Brazil Expects to Have a Million Latin American Volunteers for 2014 World Cup

By Dialogo
January 24, 2013

Brazil hopes to count on a million volunteers for the 2014 World Cup, of which 950,000 will be recruited in other Latin American countries, so they can assist tourists during the event, the Minister of Sports said on January 22.

The government launched the program Volunteer Brazil to select volunteers that will work in unofficial areas, such as airports and tourist hotels and resorts during the 2013 Confederations Cup, and the World Cup a year later.

“Volunteering is essential for the success of these events, not only in the operational field, but also in the streets,” said Minister of Sports Aldo Rebelo at the inauguration ceremony in Brasilia.

The program will select 7,000 volunteers for the Confederations Cup, and later 4,900 will join to work at the opening and closure ceremonies only.

The goal is to gather 50,000 for the World Cup, although according to Rebelo, this number could reach one million through other programs.

“We would like our Mercosur neighbors to participate; we would like countries that speak Portuguese, and all parts of the population to join. The Federal Government will provide 50,000; however, we would like to increase that number to 950,000 for the 2014 World Cup,” Rebelo said, without providing further details.

The recruiting process is different from FIFA’s process last year. These volunteers, who will be in stadiums and official venues, are already in training for the Confederations Cup.

From June 15 to 30, Brazil will host the Confederations Cup, which is considered a sort of major rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup.

For the first stage of the program in 2013, the government will spend $14.7 million.