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

At a glance

  • Coach rugby in Ghana and ignite the passion of school students. You’ll work will be focused in a marginalised school where you will teach English and support a local rugby coach.
  • It’s a great opportunity to learn directly from the coach but also implement your own knowledge and training techniques. 
  • You’ll have the change to explore on weekends, and eat your weight in delicious food like red red, or groundnut soup!

Start Dates: 


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Minimum Duration: 

One Week


16 or over

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
Sports instructors prepare for their volunteer rugby coaching in Ghana

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?

Akuapem Hills

Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Akuapem Hills is characterised by vibrant green vegetation and rich red earth. As one of the quieter regions, children calling 'Obroni’ (foreigner) as they try to catch your attention will be unmistakable. The villages are welcoming and know how to entertain! When volunteering in Ghana, join in on the street festivities or try dried fish and yams at a food stall on the main street. The bustling city of Accra is within easy reach for a day trip.

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.

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.  


On the weekends, you can plan a trip with other volunteers and interns.

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

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.

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

When you apply you only pay $495, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 09 801 2518 to see if we can offer a discount.

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