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Outstanding 4.9rating (74)

Short Term - Bioconstruction and Natural Building

location
1 - 12 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Outstanding 4.9  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

Highlights

  • Learn how to build your own house with natural construction. We have built extraordinary bioconstruction houses. You get the chance to stick your hands in the dirt and build yourself!
  • You will be living with 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 want from the future.
  • Learn about organic farming, permaculture, and agroforestry
  • We organize hikes, camping weekends, cinema nights, game nights, campfires, karaoke, swimming trips, and much more.

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

Eco Caminhos builds among the most advanced bioconstruction houses in South America. If you want to learn about bioconstruction you will be able to learn from day 1.

Volunteer at Eco Caminhos
 
Situated in the beautiful mountains of Nova Fribugo, Brazil, Eco Caminhos is an eco farm where we work with natural building (bioconstruction), organic farming, permaculture, and agroforestry. We follow the permaculture principles. You can work here for a couple of weeks ...

About the program

Volunteer at Eco Caminhos
 
Situated in the beautiful mountains of Nova Fribugo, Brazil, Eco Caminhos is an eco farm where we work with natural building (bioconstruction), organic farming, permaculture, and agroforestry. We follow the permaculture principles. 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 organic farming, natural building/bioconstruction, agroforestry, and permaculture. At our eco farm, you will live and work with people from Brazil and all around the world. At Eco Caminhos you will have the opportunity to make lifelong friends while learning the Portuguese language immersed in Brazilian culture.

Short-term volunteers will work approximately 24 hours (3 days) a week. Tuesdays and Thursdays are off. The work can vary between agroforestry, organic farming, 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 - wake up and breakfast

7:00 - Go to the Eco Farm and work in bioconstruction, organic farming, or agroforestry.

9:30-9:45 - coffee break

9:45-12:00 - continue work in bioconstruction, organic farming, or agroforestry.

12:00-13:00 -Lunch Break

13:00-16:00 - finish work in bioconstruction, organic ...

Typical day

6:00 - wake up and breakfast

7:00 - Go to the Eco Farm and work in bioconstruction, organic farming, or agroforestry.

9:30-9:45 - coffee break

9:45-12:00 - continue work in bioconstruction, organic farming, or agroforestry.

12:00-13:00 -Lunch Break

13:00-16:00 - finish work in bioconstruction, organic farming or agroforestry.

16:00-22:00 - Free time, organised activities, Portuguese classes, social nights


Free-time activities

The Eco Caminhos farm is located in the "Região Serrano" where you will be surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests, reservations, wildlife, and waterfalls. Still, you won't be isolated as Nova Friburgo, a city with 180,000 inhabitants and a good structure, is only 6km from the farm. The region ...

Free-time activities

The Eco Caminhos farm is located in the "Região Serrano" where you will be surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests, reservations, wildlife, and waterfalls. Still, you won't be isolated as Nova Friburgo, a city with 180,000 inhabitants and a good structure, is only 6km from the farm. The region is far more safe than the city of Rio de Janeiro. There is also a bus stop 500 meters from the farm that travels into town every hour.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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

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

What's Included

Services by Eco Caminhos

Included:
  • 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 introductions 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, karaoke, and campfires.

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

Accommodation

There is 2 possible accommodation options:

Volunteer compound. 

The volunteer compound has 2 houses, 2 kitchens, 6 double bedrooms.

It has all the facilities you need, including WiFi and 2 washing machines.

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


Homestay

You will be placed with carefully-selected local family.

The families offer you a private bedroom and all the 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.

Food & Beverages

Volunteer compound

We provide volunteers with the ingredients for their meals. 

With the exception of lunch on workdays, volunteers will have to cook for themselves but we find this is a great way to bond with your fellow volunteers and explore the beautiful thing that is Brazilian cuisine! 

The budget is for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - anything not covered by this budget is at the expense of the volunteers.

Homestay
For people who choose homestay, food is provided. During workdays, 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?

What's NOT included?

Airport Pickup at Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport

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. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

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

To get here you can make your own way or you can ask us to organize your airport transfer. During your first week you will be introduced to everyone and get some introductory training on the farm, permaculture, bioconstruction, and agroforestry.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 349€
2 weeks 524€
3 weeks 700€
4 weeks 874€
5 weeks 1,049€
6 weeks 1,195€
7 weeks 1,341€
8 weeks 1,457€
9 weeks 1,574€
10 weeks 1,661€
11 weeks 1,748€
12 weeks (max. stay) 1,807€
Average fees 249€/week

Program fees

249€ per week 1 - 12 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

1 - 12 weeks

Deposit

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

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.


Meet your organization

Eco Caminhos

Outstanding 4.9 rating (74 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2014

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Bart

Spoken languages: Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, English, German

About the project

EcoCaminhos it’s an EcoFarm, a community, one that aims to become fully self sustainable and give back to nature and society following the principles of Permaculture.

Meet your organization

Since 2014 Eco Caminhos has worked as a international volunteer based community that strives to become a role model when it comes to environmental practices, healthy human development and self-sustainability. We are located in one of the ecosystems with the highest levels of biodiversity, the Atlantic Forest mountain Biome of Brazil.

We believe the current way of doing things is coming into conflict with the world’s natural life sustaining cycles, besides we consider the out of balance and stressful  nature of it to be also the root cause for many of the social and individual problems we humans are dealing with today. We want to help build a more humane and sustainable option where both the environment and people can develop and grow in balance. 

To turn this into a reality at EcoCaminhos we follow the Permaculture ideals, we focus on Organic Farming, Sustainable Bioconstruction, Agroforestry and we believe in working hard and together as a community. We also think that in order for society to take the next step in the right direction all this practices need to be supported by modern technologies but implemented in such a way that their impact is positive, with moderation and responsability.

We are located away from the heptic lifestyle of moder society, in a rural area where we can focus on nature and developing our sustainable community, but still we want to have a positive impact in the life of others and society, and in order to do this we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, ecotourism experiences and even an apprenticeship programme for brazilian teenegers in need. We do this in order to both carry and expand our knowledge to others and to share the experience of what it is to live here with us to the world, it is not for personal or financial gain but instead to keep moving forward this community with which we truly believe we would be able to help heal the wound that we as a species have inflicted against the environment and hence against ourselves. 

Our Volunteer Opportunities combine hands-on experience with introduction theoretical presentations on Organic Farming, Bioconstruction and Agroforestry. We also organize a variety of tourism experiences such as trips to the city, sightseeing,  hikes, horseback riding, movie nights and others. Volunteers can come for both short term and long term and we even organize Experiences for entire Groups

At Eco Caminhos we want to make a difference and help to positively change the world and the life's of all the people and volunteers we come in contact with, both from our local community and abroad. 

“If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.”― Noam Chomsky

74 reviews · rating4.9

Sulaiman Meriles Demry rating4.8

2022 at Short Term - Bioconstruction and Natural Building

Thoroughly enjoyed my stays at Eco Caminhos. Was looking for an escape from my normal city life and got exactly that. The work was different and interesting. Was able to learn a lot in just a few weeks. The people there were Amazon and am happy to have met such a diverse group. People from ...
I really enjoyed my stay in Ecocaminhos. I loved to work with all volunteer and the conditions I found perfect. Would return for sure. The food was excellent and the volnuteerhouses had everything what was needed. Rhe area around the Eco farm was very nice and beautiful to walk around and do some ...
At Eco Caminhos, they make you feel like part of their family from Day 1. Bart along with the other volunteers and apprentices are all very welcoming and friendly. The experience puts a lot of emphasis on agroforestry, bio-construction, and the idea of permaculture. You will learn how to do ...
Google Translate: I worked most of the time in the workshop using bioconstruction techniques and some days I worked in the kitchen preparing lunch for the other volunteers and family, I also worked in the planting with the agroforestry team. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ...
Google Translator: A new experience. I work in bioconstruction, permaculture, walking in beautiful trails and beautiful waterfalls, different cuisine, new techniques of fauna and flora management and relationship with different cultures. - - - - - Original Text: Uma nova ...
Man, this place is a little touch of heaven. I am living in shared accomodations with international travelers and students who are all interested in permaculture, bioconstruction, and agro-forestry. We are all learning together in a majestic setting of the eastern mountainous highlands of Brazil. ...

Location

Americas > South America > Brazil > Nova Friburgo

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