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Sports Education Volunteer Program in Rio - Brazil

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is Nov 1, 2021

Sports are a big part of life in Rio de Janeiro, particularly in low income communities where children have fewer options for entertainment. The national sport, soccer (futebol to locals), is a passion that unites Cariocas, regardless of age, gender or status.

The aim of this project is to provide opportunities for healthy, fun and constructive recreational activities to children, teenagers, adults, seniors and those with disabilities in a safe and supportive environment.

Sports volunteer in Brazil with IVHQ

As a Sports volunteer in Brazil, you can expect to be working in a community centre that offers a diverse range of activities such as dance, martial arts, swimming, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, futsal and adapted sports for those with disabilities.

This project is great for active volunteers with a passion for sport. We recommend letting us know your sports preferences so we can best utilise your skills, but flexibility and a willingness to participate in a range of sports is necessary.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from AU$759 for 2 weeks
  • Help local staff arrange and run sports activities in a community centre

  • Play popular local sports or introduce your own games from home

  • Suited to active volunteers who love playing games with children

  • Minimum duration of 2 weeks

  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
Brazil at a glance
  • Based in Brazil’s largest and liveliest city, Rio de Janeiro

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation in a hostel in central Rio

  • Between 5 and 20 volunteers start in Brazil each month

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The IVHQ Brazil volunteer program has volunteer projects located in Rio de Janeiro and the volunteer accommodation is based in Glória, a bayside neighbourhood in central Rio. Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil, located on the coast in the south east of the the country.

Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 24 weeks. Please note that the Teaching English and Community Development projects have a minimum duration of 3 weeks.

Volunteers are required to fly into Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International (GIG) or Santos Dumont Airport (SDU), which is a 16 to 18 hour flight from most major airports in Australia.

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month and volunteers need to arrive into Rio de Janeiro on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) or Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) in Rio de Janeiro. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Rio. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Brazil prior to your volunteer program, you will need to arrange your own transport to the hostel accommodation.

Orientation is hosted by our Brazil team at their office in Rio de Janeiro. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Brazil – Introduction to Brazil, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day is as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast at the hostel.

8.00 AM Volunteers travel to their placements.

8.30AM – 2.00PM Volunteers join the placement staff. Work and hours at the placement are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at. There is usually a morning tea break and lunch break.

2.00 – 5.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to their accommodation, go sightseeing to the beach, or do some shopping. If volunteers are taking Portuguese Lessons, these will generally take place in the evenings.

Please note, this schedule can vary depending on the project that the volunteer is participating on.

Volunteers are accommodated in a hostel in Glória, which is a 3 minutes walk from the metro station. You can expect to share a bedroom with 5 to 7 other volunteers of both genders. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding, private bathrooms and air conditioning provided. All rooms have a communal, co-ed bathrooms equipped with western toilets and hot showers. Volunteers should bring their own towels or rent one at the hostel for 5 BRL each. Lockers are available but volunteers must bring their own padlock.

Accommodation upgrades to private or matrimonial rooms can be arranged at an additional cost after registering for the program. All upgrades must be arranged through the local team no later than 4 weeks prior to your start date. If you require accommodation prior to your program commencement or would like to stay on after the completion of your program, this is not a problem. Ask your IVHQ program manager for more details on how to arrange this.

WiFi is available for volunteers to use at the hostel. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.

Volunteers in Brazil are provided with breakfast at the hostel, but they need to arrange their own lunch and dinner. Breakfast generally consists of coffee, tea, natural fruit juice, fruit, brown bread, butter, jam, cheese, ham and porridge. The hostel has cooking facilities to prepare meals and there are nearby shops to purchase food. If you have any special dietary requirements for breakfast, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.

“Volunteering on the Carnaval Program was the best thing I have ever done, I was thrilled to be able to help with the costumes and gain some friends from the favelas in Rio. You get a true understanding of how life is and their culture. I would definitely do it again.” - Laura Shafer (Carnaval Program Volunteer in Brazil)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Brazil here

Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
2 weeks AU$762 Equivalent to AU$55/day
3 weeks AU$972 Equivalent to AU$47/day
4 weeks AU$1182 Equivalent to AU$43/day
5 weeks AU$1392 Equivalent to AU$40/day
6 weeks AU$1602 Equivalent to AU$39/day
8 weeks AU$2022 Equivalent to AU$37/day
10 weeks AU$2442 Equivalent to AU$35/day
12 weeks AU$2862 Equivalent to AU$35/day
16 weeks AU$3702 Equivalent to AU$34/day
20 weeks AU$4542 Equivalent to AU$33/day
24 weeks AU$5382 Equivalent to AU$33/day
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Certificate of International Volunteering

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of AU$416 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in AUD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Brazil generally find US$150 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including lunch, dinner and miscellaneous spending.

During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Rio de Janeiro and other areas of Brazil. Popular tourist activities include, relaxing on the beaches of Copacabana, climbing Corcovado Mountain, visiting the statue of Christ the Redeemer, catching the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain, horse trekking and wildlife spotting in the Pantanal wetlands, exploring Iguazu Falls and trekking through the Amazon.

See our Brazil Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Brazil!

Capital Brasilia
Population 198.7 million
Languages Portuguese
Currency Real (BRL)
Time zone UTC-03:00

Weather and climate: The climate of Brazil comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and varied topography, but most of the country is tropical. According to the Köppen system, Brazil hosts five major climatic subtypes: equatorial, tropical, semiarid, highland tropical, temperate, and subtropical. The different climatic conditions produce environments ranging from equatorial rainforests in the north and semiarid deserts in the northeast, to temperate coniferous forests in the south and tropical savannas in central Brazil. Many regions have starkly different microclimates.

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Brazil. All volunteers are required to register to secure their spot on the Brazil program at least 5 weeks prior to their start date. The program fee needs to be paid within 30 days.

Fluency in Portuguese is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Brazil volunteer program, however on certain projects, such as Teaching English, volunteer work will be restricted with limited language ability. We recommend that volunteers take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our partner staff in Brazil. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. Volunteers interested in taking Portuguese lessons can arrange these directly with the local staff once in Brazil.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

Portuguese language lessons are available to all volunteers regardless of their ability. IVHQ recommends these lessons for all volunteers in Brazil unless they are fluent in Portuguese. Volunteers with a basic level of Portuguese should strongly consider these lessons to allow them to work and communicate more effectively during their program. These language lessons can be organised upon arrival in Brazil, during the program orientation. These language lessons are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Portuguese and must be paid for in Brazil to our local program staff.

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