Sports and Leadership Volunteer

Maranatha Beach Camp and Cultural Center - Ada Foah, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-294 Location: Ada Foah, Ghana Sector: Social Services Category: Child and Youth Work Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Kewunor Village is located in a very rural part of Ghana that is mostly undeveloped. The approximate 750 residents live in small grass huts with sand floors. The river and ocean surrounds the village and therefore water is a prominent aspect of village life.

Villagers commonly use the river to swim, bathe, and wash clothing in. The main industry in Kewunor is fishing and the fishermen are usually in the water or in the boats heading to sea. Unlike other parts of the world, these people have not had access to swimming lessons and if not properly educated the constant exposure to water and currents can be detrimental to their health. There are a few deaths that occur every year due to drowning (both adults and children).

The Maranatha Beach Camp & Cultural Centre has initiated a Swimming Program that is conducted by volunteers. This program provides swimming lessons and gives seminars on water safety in the river and/or ocean when swimming, fishing or participating in water sports. These seminars are conducted for the village children, the general population within the community and/or surrounding communities, for the fishermen at this location, as well as for the tourists.

The swimming lessons given by the sports program volunteer are only conducted after the volunteer has carefully assessed the risk factors which would include the weather condition on the day of the lesson, the age of the people taking the lesson, at the time, the control the volunteer has of the whole class etc. If the volunteer determines that conditions are not safe at the present time than the lesson would be booked for a future date when conditions were favourable.

Swimming lessons may also include competitions towards the finish of the lessons and/or tests to evaluate the level that each person accomplished by the end of their program.

This volunteer Swimming Program was initiated to give the residents of the village the skills and knowledge to enable them to conduct themselves safer in the water and to be able to assist others when water incidences occur, thus striving to lessen water-related injuries and/or deaths.

Any sports program volunteers for this placement must have their lifeguard certificate and first-aid certificate. Must have previous experience in teaching swimming lessons and be mature individuals who recognize the depth of their responsibilities at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach Lessons

Any sports program volunteers would be able to: teach at the Kewunor Village School, work with the village youth, work with the village women's group, give health awareness presentations, start an after school program for children or can feel free to bring their own ideas to the placement! The village is very keen to have volunteers and innovative and unique ideas are most welcome!

Swimming Lessons

Any sports program volunteers would be required to design their own swimming instruction classes. Swimming lessons,(in the river), can be arranged by: skill level, age, profession or on a one to one basis. The volunteers would be expected to teach for 3-4 hours per day. It is important that the volunteers are prepared to create their own lesson plans and evaluation system. Of course, in-country support will definitely be provided.

Ocean Safety

Any sports program volunteers would be required to teach water safety classes. These topics would include procedures for: rescuing, life guarding, boating or instructions when a drowning has occurred, as well as water currents and ocean safety. Classes would be scheduled weekly for the villagers.

Administration Work

Any sports program volunteers would be expected to log and report any incidents/accidents or any other concerns to the facility duty manager. Volunteers would also keep accurate records of the people who attended the lectures and swimming classes and the progress of each individual who took swimming lessons.

Host Organization Details

Maranatha Beach Camp and Cultural Center

Maranatha Beach Lodge is an Eco-Hotel, set on an idyllic strip of beach on an estuary between the Bay of Benin and the Volta Delta. The Lodge is designed to support and include the local community, providing funds for conservation and the overall sustainable development of the neighbouring village.

The Maranatha Beach Camp & Cultural Centre endeavours to educate travellers; promoting and engaging them in the minority cultures and the natural beauty of West Africa.

Maranatha Beach Camp & Cultural Centre is a boat ride away from a Ram Village where visitors can observe the starting of the Ram and materials used to produce their products.

The Centre has a Swimming Program that is conducted by volunteers.This program provides swimming lessons and gives seminars on water safety in the river or ocean when swimming, fishing or participating in water sports.

Maranatha Beach Lodge has started an initiative to provide safety rules and regulations for all the people in surrounding villages, stressing the importance of water safety and keeping all the beach areas clean and free of debris.

When They Were Founded

Maranatha Beach Camp and Culture Centre was started in the year 2000 by Winfred Yoates Dzinado but it was named Beach Lane and started as a Bar with a Cultured Art Centre and dancing area attached to it. However, as it got to be known as a clean and safe area to socialize in, that was in an ideal location, divided by the river and the ocean, it attracted many costumers. By the year 2004 the Centre was so successful that they decided to add a water safety & swimming program that would be conducted by volunteers.

How Are They Funded

The organization uses the funds generated from the beach camp to finance their development programs. They also receive private donations but do not currently have government funding. A boat fee is also charged and used towards the up-keep of the place.

Donation Requests

The organization would appreciate school supplies (pencils, notebooks, rulers, erasers, pens, markers, slates, chalk, etc), building materials, health supplies (gloves and first aid supplies), and paint.

Placement Location Information

Ada Foah, Ghana

Surrounded on all sides by lapping waves, this remote destination is truly a slice of paradise; with cultural singing and dancing; hammocks hanging from palm trees and night-time sightings of nesting marine turtles, there is something here for everyone.

Maranatha have their own resident cultural singing and dancing group. There are daily drum practises on the beach as well as local dancing lessons including the dances of the Agbadja, Adowa, Kpanlogo, Ablode and Apatsa.

Maranatha Beach is the nesting ground for three different kinds of marine turtles and night-time turtle walks can be organised through the Ghana Wildlife Division office in town.

Trips can be organized to take a boat out to the Sugar Cane Island of Azikpe, to meet their people and visit their small rum distillery.

Crocodile Island is also worth a visit, although no longer home to crocs, it has become famous for its incredible basket weaving.

Boats can be taken out to the local town of Anyanui where they have a weekly wood and cloth market on a Wednesday or out to Keta, set on a stunning lagoon famous as a paradise for bird watching.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) straight to the nearby taxi station where they can take a shared taxi to the Accra Tudu Station. Once there, ask for the tro tro (public transit) heading to Ada Foah - this drive will take around an hour and thirty minutes.

Once in Ada Foah, there will a boat from the Maranatha Beach Camp and Culture Center waiting. It will take about 12 minutes from the river side to the Maranatha Beach Camp and Culture Center.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 113 Kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:45

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 30-45 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurring April until August is a bit cooler at temperatures of 20-35 degrees Celsius. As the name of the season suggests, rainfall increases dramatically throughout these months. It is generally not constant rain, but when it does rain, it usually pours.

Often the weather can change throughout the day. At one moment it is very hot and the next moment it is pouring rain. Volunteers are advised to bring a good waterproof jacket while in country.

City/Village Description

Surrounded on all sides by lapping waves, this remote destination is truly a slice of paradise. With cultural singing and dancing; hammocks hanging from palm trees and night-time sightings of nesting marine turtles, there is something here for everyone.

Maranatha has their own resident cultural singing and dancing group. There are daily drum practises on the beach as well as local dancing lessons including the dances of the Agbadja, Adowa, Kpanlogo, Ablode and Apatsa.

Maranatha Beach is the nesting ground for three different kinds of marine turtles and night-time turtle walks can be organized through the Ghana Wildlife Division office in town.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Dangbe East Medical Center
Faithkope street
Ada Foah
TEL 1: 0243-753038
TEL 2: 0302-920569

Placement Address

Maranatha Beach Camp and Cultural Center
Beach Lane
Ada Foah

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Ghana and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Ghana to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

BaseCamp Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana
BaseCamp Ghana Address

C/O Pink Hostel
5th Crescent
Accra, Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana Contact Details

Tel: 233-243-745-771 (Hostel Number)
Mobile: 233-245-916-108

The BaseCamp Center in Accra is a hostel situated in the residential neighbourhood of Asylum Down. This is a relaxing and peaceful area, away from the continuous activity and hubbub of the tourist district, but central enough that we are within walking distance of many attractions in Accra including the National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Adabraka Market.

The centre itself is a three-story building with several dormitory rooms. There are also several quiet areas where volunteers can study and relax including a covered area outside. There is an internet cafe, allowing volunteers to stay in touch with friends and family abroad. In addition to this, free WIFI can be accessed throughout the building.

All volunteers spend their orientation in this centre when they first arrive in Ghana. The workshops and language training take place in this building as well although each day we incorporate outings to learn about the area and how to get around independently.

Living With a Host Family in Ghana

Living with a host family in Ghana is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ghana.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ghana

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022
Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022
Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023 Feb 03, 2023
Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023 May 05, 2023
Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023 Aug 04, 2023
Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023 Nov 03, 2023
Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024 Feb 02, 2024
Mar 01, 2024 Apr 05, 2024 May 03, 2024


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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