Latin America → Brazil
Transforming communities through the beautiful game
Brazil is considered the ‘spiritual home’ of soccer and the game is a religion to most Brazilians. But despite their passion for the game, many children from underserved communities in Brazil don’t even have the opportunity to play the game they love. Brazil has one of the most unequal societies in the world, with millions living in poverty.
In the overcrowded favelas of the countries major cities, children are often forced to play in the street, at risk from traffic and crime, or in trash dumps and other dangerous places. You’ll join the non-profit organization love.fútbol as they empower local Brazilians to plan, build, and manage their own community soccer fields using them as platforms for social education.
During your BRAZIL experience you will:
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Depart for Recife, Brazil.
Arrival at Airport. Transfer to accommodations, check in at hotel. Welcome meeting with team. Lunch in colonial area of the city. Boat tour in colonial area of the city. Dinner at local Barbecue Restaurant. Introductions and love.fútbol presentation.
Training session. Tour Host Organization. Visit two love.fútbol projects and meeting with local leaders. Light Pickup Game. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.
Soccer Training Session with Sport Club do Recife’s Youth Coach. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking. Friendly Game against Sport Club do Recife Youth team. Attend Professional Match (*subject to availability and additional cost).
Visit to the beach. Tour Arena Pernambuco Stadium.
Friendly soccer game. Build day (Painting) and a Barbecue.
Beach Soccer and Foot Volley training session with local coach.
Transfer to Host Organization. Visit LF’s partner organization, a Beach Soccer for development project. Attend local Capoiera event.
Transfer to downtown for Sightseeing, Guided City Tour. Rest and relaxation at hotel. Beach soccer match. Attend Professional Match in World Cup Stadium (*optional and additional ticket cost).
Travel to a third love.fútbol project in the region. Afternoon Pick-up Futsal Game with community. Snacks with community members. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3: Poverty, Inequality, and the Right to Play in Brazil.
Dive in natural swimming pools of Maragogi. Transfer back to Recife. Sightseeing and Free Time Downtown.
Morning Pick-up Game. Attend local Samba event. Rest and Relaxation at Hotel.
Morning leisure time for sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Lunch Downtown. Farewell Activity with love.fútbol.
Transfer to airport and to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Transfer to accommodations, the Hotel Praia Linda. Sightsee Corcovado Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Visit Barra Beach. Free time at the Beach. Lunch at “Tourao” Churrascaria Rodizio. Sugar Loaf for sightseeing (*optional extra). Attend possible Pro Serie A Game (*optional and additional charge, dependent on availability).
Free time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Depart Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Arrive home.
• All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included)
• All soccer training sessions
• All community service and educational activities
• All cultural and sightseeing activities
• Water during all practices
• 2-3 competitive soccer games against local teams
• Attend a local professional league or international match (depending on availability and additional cost at time of tour)
• Full board during your stay in Recife (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and Half board during your stay in Rio (breakfast and lunch or dinner)
• 12 nights accommodation
• A full-time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day
• Cancellation and medical insurance
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
Change of clothes
Reuseable water bottle
Additional community service forms
Outlet power converter
Consent to travel form
Photocopy of passport
Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
Book and/or journal
Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing.
Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees).
*Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.