The Homeless World Cup is an annual international football (American “soccer”) tournament that unites teams of homeless and excluded individuals throughout the world – in a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives.
The event attracts around 25,000 people who take part in training and trials around the world. The top 500 players from 48 nations come together to compete at the Homeless World Cup.
The 2008 event will be hosted by The Big Issue Australia with the support of the State Government in Melbourne, Australia from November 29 to December 15, 2008.
The Homeless World Cup: History
The impact on the lives of the Homeless World Cup participants is significant. Around three quarters of its players change their lives for the better after giving the opportunity to play in the Cup. They stop abusing drugs and alcohol; get jobs, education, homes, training; and are even reunited with their families.
Some participants go on to become players and coaches for pro or semi-pro football teams! This event is more than just an international football match, but it gives the homeless, excluded and oppressed a real way to succeed. Alternatively, it gives many of us a chance to understand what the human spirit can achieve, no matter how much one’s bank account holds.
Volunteer at the Homeless World Cup this Nov & Dec 2008
You can play a part in the Cup by volunteering at the event in Melbourne from November 29 to December 15, 2008 with Hands Up Holidays.
Volunteer Positions & Opportunities: Online Match Reporters, Match Photographers, Photographer Assistants, Media Assistants, Access Monitors, Catering Assistant: Competition Venue, Catering Assistant – Village, Player Storage/Changing Rooms Monitor.
Hands Up Holidays offers unique volunteer and travel and tour itineraries all over the world. Volunteer at the Homeless World Cup and then enjoy a trip to Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Daintree Rainforest, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Accommodation is 3* throughout, all breakfasts are included, and three lunches. The dates are: 29th November – 15th December. Extension trips are also available. The price of this trip is £1,590 (c.US$3,150) excluding flights.
For more information, please visit: http://www.handsupholidays.com/tours/kickinit