Agroforestry Assistant

founded in 1972
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Coordinator | Marcus
Coordinator | Marcus
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Stunning nature, wild life, waterfalls and mountains
Eat a healthy plant based diet, mostly organic harvested by us and local organic farmers, reduce your impact on climate change and feel the positive change in your life!
Learn agroforestry farming, permaculture principles, native stingless bee keeping and help small organic farmers
We are 2 hours away from the beautiful Rio de Janeiro city and near many fantastic hiking trail.
Live among other volunteers and meet friends for life.
Help and learn about syntropic agroforestry, a important way to plant food, fixate carbon, generate a biome for biodiversity,and protect soil and water sources. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+
We seek

nature lovers that are really committed to support and help those who are dedicated to protect wild life and its habitat, fight climate change, bring social justice to rural area and that are willing to make positive changes in their own life that will bring more healing to their body, their mind and the planet. The inequalities and lack of opportunities are much higher in the rural areas in Brazil and that's why so many migrated and continue to migrate to the slums/favelas of big cities and subject themselves to the oppression of violence, drug lords, militia and police.

We expect 
  • 22 hours of weekly dedication to agroforestry, wild life and biodiversity research, stingless native beekeeping. The schedule can be flexible to accommodate personal needs (home-office).
  • Keep bedroom and personal bathroom clean and return it clean before you leave.
  • Participate in the cleaning of the shared areas of the house (kitchen)
  • Participate in the food preparation for lunch and meal.
  • After use, leave kitchen sink and table clean for the next person to use it.
  • Commit to a healthy ,minimally-processed plant based diet, bring awareness to the fact that the food that heals you also heals the planet. We avoid GMO, food from conventional monocultures that destroy the soil, kill bees, contaminates creeks and rivers and dry spring waters and brings poison to people's table. Plant (and fungi)  based diet has proved to be the healthiest diet for you and the planet, that also help fixating carbon back to the soil. 
  • Do  not smoke. I don't drink alcoholics and I expect little or no consumption of alcohol in my place. Same to any other recreational drug. Our recreation is to be present with full awareness  facing the immense beauty that wild life and natural cascades provides. 
You will learn
  • Agroforestry, permaculture concepts, native beekeeping practices, 
  • Adaptations for climate change, including tropical edible plants; food, clothing and other actions for mitigating climate change,
  • How to boost your energy with anti-oxidant rich, cancer killer plant based diet.
Your volunteering will
  • bring dignity to rural workers, fight social inequality and bring opportunities to rural areas, stopping the immigration flux of people flooding the favelas/slums of big cities. 
  •  help compensating the invaluable services that we provide to society (clean, cool and moisture the air, sequester carbon from the air, generate rain and water, protect biodiversity, protect crop pollinators)
And you will experience
  • amazing rivers and waterfalls
  • mountain trails
  • healthy and delicious food
  • exercising outdoors, campfires
  • brething pure air and drinking and bathing on  mineral spring waters

Typical day

 7am: We get together at the kitchen to organize kitchen, prepare breakfast and sometimes prepare food for lunch.

8am: agroforestry 
12pm: fast cooking and lunch
1pm: organize kitchen,
Depending if you want to have 2 or 3 days free, there may be some activities in the afternoon. We ask for 22hs of volunteering per week.

It is usual to go for a trail before sunset and once in a week to lit a bonfire and fraternize with tourists and other volunteers and us. 

Free-time activities

beautiful trails to hike and creeks with waterfalls to enjoy! varieties of birds and animals to observe,  Our swimming pool is 18m long and the water is purely natural, with no chemicals. From time to time we prepare a bonfire to enjoy the night outside. 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Portuguese (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:30

What's Included

Services by Fazenda São Marcos
  • fast internet (1 person can watch a 4k video)
  • organic plant and fungi based food for you to prepare your meals in group, grown locally  by us or near organic farmers
  • 1 bedroom with bathroom for 1 or 2 (couple) people. It will be yours to keep clean.
  • warm shower
  • eletricity, propane gas
  • eco-friendly cleaning material, including soap for laundry
  • guided hiking weekly
  • space for home office
  • Lessons on healthy plant-fungi based diet (minimally processed, organic)
  • Lessons on agroforestry, native beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, edible mushroom identification in the forest, edible plants in the forest for you to camp or stay naked and alive in the Atlantic rainforest
  • biweekly bonfire for bonding and exchange of experience
  • We will plant trees for you to offset 1ton of CO2 of your carbon footprint.

Simple, clean 3x3m (10x10ft) bedrooms with bathroom. We provide warm blankets and bedsheet. You will wake up with birds singing in your window. Never hot, never too cold at night. The fresh breeze from the forest  and mountains regulates the local weather.  

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
  • 90% organic plant and fungi based diet (non or minimally processed), rich in fruits and vegetables locally grown by organic farmers (here and other partners)
  • agroecological coffee. We have a vegan milk machine for preparing soy or coconut mik or any other plant based milk
  • plenty of fruits and vegetables for juices and green juices anytime.
  • We can provide water kefir if you like it.
  • organic green tea and different infusion tees available.
  • Mate herb.
  • cacau powder.
  • Maca powder.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio De Janeiro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Brazil provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Minimum stay is of 2 weeks. If you arrive on Friday, I can pick you up at any airport of Rio de Janeiro and take you to fazenda São Marcos (126km away, 2hs drive) for 150 reais (30 US dollars). Otherwise, you go to Road Station and pick a bus to Cachoeiras de Macacu and I get you there for 60 reais.

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2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
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Average fees
$79 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fazenda São Marcos will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fazenda São Marcos during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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