Volunteer Street Child World Cup 2018

Applications to volunteer at the Street Child World Cup Moscow 2018 are now open. I want to volunteer.

Kicking-off in Moscow ahead of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, the third Street Child World Cup will unite street-connected children from across the globe to play in an international football tournament like no other and send their message to the world: I AM SOMEBODY.

Opening ceremony of the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014

What is the Street Child World Cup?

The Street Child World Cup will take place in May 2018. Over 10 days, the children and young people will take part in their own football World Cup, festival of arts and Congress for their rights.

Teams of former street children will become ambassadors, representing their countries and millions of children surviving on the streets worldwide, challenging the way they are negatively seen and treated.

Football Tournament: Girls and boys tournaments complete with group and knock-out stages, with the finals taking place at an iconic landmark in Moscow.

Congress: Model–UN participatory Congress addressing key issues highlighted by the children focusing on access to education, protection from violence and identity.

Festival of Arts: Opening and closing ceremonies, and a programme of music, dance and visual art, promoting cultural exchange.

Team Indonesia play Brazil at the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014

Who will be there?

More than 200 children and young people, girls and boys, will represent 24 national teams.

Each national team will be represented by an organisation working in-country to improve the lives of street-connected, homeless or at-risk children in their community. They select which young people will take part, and support them throughout their participation.


We use the power of football to make street children seen and their voices heard – on a level playing field. We use the media to amplify their voices across the globe, raising vital awareness of the situation for millions of street children and tackling the widespread stigma they face.

The Street Child World Cup Rio 2014 reached an estimated global audience in excess of 200 million in 20 countries and 300 pieces of coverage.

We aim to make countries and communities proud of the young people that take part, increasing support and creating new opportunities for street-connected children, and the organisations that support them.

Drika lifted the Street Child World Cup for Brazil and is now a community coach at Safe Space in Rio de Janeiro.

What can I do?

The different volunteer roles are briefly outlined below, when applying to be a volunteer you will need to apply for a specific role.

General Volunteer
This is the largest group of volunteers needed and is essential to the smooth running of the whole event! As a general volunteer you will be providing vital support to the Street Child World Cup to ensure all the young people who attend have an amazing time. General volunteers could be doing anything from cheering on the teams, helping with the arts, stewarding events, interpreting, supporting with the Street Child Congress, through to admin, transport, and set up of venues. As a general volunteer you will be rotated around a whole range of different tasks throughout the tournament ensuring you get a chance to see all different aspects of the Street Child World Cup.

We need specialist communications volunteers who can comfortably engage with young people and project leaders. A whole host of communication roles will be needed from videographers, editors, PR through to digital, photography and social media experts.

We need a small number of arts volunteers who have skills and experience in art, music, theatre and/or dance. You will lead on coordinating the arts element of the SCWC, which will include everything from the opening and closing ceremonies, through to running workshops for the young people in their spare time.

Key Volunteers
Key volunteers will have responsibility for leading teams of volunteers throughout the SCWC. They will be leading the volunteer shifts, responsible for volunteer welfare, ensuring that everyone knows what they are doing, where they should be and coordinating volunteer tasks. They will work closely with the volunteer manager in the run up to and during the SCWC. We will be looking for people who have experience of managing teams to fulfill this role.

What you need to know to take part?

– As a volunteer you will need to commit to 13 days, excluding travel.
– All volunteers will be asked to raise £1200 (plus pay for your own flights & visa costs).
– You will need to have raised 100% of your fundraising target by 30th March 2018.
– On acceptance of a volunteer place you will need to pay a non-refundable £250 registration fee, this will be deducted from your total fundraising target.

Applications for volunteer roles are open! Apply online now.

If you would like anymore details about the volunteer roles or you have any questions then please contact:

Volunteer Manager: Helen Denny
Email: volunteer@streetchildunited.org















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  • “No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”

    Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United Manager
  • “When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”

    Mbali, 15, Durban
  • “It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, sales a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support.”

    Wilson Palacios, Stoke City and Honduras Midfielder