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Brazil Sports Coaching and Community Outreach Work

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Brazil Sports Coaching and Community Outreach Work

Bring direction and focus into the lives of the children of an underdeveloped favela with a project based around the positive influences of sports and the nurturing of artistic talent.

Prices from US$945

Embrace the passion and zest of Brazil when you visit this country of aching beauty and exotic wildlife. Relax on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro where locals and tourists alike bathe and surf in the warm waters and soak up the scintillating night life. Brazil is without a doubt one of the most bewitching destinations for those on a gap year or year out; it offers vibrant culture with great opportunities to assist worthwhile community development and conservation programmes.

Brazil's favelas are home to thousands of underprivileged children threatened by poverty and inequality. With little hope of education or help, children grow up resorting to crime or selling cheap goods on the street to survive. As a Frontier volunteer you will bring much-needed help to these slum communities, teaching and helping with development projects and community outreach work.


  • Experience Brazil's natural sporting prowess
  • Give encouragement and direction to the children of the favelas
  • Explore this South American jewel
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Basic Portuguese recommended
  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Record background check with them to the project site.


Location Brazil
Activities Coach sports and teach basic English
Community projects
Cultural tours with the children
Garbage campaigns
Educational talks
General maintenance
Transport Pick-up from the airport
Ground transfer to accommodation
Volunteers make their way to the project site
Accommodation Volunteer guesthouse


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
Ground transfers to accommodation


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


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.


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.


You'll fly to Rio de Janeiro, where you'll be picked up by a friendly member of the in-country staff and transported to your accommodation providing you arrive on the first or third Sunday of the month. You will receive orientation and local information in your first few days before starting the project.


You will be accommodated in one of a number of volunteer guesthouses located close to the project's main office. Sharing a room with other volunteers, students or travellers you will have access to a kitchen, bathroom, and living area. A laundry service is also available.


A great aspect of this amazing project is that it is self-catering. This is a fun element of travelling away from home and a good opportunity to bond with your fellow travellers. You may also wish to explore local restaurants and market stalls. The locals tend to eat late so head out for an evening meal after 9pm if you want to avoid the tourists! Your accommodation has a kitchen with cookers, food lockers and refrigerators and there is a 24-hour grocery store one block from the accommodation in Rio. About $50 per week should be sufficient for basic diets but make sure you take a bit extra for treats and luxuries!


Transport to and from the project sites is not included but the cost is minimal. The journey could take anything up to an hour, but when you first arrive you will be given orientation and guidance on the best way to make your way around.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

A positive spirit  | 19 Nov 2019
I had a great experience, dealing and working with the children, as usual what these people can g...

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Smiling faces  | 19 Nov 2019
I had a great time, I taught but I also learnt, and with the experience that I had I realize how ...

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The importance of humbleness..  | 17 Nov 2019
This was a great opportunity to do something meaningful and at the same time get to experience Ri...

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A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to central Rio and to surrounding beaches are available. Ask your local project staff to recommend local providers.


Project fee (2 weeks) US$645

Extra week US$245

Registration fee US$345



Please arrive on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month. 

Those of you wanting to join this programme over the Rio Carnival week (13th February-20th February 2015) will need to pay an additional accommodation surcharge of R700 for the week which will be collected by the in-country staff. During Carnival week the project will be closed but you may get the opportunity to participate in Carnival activities.


You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)


  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Rio de Janeiro International Apt (RJ) (GIG)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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