An introduction to the glamorous city of Rio de Janeiro. Rio is the second largest city in Brazil and is located in a spectacular natural setting of mountains, forests and beaches. However, Rio is a city of strong contrasts between the rich and the poor. One third of people live in districts of self-built homes called favelas.
Students could define the term 'favela' and discuss the reasons why they exist. Debate the options open to people living in favelas. What chances do they have to improve their situation? Investigate if or how the rapid economic development of Brazil has altered the city. Students could look into Rio’s hosting of the Olympics in 2016 and the impact this will have on the city as a whole, and on inhabitants from different sections of society.