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WHO WE ARE
‘Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi’ is a project set up in 2002 by Barbara Olivi, an Italian living in Brazil, who began working with various education programmes for children and young people in 1998.
The principal objective of the NGO is to create better socio-educational conditions in the heart of the Rocinha community in Rio de Janeiro.
The NGO followed a didactic, formative path which proved to be stimulating and creative. The projects include:
VOLUNTEERING WITH US
Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi is more than happy to receive help from anyone who is willing to offer commitment and effort in whatever way possible, be that skills, qualifications or enthusiasm, as long as they are in accordance with the humanitarian objectives that characterise our organisation.
On our website, it is possible to see which areas you would be suited to; from maintenance and construction work to educational activities; from administrative tasks to economic analyses, from translation (Italian, Portuguese and English) to fundraising.
The volunteer programme
HOW TO APPLY
If you think your profile matches our work requirements, you will have to send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will organise a skype interview (ba.pascali).
HOW TO GET HERE
Getting to Rocinha can be a bit difficult. Knowing how to get around in this huge favela can take a little while; until you learn to recognise looks, gestures and general mannerisms, dealing with this environment is not the easiest task. The colours, smells and loud music of the main streets can drive you crazy, not to mention the incessant traffic and people everywhere. Our advice is to arrive the day before starting work in order to get used to the rhythm of the community.
Bus – Ônibus Frescão 2018 – Linha Aeroporto Internacional/Alvorada http://www.wikirio.com.br/Frescão
Get off the bus at the stop ‘São Conrado/Rocinha’. Check with the driver that it is the right stop by asking politely to advise you when you are getting close to the stop. (Frescão price: 16 R$ – Janeiro 2016)
Taxi – Walk to ‘Partidas’ (upper floor) and get one of the taxis that are dropping off passengers at the airport. Say that you want to go to ‘Passarela da Rocinha’. Journey: Rebouças – Estrada Lagoa/Barra – túnel Zuzu Angel – Passarela da Rocinha
If you arrive at the airport ‘Santos Dummont’, the instructions to get here by bus and taxi are the same.
Bus – Go to the city bus terminal (ônibus urbanos) and get the line ‘Troncal 4 – São Conrado x Rodoviária’. Get off at the stop ‘Passarela da Rocinha’
For additional information about how to get around Rio de Janeiro and to access timetables, look at the website http://www.rioonibus.com/2016/01/07/segunda-etapa-de-racionalizacao-das-linhas-da-zona-sul/.
The price of a bus journey is R$3.80 (Janeiro 2016). Remember to politely ask the driver to advise you when you are reaching your destination.
When buying the ticket to Rio, please let us know your flight details and which mode of transport you have chosen to get to Rocinha.
Barbara Olivi (21) 993686730
Julio De Rezende (21) 992936126
Carlo Botti (21) 968935257
Alessandra Urban (21) 966544593
The prefix 21 isn’t necessary if the call is being made within Rio. They all use whatsapp