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Project Favela
Project Favela Rio de Janeiro
Project Favela Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

​​​​​​​​​WHO WE ARE​...

We operate a small school and an international volunteer abroad program in Rio de Janerio, Brazil that provides an Early Childhood Education Program and a diverse After School STEAM Program to children from the community for free. We use international volunteers to both staff and 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 true 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 Brazil and we aim to provide teaching and mentoring to the children in order to help them create their own opportunities. 

We are little school, in a very unique and special place, achieving some pretty amazing results.

Project Favela Rocinha Rio de Janeiro


Since we were founded in 2009 we have continued to grow year after year and increase our offering to the community. From humble beginnings, we now see over 50 children and even some adults in our evening classes pass through our doors Monday through Friday. 

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, STEAM(science, technology, engineering, art, math), plus Geography, History, Theater and even Computer Coding! We also see ourselves as mentors to these children and we take that very seriously and build that need into our curriculum. 


Project Favela depends on an exceptional team of volunteers to manage our school and make our classes dynamic, fun, and challenging for the children. 

We receive volunteers from all over the world and from all different backgrounds. All we ask is that you are serious, dedicated, flexible and willing to work very hard to make a difference in the lives of these children. You will learn a lot about the community from this intense experience, the problems it faces, all the things that make it so special and beautiful, and you will make bonds with locals and other volunteers that will last a lifetime. 

​ ​​​​​WHERE WE ARE...

Project Favela Volunteer Program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Project Favela Educational Programs are located in two legendary locations in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Our school is located in a very special community called Tabajaras located atop a mountain in Copacabana. We also have a Project Favela team in Rocinha providing educational programs there and supporting partnering NGO's.