Projects Abroad volunteers hold a team meeting during volunteer rugby coaching in Ghana

Volunteer as a Rugby Coach in Ghana

Train local rugby teams to help children gain confidence and improve their fitness

Gain hands-on rugby coaching experience in Ghana and help disadvantaged children at the same time. You’ll work in schools and support the work of a local rugby coach. Your focus will be on encouraging students to have fun, exercise, and work together as a team.


Rugby is a rapidly growing sport in Ghana. You can use this as an opportunity to help children gain confidence and improve their fitness. You’ll also learn directly from the coach, and we encourage you to share your own knowledge and training techniques. This is an exciting and memorable way to add practical coaching experience to your CV.


You’ll live and work in Cape Coast, and stay with a local host family. You’ll have the change to explore on weekends, and eat your weight in delicious food like red red, or groundnut soup!  


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 01903 708300 for more info.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

Cape Coast (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • 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 personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised 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?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Sports instructors prepare for their volunteer rugby coaching in Ghana

Is volunteering to coach rugby in Ghana right for me?

This project is open to anyone with an interest in rugby, a passion for fitness, and who enjoys working with children. Use it as an opportunity to add practical coaching experience to your CV. It will also give you interesting points to talk about in interviews or applications.


You don’t need previous experience to join. You’ll work with local coaches, and Projects Abroad staff are also there to help whenever you need it.


This project is available all year round, so you can join whenever it suits your schedule from a minimum of one week. We recommend staying longer to have a bigger impact on the children you work with. Please be aware that the best months to come for rugby coaching are between:


  • February and March
  • May and June
  • September, October, and November

What will I do as a rugby coach in Ghana?

You’ll work with disadvantaged children in Ghana. The work you do will help make their rugby practices more exciting and engaging. Here are some tasks you can expect to get involved in:


  • Assist the work of local coaches
  • Help run training sessions that focus on fitness and technical skills
  • Come up with innovative drills to teach rugby in a creative way

Your work will focus on these main areas:


Assist local coaches


You will help support the work of local coaches. They’re passionate about giving children a chance to exercise, learn new skills, and grow personally. You can assist them in all aspects of training sessions. They’ll also be there to guide you through the work you do.


Run training sessions


You’ll run training sessions with local coaches, and train the children and adults within various school rugby clubs. Your training sessions will focus on improving fitness and enhancing players’ technical skills. You can teach things like teamwork, ball control, and accurate passing.


Come up with your own drills


If you’re confident enough, you can even come up with your own creative drills. Use the resources around you to improve children’s skills and fitness in creative ways.

Where in Ghana will I work?

Cape Coast

You’ll be based in Cape Coast. There are plenty of local attractions, shops, and beaches here. During your free time, you’ll be able to visit places like Kakum National Park and take a walk on their famous Canopy Walkway.


You’ll work at primary and secondary schools, coaching children and teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18. The schools where you’ll work have basic facilities, and the rugby fields might not be the kind you’re used to seeing.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ghana Arrival Procedures page.

A volunteer teaching rugby in Ghana demonstrates passing techniques to local players

What is a typical day as a volunteer teaching rugby in Ghana like?

You’ll begin your work day with breakfast at your host family. You’ll travel to your school using public transport. On your first day, Projects Abroad staff will accompany you to show you the way. 


The day-to-day training is usually split up during different times of day, namely:


  • 5am - 8am
  • 12 noon - 3pm
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm


When you arrive at school, you’ll discuss your daily programme with your supervisor. You’ll also agree on a weekly training schedule..


During these training sessions, you’ll support the local coach. You’ll focus on improving fitness, and teaching technical skills like ball control and accurate passing. You may also help coaches plan for rugby leagues and train for beach rugby competitions.  


Your free time can be used to wander around Cape Coast’s markets and explore the city’s famous historical sites. On the weekends, you can plan a trip with other volunteers and interns.

A line out during a friendly match organised by a volunteer working as a rugby coach in Ghana

What are the aims of this project?

The aim of this project is to give children and teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to learn new skills and build confidence.


In Ghana, sports like football are hugely popular, but more and more people are becoming interested in rugby. Young people want to learn to play rugby, but opportunities are limited. This is because of a lack of resources and coaches. We have partnered with local schools to help change this, and we need the help of volunteers like you to do it. 


Rugby is a sport that can teach teamwork, and promote social and physical growth. As a coach, you will support this, and help youth become more confident and skilled.


Join this volunteer Rugby Project and work towards building the skills and confidence of children in Ghana.


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.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Accra, Akuapem Hills, Cape Coast, or Dodowa. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Ghana and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

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.


This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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