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Sports coaching in Ghana- Volunteering with PoD

Aaron spent time volunteering with PoD in Ghana coaching sport; he is already planning his next PoD volunteer project! He helped to set up the village football team.

Sport coaching projects in Ghana allows volunteers to share their love of sport with children in a rural African village through sports lessons in local schools. Teaching sport complements the charity's initiatives as it has a wide range of benefits including health, confidence and team work. Read more to find out all about Aaron's time volunteering.

Sports coaching in Ghana with PoD enables you to meet some amazing people"My time was quite the experience. I got to interact with some incredible people, both Ghanaians and volunteers! The work being done there is truly making a difference as they help build schools, promote washing hands as part of a hygiene campaign to prevent diseases and build other essential things such as wells to provide easily accessible safe drinking water. The local community is always encouraged to help get involved in all of these projects to help make them feel proud of what they have achieved and ultimately become self-sustaining. I would recommend anyone to join this project, because it quite simply saves lives. The village has come so far in such a short space of time, and it won't be long before other villages start to get the same help and develop in the same way. Also if at all possible try to book for longer than 2 weeks, it goes by in a flash.

How would you describe a typical day sports coaching in Ghana?

A typical day in Ghana is greeted with unpredictability! Time is not really a big issue over there as things kind of just happen. This is not a bad thing however as it give you a different outlook on how everyday life can be lived.

What did you find most rewarding?

Seeing the children enjoying playing in matches against the local villages in their football kits. You could The village football team wore their kit with pride.see the pride and excitement etched on their faces as they rocked up to the next village to represent Gboloo Kofi.

What did you find most challenging?

The language barrier, the village speak Twi (pronounced tree). Whilst English is spoken in the village, the level varied from person to person. It was hard to communicate my coaching ideas at times, but it was a challenge you all rise to and definitely enjoy.

What advice would you give others considering doing this placement?

Give it plenty of thought over the length of time you want to volunteer for, because whatever you choose will always be too short. Enjoy it and take loads of pictures and videos. Also write a journal of the day by day events, because you will be surprised what you may forget.

Why do you think others should volunteer abroad?

Two weeks is not long enough to get to know your fellow volunteers and the local community and so reap the full benefits from a volunteering project. Because there is so much to see outside of the country you live in, and many people that need the help. I believe that if you are in a position to help then you should do so. You also get to appreciate everything you have, and how lucky you are. Spending 2 weeks in Ghana opened my eyes to some real world problems, and one I and other should be looking to help improve, even if it is as small as a bit of sports coaching to help make some kids happy and enjoy themselves for a bit.

Why did you choose PoD?

I chose PoD because of what past volunteers have said about their times volunteering with them. There are many charities out there, but PoD had the most impressive followings. Every past volunteer had great things to say about them, and I knew I was choosing one that wanted to make a difference and not just fill their pockets.

Would you recommend PoD to your friends?

Yes, thank you for everything, I will certainly be volunteering again in the future."

To find out more about this project just visit the PoD website.

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