After 3 weeks of intensive Portuguese lessons in central Rio, the Quest Overseas (http://www.questoverseas.com) team, a mixture of British and US students, will be spending 4 weeks in the Mangueira favela volunteering to provide a programme of enrichment activities and excursions at Casa Lar – a home for mentally and physically impaired young adults. During this time the team will also help the boys of Casa Lar, and children from the local Tia Neuma Primary School prepare for their part in the children’s parades.
Alongside their hard work the team will be learning the Mangueira Carnival song and practising their samba moves with the famous Mangueira Samba School, the oldest and one of the most popular of the schools and a member of the prestigious, highly ranked Special Group. In 2013 the distinctive pink and green of the Mangueira costumes will be donned by the Quest Overseas team for the Samba School’s main parade through the Sambadromo on Monday 11th February 2013.
Following the completion of their volunteer project and of Carnival, the team will then undertake a 6 week challenging expedition through Peru and Bolivia, culminating in a trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.