||All year round, you choose your start and finish
2 weeks to 6 months weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications needed, except if coaching
swimming where you'll need a Level 1 or Level 2
qualification (or the equivalent in your country)
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Food (Breakfast only)
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
(Lunch and Dinner, see above, breakfast is provided), Flights,
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages 17 and over.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
coaching sports or working with children overseas while
doing voluntary work in coaching sports, projects abroad
or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in sports
volunteering in Brazil or South America and anyone who
can only take a short break.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into
Souith America and the
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
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!
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.
AND ... CARNAVAL!
The centres are closed during the following times:
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 that city.
CAN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?
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 program 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 are sure to
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 and 3!
You will 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
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 will
not go hungry in Rio!
Got any questions? Please email us:
You don't need any qualifications - you only need a good grasp of conversational English or
Spanish or Portuguese - and a very good knowledge of
the sport that you'll be coaching.
Don't worry about not having
special qualifications. The whole idea of Travellers
is to provide any help possible.
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
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
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!
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 program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly
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
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
“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
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Brazil, or
you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The hostel is located only a 15 minute-walking distance away
from the Arches of ‘Lapa’, ‘Cinelandia’ and ‘Flamengo’, from
where you can visit Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar) and the
Statue of Christ the Redeemer; just one minute walk away from
‘Catete’ Underground station, where you can catch the Metro to Copacabana
and you can be on the beach in less than 15 minutes.
There are several banks, ATMs,
supermarkets, drugstores, cinema, hotels, shops, etc., all
within a couple of minutes away, which makes the area
interesting and busy, even at night! The options for
entertainment are endless too; one night you can choose to watch
a film at the cinema, or you can just chill out with friends in
a local bar or pub. The romance of Rio takes one's breath
THINGS TO DO IN RIO:
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
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.
futevolley (volleyball but where you can’t use your hands!) and
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
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.
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.
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.
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