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AKWAABA - Welcome to Ghana!  Coach cricket to children who've rarely seen the game played - but it doesn't stop their enthusiasm to learn! You'll coach cricket at poor schools during lesson times.

After school you could be involved in selecting and coaching an Under-12s and Under-14s team for all of the schools.

On the weekends you might have the opportunity to coach and train with the Ghana National Cricket team, depending on the season.

Travellers Worldwide, together with the Ghana Cricket Association, have set up a cricket development program to develop the sport in Ghana and to give Ghanaian children the opportunity to learn to play an exciting sport that is new to them.


Start Dates All year round, subject to school terms - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 2 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17. You don't have to a great knowledge of the game and the rules, but you must be an enthusiastic person who enjoys playing the game.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food

Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
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, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in coaching sports or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work in coaching cricket, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement  in sports volunteering in Ghana and anyone wanting a short break.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the fascination Ghanaian culture

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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.

You'll probably work in a few different schools, depending on your timetable.  Part of the uniqueness of Cricket is that the game also embodies a philosophy and discipline based on "fair play" and other life skills - so you'll actually be teaching the children more than 'just cricket'!

The schools are a mixture of primary, junior and secondary. You will generally be asked to teach cricket to all age groups. You are very likely to be in popular demand everywhere - in and out of the classroom. We're looking for cricket enthusiasts as volunteers who can continue with the ground work started by previous volunteers. We run a number of successful cricket tournaments and you can get involved in the running of these tournaments.


Travellers Worldwide and the Ghana Cricket Association are working hand in hand to develop cricket in Ghana. As a Travellers cricket coach, you'll assist in this development program that is designed to strengthen the sport of cricket in Ghana. 

As we are trying to strengthen the sport of cricket in Ghana, three times a year Travellers hold tournaments for the 4 schools involved, who all play for the Travellers Trophy. Your role in this will be to organise the tournament, as well as select the players and run the operation of the tournament. These tournaments are a great way for children to put into practice the skills you have taught them. These tournaments are the only opportunity that Ghanaian children have to play cricket anywhere in the country.

"The level of cricket at the Tournament may not have been high, but it was one of the most enjoyable days I have spent on a cricket pitch. I've watched and played cricket all over the world, at all levels and only on rare occasions have I felt like I did after the Tournament was over. The rush of pleasure from seeing how much the children enjoyed it was for me unrivalled." Tom Thorley

Whilst you are on your Coaching Cricket project you would be expected to 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.

Some of the teachers are also keen to learn the game and help out in cricket sessions, and we believe that this will help to expand the game not only in the schools, but also in the entire community. Your help is very much appreciated and schools embrace our volunteers wholeheartedly. Before you leave to do your placement, you'll be provided with a mountain of information on just about everything to do with Ghana and your placement.

Our Ghana Manager and his team will look after you well. You'll get lots of advice about the do's and don’ts of Ghanaian culture, what to do and where to go.

Coaching is not available during school vacations, 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. During the school vacations Travellers run a Summer Camp for the children to give them something to do and a place to go that provides them with food and keeps them off the street. Find out more details here.

On the other hand, if a vacation falls during your proposed placement, you could use this time to do any independent travelling and sightseeing..

Dates for the 2015 school terms (semesters) are as follows:

  • Term 1: 6th January – 9th April

  • Term 2: 5th May – 30th July

  • Term 3: 2nd September – 11th December

"The pleasure for me is in seeing youngsters learning to catch, throw and hit a ball and play in a team game where healthy competition is encouraged and where they encourage one another to do well. You do not have to be a good cricketer to teach this. Occasionally I have had more than one class at a time and it is quite difficult keeping control of large numbers of kids and ensuring that everyone has a chance to have a bat and a bowl. The older kids are so competitive that they have latched on to the idea that if they sneak into the queue for a second bat then their team will score more runs!!!” Paul Edmunds

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. 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! 

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!

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.


The first cricket team plus volunteers
The first school cricket team!

The BBC filming one of our volunteers, Paul Edmunds, during his placement, giving his first cricket lesson to the children. The BBC "Grown-Up Gappers" series.

Paul Edmunds giving the children the basics of the game


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.

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 is included in this placement and 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."


Caroline, left, Susannah, right, standing on the front verandah of their accommodation with Caroline’s host, Lizzie

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

MCC Foundation Donates Cricket Equipment to Ghana: Press Release

"The MCC Foundation, the charitable arm of MCC, recently donated cricket equipment to help schoolchildren in West Africa. Two primary schools in the Ghanaian capital city of Accra received “Kwik-Cricket” sets. Craig Barrington, a volunteer hospital worker on a placement with ‘Travellers Worldwide’ discovered that the organization had started a cricket-coaching project. He approached the MCC for assistance and the MCC Foundation offered two complete ‘Kwik-Cricket” sets. The bats, stumps and balls in each set are made from high quality moulded plastic. This makes them light enough for children of all ages to be able to learn the basics of the game, for both outdoor and indoor use.

Craig said, 'Cricket is much a sport on the rise in the schools in Ghana. I spent a couple of hours explaining the game to the children and showing them how to play. The donation by MCC was appreciated greatly by both the staff and the children at both schools.'

Following Chris’s visit, 'Travellers Worldwide' approached Ghana’s Sports Minister and members of the national cricket team to arrange for additional coaching to take place at the schools.

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 program (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.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

“We took the Kwik-Cricket equipment out to one of the dusty fields, while the kids all gathered around in curiosity. Ghana does not play cricket so for most of these kids this was the first time they had seen a cricket bat.

...Paul then did an under-arm throw. To my amazement, this young boy's swing was very natural and he gave the ball a good belt! It zoomed across the air and one of the girls jumped up high and caught it. I think England may have found a new team to give us a good bashing in the future!!!” Andrew Kemp


Feedback on Care Projects in Ghana

Info on Living in Ghana

Summer Camp Photo Gallery


While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Drumming Courses

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Ghana, or you could even do a second project in a different country in Africa (or elsewhere) - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!


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

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

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