Meet the 18 thousand people working for free at the World Cup

FIFA will make a profit of around US$ 3 billion with the World Cup in Brazil, but 18 thousand people will work for free. They prepare to provide services during the World Cup matches, with a 10 hours daily journey. Thousands of people from all Brazilian states and other countries have applied. Brazilian law says that volunteer work should only be provided to nonprofits. Year on year, according to figures of the entity itself, it records profits and high salaries paid to employees. Even so, according to Swiss law, it is a non-profit organization. So, because of that, FIFA does not pay taxes.

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Volunteers will work with guaranteed food, transportation in the host city, the uniform they are going to wear and insurance, but do not get compensation, lodging and transportation to the host city. You only need to be 18 years old, become available for more than 20 consecutive days during the event and be willing to work up to 10 hours a day. In 2010, in South Africa the program had failures before, during and after the tournament, according to a report from the Portal 2014, who interviewed the architect Lilian Oliveira, who was part of the group. She also worked at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and said the organization needs to improve.

Volunteers from the 2010 World Cup showed failures in implementing the program
During the Confederations Cup last year, the average absence of volunteers was of 30%, according to information from the Local Organising Committee ( COL). According to the manager, some volunteers signed up but didn’t even show up for work, while others dropped out during the event.

FIFA earned U$$ 89 million in 2012 to US$ 1.37B in reserves. The revenue of 2012 as the entity disclosed in March last year was of US$ 1.16 billion, coming primarily from the sale of broadcasting rights and sponsorship. The expenses were of US$ 1.07 billion. Reportedly, the salary of President Joseph Blatter is not revealed, but the balance of the authority shows payment of US$ 33.5 million to a group of executives considered “key”.

There are those who defend the choice of volunteer work, also because of the bureaucracy that would require hiring 15,000 people to work 20 days.

FIFA says it is a non-profit association under Swiss law and that describes its status in the obligation to invest all profits in the development of football(soccer) and football related events. FIFA’s Press Department states that the volunteer program is a major contributor to the atmosphere of celebration, integration and cultural exchange that is the FIFA World Cup such a special event. The program has the ability, to broaden the experience of the World Cup event to much larger players, coaches and the public present at the stadium, including and integrating different cultures, ages, countries and social status, and people with disabilities.

The organization highlights the areas for which volunteers provide service are orientation to fans and the press, language services, transportation, protocol, among others. They go through a training period, prepared in accordance with the function that will perform, “which will enable thousands of people to future events and, in many cases, positively impact the professional lives of the participants.”

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.