Brazil: Soccer & Social Change

Peace, Politics, and Human Rights

Score the summer of a lifetime as you develop your soccer skills in the country with the most World Cup titles. Learn how soccer can influence education and community development.


July 2, 2018



Peace, Politics, & Human Rights

Community Service


Physical Activity


Program Description

Kick off your summer as you land in Brazil, known for its natural beauty, diverse cultures, and national soccer team, which has won the FIFA World Cup five times. In São Paulo, you will learn and practice soccer skills through training clinics as you play with local teams comprising high school students. You will also learn about Brazil’s community development efforts by visiting local nonprofit organizations that are using soccer as a tool for change to influence youth and promote education throughout the country. You and your group will complete a community service project that further supports these goals.

Become part of a Brazilian family during your homestay in Monte Alegre do Sul, a town nestled within the Mantiqueira mountain range. You will take basic Portuguese language classes and practice your new skills over home- cooked meals or while playing soccer with your host siblings. A Brazilian coach will teach you soccer fundamentals. You will experience Colonial architecture while strolling down cobblestone streets and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains while sipping coffee in local cafés. Return to São Paulo for final exploration and reflection.





July 2, 2018 - July 22, 2018 (3 weeks)

Program Fee:


(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost:


Depart/Return City:



Sao Paulo, 1-2 days


Monte Alegre do Sul*

Other Accommodations:

Hostels, hotels, rural cabins

Sample Itinerary

    Day 1

    Orientation in Sao Paulo

    • Learn about the history and culture of Brazil
    • Visit sites of interest in the city, including art galleries, theaters, and parks
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities
    • During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
    Days 2-11

    Homestay in Monte Alegre do Sol

    • Become fully immersed in the daily life of a Brazilian family and community
    • Explore your host communities and the surrounding area.
    • Participate in soccer trainings and play friendly matches with local youth.
    • Practice Portuguese language skills with your family and soccer friends.
    • During this period, you will stay in the home of a family
    Day 12-19

    Thematic Component in Sao Paulo

    • Learns and practice your soccer skills at technical soccer clinic taught by a former professional soccer player
    • Interact with and play soccer with local youth teams in the Sao Paulo area
    • Work with local organizations that empower youth through sports and teamwork
    • Complete a community service project in the Sao Paulo area
    • Visit the Soccer Museum
    Day 20

    Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Sao Paulo

    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
    • Explore the city, do some final site seeing and souvenir shopping
    • During this period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel
    Day 21


    Please note: This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Past Group Leaders

  • Nicole DiSante

    Nicole DiSante’s passions are about creating connection through education, travel, art, nature, sports, and digital storytelling. In the summer of 2017 she co-led The Experiment trip to Brazil: Culture and the Environment.

    In college she achieved a BA in Human Geography at the University of Arizona with minors in Studio Art and Public Health. She also studied Portuguese and Spanish and speaks both fluently. When she wasn’t in school, you could find her traveling through Mexico, Brazil, and much of Latin America.

    She completed a Fulbright US Student grant, researching urban planning history of Curitiba, Brazil where she produced and directed a documentary film on bicycle politics and transportation.

    Sports have always been an important part of her life. For more than 25 years soccer continues to be her sport of choice. She has played on school, club, and intramural college teams. Soccer has been one of the best ways to meet new people while traveling abroad—on the beach or in the street, breaking cultural and language barriers.

Pre-departure Documents