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Community Engagement

As a student at PUC-Rio, you will join a campus-wide commitment to deep engagement in the local community. The ACM visiting faculty director will join with university faculty and staff to introduce you to the challenges and joys of working with diverse populations in a changing Brazil.

In addition to course-based work, you’ll be able to work with PUC-Rio student groups and local service organizations on projects throughout Rio. These opportunities do not carry credit, but students may incorporate what they learn at these organizations into their independent study project.

The volunteer projects were created and are maintained by a team of faculty and staff members at PUC-Rio under the umbrella, RESPUC, the social enterprise network. RESPUC supports a portfolio of on-going Community Action projects that place a strong emphasis on volunteers’ integration in various communities in a variety of roles. This network also includes 17 Community Enterprises that partner with other organizations and address a variety of social, environmental, and legal issues at the community level. Some volunteer opportunities may require knowledge of Portuguese.

There are seven Community Action opportunities, which include:

  • NGO Museum of Favela, with volunteer positions such as organizing special events, grant-writing, translation, creating content for the web and social media, and maintaining collections;
  • All Luta Na, Institute Reaction, and Santa Maria, three centers that promote sport and culture, particularly for children and adolescents; and
  • Projecto Park Live in a small community near the University where volunteers are placed in mathematics and English language classrooms as assistants.

There are 17 Community Enterprises, which include:

  • Núcleo de Comunicação Comunitária, sponsored by the Vice-Rector’s Office for Community Affairs of the University, works with a number of working-class neighborhoods in Rio to develop websites and other media to publicize events and information about their community;
  • Projecto Educação Ambiental is an initiative that seeks to promote ethical values with regard to the environment for teachers and community leaders; and
  • O Projecto IPEL, linked to the University’s Department of Letters, places volunteers in local community classrooms to teach mathematics, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

See a complete listing of RESPUC projects (in Portuguese).