Live and study in Fortaleza.
Fortaleza is a vibrant city with a wide range of sports options and innumerable NGOs working to promote positive social change. While soccer is the most popular sport in the city and Fortaleza is home to a number of soccer clubs, tournaments and championships, the city also offers capoeira, beach and water sports, and other activities. During your time in Fortaleza, you will study Brazilian culture and learn about the local social and political context. You will also be immersed in Portuguese language study and daily life in Fortaleza through interaction with your host family.
Volunteer with NGOs.
Discover firsthand how sports are being used to make a difference in the lives of young people. Volunteer with NGOs engaging youth in different sports such as soccer, volleyball, futsal, and capoeira. Learn how capoeira is being used to offer at-risk youth opportunities to develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
Hear diverse perspectives from local community members.
Throughout the program, you will have opportunities to interact with local soccer clubs, young athletes, activists, and others. For example, you will participate in panel discussions with former professional footballers working with youth from communities most impacted by poverty and social exclusion.
Thematic seminar on sports, youth, and social justice
Learn about social movements in Brazil’s past and present and study how race, gender, and sexuality have affected access to sports participation. Consider how civil society and governmental organizations develop sports policy and practice as an instrument of human development and social justice. By the end of the course, you will have a greater awareness of Brazil's struggles for social equity and the ways in which sports are being used to create social change.