Eco Farm Rehab – Rehabilitation in nature

founded in 2014
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Coordinator | Bart
Coordinator | Bart
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Deep experience in nature.
Tranquility and relaxation for your mind.
Self-constructive activities.
Tours around the farm, such as trails and waterfalls.
going back to the basics. Living in simplicity.
We receive people with mental and psychological health problems to promote recovery through a natural and community life in a eco farm in the middle of the mountains. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

What you'll be doing?

A community environment with Brazilian volunteers, international, with peace and nature form a good team. We live together and hold weekly meetings to discuss work, life, our differences, and promote connection and respect. Over the past years we have received several people with mental health issues who recovered successfully. The success of recovery farms has recently been studies, indicating incredible results. Read more about this research done at Norwegian farms

We live in a simple place for everyone to focus on the true essence that really matters in life.

We often welcome people who are tired of the standard and conventional way of life and plunge into a fresh, refreshing, nonjudgmental environment.

You will have organic and nutritious meals, prepared with great affection by other residents here or even you can help. 

You will be appointed a buddy who will guide you throughout the programme. This buddy will be there for the you from the first day through to the last. There are scheduled daily chats and you can contact him/her 24-7. Once you is more comfortable in programme, these chats will reduce, as the goal is recovery and independence.

You will have the opportunity to learn about agroforestry, permaculture and bioconstruction. 

There are no deadlines. We only expect people to be motivated and do their best.


Eco Caminhos is located in the beautiful inner mountains of the state of Rio de Janeiro, in the outskirts of a small rural city called Nova Friburgo. This area of Brazil is well know for being one of the world’s ecosystems with the highest amounts of biodiversity in both flora and fauna called the Atlantic Forest Biome. Eco Caminhos has several waterfalls both inside and around it, pure drinkable rivers all in the middle of truly amazing and imposing mountains, get inmersed in the magic of South American nature and the calmness that comes from it’s deep light blue skies and stary nights. 

Typical day

In the rehab program, you wake up with the singing of the birds and open the window to a beautiful landscape. 
Still a typical day schedule always looks something like: 

  • 6:00 AM - Wake up and breakfast
  • 7:00 AM - Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry or Trail and Tourism
  • 9.30 AM - Coffe Break
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch & Break
  • 13:00 PM - Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry or Trail and Tourism
  • 16:00 PM - Finish work or tourism
  • 17:00 PM - Chat with Buddy
  • 19:00 PM - Dinner
  • 20:00 PM - Portuguese or English Class, Games Night, Free Time, Movie Night or Campfire

Free-time activities

We will advise you of our proposals and align them according to your wishes and interests.
In your free time, you can have a good time with other volunteers, play games, bonfires, watch movies, meditate, go to the waterfalls, do trails and observe the view from the mountains, camp and stroll through the city.



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
Copy of Passport or Travel ID
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We have a few very simple criteria to be able to join the programme:
- No drug or alcohol addiction (we lack structure to deal with these addictions)
- Motivation to participate in the structure of the programme
- Recognition of the problem and willingness to get better
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Eco Caminhos

  • - Accommodation & Food
  •  - Buddy: a personal guide
  •  - Learn about bioconstruction and farming
  •  - Activities: hikes, cinema, camping, visiting touristic sites.


  • Guidance of a psychologist or psychiatrist: this  is optional and involves additional costs
  • - Transportation
  • - Luxuries
  • - Activities and attractions that have entrance fees
  • - Health insurance: People are expected to have an international health insurance policy
Airport Pickup at Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
We can provide a transportation for you. Our trusted driver Dutra can pick you up from the airport for R$800 (153 euros). 
We can offer 2 housing options. Option 1 is staying in the volunteer house and living with other volunteers and workers that are already accustomed to the routine of the farm. This is an ideal environment for those who feel comfortable enough to share and live with others from day 1. The alternative option is doing a homestay with the Bijen family. The Bijen family has over 12 years of experience in social work with youth and volunteers. You will have a private room, prepared food, and personal attention from the family. The accommodation is really incredible and this is certainly a more comfortable way to start. After 4 weeks of homestay and having had the chance to get used to the routine, the farm, and the people, you should hopefully be ready to move to the volunteer house in order to progress towards the goal of recovery and independence.
Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
All meals are included. Most of our meals are vegetarian, we’re used to having lunches all together with meat options too, however if you want to eat more, you will have to arrange it on your own.
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

The tropical weather at Eco Caminhos allow us to receive volunteers all year long, only depending of required positions.

If you are interested, we can do an online interview to get to know each other and answer all your questions. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$242 /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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Eco Farm Rehab – Rehabilitation in nature

We receive people with mental and psychological health problems to promote recovery through a natural and community life in a eco farm in the middle of the mountains.


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