WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
At just about every corner of Rio de Janeiro, you will find the locals playing Brazil’s national sport: futebol. Sports and athletics have become vital for Rio’s lowest income communities, as they provide children and adolescents with recreational outlets in areas that offer young people very few options for entertainment. Through this Sports and Community Work project you can be a part of the team as a volunteer, helping to provide encouragement and stability, not to mention goals and direction, for the young inhabitants of the challenging favelas of Rio.
The main goal of the project is to guarantee the surrounding communities’ kids and teenagers rights to a fulfilling and culturally rich life. This goal can be reached through a range of methods, including health promotion activities and its repercussions in people’s lives, artistic and sports activities as an important factor in the social education young people must be a part of, and IT training in order to assure an understanding of current technological advancements. Families of the youngsters are also included in the process by means of regular meetings and the results are wide reaching and have an impact in the community as a whole.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Sports have become an essential part of favela life, especially for children and adolescents. Because there are so few entertainment options for the youth in low income communities, kids unfortunately get caught up in illegal activity to pass the time. That’s why athletic programming has become a vital outlet for children, because it provides them with friendly competition in a safe and fun environment, and more often that not sports programmes are almost always powered by volunteers. By no means do you have to be a sports star to participate in sports programmes, but a little talent goes a long way! With sports including capoeira, football, basketball, and many others, you're sure to be able to put your experience and interests to good use.
Whatever your personal interests, you will work with the local coordinators to design and implement a programme structure that will provide the greatest benefit to both yourself and, even more importantly, the young people you will be working with. Nothing can prepare you for the feeling of watching your hard work and commitment pay off and you will find yourself very quickly becoming an integral and important part of the children's lives, so much so that leaving will be the hardest part.