Build a Cobhouse / Bioconstruction / Natural Build

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Coordinator | Bart
Coordinator | Bart
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Learn how to natural build your own house. We have build extraordinary bioconstruction houses. You get the chance to stick your hands in the dirt and build.
You will be living in an international team of volunteers. Make friends for life
A lot of people at the Eco farm say it is a life changing experience. A place to learn more about yourself and about what you like to do with your future.
Learn about organic farming and agroforestry
We organize hikes, camping weekends, cinema nights, game nights, campfire and much more.
Eco Caminhos builds amoung the most advanced boconstruction houses in South America. If you want to learn about bioconstruction you will be able to learn from day 1. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Volunteer at Eco Caminhos
Eco Caminhos is an eco farm in Brazil, situated in the beautiful mountains of Nova Fribugo, where we work with bioconstruction, organic farming. We follow the permaculture principals. You can work here for a couple of weeks up to a couple of years. We offer volunteers the chance to become a part of our project and live in our international community, while enjoying nature and ecotourism activities. Short-term volunteering at Eco Caminhos is an excellent way to gain practical skills and experience in eco-farming, bioconstruction, and permaculture. At our eco farm, you will live and work with people from around the world. At Eco Caminhos you will have the opportunity to make lifelong friends while learning the Portuguese language. 

Short-term volunteers will work approximately 24 hours 3 days a week. Tuesdays and Thursdays are off. The work can vary between agroforestry, bioconstruction, and other jobs at the farm. After your work day and on your weekends, you are free to do as you please. Many of our volunteers use their weekends to explore Nova Friburgo or Rio de Janeiro.


Typical day

6:00 hours wake up and breakfast

7:-00 hours Go to the Eco Farm
7:00 hours work in bioconstruction, organic farming or agroforestry.
9:30 - 9:45 hours coffee break
9:45 - 12:00 work in bioconstruction, organic farming or agroforestry.
12:00 - 13:00 hours lunch Break
13:00 - 16:00 work in bioconstruction, organic farming or agroforestry.

Free-time activities

The Caminhos Eco Farm is situated in the região serrano were you will be surrounded with beautiful mountains, forrests, reservations, wild life, waterfalls. Still you won't be isolated as on 6km of the farm you will find Nova Friburgo a city with 180.000 inhabitants with a good structure. The region is far more secure than Rio de Janeiro. There is also a busstop 500 meters from the farm that goes every hour if you like to go into town.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
tell us about your skills and add CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
nature lovers
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 07:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Eco Caminhos
  • Basic accommodation (shared room)
  • Basic food: we buy ingredients like rice, beans, pasta, coffee, eggs, milk, flour etc. Vegetables come from our own farm
  • Theoretical introduction about the implementation of  permaculture, bioconstruction, and agroforestry on our farm
  • Hands-on bioconstruction, agroforestry, and organic farming at Eco Caminhos
  • 1 activity per week, including hikes, horseback riding, campfires, and camping in the mountains *
  • 1 Portuguese class per week
  • Participate in volunteer nights, including board games, movies, and campfires.

* You pay for your own transport, food, and entrance fees, if applicable

Airport Pickup at Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
To guarantee your safe and comfortable arrival our trusted driver from Nova Friburgo, Dutra, can pick you up and drop you off at the Eco Caminhos doorstep. He will wait for you in the arrival hall with a small name plate. Dutra charges only R$ 440 (approximately € 100 ), which is a very sharp price for Brazil. We can also arrange for you to be dropped off at a specific location on your day of departure.

There is 2 possible accommodation options:

Volunteer compound. 

The volunteer compound has 2 houses, 2 kitchens, 6 double bed rooms.

It is all the facilities you need including WiFi.

The perfect place to make friends and hang out after a long but rewarding day of work.


You will be placed at a local carefully selected family.

The families offer you a private bedroom and all meals you need.

All homestay families are very close to the Eco Farm.

Homestay is the perfect way to submerge yourself in Brazilian culture, food and the Portuguese language.

Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteer compound

We provide volunteers with the ingredients/budget for the ingredients for all their meals. 

The volunteers will have to cook themselves but we find this is a great way to bond with your fellow volunteers and explore the beautiful thing that is Brazilian culinary! 

The budget is for breakfast, lunch and dinner however and anything over this budget is at the expense of the volunteers.

For people who choose homestay, food is provided. During working days you will be eating at the Eco Farm. the rest of the time you will eat with the host family. We can tell you that the families are known for their delicious food.

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.
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

People are welcome arround the year. At Eco Caminhos the weather allows us to work all year round. 

To get here you can make your own way or you can ask us to organize your airport transfer. Durng your first week you will be introduced to all people and get some introductions trainings on the farm, permaculture, bioconstruction and agroforestry.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$236 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Eco Caminhos will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Eco Caminhos during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Build a Cobhouse / Bioconstruction / Natural Build

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