​​​Project Favela Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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Project Favela Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

​​​​​​​​​WHO WE ARE​...

We operate a school and an international volunteer abroad program in Rio de Janerio Brazil that provides an Early Childhood Education Program and a diverse After School Program to children from the community completely for free. We use international volunteers to staff and help fund our school. Our Volunteer Program in Rio de Janeiro is perfect for anybody looking to make a real difference in the lives of children, experience real cultural immersion in the real Rio de Janeiro Brazil and gain some real work abroad experience.

We believe that early childhood education is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty that exists in Rocinha and we aim to provide teaching and mentorship to the children in order to help them create their own opportunities. 

We are little school, in a very big place, achieving some pretty amazing results.


Since we were founded back in 2009 we have continued to go from strength-to-strength. From humble beginnings, we now see over 100 children and 30 adults pass through our doors every day, all receiving a fun, interactive and challenging education. 

Our dedicated volunteers implement our curriculum in the classroom and each bring their own style of teaching to the school, making our program dynamic and ever developing! Volunteers DO NOT need to be teachers. Just dedicated and committed to making a difference in the lives of these children in Rio. We have the curriculum, the teaching system you just need to bring your creativity, dedication, determination, and energy. 

We are much more than just an English school, with our curriculum covering Literacy, STEM(science, technology, engineering, math), plus Geography, Art, Theater and even Coding!

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Project Favela Rocinha Rio de Janeiro


Project Favela relies on an exceptional team of volunteers to run the school on the ground and make our classes enjoyable, interesting and challenging for the kids. 

We receive volunteers from all over the world and from all different backgrounds. All we ask is that you are dedicated, flexible and willing to work hard to make a difference to these children’s lives. Through this, you will learn a lot about the community, make bonds with locals and other volunteers that last a lifetime and have a one-of-a-kind experience here in Rocinha.

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​ ​​​​​WHERE WE ARE...

Project Favela Volunteer Program in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and the Project Favela Educational Programs are located in one of the most legendary locations in the city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil. We are based in the heart of Rocinha, the largest community of its kind in South America. Rocinha is home to 250,000 people who help create a vibrant, exciting and crazy community where you will feel at home immediately.

 Rocinha is surrounded by sea, tropical rainforest and mountains, making it one of the most iconic places in Rio de Janeiro. When volunteering with Project Favela, you will begin to feel part of the Rocinha family with friendly calls of ‘teacher, teacher!’ following you when you walk around the streets.