Volunteer Football Coach

Who we are looking for

As an education-based football volunteer, you will not only be playing football with our kids but also empowering them with the life skills they need to create a brighter future. This is an important role requiring patience, dedication, and drive. Via the children’s much-beloved game of soccer, you will develop their social and emotional learning and have a real impact on their lives!

Volunteering in this precarious setting is a great way to both make a difference in the children’s lives and have a lot of fun at the same time. You will spend your time coaching the children the rules, tactics, and strategies of football. You will also work on their skills and technique to help them become what they want to be: talented football players!

EduMais volunteer Iris squats down to talk with the students on the football program who surround her
Student on EduMais's Education-Football Program knees on the pitch smiling with a soccer ball in front of him

What we offer you

Volunteering as a football coach with EduMais gives you the opportunity to:

  • Volunteer for free in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most exciting, fun, and beautiful cities in the world!
  • Make a difference in the lives of at-risk children and teenagers in Rio’s favelas
  • Get to know the favela communities beneath the media headlines
  • Be trained in Positive Discipline by the EduMais founder Diana Nijboer (Certified Positive Discipline Classroom and Parents Educator)
  • Learn new and develop existing coaching skills, knowledge, and experience
  • Enhance your CV and future career prospects
  • Make new friends and become a lifelong member of the EduMais family
  • Receive special conditions from one of our sponsors, Books Hostel in Lapa. We can also help you with finding a more long-term place to stay
  • Get as much love and learning back from the kids as you give to them!
  • Receive a recommendation letter, on successful completion of your volunteer contract!


  • Teaching students football rules, tactics, and strategies
  • Organising training exercises to work on the children’s football skills and cardiovascular strength
  • Implementing Positive Discipline to teach the students important life skills, like fair play and respect for others
  • Encouraging student language development by teaching them English vocabulary during football
  • Giving weekly feedback on student progress and behaviour
  • Sharing EduMais’s mission and fundraising campaigns on social media/within your network
EduMais Football Program leader William sits on the soccer pitch and takes the register as the kids arrive to train
EduMais football volunteer Mads goes in goal while one of the students tries to score against him


  • Intermediate level of Portuguese
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Affinity with football and/or other sports
  • Experience coaching or as a physical education teacher, preferably with disadvantaged children
  • Pedagogical/Social Worker Background

Time commitment

  • From 2 to 15 hours per week
  • Working hours evenings only

Days of the week

  • Flexible (working days and weekends)


  • Minimum 3 months

Volunteer as a football coach with us in Rio de Janeiro!

Do you love soccer and working with children? Are you passionate about improving the lives of disadvantaged kids in Rio’s favelas? Apply to teach football with us! Within your application, please include your CV and a letter of motivation.

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