Youth Project

Youth Athletics Project in Brazil

Be active and share your passion while volunteering in Brazil
child playing football
  • Work with local children to coach and develop athletic skills
  • Immerse yourself in vibrant beauty and culture of Brazil
  • Assist in local schools and community centers
  • Volunteer abroad safely & affordably

Project Summary

In Brazil, sports and athletics are a part of everyday life and embedded into the Brazilian culture. However, in most low-income areas referred to as favelas (shanty towns), children do not ever have the opportunity to work with coaches or play sports in an organized manner. In Rio, IFRE has youth athletics volunteer opportunities in the community of Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro. As an IFRE volunteer, you will work with children in local schools and community organizations.

In the IFRE youth athletics program, you will work with local children to help them develop athletic skills and encourage them to lead active, healthy lives. In the past, our athletic volunteers have had a positive effect on both the community and the children they’ve helped. Because of this, the local community is very appreciative of our volunteers’ work. It’s time to give back to these impoverished communities – Enroll Now .

Another positive side to Youth Athletics Project in Brazil with IFRE-Brazil is that you can become a volunteer even if you’re in Rio for a small amount of time. IFRE-Brazil can place you in short-term youth athletic projects.


No specific qualifications are required to join the youth athletics in Brazil project. However, interested individuals should enjoy working with children and playing sports themselves.

While basic Portuguese fluency is preferred, it is not required. All volunteers are encouraged to be flexible, patient and respectful of the Brazilian culture and customs.

Volunteer Responsibilities

In the Youth Athletics in Brazil project, volunteers will assist local schools and community centers with sports programs and games. Volunteers will lead and coach local children in a wide variety of sports, such as footbol (soccer), volleyball, skateboarding, circus training, martial arts and more. Volunteers may also lend their personal English expertise by introducing it to the children.


IFRE arranges room, breakfast and supervision for volunteer for the entire duration of volunteer in Brazil program. In Brazil, our volunteers will have the choice of staying in one of two hostels. Rio Hostel is located in the downtown area and is in a safe and secure neighborhood. The neighborhood is called Santa Teresa and consists of picturesque views, charming shops and a bohemian culture. The other hostel, CabanaCopa, is located within walking distance of the world-famous Copacabana Beach, a metro station and a beautiful natural park.

Our volunteers will find it easy to travel from both hostels to the project site as well as to other places in Rio famous for visitors, like the beaches and other attractions. In the hostels, our volunteers will have to share the room with other volunteers of same sex. Breakfast will be served in the hostels but volunteers will need to eat lunch and dinner outside. Good food is inexpensive in Brazil and readily available.

During the project, our supervisor and project will be in touch with you. The volunteer coordinator lives minutes away if you need anything. If you need any advice or have any issue you need to discuss you can talk to them or call the coordinator.


  • Please provide a typical day schedule for this project.

    Morning: 9 AM – 12 PM – Play sports and partake in Physical education classes in a local school

    Afternoon: 2 PM – 5 PM – Design and implement small athletic games with local children

    Those who teach partake in Youth Athletic programs also have the chance to work on other educational volunteer projects such as teaching English, art and after school activities.

    This project is designed to place volunteers in local schools to support physical education classes. Engaging youth in sports is essential to both individual and community health, as it leads to the empowerment and social inclusion of vulnerable youth. In addition, it stimulates physical, social, cognitive and emotional development. Sports programs aid dialogue and the development of communication and conflict resolution skills, critical in the community where youth are coping with post-conflict trauma (due to previous realities of drug trafficking). Participating in sports provides a fun and secure platform for educators to promote sustainable social change for youth in a time of rapid transition in the Complexo do Alemão.

  • Where do I stay? How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute every day?

    Hostel accommodations will be arranged within 45 minutes of your placement via bus or metro.

  • What is the name of the project I would be placed?

    All placement details are provided one volunteers have completed their application.

  • What are the activities people do under this program?

    • Partake in Physical education classes in local schools
    • Lead and organize activities with small groups
    • Network with local school staff and Community in Action staff
  • What is age range of the people I will be working with?

    You will be working with youth ages 6-18.

  • Are the sports materials available?


  • What skills do I need to have to join this project?

    No skills are needed…just motivation and flexibility to partake in other activities.

  • Do I need to learn local language for this project?

    No, although basic knowledge is always helpful.

  • Will there be anyone as a coach or I need to handle it solely?

    The volunteer will assist local educators in Physical Education classes in local schools. In the afternoon, the volunteer may organize smaller group activities alone.

  • How many hours a day do I need to work?

    Physical Education classes are usually only a few hours per day. For that reason, volunteers who sign up for this course need to be flexible to partake in other volunteer program activities, such as teaching English, art and after school activities.

  • Do I need to bring any material?


  • Is Youth Athletic project available all-round the year? If not, when does it close for how long?

    It is not available during Christmas / New Years and Carnival.

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