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Volunteering in Brazil with Youth Athletics Project

Do you love sports and want to share that passion with kids? Have you always dreamed of traveling to Brazil? Then IFRE’s Brazil Youth Athletic volunteer program is for you!

Brazil is one of the major sporting capitals of the world. The whole country is crazy about football (soccer), and Brazil is home to Pele, widely considered to be the greatest player of all time. Sports are deeply embedded in Brazilian culture, and the fun-loving people enjoy a wide range of sporting activities like volleyball, basketball, and the mixed martial

arts style born in Brazil called Capoeira, a unique blend of fighting, music and dance.

The poor children living in favelas, or shanty towns, miss out on all the fun. They don’t have access to organized teams or coaches to help them learn and play sports. Without this positive outlet for their time and energy, these kids might turn to drugs, crime, or a life on the streets in the rough, impoverished neighborhoods they live in.

IFRE teams up with local schools and community organizations in the community of Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro at this Brazil volunteer project to help organize athletic programs for these disadvantaged kids. That’s where you come in, as international volunteers like yourself can share your passion for sports and help kids incorporate this into their own lives.

Your time working with the kids will give them access to an exciting and fun pastime which will stay with them for their rest of their lives. They will get to embrace the Brazilian passion for sports and join their country in this fulfilling national pastime. Kids will learn teamwork and the value of hard work and develop athletic skills, greatly enriching their lives.

Do you want to share your love of sports with kids in need of positive outlets? Then contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering in our Brazil youth athletic program!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

You will be volunteering in Brazil several hours a day working with local schools and organizations who are doing their best to bring the joy of athletics to these disadvantaged kids living in favelas. You will lead and coach local children in a wide variety of sports, such as football (soccer), volleyball, skateboarding, circus training, martial arts and more. Bring your passion and share it with eager Brazilian kids! You can also share the English language with the kids, as well.

The access to enriching athletic programs you help provide to the children living in poverty in shanty towns will change their lives and have a positive impact on their community. The kids will excel and play sports, avoiding the destructive lifestyle they might otherwise fall into without your help. You’ll have a great time playing and teaching the sport you love and make a huge impact at the same time.

Skills and Qualifications:

If you are passionate about sports and love working with kids, we need your help at this project! No specific qualifications are required to join beyond being 18 years of age. Whether you’re into football, tennis, or even circus performing, IFRE has an athletic volunteer placement in Brazil for you.

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.

Volunteering in a youth athletics program in Brazil is an amazing time for anyone who loves sports and children and each day will be filled with fun as you share your passion for whatever sport you enjoy with these amazing kids.

Your volunteer schedule will vary depending on your project placement and the current needs of the program. You can expect to work 4-5 hours per day on average, Monday-Friday. You shouldn’t expect each day to unfold exactly like this sample schedule, but here’s a rough idea of what you will experience while volunteering in Brazil.

First Day: On your first day at our sports project, you will be escorted to your placement by our local coordinator and introduced to the passionate and dedicated staff you will be assisting. You’ll have the chance to finally meet the amazing kids you’ll be working with! In addition, there will be an informative orientation class, where you’ll learn all about the project, your daily schedule, safety measures you need to follow, and have a briefing on the customs and culture of Brazil.

Weekdays: Your work as a sports coach begins on the second day, and a typical volunteer day is as follows:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: Enjoy a delicious breakfast provided as part of your volunteer fee.

7.45 AM: You will head out from your comfortable hostel, traveling about 20 minutes to your project site. You will spend the day organizing sporting activities with children in need and playing games.

12.00 PM: Break for lunch and be sure to try out the many restaurants and delicious cuisine of Brazil!

3.00 PM: Around this time your volunteer work usually ends, though this will vary based on what activities are going on with the kids. Walk to the beach from your hostel or explore the sights and sounds of Rio De Janeiro.

WEEKENDS: Your weekends are free to travel and discover Rio and the surrounding areas.

Volunteering in Brazil with Youth Athletics Project: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Volunteering in Brazil with Youth Athletics Project is not available from 21st February to 1st March, 2020(Carnival) and 19th December, 2020 to 10th January, 2021 (Christmas / New Year) .

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low Brazil volunteer program weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

    Duration Youth Athletics
  1 Week $370
   2 Weeks $595
   3 Weeks $845
   4 Weeks $1,095
   5 Weeks $1,345
   6 Weeks $1,595
   7 Weeks $1,845
   8 Weeks $2,095

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day

Fee covers only breakfast in hostel, no lunch and dinner

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (hostel)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Airport pick-up and transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering in Brazil, you will be staying in a lovely and safe hostel in exciting Rio De Janeiro, a quick walk to the world-famous Copacabana beach and all the delicious restaurants and sizzling Latin night clubs you would expect from this bustling destination. Every morning, you will be served a delicious local breakfast at the hostel and you will share a room with like-minded volunteers of the same gender.

Learn more about your housing and food while volunteering in Brazil.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

We want you to have an amazing time while you’re in Brazil, and you’ll have every evening and weekend free to explore and make the most of your time abroad. From spectacular beaches to delectable cuisine to the vibrant and exciting culture of Rio De Janeiro, a fantastic volunteer vacation is at your fingertips. Take trips on the weekends to discover even more of this fascinating country.

Discover some of the amazing things you can do during your free time in Brazil.

Safety and in Country Support

We always have your safety and security in mind when we plan your volunteer trip to Brazil. We select safe housing, work with amazing projects, offer comprehensive travel insurance, fully train you, and offer fantastic guidance and support with an experienced and knowledgeable in-country staff that are available to you at all times.

Read more about our Brazil in-country team and our dedication to safety.

Volunteering in Brazil with Youth Athletics Project: FAQs

You know for certain you want to volunteer in Brazil and share your passion for sports with disadvantaged kids who really need your help. If so, there are a few other details you should know, as well, and these are:

Arrival and departure

As soon you book your flight to Rio De Janeiro International Airport, you should provide your flight itinerary to our in-country coordinator. We’ll make sure we have a local representative waiting for you as soon as you step off the plane, who will take you to your accommodations. We suggest arriving a day early to rest and relax prior to the start of your volunteer project.

When you’re done volunteering in Brazil, you’ll need to set up your own ride to the airport. Check in with local project staff, and they’ll be happy to offer you help in doing this.


You’ll need to apply for a tourist visa to participate in our programs but follow these tips and you’ll have your visa in no time. The requirements for visas vary based on your nationality, so do your research ahead of time to find out what people from your home country need to do. The visa application process can take up to a few weeks, so get started early to make sure you get it done in time.

You can obtain a tourist visa from the Embassy of Brazil in your home country. A single- entry Brazilian tourist visa will last for exactly 90 days in total. Unfortunately, there is no on-arrival-visa available at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport. Instead, you can apply for a Brazilian e-visa online by clicking this link https://www.brazilevisas.com/. The processing time for Brazilian e-visa is 5 days.

You can always choose to further extend your visa if you wish to continue working in our Brazil volunteer work programs by visiting the Federal Office. Check out this link for more information. If you need advice or help when it comes to getting or extending your visa, reach out to our in-country coordinator and they are happy to offer you advice.


One of the first steps to a successful volunteer abroad trip is getting properly vaccinated. This will keep you healthy and at your best.

Be sure to meet with your doctor about your trip to Brazil before getting vaccinated. The vaccines you’ll like need will be polio, measles, mumps and rubella, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, influenza, meningitis, hepatitis B, yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A, pneumonia, and rabies.

You can check out this website to learn more about these vaccinations.

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Volunteer Health and Safety

Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

Why volunteer in IFRE’s Youth Athletics project in Brazil?

This project is an amazing opportunity to fulfill your passion for sports, provide a healthy outlet for kids in need, and also travel in an amazing country.

You will help Brazilian youth develop new athletic skills

You will help Brazilians learn and train in new sports, developing their athletic skills and having the opportunity to join a team and work with coaches.

You will get an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life

Volunteering abroad is a great way to make new friends and connections. Share your love of sports with fellow volunteers, project staff, and the kids you are working with, connecting with people from different cultures and age groups.

You will make a difference in the lives of children in need

At this Brazil athletic volunteer project, you will have a huge impact on the lives of kids who are struggling to have positive childhoods in an impoverished environment with little other opportunity for them. They will have the chance to put their time and energy into something positive and healthy that could lead to a brighter future for them.

You will develop a feeling of compassion by helping others

You will be helping deprived Brazilian youth bringpositive change to their lives, and you will also be supporting the hard-working people at the schools and organizations that are trying to make a difference in these kids’ lives. Feel great knowing your actions are making the world a better place.

You will promote a sense of belonging and aid personal development

Becoming part of a team teaches kids important life lessons, and as they pursue positive and healthy forms of recreation the Brazilian youths you volunteer with can become productive members of their community. Sports is deeply embedded in the Brazilian culture, and by offering poor kids the chance to join teams and learn skills they can become a part of this rich tradition.

Contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering in Brazil!

Explore our other projects in Brazil!

In addition to our youth athletics project, we also have a variety of other amazing and impactful programs available in Brazil you might be interested in. You can

teach English or computer skills,

provide childcare, and much more.

If you are traveling with a group, we offer a variety of group programs for high school and college students and families.

Other Athletics Programs Worldwide

Sports are a fundamental part of the human experience, but many poor children around the world are not given the chance to learn and train in this area. To help provide this service, IFRE arranges athletics volunteer programs in many different countries, the most popular of which are listed below:

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