Favela Experience

When you stay and work with Favela Experience your not just joining the staff of your average hostel, your becoming a part of our 'community within the community'. Our business is built on the principle that tourism is not a one way experience, it is a powerful tool for multi-disciplinary ecosystem development and social impact. We currently operate one hostel in the peaceful and vibrant favela Vidigal with the benefit of close proximity to the forest, mountaintop views overlooking the city and urban beaches. The favela is a special and unique place, and in vidigal the community is very connected bridging together many communities of artists, musicians, designers, actors, volunteers and travelers. Our hostel was built in close partnership with a local NGO which offers various courses and recreational activities for children and young adults in the community. A significant portion of income earned through guest reservations goes back to the NGO to increase their capacity to positively impact the community through expansion and improvement of their course offerings.

At favela experience everything begins with friendship and trust. We live, work and play together and encourage a culture of empathy, collective consciousness and respect. We cherish all of our employees and volunteers and seek to provide opportunities for everyone in our organizations to have quality life experiences, cultural and language learning and personal growth. For those that contribute to our organization at a high level and demonstrate a willingness to learn and grow, opportunities will exist for paid positions or to join the future expansion of our social business.


Reviews

4 reviews4

Staff & Host

Hours & Tasks

Hostel

Learning & Fun

United Kingdom

Good. Worth the trip. It was a good experience.

10 months ago

Brazil

Meu Anfitrião Adam é super comunicativo, inteligente e dedicado. Não aproveitei muito por problemas pessoais. Rodrigo é uma pessoa maravilhosa, todos super empenhados em ajudar também. Recomendo para quem gostaria de ter uma experiência na Favela vista sobre outros olhos. Vão amar a Dana (mascote do hostel). Obrigada por tudo Adam e perdoe meus devaneios.

over 1 year ago

Brazil

I discovered in Vidigal favela one of the most receptive and safe places in Rio de Janeiro. All the prejudice with the favela was eliminated, living in an incredible place.

The way the Favela Experience staff welcomed me was fantastic, and calling it "family" is no exaggeration after so many wonderful moments and experiences that I attended. Realizing that I was surrounded by so many people wanting to do good things, with real social impact and making every effort, made my whole experience incredible.

There is only one big risk in this whole experience: the risk of not wanting to leave.

over 1 year ago

Argentina

The whole team at Favela Experience is just great and very easy going. I felt at home since day 1. I was supposed to stay for 1 month, but I will end up staying for 3 months (just because I already had confirmed another trip, otherwise I could stay more). Life at the favela is super easy and it actually feels safer than anywhere else in Rio. The staff's house is really comfortable and very well located. I definitely recommend this place and even if I still have 2 more months here, I already hope to come back soon.

over 1 year ago

Perfect for you if you're looking for

Contact with nature

Beach

Yoga / Meditation

Metropolis