Malaria remains one of the world's biggest killers claiming the life of one child every 2 minutes.
We are delighted to partner with Kicking Off to run 3 football and netball tournaments every year. Each tournament gives 500 children the opportunity to get a free medical check from Elective Ghana. In February alone we diagnosed and treated 7 cases of malaria which would otherwise have gone untreated.
Every tournament has the capacity to save lives!
If you want to get involved either as an individual or through CSR with your company please get in touch. Info@akwaabavolunteers.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
We hosted 8 teams from our community schools who our team of volunteers have been working with all week. Today they got to show off all the new skills they have learnt and the values we want to see in all our players on and off the court. Determination, honesty, respect, self belief, passion and teamwork.
It was an honor to have the President of the Ghana Netball Federation, technical director and national team coach attend too.
Congratulations to LA Enobal School for taking the trophy home! Thankyou to all the amazing volunteers, teachers, coaches, students, friends and organisers. Here's to the future of netball in Ghana! ... See MoreSee Less
Today was the last day with these superstar coaches
For the past 4 days we have been working with 40 coaches and teachers from Accra and beyond.
We have learnt about how to improve ourselves as coaches, umpiring, the rules of the game, shooting, passing, positions, how to plan sessions, and how to deliver sexual health lessons to students. We can't wait to see these coaches inspiring more people from Ghana to get involved with netball and use the power of sport to educate on other sensitive topics.
Day 1. We visited Future Leaders school for sports with all 184 kids and the amazing teachers. We visited St Maurice School for a cultural welcome from the choir and choreography group, met the president of Ghana Netball and visited Accra ... See MoreSee Less
Rugby is a growing sport in Ghana. Over the past 4 years there has been a huge amount of interest and increased participation in the sport as young players like our look up to the professional 10 team league run by Ghana Rugby
We were delighted to give Warriors Rugby Academy brand new kits, boots and socks from Sal's Shoes last week and watch the boys training hard. ... See MoreSee Less
Our after school club is providing children of all ages a safe space to learn, play and develop in our community.
The classes are open to any children, they can bring their homework, learn new things with our volunteer teachers, socialise with friends and have fun. Having these classes prevents children from roaming the streets unaccompanied, getting in trouble and is helping to stop child labour.
This year we are aiming to improve the classroom facilities for these kids and build a new library for the whole community to enjoy.
Sound like something you want to be involved in? Send us a message to find out more. ... See MoreSee Less
We are lucky to work with amazing women every day but these three are incredible humans.
These beautiful women are inspiring us and Brightening the future of next generation every single day, they are caring, they are mentors, they are the best role models you can ask for, they are teaching us to follow our dreams no matter how big, they are making their voices heard, they have hearts of gold. They are loving, caring, passionate and strong and we are so grateful that they are teaching our future leaders.
What an incredible day with so many incredible people
On Saturday we hosted our second tournament in collaboration with Kicking Off. We invited 500 children from 8 football teams from Labadi all the way to Kwahu and 8 girls netball teams from schools in Labadi.
Every child received a goody bag full of health and educational supplies (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, face cloth, exercise book, pen, pencil, eraser and sharpener), clean water all day, a medical check where we were able to identify and treat cases of malaria, dehydration, sprained wrists, eye problems, aneamia and scabies, a hot meal of Jollof rice and chicken and an amazing day playing the sports they love.
Thankyou to every teacher, coach, spectator, participant and officials for being part of our big day.
We were also extremely lucky to receive a huge donation of football boots, trainers and brand new kit from Sal's Shoes. This meant every girl playing netball in the hot sand with no shoes got some trainers, every boy with broken boots received a new pair and the runners up and winners from the football and netball competitions got brand new kit. Every kid who helped keep the pitch tidy and clean up also received some new kits
please our handle is Okwawu City Soccer Academy Obomeng-Kwahu. please effect the change for the male football runner up. thank you @Akwaabavolunteers . We had a great time!
We have packed 500 goody bags with health and educational supplies for the kids and are spending the afternoon at the Street 2 School Soccer Project tidying the area and getting excited with all the boys! ... See MoreSee Less
Anja has just finished her 5 week nursing project with Akwaaba Volunteers
Day 36/36 has come to an end here in Ghana 🇬🇭 ✅ Survived driving to work in Trotros 🚌 ✔️ Worked at 4/4 departments in the hospital 🏥 ✅ Went on a trip to Cape Coast and visited the castle 🏛️⛱️ ✔️ Survived the canopy walkway at Kukum National Park 🌳 ✅ Fed a crocodile at Hans Bottle Cottage 🐊 ✔️ Spent more time at the beach 🏖️ ✅Spent many afternoons sitting under palm trees 🌴 ✔️Went for shopping at the craft market 🛍️ ✅ Had more night out in Osu and sang karaoke with Ray 🎤😂 ✔️ Tried a lot of Ghanaian food - it's really good! 🍽️ 🍲 ✅ Tried to learn how to dance salsa 💃 ✔️Used a lot of mosquito repellent
I can't believe how the past 5 weeks went so fast... I am more than thankful for this experience.
THANKYOU to Jordan and King for everything they have done for and with me during my stay in Ghana. I really appreciated their company and they have been amazing hosts. You two are one of the most inspiring people I have ever met before. I wish you all the best for you future and your organisation - you are doing a great job.
Also Thankyou to Richmond for being my companion and personal photographer on all my trips, you were great.
Thankyou to all the incredible people I have met in the hospital and made my time there so special. This experience will last forever. Everyone in Ghana was so nice and tried to make sure I will get a good impression of this fascinating country. Thankyou!
Heavy heartedly and with my mind full of unforgettable impressions, it's time to say "goodbye". But I'll come back one day ✌️
Meet Mercedes and her mummy Chacheele, one of our two new born Mangabey Monkeys 🐒
Join our primate conservation project to learn more about these amazing species native to Ghana, help take care of them and provide enrichment before they are re-released back into the forests ... See MoreSee Less
NAME: Abdul Rauf Mamuni AGE: 18 POSITION: Striker CLUB: F. C Slovako AMBITION: Professional footballer
Rauf was one of the very first players to be recruited for New Life Football Academy from Tamale in northern Ghana. For the last 4 years Rauf has been a consistent top goal scorer in friendlies and the league, has shown a great attitude towards training and school, has never missed a training session and is said to be faster than Usain Bolt on the pitch. We are delighted that he has signed his very first professional contract!
Keep up your hard work, make us proud and go and show the world what you can do! ... See MoreSee Less
Looking for a volunteer experience for 2019? See what our past volunteers have to say about their experience!
"Looking for a volunteering opportunity? Akwaaba is the place to head to!
Towards the end of 2018, I joined Akwaaba Volunteers as a teaching volunteer and spent four busy and lovely weeks there.
I taught three different groups during my stay. My mornings were spent at Future Leaders UCC (Underprivileged Children's Centre) at Labadi, Accra. Throughout the time, I taught all 10 classes with ages between 4–20. This included two Nursery groups, two Kindergarten groups, plus classes 1-6.
My lessons consisted of English grammar, creative writing prompts, workbook exercises, Maths, handicrafts and learn-by-fun methods. I also spent time working with the younger children one on one, helping them practice the skills they were taught in class.
The second group was Footballers of New Life Football Academy at Labadi, Accra. Each afternoon a group of 4–6 boys came to Akwaaba's volunteer house for my lessons. My teaching methods and topics covered English, including various forms of discussion, speech practice and creative writing assignments, not forgetting learn-by-fun methods and good, old grammar-book exercises.
Finally, I gave one-on-one tuition for the 15-year-old Ghanaian resident of Akwaaba Volunteers, Richmond. After his school day in Junior High School, we used to have an advanced English lesson with grammar book exercises, speaking practise, etc.
I enjoyed every minute of my stay. Why? 1) Because I was given free hands to prepare my lessons. A creative approach was welcome. 2) Because the students were ever so eager to learn. 3) Because they were always ready for a laugh!
Thank you, Akwaaba, for giving me this opportunity.
This is Bernard, he is 9 years old and the captain and goalkeeper for our u10 street to school soccer project team.
Bernard has been working really hard at training both in the classroom at our after school classes and on the pitch and was recently crowned best u10 goal keeper in our community
Bernard also attend Future Leaders school for underprivileged children. The school ensures children living in poverty get a free education, transportation, uniform, books, a meal each day and a safe caring environment to nurture each individuals potential.
Through the street to school soccer project we are keeping boys and girls like Bernard off the streets of Labadi and ending the cycle of poverty through the power of sports and education
Are you looking to volunteer, travel, immerse yourself in a new culture, gain experience to add to your CV, have an amazing time and make a difference?
Take a look at the video below and apply for one of our projects in health, education, sports or working with animals by emailing email@example.com
youtu.be/f-cdEz79uYUAkwaaba Volunteers welcomes you to our unique volunteering experiences in Ghana! Take a look at the video to find out about our work in Ghana and how you can... ... See MoreSee Less
Merry Christmas from all the coaches and 140 participants from our Street 2 School Soccer Project. This week we had a festive football party for all the participants for their hard work and dedication this year, we gave out awards to all age groups for participation in school and on the pitch , played football (of course), had drinks and snacks!
It has been an amazing year for S2S, we have hosted tournaments, workshops & talks. We introduced after school classes and saw a huge rise in attendance and grades in school and the project just keeps growing. We can't wait for 2019
Of course it wouldn't be possible without this bunch of heros who work every day to keep the program running and engage children from the streets into football and education. Thank you to you all for being amazing role models. Thank you to everyone who has supported S2S with kit donations, boots, teaching the kids or coaching. And last but not least thank you to our partner Volta Sports for everything you do! ... See MoreSee Less
Our underprivileged children's center are celebrating the end of term. The choir sang Christmas songs, we had a cultural performance, we gave prizes to the students top of each class, we celebrated the amazing teachers, we danced, we laughed and we are good food!
Today also marks the 2 year anniversary of Sir Billas passing. Billa founded the UCC 20 years ago under a mango tree in Labadi. His vision was to help disadvantaged children get the education they deserved. Today there are 186 students at the UCC, and over 85 graduates being supported in high school and university. Long live Billas legacy. Gone but always in our hearts. I hope we are making you proud. ... See MoreSee Less
We are looking for volunteers to join us for our second "Kicking Off Tournament" from the 16th - 24th February in Ghana.
We will be bringing 500 kids together for a day of sports and fun. The girls will be playing netball and the boys football. There will be music, dancing, sports, food and drinks, medical checks, games and prizes.
Do you love sports, play netball or football, have a medical background, love music, are great at planning and organising events, want to DJ or MC, love kids, a photographer or videographer, want to see Ghana and experience a new culture, need some winter sun, want to help us Brighten the future of the next generation or simply want to be part of the big day get in touch today to join the team.
Out Street 2 School soccer project is contesting for the total startupper of the year project. Winning would mean we can keep developing Street to school and have an even bigger impact in the community.
All you have to do is like our project and share so your friends can do the same. Leave a comment below once you have voted!
For those of you who don't know our S2S project is currently working with over 100 kids daily to provide a football and education programme which is alleviating the cycle of poverty in our community!
The ‘Street To School Soccer Programme’ is a not-for-profit community initiative providing a sport (football) & education programme which engages disadvantaged children in the local school system.
Our projects are turning #blue to celebrate #worldchildrensday
Our aim is to "Brighten the future of the next generation, alleviate poverty and create better opportunities for underprivileged children and disadvantaged communities".
We believe in a world where every child can fulfil their potential, has the right to education, the right to play and the right to dream. In Accra alone 61492 children are living on the streets because of poverty and economic desperation. Through our projects in health, education and sports we are working to change this!
NAME: William Baba Hamza AGE: 16 POSITION: Winger CLUB: MSK Zilina AMBITION: Professional footballer
Baba recently moved to Slovakia to join MSK Zilina's u17 team. After training with the team Baba has been promoted to the u19 team and has scored 2 goals in 2 games. Keep working hard, improving and showing off all your skills. Keep Making us proud superstar and enjoy the cold weather!
"Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education"
As a teaching volunteer you can work at our underprivileged children's centre teaching students one on one, assisting in the classroom or teaching your own class of students aged 4-18!
The children who attend this school are living in extreme poverty and without this school would have no access to a formal education. Every child gets an education, books, stationary, transport to and from school, a meal each day and uniform at no cost.
We believe every child has the right to education, play and dream in a safe environment and you can help us change more lives in Accra ... See MoreSee Less
We recently teamed up with Days for Girls Ghana to help turn periods into pathways for dignity, health and opportunity for 100,000 girls across the world.
By providing reusable sanitary pads and menstruation supplies to 150 girls in our community and the education they need to manage their menstruation we are helping to bridge the gender gap and ensure our girls stay in school which can change their future ensuring better health, increased opportunity and improved quality of life. ... See MoreSee Less
8 U15 Girls Netball Teams: Futurestars Charity, LA Wireless, LA St Pauls, St Maurice Roman School, Tenashie JHS, Osu Home School, LA Anglican & LA Salem Presby JHS.
All 500 children that were invited received a free medical check thanks to the amazing volunteers from Medical Elective Ghana. We were able to identify and treat 10 suspected cases of Malaria, sports injuries, cuts and open wounds, vomiting and dehydration. Each person also received multivitamins, bananas and biscuits.
We distributed 500 Goody bags sponsored by L&C Mortgages each containing educational and health supplies and a pair of Stamford Bridge sunglasses. Every girl also received a Days for Girls Ghana basic menstruation kit. This contains reusable sanitary pads which can be washed and used for 1 year and will ensure that no girls will miss school or sports due to their period and tackle the stigma surrounding menstruation.
Every player, coach, teacher and staff member was given clean drinking water throughout the day and a meal of Jollof Rice and Chicken prepared and donated by the staff at Holiday Inn Accra and dried fruit snacks donated by Yvaya Farm.
Thankyou to every player, teacher and coach for being part of this day!
Netball: Winners - LA Wireless JHS Runners Up - Futurestars Charity MVP - Esther, LA Wireless JHS
This week we are celebrating the highlights from our Kicking Off Accra Tournament.
We invited 500 Children from schools across our community and teams from Accra to participate in our football and Netball tournament on Saturday. Every single participant received a goody bag containing health and educational supplies.
This included a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, pen, pencil, sharpener, eraser an exercise book and a pair of sunglasses!
Sightseeing in Accra with our volunteers and enjoying this amazing view of independence square.
Ghana gained independence from Britain on 6th March 1957 and this square was opened by Dr Kwame Nkrumah and Queen Elizabeth. Each year people gather here on independence day to celebrate. ... See MoreSee Less
It is just one week to go till tournament day. We have teamed up with Kicking Off to give 500 Children from our community a day of sports, free medical checks, food, water, goody bags, games and more! .
We are also teaming up with Days for Girls Ghana to provide every girl participating with reusable Sanitary pads to end #periodpoverty and make sure no girl has to miss school because of menstruation. .
One of the best parts of volunteering abroad is the people you will get to meet...
This week we have had the pleasure of meeting 4 amazing ladies from Michigan who have been volunteering at our teaching project and have gone above and beyond to help the school.
Not only did they bring 5 HUGE suitcases full of donations from friends and family in the USA they also bought backpacks and bowls for the students.
Every day the school provides meals for the students at school, however if any of the children forget their bowls they can't eat the food. We bought 205 bowls and distributed them to every child at the school so that there are no excuses for a child going hungry.
Some midweek motivation from the boys at our Street 2 School Soccer Project.
"We are a team, united we stand, divided we fall"
Team work makes the dream work and we are lucky to work with amazing coaches and kids every day to provide football and education to over 100 underpriveleged children in our community. ... See MoreSee Less
"The future of the world is in our classroom today"
Our volunteers have been working at our community after school programme which provides kids in Labadi a safe space to learn and play every day. We have been doing homework and getting creative. Can you tell the kids loved it? ... See MoreSee Less
If you have volunteered as a teacher in Ghana then you will definitely have had the pleasure of meeting Naa. 🇬🇭
Naa is the most loving, outgoing and bossy girl at the UCC. If you know her she has probably made you feed her, buy her sausages for lunch, done your hair for you and given you lots of kisses. 💙
Earlier this year Aish Jagadeeswaran, Daryon Holland, Marisa Veloso and Oli Bevan fell in love with Naa and with the help of her family and amazing UCC staff we have registered and paid for her to be able to attend Dzorwulu Special School. She will start school on monday.
Thankyou to everyone who has supported Naa so far, we know she is going to be Queen of the school in no time and can't wait to see how she is getting on. 👑
➡ Swipe right to see Naa posing, all packed for her new adventure and saying goodbye to her class.
For the past 4 weeks Dominic Klyen has been volunteering as a football coach with Akwaaba Volunteers. He has primarily been working with the strikers at our elite football academy and to say thankyou the boys won 3-0 in their final game today.
We want to say a huge thankyou for all of your hard work and everything you have done for the boys, especially their awesome new kit.
From us and all the boys at New Life, we are going to miss you and we cant wait to see you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
"Your greatness is not what you have but what you give"
Our volunteers enjoying the rooftop views of our community whilst helping us "brighten the future of the next generation"
Our after school community club runs every afternoon and welcomes all children from 3-18. It provides children with the opportunity to learn, play and be creative in a safe and caring environment. ... See MoreSee Less
Earlier this year you donated your loved crocs to our friends at Sal's Shoes. They shipped them all the way to us in Ghana and today they found a new home with 8 year old Estha who lives at the Becky Foundation orphanage in Senya. She loves them! She wrote back to you and hopes one day you can visit Ghana for yourself!
Today 85 pairs of your crocs found new loving feet in Ghana. Thankyou, the smiles speak for themselves! ... See MoreSee Less
NAME: Abdul Razak Abdul Kadir AGE: 17 POSITION: Defender and Captain SUBJECT: Maths SCHOOL: Dunn School, California AMBITION: Professional footballer / Journalist
Meet New Life Football Academy's captain and third graduate! Kadir has received a full scholarship to complete high school in America. Over the past 3 years Kadir has led his team to countless wins against teams across Ghana and has been responsible for organising and caring for his team mates. We are going to miss you but are so unbelievably proud and excited for what you are going to achieve. Good luck capito!! ... See MoreSee Less
"They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel"
Phillipe is spending 6 weeks volunteering as a teacher in Ghana. He enjoys teaching and working with children in the UK and chose to join us to help make a difference through education and brighten the future of the next generation in our community. ... See MoreSee Less
Good luck to our scholars David and Daniel on their first day at school in America.
New Life Football academy is using the power of football to change lives in Ghana.
New Life academy have established a talent pathway for elite athletes through education and football to provide opportunities for players to display their talent on an international level.
This month 2 of our players have received full scholarships to further their education in the United States. Daniel is attending Cate school, California and David is at Baylor School in Tennessee.
We want to say a huge thankyou to two very important individuals who have been working with and supporting the academy to make these boys dreams come true. MLS Giant, David Accam and Majeed Warris and the Warris Foundation.
We cant wait to see what the future holds for the boys and the academy ... See MoreSee Less
NAME: David Ohene Danquah AGE: 14 POSITION: Midfield SUBJECT: Science & History SCHOOL: Baylor School, Tennessee AMBITION: Professional footballer / Pilot
"I'm looking forwards to further my education and using this opportunity to help more people who started like me in Ghana"
Meet David, the second Graduate from New Life Football Academy. David is leaving Ghana for the very first time to pursue his dreams at high school in America. Congratulations David, you have worked so hard both in school and on the pitch and we couldn't be more proud. You are a star, keep on shining
Thankyou to everyone who has been a part of this life changing opportunity for David so far, we can't wait to see what your future holds. ... See MoreSee Less
Our Veterinary Volunteers spent the day with Dr Amakye-Anim, the Director of Labadi Veterinary Practice delivering an educational outreach workshop for farmers, scientists, delivery drivers, feed manufacturers and members of the Ghana poultry project on the effective control of vaccine preventable diseases for poultry in Ghana.
NAME: Daniel Asiedu Boateng AGE: 15 POSITION: Midfield SUBJECT: English SCHOOL: Cate School, California AMBITION: Professional footballer / Sports Journalist
"This is the opportunity every kid in Ghana is dreaming of and now it is my reality"
Today we said goodbye to our very first graduate from our football academy who has received a full Scholarship from Cate School in California. We are unbelievably proud of you! Good luck from the Akwaaba Volunteers and New Life team. Make all of your dreams come true!
Akwaaba Volunteers aim is to "Brighten the future of the next generation and create better opportunities". Today we did exactly that! Thankyou to everyone who has been a part of Daniels journey so far! ... See MoreSee Less