WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The Women’s Empowerment Project in Rio de Janeiro project provides much needed support to local women. This is achieved in various ways: women are taught valuable and tangible skills that can be used to generate income such as sewing, sandal design, painting, pottery and candle making. However, these classes also provide an important safe haven for women to support each other discuss personal issues in a community where many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or similar conditions adhered from their everyday life in Rio.
This program is invaluable for many women who are unemployed since it promotes entrepreneurship and independence. Numerous women have transitioned from participating in the project as students to now serving as teachers, and many have been successful in selling their products upon completing the courses.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Throughout this placement, you will make an active contribution to the support and empowerment of women within the local community. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to provide your unique perspective and use educational tools based on your own background and knowledge. Your activities will vary: you may lead classes with small groups, learn a new technique from a community resident, or help train women to teach others in the community . A few examples classes include:
Sandal design classes
Candle making classes
Design your own class based on expertise
In addition to promoting creativity and entrepreneurship, your classes will provide a safe haven for these women where they can develop their self-esteem and independence in a supportive environment. By joining this project you will gain valuable work experience, easily transferable to future careers and/or educational opportunities, whilst making a valuable, positive and lasting contribution to women’s empowerment in Rio de Janeiro.