Volunteer at the Street Child World Cup Doha 2022

The Street Child World Cup will be based in Doha, with events taking place across the city in March 2022. The event will create a global platform for street-connected young people, and the organisations which support them, to campaign from.

Street Child United events wouldn’t be possible without our incredible volunteers. For the Street Child World Cup we’ll need volunteers to organise and run activities, deliver arts workshops, tell the stories of the event through the press, broadcast media, digital media, photography and video, act as interpreters, fundraise and provide medical support.

Volunteers at the Street Child World Cup Moscow 2018

All the information you need to know about volunteering at SCWC 2022 is outlined below.

APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS WILL OPEN IN 2021 but if you’d like to be notified when they do, please leave your details here:

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Volunteer Roles

General. General volunteers will be at the heart of the Street Child World Cup.  They will be key to the day to day running of the event and form the largest individual volunteer team. They will be involved in everything from setting up the day’s activities, supervising and supporting the competing teams and making everything run as smoothly as possible.  If you have any particular skills you feel would be useful in this role, whether it is speaking another language, motivating an audience or being a logistics specialist, let us know in your application.

Arts. The arts programme runs throughout the event, helping to unite street-connected young people, crossing cultures and any language barriers. We are looking for skilled and enthusiastic artists from a range of media to help facilitate a range of art-based workshops and activities and to collaborate on several large projects which will form a centrepiece for the event.

Communications. A central part of how Street Child United impacts change is by creating a global platform for the voices of street children. Communications team volunteers use a wide range of skills to reach audiences of hundreds of millions for each event. If you have experience working in the media, press, are a photographer, videographer, editor or digital or social media expert then you would be perfect to join this team.

Facilitators. We are looking for skilled facilitators or youth workers, particularly those who have experience working through translators or with groups with cultural differences. This team of volunteers will help to lead the delivery of the Congress sessions, which bring the young people together in a safe environment.  This gives them the time and space to reflect on their own experiences, share them and produce powerful actions, which will be launched at the General Assembly.

Translators. Teams from around the world will compete at the Street Child World Cup.  Without the team of volunteer translators the event would not be possible.  Translators must be confident communicators in English and at least one other language  Each will be paired with a specific team throughout the event, working closely with the young people and team leaders to ensure they are able to participate fully, communicating with the other teams, international media, honoured guests and members of staff.

Medical/Physio. If you are a doctor, nurse, first aider or physiotherapist we want you on our team. These volunteers will be the first point of call in case of injuries and accidents and ensure that the teams are well supported through the event.

Being part of the Street Child World Cup was a truly inspirational and memorable experience. For 10 days in Moscow, I witnessed young people from all corners of the globe being brought together creating a melting pot of languages, cultures, attitudes and pastimes. Communication and laughter had no language barrier and it was a joy to watch them
forming friendships which I hope stand the test of time and borders. The young people I had the privilege to spend time with are truly heroes.

Malini, Street Child World Cup Moscow 2018 Volunteer


What dates would I need to be available for? 

There will be a training weekend, probably to be held in London, in Autumn 2021. We will confirm the date as soon as we can.

Volunteers will need to be available for the Street Child World Cup itself, in March 2022.


 Where will the Street Child World Cup take place?

The event will be based in and around Doha, Qatar.


 What does a volunteer do?

Volunteers will spend 10 days supporting the running of the Street Child World Cup. What you will be doing will depend on the role you are selected for. The most important thing is that you are prepared to muck in and make sure we put on the best event possible.


What is provided?

Volunteers have the option of staying at the accommodation provided.  Meals on site will be provided, as will any necessary transport between the event base and other activity sites. Volunteers also receive pre-event training, branded clothing, day to day support and an unforgettable experience.


What will I get out of it?  

Volunteering during one of our events is an incredible opportunity to join the Street Child United family. You will come away with new skills, friends and play a crucial part in helping us work towards our vision of a world where every child can access their rights, no matter their background. Whether you have skills or experience that make you a fit for one of the specialised roles, or if you just have the enthusiasm to get involved, we want you to help make this event happen.


Who can take part?

Volunteers need to be aged at least 18.  All participants need to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, or international equivalent, as part of Street Child United’s safeguarding policy. This is a quick and easy process.  Street Child United is committed to making its volunteering programme accessible to all.  Please contact us to discuss any access or participation requirements you may have.


What are the costs involved?

Each volunteer is asked to fundraise at least £750.

Students are asked to meet a minimum fundraising target of £500.

The money you are asked to raise will cover what it costs SCU to host you as a volunteer (accommodation, food, kit and travel in Doha, as well as the costs of the volunteer training weekend). If you are able to fundraise above the suggested £750 target, your addition funds will contribute towards the wider costs of delivering the Street Child World Cup, including some of the costs encountered by our Teams.

Volunteers will be responsible for paying their travel costs to/from Doha at the start/end of the volunteering period, as well as any visa costs.

After interview, we ask for a donation of £250 to be made upon confirmation of your volunteer place. This is deducted from the fundraising target.  Students will be asked to make a donation of £125.

Street Child United is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity and want to ensure our volunteering programme is accessible to everyone. As such we welcome applications for our volunteering bursary for the Street Child World Cup 2022. Successful applicants will be asked to fundraise a nominal amount to demonstrate their commitment to volunteering at our event. For more details, email brian@streetchildunited.org.


I don’t live in the UK, can I take part?

Yes, we accept international volunteers. Anyone who is a non-UK citizen will be responsible for organising and paying for their own visa and travel to the event.  Street Child United can provide supporting documents for visa applications.

Please check visa requirements for Qatar here.

If you live in Doha, you may wish to stay in your own home, rather than the accommodation organised by Street Child United.


 Will I be insured?

As a volunteer you will be covered by Street Child United’s Public Liability Insurance. This does not include insurance for personal belongings.


Download our Volunteer FAQs – Qatar 2022.

For more information about volunteering opportunities, contact our volunteer coordinator Brian (brian@streetchildunited.org)