ETIV do Brasil

Construction and Landscaping

Itacaré, Brazil show on map

Non-profit | ETIV do Brasil

Work to help us fix up the volunteer house, our learning space and gardens in a beautiful beach town in Brazil. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About ETIV

ETIV do Brasil is located in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of Itacaré, Bahia. Our mission is to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil by connecting international volunteers with local communities. 

Description

ETIV is currently renting a large house that serves as both the ETIV office and the volunteer house. Meanwhile, we also built a learning space in the garden where we can conduct our classes and trainings with children and families. Consequently, we are looking for dedicated construction volunteers that will be able to work independently and with a team to help us fix up both the house and the learning space. Therefore, we need volunteers that have experience in construction for this position, and those with experience with cement, plumbing, and landscaping is also highly desirable. However, volunteers that can come help us paint and take care of the garden are also welcome. Portuguese is not a requirement for this positions, but we highly recommend that all volunteers begin to learn at least basic Portuguese, as most people in Bahia do not speak English. We can link volunteers to affordable Portuguese classes upon arrival as well.


Main Responsibilities

  • Help us paint, repair and improve upon the volunteer house and the learning space

  • We would love to build another outside bathroom if possible

  • We would love to build another bedroom inside the volunteer house

  • We need to fix up the balconies and staircase in the volunteer house


Requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years or older.

  • Volunteers should work at least one month before taking vacation time, but we are flexible to suit different needs.

  • Volunteers work at least 4 hours day/20 hours a week, usually Monday – Friday from 9am to 1pm.

  • All volunteers must complete the volunteer application form prior to acceptance and they must sign and agree to our ETIV code of conduct prior to or upon arrival.

  • Portuguese is not required for this position but basic knowledge recommended.

  • At least 1-month minimum time commitment necessary.

  • Can be performed for free without all the other items in the volunteer packages.

  • Experience in some of the following necessary: gardening, painting, decorating, woodwork, tiling, plumbing bricklaying etc.

Benefits

Prior to arrival, volunteers and interns receive ongoing support, our Pre-Departure PowerPoint a Skype interview and Portuguese audio lessons. We also organize taxi pickups, housing, project placement and Portuguese lessons with our local instructor. All volunteers and interns will also receive an Introduction to the NGO, a tour of Itacaré, life insurance, project training and ongoing support and supervision during their volunteer time or internship with the NGO. All volunteers and interns will receive excellent references from the NGO for quality work completed with us.

Most interns can receive university credit while interning with us and some are even able to receive a University stipend or grant to help cover their expenses. We offer ongoing supervision for interns and can complete all university documents and evaluations as deemed necessary. Interns can also earn credit by completing a remote/virtual internship with us completely free of charge.

Low income volunteers and interns that are willing and able to dedicate at least 5-months (preferably 6) to the project may apply for a grant with the NGO to have their volunteer contribution waived. However, everyone is responsible for covering their own food, travel, accommodation and personal expenses and everyone must pay the $67 admin fee that covers all legal documentation.

These positions are perfect for someone seeking a meaningful internship experience in a stunning location with a thriving Afro-Brazilian culture. Itacaré is unique place where the Rainforest meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches, jungles, waterfalls and wildlife abound.


Typical day

Wake up at 8am to the sound of birds and wildlife

Work in the garden for an hour or two
Work on painting or construction in the volunteer house or learning space for an hour or two
Get some lunch around 1pm
Spend the afternoon swimming, surfing, hiking trails or just relaxing on one of our many lovely beaches
Go out for a bite to eat or cook dinner in the volunteer house
Enjoy some live music, samba or forro dancing in town!

Details on Arrival

Volunteers can join this program anytime throughout the year. There is no specific start and end date.

Free-time activities

Swimming, surfing, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, zip lining, dancing, slack lining, skate boarding, biking, Capoeira, night life, cultural activities, weekend eco-adventure tours.  

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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 (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Painting, gardening, landscaping and/or construction skills preferred.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
ETIV do Brasil (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by ETIV do Brasil

Similar to most volunteer lead NGOs, ETIV does require a volunteer contribution, although we are among the most affordable, particularly for our location. This contribution is critical to the sustainability of the NGO and helps covers costs of administration, your insurance and all of the support that we offer to our volunteers.

You will receive:

  • Pre-departure orientation and preparation
  • Induction and biking tour of Itacaré
  • Introduction to your project
  • Strategy meeting to help you plan and achieve your top goals during your time with us
  • Ongoing supervision and support, including any additional meetings you may request to receive support with plans, strategies, ideas, questions etc.
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Insurance Coverage

    Meanwhile, we do offer housing at our ETIV Volunteer House, which overlooks the beautiful river Contas in the Passagem neighborhood of Itacare. Volunteers with true experience in construction may be eligible to live in the volunteer house free of charge. However, this is only for experienced construction volunteers that can lead our construction projects without having to hire a third party. 

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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ilheus/Bahia-Jorge Amado Airport (IOS) in Ilheus. 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.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 383
8 weeks
$ 603
12 weeks
$ 750
16 weeks
$ 840
20 weeks
$ 890
24 weeks
$ 900
26 weeks (max. stay)
$ 905
Average fees
$ 65 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Itacaré/Brazil between 4 weeks and 26 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. ETIV do Brasil will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Brazil.
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 ETIV do Brasil during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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