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Trip Code: GHVAT1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
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Coach Athletics to kids and give them an amazing opportunity to receive structured coaching with the proper techniques and equipment.

Athletics in Ghana
With United Through Sport, you can inspire and coach the next generation of aspiring Ghanaian athletes in Accra. You can share your passion for athletics with hugely enthusiastic young people, whilst helping them to develop their skills. You will also have the chance experience a wonderful country and really soak up the culture.

Many Ghanaians don't have the chance to participate in Athletics or enjoy the many benefits that it offers. Local schools in Accra and the few local clubs in the area are constantly striving to find committed staff and sports equipment. It is because of these difficulties that that the need for voluntary athletics coaches, has never been higher and that's where you come in! We don’t ask for any coaching qualifications, just that you have a basic level of knowledge in your selected event(s) and are eager to help young athletes to develop.

Your Athletics Volunteer Placement
You will be working in one of the schools or athletics clubs in and around Accra, the capital city of Ghana. The kids that you will be working with are aged from 10 to 16 and, naturally, they will differ in experience and talent. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the standard on display, stemming from the amazing levels of motivation the children in our projects have to succeed.

Despite the clear desire of the children to make it to the top of their sport, this isn’t necessarily the primary aim of your placement. You will be working towards is to provide structured and engaging training sessions. United Through Sport then incorporates so much more than sport to these sessions. Through your coaching, these children will learn about the critical issues that they face and will come to face in their lives outside of sports. They will learn the vaue of leadership and teamwork- how to support their friends in order to be supported themselves. 

The events available for you to coach are listed below:

·         Marathon
·         Long Jump
·         4 X 100m Relay
·         High Jump
·         3,000m
·         Triple Jump
·         1500m
·         Shot Put
·         800m
·         Javelin
·         400m
·         Discus
·         200m
·         100m

Athletics volunteers of differing degrees of coaching experience are welcomed. All that we ask is that you have a good knowledge of the events that you want to coach. 

Your Athletics Coaching Role
As well as ordinary coaching, you will be in coaching clinics for the young athletes in the community. The children will be extremely keen to learn from you, so any experience you can bring to this will be greatly received. Our volunteers always find this to be an extremeley rewarding experience. You will also work in collaboration with our other volunteer sports coaches and in-country team. By working together you can run sports days for the community that you are working in, allowing the local schools and their athletes to compete against one another. It won’t take you long to see how competitive the volunteer coaches can also get!

Furthermore, if you have substansial coaching experience and qualifications, you could be given the main responsibility of managing at your own local athletics club. You might even be asked to help to train the local coaches allowing them to learn skills to be on to the local community.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
To take part in this project we advise participants to complete a CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau). United Through Sport can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On Tab. 

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Athletics Coaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
GHVAT1
Continent
Africa
Country
Ghana
Airport
Accra (Kotoka International Airport) (airport code ACC)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
17
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Athletics
Cost
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
Deposit
£ 200.00
Preferred Duration
Volunteers should try to come for as long as possible preferrably for 8 or 12 weeks. This ensures better management of the project and also helps you get the most from the social activities and group travel opportunities on offer.
Pre-requisites
No prior coaching experience or qualifications are required, but a basic understanding of the sports and/or experience is necessary.
Ideal for
Athletics Coaching Holidays and Placements in Africa; Sports Coaching and Activity Breaks in Africa; Sports Coaching Gap Years and Career Breaks in Africa and Student Summer Holidays.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any weekend of the year to start the project on a Monday. We'll pick you up from the airport and take you back to the accommodation to settle in and meet the rest of the team.

Visa
British Nationals will require a visa to enter Ghana, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Ghana High Commission website by clicking here.

Everyone will also require a yellow fever vaccination to enter Ghana and a certificate to prove you have had this. You should contact your travel nurse to discuss this further.

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Included

Accommodation
Communal House; Basic but nutritious local foods
Food
3 meals a day; Basic but nutritious local foods
Airport Transfers
You will be met at the airport by a member of our in country team on your team on your arrival date and taken back to the airport on departure.
Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.
Support
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; In country travel; Payment for transport to / from placement; Laundry service; Soft drinks and alcohol; Extra activities not on itinerary.
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Accommodation
During your volunteer placement in Ghana you’ll be staying in our volunteer house in Teshie, Accra. You’ll be sharing a dormitory style room with other volunteers of the same gender, bathroom facilities are also shared between all volunteers – note that showers are cold water. The house is basic but comfortable and is ideally situated with a great bar and shops within easy walking distance. 

Three meals a day are provided for you at the volunteer house; breakfast is on a help yourself basis in the morning, whilst lunch and dinner will be served to you. Meals are a mix of both western and Ghanaian dishes.

Laundry is not included but the staff at the house are happy to show you how to wash your clothes in the traditional way. Alternatively your laundry can be done for you at a small fee. 
Staff live on-site at the house with you and there is also a security guard overnight. Our team in Ghana are always on hand to assist you with any help and advice that you may need. 

Social Life
The volunteer house is ideally located for getting out and about around Accra, your evenings and weekends are you own free time to do as you please. Depending on the timings of your placement you may also have some free time during the day too. There is plenty to see, do and experience in the local vicinity and further into the city of Accra as well so you will never be short of things to do.
There is a taxi rank very close-by to the house which makes it very easy to get around. Just a couple of houses away from the volunteer house is a great bar and restaurant – a popular hang out with volunteers in the evenings and weekends. The volunteer house is also only 15-20 minutes away from the beach too! There are lots of other great bars in the local area so you will never be short of options. Osu is just 30 minutes away and is a very popular area at weekends, with great restaurants, casinos, clubs and bars, it’s a great place to experience Accra’s fantastic night-life. 

Other activities
Ghana has plenty of great places to visit and explore during your free time. Evenings and weekends are your free time to go out and explore as you please.  Some weekends you may choose to explore further afield and visit some other places around the country - popular weekend trip destinations include the beautiful Volta region, historic Cape Coast, Kakum National Park’s canopy walk and Mole National Park in Ghana’s northern region.  

Closer to home in Accra there are some great places to visit for the day or afternoon as well. Our team in Ghana can help you arrange weekend trips and give plenty of suggestions on places to visit during your free time.

Transport
Transport during your stay in Ghana is not included in your placement fee; however during your orientation and induction over your first couple of days, our Ghana team will show and tell you everything you need to know about local transport and how to use it. The team will continue to accompany you to placement until you feel comfortable in using it yourself. 

Orientation
At the beginning of your stay in Ghana you will be given a full induction and orientation of the main areas and points of interest of central Accra. During the orientation you’ll visit places such as Osu, the craft market and the National Museum of Ghana which will give you an understanding of Ghana’s history since independence. This is a great way to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings and get you settled in.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
To take part in this project we advise that participants complete a CRB/ DBS check. United Through Sport has a partnership with a third party organisation that processes all CRB/DBS checks and disclosures on behalf of the United Through Sport team. This is a very straightforward process making the application as quick an easy for the volunteer as possible. United Through Sport can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On tab. 

Ghana

Ghana is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea. Ghana gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1957 and is known as being one of the most stable, democratic and friendly nations on the continent of Africa. Despite having such a great reputation for their fantastic attitude and laid-back way of life, it is estimated that 31% of the population are living below the poverty line. That is why United Through Sport is working hard to use sport as a tool for development, trying to tap into the Country's rich pool of talented youngsters.

Ghana is a truly stunning country, brimming with history and culture. Ghana's 350 mile coastline is dotted with many significant forts, castles and harbours from colonial times. Ghana was also the site of numerous kingdoms and empires much of which can still be seen today. Our project is based in the amazingly lively capital city of Accra on the coast. If it isn't just the golden beaches you are after, the fascinating history or the incredible nightlife you are after, there are beautiful rainforests and mountains to wow you throughout your stay.


Quick Facts
Name
Republic of Ghana
Location
West Africa
Bordering Countries
Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast
Capital City
Accra
Government
Parliamentary Democracy
Population
25 million
Language
English (and over 60 local dialects)
Currency
Cedi (GHS)
Name
Republic of Ghana
Poverty
31% of population below the poverty line
Main Exports
Gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, ore, diamonds
Climate
Tropical; temperatures up to 30 degrees
Time Zone
GMT + 0
Flag
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There’s plenty of places to get out and explore all over Ghana, here are some of our favourites: 

Highlights 
Cape Coast and Kakum National Park: Located approximately 3 hours west of Accra, Cape Coast is home to the famous Cape Coast Castle which was a key landmark during the Ghana’s slave trade history; take a tour of the castle and learn more about Ghana’s past. For those feeling adventurous, head further inland to Kakum National Park and challenge yourself on the canopy walk high up in the jungle tree tops!

Volta Region: This is a firm favourite with our volunteers and it’s easy to see why. The Volta region is an extremely beautiful area of Ghana and is home to lush green forest. Climb Ghana’s highest mountain, take the most refreshing swim of your life at Wli waterfalls and feed monkeys at a nearby monkey sanctuary.

Mole National Park: Located in Ghana’s northern region near Tamale – Mole is Ghana’s largest wildlife sanctuary. You can enjoy both walking and jeep safaris in Mole National Park as well as experience local life on a village tour and see how the northern and predominantly Muslim region differs from the south of the country.

Big Millys: A well-known backpackers resort on the beach approximately an hour away from the volunteer house. This makes for a great weekend getaway with regular reggae nights and entertainment.

Fun Facts
•  English is the official national language of Ghana. However there are over 40 local languages and over 70 dialects.
Ghana declared independence on the 6th March 1957.
Before independence in 1957, Ghana was formally known as the Gold Coast.
• In Ghana, the word ‘Charlie’ means friend. 
• Ghana has many delicious dishes to try – common accompaniments to tasty soups and stews include fufu, banku and kenkey.
Ghana’s main exports include Gold, Cocoa and Timber Products.

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Ghana is famed for being one of Africa’s safest and friendliest countries. Located in West Africa, Ghana lies just north of the Equator on the Gulf of Guinea and borders Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and Togo to the east. With beautiful palm lined beaches, lush jungle rainforest, idyllic lakes, fascinatingly rich cultures and traditions, wonderfully friendly people and a history of that spans centuries; Ghana is the perfect first step into Africa.

Ghana’s people are well known for their warmth and friendliness – you’ll notice this as soon as you arrive and it is certainly a memory of Ghana that you will carry with you. It is a fantastic destination for both first-time travellers and seasoned travellers alike. If you have never been to Africa before then look no further than Ghana for your gap year, career break or overseas volunteering adventure. 

Safety Assurance
Before you even book your volunteer experience with us a lot of time and effort has gone into safety and risk assessments and standards to make sure that all of the placement we offer are fully safe, secure and provide maximum support to ensure the best quality placements possible.

Help Choosing the right Placement
Our staff know our programmes inside out so you can be assured that by getting to know you and your needs they will be able help you select the best possible placement for you based on their extensive knowledge of our programmes

Pre-departure Advice and Support
Once you have booked your trip you will be assigned to one of our travel advisers to help you plan and prepare everything you need for your trip including any information about visa’s, vaccinations or kit to take with you. They will be on hand right up to your day of departure to answer any last minute questions you might have.

Help with Flights and Insurance
Although we do not offer flights and insurance directly (to allow you maximum flexibility in choosing these options) we do have partnerships with industry leading organisations who can provide both services for you and ensure you are paying the most affordable rates and are offered tailor made packages to suit your travelling requirements. 
After you have booked you placement with us you will need to organise your flights and insurance. We work with reputable partners who we are happy to refer you to who can help you with each step of this process.

Flights 
We work in partnership with Journeys are Made @ Gapyear.com who are a market leading travel specialist and can help you book your flights and travel insurance for your project. To get in contact and start arranging your flights and travel insurance you can either fill out the form on the link below or speak to a friendly travel advisor on +44 (0) 808 278 1754. 

b2b.gapyear.com/united-through-sport

Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers extremely seriously. Therefore it is essential that you have appropriate insurance cover for the activities you will be undertaking. You will not be allowed to travel with us if you do not have insurance cover.  Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

Our partners at Journeys are Made @ Gapyear.com can provide you with various competitive insurance options that will cover your needs. They will be able to advise you on the best insurance cover for the activities you will be undertaking.

Visas
Travellers from the UK will need a Visa to enter Ghana and your Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of your Visa application. Visas are valid for up to 90 days although extensions are possible. Our travel experts can advise you on how to apply.

Vaccinations
At least 6-8 weeks before your trip you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to enquire about what vaccinations you may need. Your medical professional will be able to give you the best advice for vaccinations based on the area you are visiting and the activities you are undertaking.
Talk To Us
We have a team of friendly Travel Advisors working round the clock to answer any questions you may have. So if you need any advice, or are wondering what volunteering for United Through Sport is like, just drop us a line, email us, or ask for a call back and we would be more than happy to have a chat!

Book Your Place
When you are ready to book your place, simply get in touch with us and we will guide you through the simple application process. We do ask that to secure your place, you provide us with a small deposit so that we can plan our projects effectively. The rest of the fee can be paid in manageable installments.

Welcome Pack
Once you have booked and paid your deposit, we will be in touch to confirm your place and provide you with the login details for our online Travel Centre, which is full of all the information you need before heading out to volunteer with us.

Flights and Insurance
After you have booked your flights and arranged travel insurance, make sure you let us know these details so we know when you are arriving! These are not added into the project fee so that you can avoid any unnecessary administrative costs, and to give you more flexibility, but our partners will be able to help you find the best options.

Visas and Vaccinations
You will also have to make sure you have all the vaccinations and visas for your project. We can provide you with lots of information to help you obtain your visa, and your GP or travel clinic will be able to tell you exactly which vaccinations you need.

Orientation
Once you get here, look forward to a warm welcome from our team at the airport to take you to your accommodation. They will make sure you are fully settled in and understand your new surroundings. 

"This was a unique experience. Working in all areas of Ghanaian athletics has given me a great understanding of how athletics is developing in West Africa."

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