Spin Rocinha DJ School is a non-profit, vocational school that specializes in teaching residents the skills of DJ’ing and music production in the favela of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. Because all of the DJ equipment is in English, we need English dictionaries and books to allow the students to expand their knowledge of English through DJ’ing. A percentage of the cost of our tours goes toward supporting our project.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Dry-Erase Markers, Markers, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Pens
(Anything to do with music production)
(English) Language/Grammar and Books about DJ’ing or music production
Blank CD’s (to record students’ music), DJ or Music Production Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Fabrica Verde is a vocational school that teaches approximately 50 young people and adults how to build computers from recycled computer parts. They also offer computer instruction for children and art and language classes.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers
(English and Portuguese) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English and Portuguese) Language and World Maps
(English and Portuguese) Age Appropriate Story Books and Language/Grammar
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.