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Learn and coach football to school children in Rio de Janeiro. Our projects take place at a football centre in the north of Rio and also a favela in the south zone. At both centres you’ll work with young children and teenagers with a passion for football, whose enthusiasm is infectious.

You don't need any qualifications to coach sports in Brazil, just a basic understanding of the game you're coaching and a love of sports, as well as an enthusiasm to share it!


Price: £795 for 1 week
£230 for each additional week
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates: All year round – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: No qualifications or experience required, but you must be enthusiastic and have a good knowledge of the game. Minimum age 18.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Food (breakfast only)
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Free T-Shirt
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food (except breaksfast, which is provided, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in coaching sports, care, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad. Also available as a summer placement in Brazil or South America, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.
Available as part of the Latin-American Triangle.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South America and the Brazilian culture.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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You'll likely work at two centres, and at both centres you'll spend time sharing your skills and building confidence and team morale, whilst working towards improving technique and strategy. What you will offer through coaching is immeasurable in terms of education in social skills, team work, self development, confidence and the obvious positive effects it will have on their English language learning.

In the centre in the North the children train three days a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two sessions, one morning and one evening and at the centre in the favela they train Monday to Friday afternoons only.

At both centres you will be coaching children and teenagers aged between 6 to 18 and your main role is to assist the coach in all roles from warm up’s, drills, skill practice, to refereeing and sometimes you can also get involved in playing the game. Your working hours may vary as you may work solely at one centre or divide your time between the two. The children have a huge love for football and take it very seriously so working at this project will be a totally rewarding experience as their enthusiasm is infectious!

Coaching swimming is also available in conjunction with your football coaching project; however you need to hold a level one badge or a lifeguard’s certificate as a minimum requirement.

There are times when the crèche is closed due to holidays and festivals. Please see below:
• Summer Holiday: 12th December 2015 to 10th January 2016
• Winter Holiday: 18th July 2016 – 1st August 2016

Carnaval begins at midnight on the Friday before Ash Wednesday (usually around the second week of February) and last for five days, but the whole country stops for about two weeks. Carnaval is celebrated all over Brazil. The most famous is, of course, held in Rio, but the authentic versions of Carnaval are found outside of Rio.

The dates for 2016 are 5th to 10th February.

With everyone turning out to play, team Sunscreen headed to the pitches to take on some local talent. The pitches were all busy as usual for a weekend, but we found one pitch (in slightly better nick than the last time). With a couple of kids who had a ball and with our broken Portuguese and lots of random gesturing, we managed to get a game of 5-A-Side going.
The 2 hours in the burning heat was brilliant and we headed home feeling very much the better for it.
The evening was even more eventful, we’d decided to go watch Rio’s two biggest teams fight it off in the season’s big derby match – Fluminense v Vasco!
Rupert Webb – coaching in Rio

If you speak some Portuguese (or even Spanish), you will find it very beneficial on this project. But don't be put off if languages aren't your thing! You're sure to pick up some of the basic words whilst you are there, and will find other ways to converse without language becoming a barrier. Don't forget that we can also arrange some Portuguese Lessons for you during your programme if you'd like.


You’ll stay at a welcoming modern hostel in leafy Laranjeiras, a wonderful area of Rio, just a 15 minute walk away from where you can take the train to Cristo Redentor – one of Brazil’s biggest attractions! With friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, you'll feel at home as soon as you step inside. The hostel comprises lots of facilities including 3 TV’s, computers, free Wi-Fi, and 2 communal areas with a bar, dartboard, snooker table and play station 3!

You'll stay in a dorm room (female dorms for woman and mixed sex dorms for men) but upgrades to a private room is available at a supplement. You will have access to a well equipped kitchen where you can prepare lunch and dinner and the hostel also offers a tasty Brazilian lunch for a good price.

Laranjeiras is one of the most traditional parts of Rio and is close to the Guanabara Palace and the Fluminese Football Club’s training ground. You are just a 15 minute walk from the closest metro station and you can reach Copacabana beach in under 30 minutes. Nearby are banks, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, bars – everything you could need is right on your doorstep.

Breakfast is included in this project and is a fabulous spread of coffee, milk, fruit juice, bread, butter, jams, meat, eggs, yogurts, cereal, fruit and cakes which should set you up for the day. You're located in the heart of Rio so there is an almost endless variety of dishes and restaurants, which is why we've provided the accommodation as breakfast only. Most of our volunteers regard eating out as one of the highlights of living in South America.

On your doorstep are numerous restaurants including local Brazilian fare, ‘Por Kilo’ restaurants (which charge based upon the weight of your food), Chinese, Japanese, Subway and snack shops galore! The snack shops, (Boteco’s) are a good option where ‘salgado’s are served (a type of savoury pastry filled with meat, cheese or chicken) and ‘pao de queijo’ (literally ‘cheese balls’ – delicious little cheese and bread balls) that all cost around Rs 4. One thing is for sure, you won't go hungry in Rio!


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Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

TRAVELLERS' SUPPORT AND BACKUP: Read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme.

FREE COACHING MANUALS: As a volunteer sports coach with Travellers, you have access to a large number of coaching manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced in-house by our Sports Manager. These manuals are very useful and will help you to plan coaching sessions for your students.

As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

TRAVELLERS' SUPPORT AND BACKUP: Read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme.

BOOK NOW! SEE ALL PROJECTS IN BRAZIL DOWNLOAD THIS INFORMATION in .pdf How to Fundraise for your Program Travellers Team Karen and Romulo (left and right) with volunteer Lucretia van Wyk from Namibia in the middle BACK TO TOP


Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Surfing Lessons in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

1 Single Lesson = £18.00
5 Lessons = £65

Surfing is a way of life in Rio and its home is Arpoador Beach, where our surfing lessons take place. Because of the fantastic rolling waves, the beach hosts to many surfing tournaments a year, and for the truly daring, spotlights on the beach also allow for surfing at night!

  • Lessons are arranged in conjunction with your main project and each lesson lasts one hour.
  • Lessons are arranged in groups with other volunteers or tourists up to a maximum of 4 people.
  • You can choose as many lessons as you like.
  • These lessons cater to all levels of skill, from Beginner upwards.

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Surfing Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

Price: £89 for a Course of 8 x 1-hour lessons

The island of Florianopolis has 42 beaches and some of the most consistent surf spots in Brazil! Some of the beaches hold the worldwide surfing championships making it an ideal place to learn or improve your surfing skills. Lessons will take place on either Praia de Ingleses or Praia Barra da Lagoa, normally in the mornings. Your teacher speaks good English and is a member of the local Surf Association.

  • Lessons are arranged in conjunction with your main project and each lesson lasts one hour.
  • The course consists of 8 hours of surfing
  • Lessons are group classes with other volunteers/tourists up to a maximum of 4 people.
  • These lessons cater to all levels of skill, from Beginner upwards.

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil

Includes the hire of a board.
1 Single Lesson = £16.00
5 Lessons = £55

A popular and fun sport in Rio de Janeiro is the fast-growing Stand Up Paddle. This sport originated in Hawaii and is taking the world by storm ... everyone's doing it! Set on one of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana, you will spend a little time on land learning from the professionals on how to control the board with the paddle and keep your balance, before taking to the water for a great workout whilst admiring the stunning scenery.

  • All abilities catered for.
  • Lessons are one hour each

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Portuguese Lessons in in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

1 Week Portuguese Course £395
(prior to starting your placement, including accommodation)
Portuguese Language Lessons £90 per week (5 hrs pw at the same time as your placement)
Portuguese Language Lessons £140 per week (10 hrs pw at the same time as your placement)

Take Portuguese lessons alongside ANY project or as an intensive introduction course before you start. You can take a course for any length of time to run alongside your placement - from 2 weeks onwards, OR you can take a 1 week introductory course before you start your project at a super discounted price:

  • Choose from 5 or 10 hours a week
  • Available at Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Superior levels
  • You'll study on a one-to-one basis, unless you're in a small group of volunteers who all have the same level
  • Classes are based on grammar and conversation, in which you will be strongly encouraged only to speak Portuguese
  • Classes are held Monday to Friday and will fit around your volunteering schedule
  • Enjoy the benefits of studying at a professional, prestigious school
  • At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate issued by the School, stating that you have attended the course, to which level, and the duration in hours of the course you have completed.

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Portuguese Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

Price: £54 per week for 5 lessons of 1 hour per week

Your classes will take place at the home of a local Brazilian teacher who has taught Portuguese as a foreign language since 2008. She also lived in the USA for 8 years and speaks fluent English. Lessons take place around 30 minutes by bus from your accommotion.
Classes are in one hour sessions and take place Monday to Friday, and they will be fit around your volunteering schedule.
Portuguese Language Lessons (5 hrs per week at the same time as your main project)
Lessons are available at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced levels and are in the form of private classes that are prepared personally to fit your needs. You'll also be strongly encouraged only to speak Portuguese

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil

£110 for the first 2 weeks (4 lessons)
includes uniform, registration and course fees £25 per week (2 lessons) for each additional week

You can do these Capoeira lessons concurrent with your main project. The course consists of 3 hours per week (2 lessons of 1.5 hours each) of Group lessons, but you have an option to do more lessons per week if you'd like to. The minimum length of this Add-On is 2 weeks and the price includes a one-fee cost for registration and a uniform.
You don’t need to be particularly fit, flexible or have previous martial arts experience to learn Capoeira.

Capoeira is not only a martial art, a dance and an art form steeped in Afro-Brazilian culture... Capoeira is a language, a form of self expression and an avenue which will help you to find a new freedom inside yourself. It’s also the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture. If you enjoyed running about as a child, flipping upside down, jumping around and playing games with your friends, you will love Capoeira. The basic moves are simple and, with a little practice, they are easy to learn.

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Ju-Jitsu Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

PRICE: £20 per week, includes 3 lessons a week of 1.5 hours each. Also includes transport to and from your lessons.

Lessons take place in a classroom attached to a local church, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday evenings for 1.5 hours each session. Classes are held in groups where you'll mix with other volunteers, tourists and local people. You will need to wear a kimono which you can either bring with you or you can purchase one locally.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the martial art with speciality in floor fighting and grabbing, in which weight and strength are not the most important in fighting. Practice this martial art in a Brazilian style, with an experienced Brazilian teacher with over 20 years experience, teaching in Florida and Hawaii. Get to know Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian fighters, make new friends, learn the Brazilian technique and have fun!

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Latin Dance Lessons in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

£70 for the first week (2 hours of lessons per week)
£55 per week for each additional week
If you'd like to add extra lessons into your week, the price is £27.50 per lesson, and each lesson is 1 hour in length.

Styles of dance taught: Ballroom Dance, Samba, Forró, Salsa, and Tango.

Brazilians seem to be born with the natural ability to dance! Wherever you are, you'll most likely be greeted by 'Samba Rodas' (circles), and it's hard to escape being asked to strut your stuff alongside the locals! Join us on a special Latin American Dance Course and get your skills up to scratch in the studio before hitting the streets. You can take Dance lessons at the same time as doing your main project.

You'll be subscribed for all lessons and you can pick and choose which you attend. Each style of dance is usually taught twice per week, so you could spend all week dancing if you wish! (2 hours per week total).

  • Any level catered for.
  • Group lessons with other volunteers and/or 'foreigners'
  • Lessons are 100% practical
  • Within easy reach of your accommodation

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Photography lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil


  • 2-Week Nature Photography Course - £395
  • 2-Week Lighting & Studio Photography Course - £495
  • 4-Week Beginners Photography Course - £695
  • 8-Week Full-On Photography Course, includes all 3 individual elements above - £1,295

Take some inspiring photography courses in than Rio de Janeiro alongside your main project. You'll enhance your Brazil experience and really capture the flavour of this beautifully enigmatic city with your lens. Courses are available at beginner, intermediate & advanced levels to cater for any kind of student.

The Photography Centre is the oldest and traditional photo school in Rio. It's located around 15-20 minutes from your accommodation on public transport. Courses run throughout the year - as you'll be working 1-1 with your tutor, the course can run at any time. All lessons are taught in English and all course materials are in English.
You'll have lessons 2 or 3 times per week. You’ll be taught using videos, slides, enlarged photographs and your course book. You’ll also have access to all the different cameras and studio equipment at the centre. Most students will work with both digital and film cameras. On the course, you will cover a variety of skills and ideas and have the opportunity to put them into practice in beautiful Rio de Janeiro! For example, the basic course covers:

  • How to use digital and film cameras
  • Technical skills including composition, lighting & colour usage, flash techniques, exposure and filters
  • Practical studio photography, including portraits and still life
  • Practical outdoor photography
  • A visit to a professional studio

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Location: Laranjeiras is one of the most traditional parts of Rio and is close to the Guanabara Palace and the Fluminese Football Club’s training ground. You are just a 15 minute walk from the closest metro station and you can reach Copacabana beach in under 30 minutes. Nearby are banks, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, bars – everything you could need is right on your doorstep!


  • Visit the beach! Choose from the famous Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra de Tijuca (pronounced Ba-ha), and Leblon, to name but a few! Copacabana is probably the world's most famous beach, with 3 miles of sunbathers and beach parties in front of one of the most densely populated cities on the planet.
  • Ipanema is Rio's most chic beach for the rich and the beautiful. Brazilians prefer busy beaches, with crowds of people, beach volleyball players, food sellers and sun tanners.
  • Volleyball, futevolley (volleyball but where you can’t use your hands!) and beach soccer.
  • Futebol (soccer) is the national obsession, and Rio is the location of Maracana Football stadium, the largest stadium in the world. Many football legends have played in this ground.
  • Surfing in perfect rolling waves is ideal for beginners or more advanced surfers.
  • There are excellent opportunities for rock climbing in and near Rio and hiking is great along the coast and in some of the national and state parks.
  • For some adrenaline packed fun, try hang-gliding, especially around Pedra Bonita, near Pepino beach.
  • The city has grown around the very green Tijuca Forest, creating the largest urban forest in the world. There are various trails into the forest and exploring it could easily take an entire day.

Like Mardi Gras, Carnaval has its roots in ancient pagan ritual. The wild parties began in the Middle Ages. Over time it flourished and incorporated extravagant costumes from India and primitive carnal beats from African rhythm. Carnaval takes place before Lent where Catholic Brazilians officially gave up luxuries such as meat, alcohol and pastries.

The excitement of Carnaval builds practically all year round. Rehearsals at samba schools begin in August and marching percussion bands practise for their performances of music throughout the year. Carnaval Balls are extreme, surreal and erotic events. There is various stages of undress, extravagant body painting, stickered tattoos, fishnets and spandex involved! Hypnotic music, grinding movements and beautiful ladies of the night vying for the camera’s attention are included in the price of the ticket. Some of these beautiful ladies are less ‘lady’ than they may appear…

Street Carnaval is all about the dancing in the streets, marching bands pump out their theme tune and other rhythms as the drag queens and party crazed people bop along behind. The samba parades are perhaps a highlight of carnaval. As the Lonely Planet so nicely puts it, the Brazilians harness sweat, noise and confusion and turn it into art. The best Samba schools in the country prepare all year for their moment of glory. This procession is a competition of the art. There are many aspects to samba including percussion, song, dance, choreography, costumes, story line, floats and decorations. The winner of the samba parades earns admiration and the pride of Rio and all of Brazil.


Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.


Coaching Sports to Disadvantaged Children in Favella Schools

During my stay I learnt how to be more independent and I learnt a lot about Brazil itself.

The school I taught at was the best bit of my placement - walking up to the school and hearing the kids yell your name is the best feeling.

I recommend this placement to anyone; I think everybody should try this. It will make you a different person and make you appreciate everything in your life more.

I also think it would be great for people who have a low self esteem, as people here are so friendly and loving and they really appreciate you being here. Staying here for a while and experiencing that will really change you. You’ll feel a lot better about yourself,

Coaching Sports to Disadvantaged Children in Favella Schools in Florianopolis

It was honestly the best trip I've ever been on. The project I did was perfect for me because it appealed to all my interests and skills, so absolutely no improvements needed at all.

I felt like the best thing I learned from my experience in Florianopolis, Brazil, was how different life can be. I know this may sound a little generic, but I've honestly never had a wake-up call quite like this. The area in Florianopolis we were in was actually very nice but we travelled to other parts of the city with smaller favelas and quite poorer areas.

The children we helped volunteer for were part of this section of the community and you could just see in their eyes how much our project and our contribution was affecting their lives in a positive way.

I've grown up in a wealthy, relatively white community my entire life and I've never really left that zone until I went to Brazil and it felt genuine (a feeling I don't think I've ever truly experienced prior to the project) to help these kids and literally make their day.

It was a perfect trip!

About our Travellers' in-country support: I loved them, honestly, and they were some of the nicest people I've ever met. They made me feel right at home.

Coaching Sports to Disadvantaged Children in Favella Schools in Florianopolis

Oi Fabio!!!! Tudo Bem?!? I'm so sorry to have not written to you sooner!!! It's officially my 2nd month here - and I really don't want to leave! So far, I've had an amazing time here in Floripa.

Fran (TW host), who I am living with has become minha mae brasiliera and she's probably one of the kindest and sweetest people I've met! She has been so good at looking after me and making me feel at home. Eder, my Portuguese teacher is fantastic - he's become a really good friend - and lessons are always fun and relaxed, but still focused!!

And Ana (TW Organiser) despite being in her last stage of pregnancy - has been so hands-on and a super project co-ordinator - always calling to make sure all was ok, or coming to see me when I volunteered - I can tell already that she's going to be a super-mum!

Then volunteering at the Guga Kuerten, has also been really great! It's such a worthwhile cause, I really look forward to going there every week and getting to know all the children a bit more every week - they're so sweet and cool! I also get on really well with my colleagues (the other Professors) so its a really good environment to be in!

For the rest of the time, aside from yoga (which I do almost every day) and pilates, and samba classes - I have really enjoyed getting to know Floripa! I went to see the Black Eyed Peas at the Pacha a few weeks ago and went to my first football match ever; Avai - Botafo. It was so atmospheric + animated in the stadium - I loved it! The Brazilians LOVE their Futebol. I will definitely go to another one!

Going to the beaches: Jurere, Joaquina, Praia Mole - each so different and beautiful. Just the way of life over here and the people - just highlight what a fantastic place Florianopolis is to live.......I think I might have to come back.

I am in fact going to be studying Portuguese at University in Sept 2011 and my third year is to be spent abroad in the language-speaking country, so I'm already planning my return as it were! I would definitely like to get to know more of Brazil 1 month has literally flown by!

I'm really going to make the most of my 2nd month here!

I hope you and your family are well.

With lots of Love, Beijos,

Coaching Sports to Disadvantaged Children in Favella Schools

I feel that I have learned to work in a very different type of environment to that which I am used to. I have had to overcome the language barrier (well sort of!). I have had to adapt to a different way of teaching sports. Perhaps the most important experience is meeting so many new - and very different - people.

The best part of the placement I chose was meeting new people. I often talk to people that come back from holiday saying that the people there were really friendly. However I feel like I have lived here and so have had the chance to meet the real people and they are still friendly even after 2 months. Even when I was not working, just going to the school to meet the children, teachers and the parents was amazing.

Without a doubt I would recommend this placement to anyone if they are willing to come with an open mind and are prepared to try and adapt to a different culture. I loved it. If they turn up with certain expectations and find that the reality is very different then they may be disappointed. They also have to be prepared to adapt and the change the way that they would normally act/think.

There was nothing that Travelers didn’t tell me other than they need to be prepared for the hectic school days and that plans can chop and change at a moment’s notice - but that is all part of the fun.

Can you describe a typical day?
There wasn't really a typical day, but that’s why I liked it so much. I would always start at about 9.30, which normally meant leaving the hotel at 8.15. More often than not I would help the P.E teachers with running their classes. However I have taken English classes, helped with the younger children, worked in the office and also done various other tasks around the school.

Lunch is normally sometime between 11.30am and 1pm and is eaten in one of three places depending on the day (in the teachers staff room, a classroom or in the cafeteria). Normally I would finish around 3pm.