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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: Working in website directed specifically for young of low-incomes
Bewerbungsende: 01.04.2010
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab März 2010 - 12 Monate 
Sprache im Projekt: keine Angaben

Diese Stelle ist nicht mehr verfügbar!

Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise im Sommer eines Jahres ist immer der 1. September des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist 30. September.
Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise Anfang eines Jahres ist immer der 1. März des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 30. März.

Prefered age of the volunteers: 18-28 years
Good knowledgment of English
Good knowledgment of Spanish
The participant must be academic-oriented and willing to research on written material. S/he must be interested on low-income communities and their way of expressions and cultural demonstrations, which tend to be completely different from usual forms of Arts.
Previous knowledge of Portuguese is desirable, as the website in all written in Portuguese. Moreover, the communities tend to use particular expressions and slangs which are very specific, and it would a benefit for a fast integration someone that could already speak a bit of Portuguese.
Interest in Journalism or Communication.


The Organization

Viva Rio is a non-profit, philanthropic civil association, of social and cultural character, created in December of 1993 by representatives of diverse sectors of the civil society as a direct reply to the increasing violence in Rio de Janeiro. Viva Rio works for a social integration and its main objective is to promote peace and development at local level, creating means for overcoming armed violence and social exclusion. Viva Rio co-ordinates projects and peace campaigns within Human Security, acting on the inclusion of children and youth at risk, security sector reform, local development, Small Arms, Light Weapons control. The projects are supported by actions related to research, training, communication, and monitoring. Viva Rio develops its programs through a network of local and foreigner partners. Viva Rio’s projects are run in order to have clear results that may be multiplied and potential for wide scale implementation, adding up to market and government actions.

The Project

The Viva Favela website was launched on 3 July 2001. It is the first Brazilian website to post content directed specifically at the young population of low-income communities, offering them access to services and products that attend to their own interests and unique social needs. It also answers to the needs and interests of members of the general public who search for information about low-income communities.

The Viva Favela website contains news stories, information about the social and cultural life of the favelas (slum in Portuguese), and links to sites that provide a variety of services that are of interest to the community (including job search engines and employment related services, entertainment listings, educational courses, health information). The site also provides links to information about social projects run by Viva Rio. Viva Favela hosts other sites of interest to this sector of society, such as funk, samba and hip hop sites, as well as community radio. In this way Viva Favela seeks to integrate the principle sites of interest to the low-income youth of Brazil.

The site also contains the online magazine “Comunidade Viva” (Live Community), which is put together by local correspondents from the favelas and poor neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro. The local correspondents are selected in local communities and trained in the production of contents for the Internet. Viva Favela emphasises the personal and professional development of these community correspondents. They work in an integrated manner with professional journalists, photographers and researchers who supervise their activities.
A general is made to and for low-income groups. The important aspect is its contribution to minimize digital exclusion in Brazil. By creating a website that posts and provides links to information of direct relevance to the young population of low-income communities, Viva Favela aims to open up the otherwise foreign world of the internet to this sector of society. www.vivafavela.com.br

What will the volunteer do?

The main focus is supporting the creation of the website content and the communication within the slums residents. Therefore the volunteer will be responsible to work with the website journalists, assist the production of the website, search for relevant information of the regular media that.

The website is designed to a very particular group and it feed with information selected for the residents of such areas. The participant will not be assigned to make local reports on the slums. His/her work will be at Viva Rio headquarters and eventually contact with the slums correspondents, not expecting though to personal visity the community.

In case of occasional local events organized by Viva Rio to create awareness of the subject, the volunteer would be requested to help on the organization, information and support.