Fun at Santa Marta

Fun at Santa Marta

Portuguese Students at Dona Marta
Our students and the colors of Santa Marta


The group met at the Copacabana Rio & Learn School and walked to the Metro station. A short 5 min journey to Botafogo and a 10 min walk and we were greeted by the bright colored buildings of Santa Marta Favela. A small Favela by the standards of Brazil, and very calm. Best to stick together to stay safe, we took some photos at the bottom of the Favela, before taking the lift to the top to take some photos of the Micheal Jackson Scultpture and from the Favela from above. We had a quick stop at the MJ souvenir shop and then took the steps down through the middle of Santa Marta with time to take a few snaps. We got to the bottom and then to the bar for a couple of chopps and caipirinhas!! So many with so little making a life from nothing.  A humbling experiance and a trip I’m glad I took.
Graham Boyce, England
Michael Jackson saying hello to our Portuguese students.

Fun at Santa Marta is something very common in Rio de Janeiro, even with the August’s cold days the Portuguese students of Rio & Learn Portuguese School visited favela Santa Marta or Dona Marta as other people say. Our trip started at the Cantão Square, a project started by two boys from The Netherlands that were looking for coloring the houses of the community and bring a little bit of joy for the people who live there.

After that, our students from Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, United States, England, The Netherlands and Japan took the trolley and went to the place where the popstar Michael Jackson recorded some scenes for the videoclip They don’t care about us. Our students were very satisfied with one more RioLIVE! because they could see a little bit better the beauty and the contrasts that Rio de Janeiro can offer and practice and speak Portuguese.
What about you? What are you waiting for to have fun and learn Portuguese with Rio & Learn and our RioLIVE! Activities?!
RioLIVE! Activity at Santa Marta
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