Sports Education Volunteer Program in Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
On the ball and want to kick off an experience as a Sports Education volunteer Brazil? International Volunteer HQ’s Sports project places volunteers in a community center in Rio de Janeiro where they gain experience in teaching and can share their love of sport. The locals already love sport, especially football, and children and young people in particular will benefit from the chance to take part in healthy physical activity in a safe environment supported by volunteers.
- Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
- Affordable fees from $545 for 2 weeks
- Includes accommodation, daily breakfast, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Arrange and run sports activities for local children
Explore Brazil from the beach to the jungle
Stay in a hostel in the pretty bayside area of Gloria, Rio de Janeiro
This program is ideal for:
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
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 the people of Rio regardless of age, gender or status.
As a Sports volunteer with IVHQ you’ll be assisting local staff 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 work can vary but usually includes:
- Helping run sports games and drills
- Setting up games and activities
- Sharing your love of sport
Why do Sports volunteering in Rio De Janeiro with IVHQ?
When you volunteer on the Sports project in Rio, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Improving the wellbeing of the community through physical activity
- Helping people develop life skills in a safe place
- Practicing your Portuguese
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining teaching and coaching experience
- Immersing yourself fully in the Brazilian culture
- Discovering the incredible sights of Rio de Janeiro
- Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in 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 speak fluent English, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ before departure.
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”My favorite moment of the experience was meeting lots of new people and learning about a different culture. I enjoyed getting involved in playing football and futsal with the younger children and seeing their excitement playing with someone new. IVHQ support you through the volunteer process and the in country team are always there to answer any questions.”
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IVHQ’s volunteer projects are based in the glittering city of Rio de Janeiro. It’s the second largest city in Brazil and home to glorious beaches, breathtaking scenery and a huge selection of cultural activities including the world’s biggest street parade, Carnival.
The volunteer accommodation is based in Glória, a bayside neighborhood in central Rio which is close to Copacabana Beach and many restaurants, bars, art galleries, museums and tourist attractions.
Arrival and orientation
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 taken 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 traveling 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 - an introduction to Brazil, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
Volunteer schedule example
On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local team member and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.
Work and hours at the placement are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at. A typical volunteer day is as follows:
|7:30 AM||Breakfast at the hostel.|
|8:00 AM||Volunteeers travel to their placements.|
|8:30 - 2:00 PM||Volunteers join the placement staff and begin work. 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, hit the beach, or do some shopping.|
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 and Ipanema, climbing Corcovado Mountain, visiting the statue of Christ the Redeemer, catching the cable car to get a 360-degree view of the city from Sugar Loaf Mountain, horse trekking and wildlife spotting in the Pantanal wetlands, exploring Iguazu Falls and trekking through the Amazon.
Accommodation and WiFi
Volunteers stay in a hostel in the central Rio neighbourhood of Glória, which is a short walk from the metro station.
You can expect to share a bedroom with 5 to 8 other volunteers of both genders. Bedrooms have bunk beds with bedding and air conditioning provided. All rooms have a communal, co-ed bathroom equipped with western toilets and hot showers. You should bring your own towel or can rent one at the hostel for 5 BRL. Lockers are available but you’ll need your own padlock.
Accommodation upgrades to private or matrimonial rooms or homestays can be requested subject to availability at an additional cost after registering for the program. All upgrades must be arranged through the local team prior to your arrival. Additional accommodation before and after your program can also be arranged subject to availability. Please ask your IVHQ program manager for more details.
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.
Due to the higher costs over busy Carnival week, an accommodation surcharge will apply to any volunteers on the program over the Carnival week period.
You’ll be provided with breakfast at the hostel, but will need to arrange your own lunch and dinner. Breakfast generally consists of coffee, tea, natural fruit juice, fruit, bread, butter, jam, cheese, ham and cake.
The hostel has cooking facilities to prepare meals and there are nearby shops to buy 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.
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||$545 Equivalent to $39/day|
|3 weeks||$695 Equivalent to $33/day|
|4 weeks||$845 Equivalent to $30/day|
|5 weeks||$995 Equivalent to $28/day|
|6 weeks||$1,145 Equivalent to $27/day|
|8 weeks||$1,445 Equivalent to $26/day|
|10 weeks||$1,745 Equivalent to $25/day|
|12 weeks||$2,045 Equivalent to $24/day|
|16 weeks||$2,645 Equivalent to $24/day|
|20 weeks||$3,245 Equivalent to $23/day|
|24 weeks||$3,845 Equivalent to $23/day|
- 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
- Certificate of International Volunteer Service
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of $299 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
- 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$250 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including lunch, dinner and miscellaneous spending.
- If your chosen duration includes the Carnival festival (scheduled for February 16th - 22nd, 2023) , a one-off surcharge will apply which covers the increase in the cost of accommodation and living in Brazil during Carnival. For those who will be on the program during this time, a US$350 surcharge will be added to the program fee.
Portuguese language lessons
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 organized 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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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 upon arrival
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
Weather and climate
The climate of Brazil has a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and varied topography, but most of the country is tropical. The different climatic conditions produce environments ranging from equatorial rainforests in the north and semiarid deserts in the northeast, to temperate forests in the south and tropical savannas in central Brazil. Many regions have starkly different microclimates.