There are much more in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro than the bad parts the media likes to address. Favelas are a place of creativity, sense of community and entrepreneurship.
James spent a few weeks working as a volunteer in Rio de Janeiro with Mais Caminhos and felt like his life was changed forever.
In June, six kids of Mais Caminhos were sent to Europe to spend a month in Slovakia and Poland for the Brave Kids Festival.
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Volunteering can be really good for you, for you CV and networking.
Many people assume that favelas are associated with negativity and danger. Many Brazilians and tourists are really afraid of entering one.
A volunteer of Mais Caminhos spent a few weeks in Rio de Janeiro teaching English to underprivileged teens in the nearby favela and learned a lot from this experience.
The Positive Discipline is opposed to traditional punishment, and it aims to educate kids through a caring, loving and supportive environment.
Janelle is describing her first three days volunteering with Mais Caminhos, as she goes to the beach with the kids and help them with their creativity and art skills.