Favela Experience is a social impact tourism company that serves to connect people, ideas and resources from around the world with dynamic favela residents, organizations and services through culturally immersive spaces and experiences. We seek to facilitate the breakdown of stereotypes by promoting cultural exchange and social collaboration.

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HELPING FAVELAS THRIVE & TOURISTS COME ALIVE

Our guests gain exciting and meaningful travel experiences, bringing sustainable economic development to low-income favela residents, non-profits, and favela based businesses.

We help to facilitate communication and collaboration and to diminish the barrier that can sometimes make it difficult for non-favela organizations to connect with locals in order to develop innovative and impactful ideas, projects, products, and services. We also seek to connect international communities facing similar socio-economic issues to find common ways to develop inter-community dialogue and collaboration to solve commonly faced problems and barriers to growth.

Sustainable Tourism as a tool for the betterment of the favela and the world

Our services are born from our conviction to transform favela tourism in Rio de Janeiro and prove a replicable model of sustainable tourism as an example for similar communities elsewhere. By allowing meaningful and authentic dialogue between favela residents and tourists, we show both the positive and challenging realities of life in these communities and do not glamorize poverty in favelas.

Ultimately, we practice sustainable tourism because we generate additional income for favela based organizations and residents, facilitate genuine cultural exchange, break negative stereotypes about favelas, and provide accommodations with low environmental impact.

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Different properties
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300
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$250,000
in sales
0
Security issues

our indie-gogo campaign was a success!

Favela experience successfully conducted a World Cup focused Indie-Gogo campaign that raised R$95,000 and resulted in hundreds of foreign travelers staying in Rio’s favelas across 8 different properties with 0 security issues or negative reviews. We've been featured on CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Huffington Post, NPR, Reuters and more.

Currently, Favela Experience is developing and operating tours and experiences in Vidigal, the most safe and receptive favela of Rio de Janeiro. We have generated over R$250,000 in sales, we attend over 300 guests, and earned over R$120,000 for favela hosts and non-profits. Favela Experience has never received investment or outside financial grants or subsidies year to date.

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Adam Newman

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Adam Newman

CEO

Graduated in International Business Development and Entrepreneurship from Arizona State University and co-founder of Favela Experience. Adam did an exchange student program in Latin America during his studies and now is 5 years leading his business. He found his purpose in developing social impact business models, and his passion for the favelas of Rio.


Place of birth
Divide, Colorado USA

Rodrigo Vieria

Operation Director

Graduated in Industrial Electronics in Uruguay with 5 years of experience leading his team of facilities operations in the Hospital Britanico of Montevideo. In 2014, Rodrigo joins Adam to co-found Favela Experience and now has 4 years of experience leading it and counting. Rodrigo combines his technical expertise with the diligence and skills managing human resources in projects.

Place of birth
Uruguay, Montevideo

Allan Modaffares

Marketing Director

Graduated in web design in São Paulo, Allan has 4 years of experience as Coordinator in the Pró-Arte school in Campinas, São Paulo, before joining the Favela Experience team in 2017. Allan has years of professional experience leading marketing projects, making him a specialist in brand and content philosophy creation.

Place of birth
Campinas - São Paulo
Brazil

Paulo Minor

Financial Director

Graduated in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of the State of Rio, with 2 years of professional experience in management of financial business processes and in market analysis for a medium size company and a family office in Rio. He wanted to leave the capital markets world to join in the real economy with Favela Experience, in 2018.


Place of birth
Curitiba - Paraná

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