, with fruit-stalls dotting most streets, selling mangoes, bananas, oranges, pineapples, avocados and the odd watermelon. They’re really cheap and provide the perfect healthy snack. If you fancy something a bit sweeter though, you won’t be disappointed. ‘Fan-ice’ ice-cream vendors, with a box attached to the front of their bike and a horn tooting wildly, can be found everywhere and sell the best vanilla ice-cream in the world (no joke). Ask for fan-ice vanilla and enjoy… Also available is the nice frozen strawberry yoghurt (fan-yogo), frozen chocolate milk called fan-choco and Tampico (a bit like orange calypo). I lived off all of these religiously but wasn’t able to sample every fan ice-cream as my search for orange flavoured ‘fan-pop’ was fruitless (pun intended!).

Once your sessions for the day are completed, slump down on a tro-tro and make your way back home for a well earned nap or, if you’ve still got some energy, join in a local football game before trooping home for a shower and then dinner.

Ghanaians eat early in the evening (around 6) so our timetables meant that we invariably ate separately from the family in the dining room inside, rather than with them outside in the yard, which was a shame, but I’m sure you’ll be able to arrange whatever arrangement suits you best with your hosts.

I’d better mention now that my host family were absolutely amazing. There were around 8 adults though friends and relatives popping around, ensured that this number was normally more like 14! with 4 children adding to the total. Everyone’s first consideration was our happiness and our host especially, strove at all occasions to involve us in all aspects of Ghanaian life and it was this welcoming, friendly atmosphere that really helped make my stay in Ghana so enjoyable. We lived day-to-day absorbed in the Ghanaian culture and the food we ate in the evening was no exception.

We sample each Ghanaian staple including banku, kenke, fufu and red-red. To be honest I can’t tell the difference between a few of them but banku/fufu/kenke consists of a thick gloopy ball of maize/rice, in a tomatoey sauce with meat or fish. It’s pretty nice, especially fufu, and they all fill you up so after a long day, its just what you need. Red-red is really nice, and is plantain with a black-eyed peas spicy sauce and chicken/fish. You’ll also get served rice or pasta occasionally, again with a tomatoey sauce with meat/fish and yam’s which taste a bit like roast potatoes and are tasty with a tomato and onion dip. Once you’ve eaten, make sure you put on some repellent and don’t wear dark clothes, (apparently the mossies love them!!) and you can go out for some ‘sips’ at a bar sampling Ghanaian beers, which are pretty good, and local spirits which are well worth a try (look out for Lime and Ginger).

I was going to say, “If you’re a football fan…” but I presume you are, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this, so instead I’ll say, for all volunteers, I recommend watching live Champions League or some premiership matches (usually not live but replayed the next day) at your local bar and the atmosphere, especially when watching a Chelsea match (Boo!!!) is unbelievable so make sure you experience the big games there. Depending on your vicinity to Accra you can head to any number of the clubs there but my recommendation for a wicked night out would have to be along Kokrobite beach where there’s a reggae night every Saturday (also check out Bojo beach 10 mins away where there is a small beach charge (10K) but you can go for a canoe trip across a lagoon to a cocktail bar and beach!! Also check out the monkey sanctuary half way in between the two, best time to go is 9/9.30am, ask around when you get to the little village beginning with D (sorry can’t remember the name but there’s a poster in Big Milly’s and its in the Bradt Ghana guide.)

You might have to stay the night but the trip to the monkey sanctuary in the morning (I presume its open Sundays but check) makes it worth it and I recommend the seafood at the African Academy for Music and Language Restaurant (on the beach!) After the evening out, whether to entertainment on your doorstep or further-a-field, you return home (inform hosts if you’re going to be late) and crash, ready for another day…

Thanks to everyone at Travellers for all their help on the project and Aloysius Agbavittor and especially Joe Opoku from my host family for making my stay in Ghana so enjoyable. Thank you!!

Coaching Football to Disadvantaged Children in Schools in Accra

Experiencing life in a totally different environment has been brilliant and I've learnt plenty about the lifestyle and culture of people in Ghana. Mastering the public transport was daunting initially but once you get the hang of it and asking people for help, it boosted my confidence considerably. You can't help but be friendly and cheerful towards people here most of the time, which is a useful attitude to take back to England!

The Opoku family who I stayed with were the best thing about this placement as they went out of their way to help me. Also meeting the other volunteers and spending time travelling with them around the country was a great experience.

This placement would suit someone who can stand physical exertion in extreme heat!

Coaching Football to Disadvantaged Children in Schools in Accra

Experiencing life in a totally different environment has been brilliant and I've learnt plenty about the lifestyle and culture of people in Ghana.

Mastering the public transport was daunting initially but once you get the hang of it and asking people for help, it boosted my confidence considerably. You can't help but be friendly and cheerful towards people here most of the time, which is a useful attitude to take back to England! The Opoku family who I stayed with were the best thing about this placement as they went out of their way to help me. Also meeting the other volunteers and spending time travelling with them around the country was a great experience. This placement would suit someone who can stand physical exertion in extreme heat!

Can you describe a typical day?
I don't have a typical day, as the hours vary, as do the length of lessons I teach. Most days, I start at about 8.30, have a couple of 45 minute lessons, then have a few hours free before an hour long lesson at another school. Joe, who I stay with, has been absolutely amazing and has shown me around.