Feeling safe..keeping safe in Rio

It occurred to me that the previous post might alarm volunteers so I checked the evaluations sheets that Georgina and Will completed for their response to the question.
Did you feel safe at the convent?

Volunteers Georgina and Will returned August 2011
Georgina I always felt safe at the convent because of the 24 hour doorman and the fact that we had our own set of keys to our own volunteer house, I never felt my belongings were at risk.
Will Very much so, the 24 hour security guard and recent increase in police presence around the area meant that safety was never really an issue.

The advice we offer to volunteers is the same as for visiting any large city, but we especially advise volunteers not to enter the favelas without seeking and strictly adhering to the advice of Beth and the monitors.

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