Football coaching is great opportunity for volunteers to motivate young boys (and sometimes, girls). As a volunteer, you will help them creating team spirit, developing discipline and creativity. A basic quality of football is its simplicity: in many coutries in the world you can see children kicking the ball. Therefore, the project can easily be implemented in many countries: Argentina, Brazil, Uganda, Tanzania and more.
In Brazil, for some children from a favela a dream becam true, when they finally made part of the national team. It is the dream of social mobility, that boys born in a Rio favela once can compete on a world cup. On the football field, erverybody has equal chances to win.
My favourite memories are the smiles on people’s faces when I bought football equipment and stationary with money raised by friends and work colleagues. I was able to raise £530 in two weeks and would highly recommend raising some money through a donation website, so you can go the extra mile with supporting the locals. – Afonso, Kingsto University, London
Football is an excellent way to reveal the hidden talents of the young boys, unite them in a team, and creating motivation. Find below some examples, of how the volunteers are hepling to coach the team of students at school.
Travel for sports volunteering in Argentina: in our football coaching project, you may help us discover the new Messi!!
This project offers sport activities (soccer, hockey, handball) to 400 children (boys and girls) from La Cava, a very poor neighbourhood in San Isidro, Buenos Aires.
The idea is to keep them away from the danger of drug through sports.
Everyday the coordinators highlight the importance of the respect for rules, teamwork and perseverance to become a better person physically, intellectually and socially.
Volunteer are invited to help on all the spots activities, organize their own workshop if they want and also teach English. You might get tired but it will be well worth it!
Alfonso from Kingston University in London has been volunteering on football coaching in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, and enjoyed his experience with the boys. When he finally donated football equipment, there where big smiles on their faces!
I was very happy with my time on the Sports Development Programme. My expectations of Rio were surpassed and I had an amazing time seeing the city, meeting people and doing my volunteer work. The coordinator, Felipe, was very helpful and it was a pleasure to stay with him and his family. The local people who helped with the programmes were really kind, patient and fun to work with.
Learn Portuguese before coming to Rio
I would advise future participants to try and learn as much Portuguese as possible before coming to Rio to give you a head start on being able to communicate with the locals. Don’t assume that they may speak some English, because many of the locals don’t and it will go a long way to show you have made the effort to learn their language. However, you will have lessons from a great teacher who is really patient and friendly. She will help you a lot with whatever level of Portuguese you are currently at and help you improve quickly. I learned a lot from her and really grateful for her time.
Volunteer Work in Rio during Carnival
The best time to go to Rio to do volunteer work is during carnival. You will have to pay a little bit more, but it is defiantly worth it! The Blocos, parade and weather is amazing! You will have a great time partying and seeing the parade, while helping out with whatever project you choose to do.
The Smiles on People’s Faces when I Bought Football Equipment
My favourite memories are the smiles on people’s faces when I bought football equipment and stationary with money raised by friends and work colleagues. I was able to raise £530 in two weeks and would highly recommend raising some money through a donation website, so you can go the extra mile with supporting the locals.
After retuning to London, I now take regular Portuguese classes and use online website to learn as much as possible for when I return – you will want to return… believe me!!! – Alfonso, Kingston University, London
Find out more about volunteering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.