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Teaching Computer Project (Rio de Janeiro)

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Project Summary

Travel to one of the most exciting cities in the world to help bridge the digital divide facing impoverished communities in Rio by teaching computer skills to the disadvantaged.

The northern favelas (shanty towns) of Rio, where volunteers will work, are deprived areas. Though the government is trying hard to make the favelas part of the city and bring development, many residents there are illiterate and lack the skills to succeed. Our computer project is designed to give these people skills and confidence to succeed. Computer literacy is a must if young Brazilians want to get a job or pursue higher education. This project is designed to help them.

Volunteer Responsibilities

The project will focus on learning how to use computer, word processing and creating excel spread sheets. Volunteers will also teach about internet, and the importance and the impact it currently has. The classes will be offered in many different areas of the favela. It will involve mainly youth who are without access to internet or computer training courses.


Volunteers must be very familiar with computer and software packages like word, excel and internet to teach the class. Basic Portuguese is not required but recommended. Volunteers must also be flexible, open minded and resourceful.

Project Location

This project is located in one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro. These favelas were known for high crime rate but due to the police action and the police presence, the crime scene is virtually non-existence now. Poverty, however, remains entrenched in the favelas as usually it's the low-income families that settle in the favelas.

When not at the project volunteers will have plenty to do in their free time. Volunteers can soak up some sun at one of Rio's famous beaches, or go hiking in one of the largest in urban parks in the world. You can go see the wonderful views from Corcovado or Sugar Loaf. There is also excellent nightlife to experience as well as museums and theatres throughout the city. All of these activities are available through Rio's extensive public transportation system.

For safety reasons, always be aware of where you are going and the best time to go. Ask the local coordinator or trustworthy locals if ever in doubt or need more information.