Education equals opportunity! This is our belief and core to everything we do. There must be an end game for these children. Our goal is to cross the finish line with our students. Our objective is to deliver our students to university classrooms. A reality that is sadly just a fantasy for so many of Rio's children. Our strategy is to combine an international curriculum of both academics and holistic well being with a "pre vestibular" focus starting at age 7.
Project Favela has been providing free educational programs in Rio's favelas since 2010.
Tabajaras is located in the heart of Copacabana. This is the home of Project Favela. It is one of 5 favelas located in Copacabana. The approximate population of Tabajaras is around 10,000-12,000 residents. The name Tabajaras pays tribute to the local indigenous tribe that once lived in the area. The community is actually made up of 3 communities all combined into one. The Botafogo side of the mountain is called Vila Rica and other side is called Cabritos, however the entire mountain and community is called Tabajaras.
The community is located atop a mountain surrounded by towering rock formations and tropical forest. Down below you will find world famous Copacabana, the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Tabajaras has one of the best locations in "Zona Sul" and is very fortunate to have some of the best views in Rio, and there is a always a delightful breeze that comes off of the sea and blows across the community. It is a sleepy beach side community that has a rich history of producing local legends in music, art, culture and sports. The community actually has a long diverse history dating back to 1880. The streets and alley ways of Tabajaras are filled with bars, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, pizzerias, shops and markets.
You can access Tabajaras quite easily by exiting the Siqueira Campos Metro Station, crossing the street and simply start walking up the mountain, or take Moto Taxi and tell your driver "Rampa".
International volunteering, sustainable tourism, and education coming together in Rio de Janerio, Brazil to create opportunity. That is the Project Favela recipe. International volunteers support us operationally and financially. They bring with them very diverse backgrounds and experience. This diversity is magical in the classroom. It is one of the ingredients that make our classes fun and dynamic. We combine a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program with a rich creative expression and cultural program to make our program more than just fun but, comprehensive, effective and results driven.
Our volunteers our more than just teachers and administrators, they are mentors and life coaches to the children as well. While it is our goal to deliver these students to college classrooms here in Brazil or even abroad, we also want to produce children that are good citizens, well rounded, well grounded, happy and healthy. We combine both the academic program and well being program in everything we do. Every opportunity is an opportunity to teach, mentor, learn and make sure our children thrive..
We want play a big part in providing the futures our children want and dream about. Teaching Hip-Hop and English for example is great as a mentoring tool, but the reality is that will not provide these children with the futures they deserve and want. You have to provide these children with real life opportunities and that's why we are focused on getting our children into universities. We believe in starting very early with a very broad curriculum and a pre-"vestibular" focus. We are teaching for the future with our STEM program and enhancing our curriculum with a diverse liberal and creative arts program. Outside the classroom we work with our children in extracurricular activities such as soccer, kickboxing , Jiu Jitsu and various creative arts programs. There has to be goal at the end of this journey that advances their lives, and for us that is getting them into a college classroom.