Laure has studied at Pierre Mendes-France University and Trinity College in Dublin. She came to visit a favela in Rio three years before deciding to come back as a volunteer. After volunteering in Africa, she decided to work with Project Favela where she taught English, mathematics, and an after school club for the local children. Laure will finish her degree of Enginnering in Cognitics and hopes to return to Rocinha again.
David was born and raised in Los Angeles but I attended college in Ohio as en economics major and studio art minor with a concentration in Portuguese. He is interested in learning about, and putting into practice, different languages and cultures. He is also into photography and music. In the Project he taught all levels of English from 5 year olds up to 60 year olds, science, and Spanish
Abby is a 21 year old college student from the U.S. studying Communications and Music at Westminster College. She hopes to pursue a career in Social Work in the States focusing on rural communities and families. Rio has given her the opportunity to delve into urban poverty and she is so grateful for the eye opening journey.
Emily is a graduate of Brunel University in London with a degree in Business Management. She loves traveling and Brazil is her latest stop. She wishes to see more of South America as well as Australia. Later this year, Emily's sister Sophie will join the Project Favela teaching team!
John is a volunteer from Ireland. Before coming to Brazil he had volunteered in Guatemala, Argentina, and Uganda. With his background in law, this is his first time experiencing the challenges and joys of teaching. After Project Favela he will be undertaking a Masters at Trinity College in Dublin.
Delali Kalitsi is a newly certified primary teacher from South London. She is currently working with special needs children, including those with mental health or foster care backgrounds. Her passion is supporting children who have been marginalized from the education system and her ambition is to address social inequalities through education.
Anne Marie Moran
Anne Marie is an enthusiastic management consultant by trade. Believing that access to quality education is the cornerstone for sustained development and progress in any country, she began looking for volunteer programs related to education in underprivileged areas. Upon signing on with Project Favela, she quit her high-paying desk job with a Fortune 500 company, moved to Rio de Janeiro, and has never been happier. Anne Marie’s long-term goals include pursuit of a Master’s Degree in international development, and eventually a Ph.D. related to urbanization issues.
Anne is from Germany. Just before starting her volunteer work for Project Favela, she finished her studies of Business Administration. After studying and living abroad in the United States and the United Kingdom during her Masters, Brazil is currently the third foreign country she has lived in. Her next stop after Project Favela will be Australia. A work and travel visa will allow her to stay there for one year, so she will have lots of time to explore that beautiful country at the other end of the world.
Verity is an 18 year old from East London in England currently on a gap year. She’s planning on travelling around South America for two months when she leaves Project Favela and will return home. She’ll be going to university in September to study Math and Philosophy.