Providing quality education to
Underprivileged Children and Teenagers

in favelas in Rio de Janeiro

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Empowering disadvantaged young people in
Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo

with the skills to change their future

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Shaping the character of
At-risk Children and Teenagers

with Positive Discipline and Social and Emotional Learning

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Help at-risk young people in Rio de Janeiro to realise their dreams


Give disadvantaged children and teenagers the chance to change their future


Work with us to transform the lives of underprivileged kids and teens

What is EduMais?

Striving for a better future

EduMais fights against education inequality in one of the world’s most unequal cities, Rio de Janeiro.

Our programs teach underprivileged young people in three favelas the English, technological, and life skills to build their own path out of urban and digital poverty.

They also use Positive Discipline and social and emotional learning so students can work through the trauma of growing up in areas marked by drugs and violence.

Become a donor, volunteer, partner, or fundraiser for EduMais, and let’s right the wrong of unequal opportunity together.




Free education

Our Success Stories

Seeing the impact

Izabely, student on EduMais's exchange program, 2020

"My English has improved so much with EduMais, and I now tutor other students at my school"

Boys on EduMais's Game Design Camp looking intently at their computers

"I loved the programming course. It was really cool to make our own game and learn things we haven't done in maths class yet. I now understand maths better and it was much more fun and interesting too"

Game Design Program, anonymous feedback

Student in favela filling out IKIGAI

"Thanks to EduMais's Entrepreneurship course, I was able to get my first job at El Misti Hostel"

Smiling young woman with purple t-shirt in rio de janeiro

"The best experience I've ever had. I grew more than at any other time in my entire life!"


"My son is beaming! I've never seen him as happy as during these summer holidays at camp"

Eryc’s mother, Summer Camp Program

Entrepreneurship student in the favela showing vision board

"The course is very good: it taught us things we will take with us for the rest of our lives"

Why Choose Us?

What attracts our donors

Low-Cost Model

Have a big impact on a child's life with just a small gift


You will be made to feel like part of the EduMais family


Read our financial reports at the end of every year


You too believe that everyone deserves access to good education

Our Programs

Changing lives

Kids raising hands in classroom


As part of their curriculum, students of Solar Meninos de Luz school receive English lessons from EduMais. Fast-paced and dynamic, these classes focus on their English speaking skills.

EduMais students work on their web design and computer skills in the IT room of Solar Meninos de Luz school

Serious Game Design

As well as teaching game design, this program works on students’ computer literacy. Students learn computer skills like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint while designing their first game.

Students on EduMais's Entrepreneurship Course with the El Misti Owners and their volunteer teachers Anna and Roberto


Final-year high-school students propose a project to address a need in the community. They then develop and present their business plans, in English, during the school year.

Students on EduMais's Enter the Labour Market program with their volunteer teachers Karin and German

Enter the Labour Market

Leaving school can be nerve-wracking. We prepare final year students for the next steps with our Enter the Labour Market course. They learn the skills necessary to successfully market themselves.

Participants on EduMais's 2018 Summer Camp and their volunteer English teachers hold a flag saying English on it

Summer Camp

Our English Summer Camp includes a variety of activities to make language learning fun, such as arts and craft, sports, and music. As of 2019, we also run a Programming Summer Camp.



A select few students are given the life-changing opportunity to attend YMCA Camp Hazen in the United States. Including a homestay with a family, the trip rapidly develops their English and life skills.

Volunteer in Brazil

Get involved

EduMais is proud to have a committed and diverse team of international volunteers. They are strictly selected and trained in our methodology: Positive Discipline.

On our volunteering programs in Rio de Janeiro, they teach and share their knowledge with our children, giving the best of themselves every day.

Find out all about our free volunteering opportunities in Brazil here.

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Smiling young man


Man sitting on a rock


Young woman with glasses

Izabely – coordinator

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Do you also want to have a lasting impact on the lives of disadvantaged young people?

Join us as a volunteer in Brazil for free!

Our Values

What drives us



We love equipping underprivileged young people in the Pãvao-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo communities with the skills to achieve their full potential. With unconditional love, they can learn, grow and have hope for the future. Indeed, they discover just how capable they are!

education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world


We empower at-risk young people by increasing their access to education. As well as academic development, our programs focus on the students’ social and emotional learning. By surrounding them with attention and support, we shape their character and prepare them for the future.



We are committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adolescents in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. Our dedicated volunteers are trained to create a safe place of exploration, experimentation, and learning where these young people can feel connected and valued.



We care about the young people we work with. Unfortunately, growing up in difficult circumstances can have a profound effect on them and their behaviour. Following Positive Discipline’s mantra of “firm but kind,” we aim to develop them into responsible members of the community.



We encourage children and teenagers to learn about their strengths and to become the best versions of themselves, regardless of the circumstances they live in. By fostering a caring and supportive environment, we motivate them to develop curiosity, creativity, and a love of learning.



We listen to the disadvantaged young people we work with because every child deserves to be treated with dignity and integrity. We instill the democratic principles of respect and equality in all our programs. When their voices are heard, young people feel a sense of belonging and significance.

Our Partners

Organizations that support EduMais's work

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