Eco Experience in an eco farm

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founded in 2014
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High­lights

Live in a simple and nature lifestyle.
Learn about permaculture, agroforestry and bioconstruction.
Have a comfortable and modern accommodation.
Visit and travel around the eco farm.
Opportunity to live with local Brazilians in a wonderful environment
between the mountains, experiencing their culture, customs and food. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
If you love nature, enjoy active holidays, and believe that we need to change things on our planet because we are destroying, it our Eco Experience programme is right for you. Eco Caminhos is situated in Cardinot a beautiful rural neighbourhood in the mountains. The green mountains, the waterfalls, creeks, variety of birds, and cows grazing on the steep hills give you the feeling of absolute freedom. We offer you the opportunity to live with local Brazilians in this wonderful environment, experiencing their culture, customs, and food; the ideal setting to learn and practise the Portuguese Language. The host families live right next door to Eco Caminhos, where we offer you the possibility to participate in bioconstruction, organic farming, and a number of ecotourism activities including Portuguese classes, hikes, campfires, and visits to touristic sites.

Typical day

 Volunteers in our Eco Experience programme usually choose to work approximately 24 hours 3 days a week. Volunteers can choose between bioconstruction and organic farming. Our project coordinators will provide you with a theoretical introduction to the different techniques we use. After this you can join the ongoing projects. Our activity coordinator will organise one special activity per week for you. This varies from hikes, camping in the mountains, horseback riding, to cultural trips in the region. In addition, you are welcome to the volunteer nights at Eco Caminhos, which include movie nights, board games, and campfires. Of course, you are also free to make your own plans. After your work day and on weekends when we do not have any activities planned, you can do as you please. Many of our volunteers use their weekends to explore Nova Friburgo or Rio de Janeiro.

Free-time activities

In your free time you are welcome to the volunteer nights at Eco Caminhos, which include movie nights, board games, and campfires. Of course, you are also free to make your own plans. After your work day and on weekends when we do not have any activities planned, you can do as you please. Many of our volunteers use their weekends to explore Nova Friburgo or Rio de Janeiro.
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Copy of Passport or Travel ID
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Being a nature lover
Be willing to learn
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Eco Caminhos

INCLUDED: 

- Homestay with private room, full board: delicious typical local Brazilian dishes.
- 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 (more on request)


NOT INCLUDED:

- The cleaning of your room and the things you use are your own responsibility, not that of your host family
- Airport transfer is not included, but can be arranged for you

Accommodation
Eco Caminhos carefully selected families in Cardinot near our Eco Farm. You will have a private room and will be offered full board. Only when the family is not home you are expected to cook your own food. The local Brazilian families are very welcoming and friendly, and they enjoy letting you experience their local food and customs. 
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your host family will provide all food in the Brazilian style. If the family is not home, they will leave food for you to cook for yourself and you will able to use their kitchen

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.
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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The nearest airport is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio De Janeiro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil and arrive at Eco Caminhos taking bus.
Airport Transfer not included: If requested we can put you in contact with our trusted driver, he can pick you up at the airport and leave you at Eco Caminhos doorstep. 
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 527
2 weeks
$ 965
3 weeks
$ 1,321
4 weeks
$ 1,575
5 weeks
$ 1,778
6 weeks
$ 1,905
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,083
Average fees
$ 394 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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 cash at arrival at the project site.

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Eco Experience in an eco farm

Opportunity to live with local Brazilians in a wonderful environment between the mountains, experiencing their culture, customs and food.

$394/week

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