A true soccer adventure, with a visit to a World Cup Stadium, and street soccer in the favelas. Learn capoeira, enjoy a boat tour and beach time, and swim in natural artesian pools.
Join the third half as we take you on a journey to experience the warmth and beauty of Brazil. You’ll sample local cuisines, learn samba and capoeira and uncover the secrets of o jogo bonito - the beautiful game. Brazil is widely-regarded as the ‘spiritual home’ of soccer - the birthplace of FIFA’s Player of the Century Pelé and the current global superstar Neymar. Perhaps no other nation on earth has the same claim to be the guardians of the spirit of the game and nowhere better encapsulates the idea that ‘soccer is a religion’. Yet in the overcrowded favelas of the country’s 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 a local organization working to change this.
Recife, capital of Pernambuco state, is one of Brazil’s most exciting cities. In Recife you’ll find all the best of Brazilian culture like capoeira - the unique martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music and the famous Brazilian barbecue churrascaria.
From Recife you’ll visit the stunning natural pools at Maragogi on the famous Coral Coast – 100 miles of continuous living tropical reefs on the coast of Northeast Brazil - where you can bathe in calm tropical waters in an unforgettable setting, and nearby Olinda, one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil. And of course - lots of soccer! We have experiences for players of every level, from friendly pickup futsal matches in the streets of the favelas, to footvolley on the beach with a professional instructor, or taking the field at local pro soccer giants Sport Club do Recife and Clube Nautico (elite experience only). You’ll also visit the 44,000-capacity, state-of-the-art Arena Pernambucano, constructed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
DAY 1: Fly out from your hometown.
DAY 2: Arrival in Recife. Lunch and boat tour in colonial area of the city. Dinner at local charrascuria Brazilian barbecue restaurant.
DAY 3: Visit love.fútbol favela project in Penedo and play pickup with local kids. the third half curriculum workshop #1 - Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals.
DAY 4: Tour of FIFA World Cup Arena Pernambuco Stadium. love.fútbol build day (painting) in Varzea Fria and barbecue. the third half curriculum workshop #2 - Conscious Leadership.
DAY 5: Dive in beautiful natural swimming pools of Maragogi. Free time and soccer on the beach. Transfer back to Recife. Sightseeing and free time downtown.
DAY 6: Travel to love.fútbol’s 3rd project in the region at Cachoeira. Afternoon pick-up futsal game with community. Recycling program and football tournament, farewell activity with love.fútbol,
DAY 7: Visit to the old Colonial city of Olinda, capoeira dance classes, farewell party.
DAY 8: Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport, fly home.
Your trip will be hosted by the respected, local non-profit organization love.fútbol. love.fútbol mobilizes and engages communities to plan, build, manage, activate and redefine their own soccer pitches as sustainable platforms for social change. love.futbol raises funds to finance raw materials, provide technical guidance and facilitate the execution of the project. Community members contribute with their talents, ideas, labor and other local resources, serving as partners and agents of change in the process. Thanks to your visit, love.futbol will be able to achieve goals like; Building an outdoor classroom next to one of our community soccer fields Constructing a kiosk next to a soccer field which can become a hub for community business and social entrepreneurship. Building a playground for local children.