My Friends/Partners

Gringo Management- Vacation apartment rentals in Rio de Janeiro. My good friend David has an excellent reputation for finding the right accomodations for you while you are in Rio de Janeiro.


Johnny Jet Travel Services- A huge travel portal with so many resources for the avid and informed traveller!


Slayer is a professional Surfer and books tours with the company Sumatran Surfariis. These are exotic exciting surf adventures that take place in many of the islands in Indonesia. The focus is SURF on these guided tours by boat to find the best waves without crowds. The boats are skippered by highly experienced crews including a chef to ensure a unique travel experience. If you are a surf addict looking for the next challenge, please check out the website!
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FAVELA da ROCINHA- My friend Leandro Lima who lives in Paula Brito has started this internet news blog about all the stuff going on in Rocinha. It is a new site and its looking great. Anything from News to Art to shows going on in the community. Please check out his site..

Favela da Rocinha

Favela da Rocinha


ROCINHA.ORG- Ocimar’s website that covers Rocinha community as well


TvROC- Cable Tv in Rocinha



Favela Painting- About two Dutch guys painting art in favelas by including the residents as part of their program to help improve the looks in the community

Visible Voice-Established in 2006 by Vincent O’Brien, Principal Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Cumbria, Visible Voice is an international network of researchers, community groups and activists with an interest in using visual media for collaborative research and community development. .

5X Favela- An Audio Visual Group that makes films representative of favelas and the events, news going on in these communities. The film are made by youth and young adults in the favelas. .

Rocinha Ludica- A Blog about education and Culture in Rocinha .

Rebecca Najdowski- A visual artist from San Francisco who is applying for a fullbright scholarship to implement a rooftop garden project in the favela of Rocinha. .

Warks Art Studio- Travessa Escada n-1a
8218-0694 ou 8302-3215 .



Escola de Musica na Rocinha- Music school in Rocinha .




*Blessings for Brazil*, Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of Brazilian children by supporting teachers and schools with instructional projects and resources. I highly suggest that if you have interest to volunteer, this is a great organization to help. .
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CDI Digital Inclusion in Disadvantaged Communities
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CIACAC, a tiny NGO that runs a children´s education initiative, is from a favela in this northern zone. An amazing, self-educated mother of two, Neuza Nascimento chose to give up the security of a well-paying job in order to open up her own house in her community Parque Jardim Beira Mar so that children have another recreational option besides playing in the street – their own safe space to play, discover, grow and question. Now in operation for nearly eight years, she struggles with the help of kind donations and contributions as well as local and international volunteers to give these children workshops in rights and citizenship, English, Art and Capoeira, as well as go on excursions and camps. .

UMPMRS (Union of Women for the Betterment of Roupa Suja) is a community run non-governmental not for profit organization located in the neighborhood of Roupa Suja, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Rocinha, the largest favela in Latin America. UMPMRS’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the children and families living in the community of Roupa Suja. .

Catalytic Communities-CatComm was founded in 2000 with the mission to develop, inspire, and empower a global network of communities generating and sharing solutions. The seeds of our platform for community solutions took root soon after our founding, and we have carefully grown as a hub of community efforts across the globe. During the last decade, we launched a series of virtual and material projects designed to facilitate information-sharing and, as a result, we are leading the effort to create a broadly distributed, public platform for the social change commons. .

The Skoll Foundation- The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are proven leaders whose approaches and solutions to social problems are helping to better the lives and circumstances of countless underserved or disadvantaged individuals. .

Sun Catchers Project- Sun Catchers Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supplying developing countries with the ability to use solar technology to cook food and boil water. Initially, the Sun Catchers Project will be focusing on supplying orphanages, schools and hospitals in Africa with village sized solar ovens capable of cooking 1200 meals a day and 60 loaves of bread an hour. .

Dreams Can Be – US-Brazilian charitable organization dedicated to aiding street children and impoverished youth in Brazil. .

Viramundo, a Brazilian, non-governmental, community health organisation. Viramundo is committed to work with the urban poor and migrant groups (internal and refugees) living in Rio de Janeiro. Viramundo provides health education services and projects, very basic health care, training, and community development support aiming to improve the health and well being of disadvantaged groups in Brazil. .

Developing Minds Foundation is a non-profit organization that builds schools and supports education programs in areas affected by violence and poverty such as urban slums, favelas and regions of armed conflict. .

Instituto Reacao- Reaction Institute, organized by Judo champion Flavio Canto. Classes offered free to residents in Rocinha and other favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Classes included are jiu jitsu, judo, reforca escolar (homework club), and citizenship. .

Viva Rio – Brazilian NGO, based in Rio de Janeiro. Its main goal is to promote a culture of peace and social development through field work, research and formulation of public policies; particularly focused on poverty, crime and armed violence in urban areas. .

Viva Favela – Brazilian NGO: a team made up of journalists and “community correspondents” – favela residents qualified to act as reporters and photographers. .

Observatorio de Favelas - Rio-based NGO, which carries out research, consultancy and social intervention relating to favelas and urban issues. .

Afro Reggae – “Music to combat violence, art to transform reality.” Brazilian hub for urban community art and music projects. .

CUFA – International research organization, investigating urban developments, including favelas. .

Nos do Morro – Brazilian urban cultural organization; drama production, based in Vidigal, one of Rio’s favelas .

Instituto Vida Real (real life) – youth culture and art project, based in Nova Holanda, Rio de Janeiro .

A Opcao – US-Brazilian organization that helps finance projects for new entrepreneurs in Favelas. .



Latin American Travel Association (LATA) – UK-based organization, promotes tourism to Latin America .

Tourism Concern – UK-based charity that “fights exploitation in tourism and campaigns for more ethical, fairly traded forms of tourism”. .




Global Girl’s Blog .



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Pack for a Purpose
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects. Check out the good work they are doing at their website:


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