Eco Farming Experience

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High­lights

Learn new skills and have a hands-on experience in agroforest and organic farming.
Live in an international community and gain friends for life.
Experience the outdoor activities in the region, like hiking, biking, horseback riding and many more!
Live in a beautiful and peaceful environment, surrounded by mountains, forests and waterfalls.
Visit and explore Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis and Búzios during you free time.
We invite you to join our eco project and have a real hands-on experience in agroforestry, organic farming and community living. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

We are a young family that, in the beginning of 2020, left the city life behind to start a green self-experiment in a countryside in Brazil. As we follow the Permaculture principles, our goal is to learn together, share our experience, produce food and enrich the biodiversity of the land.

This volunteer program is a real hands-on experience in agroforestry and organic farming. Also, it is a way to stay away from the hectic world, live in an international community and reconnect with nature.

As a volunteer within our volunteer program, you will stay in the newly renovated and very comfortable guest house. It has 3 bedrooms - two of them shared ones, each with two single beds and one single room, one bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen with a beautiful dining area, a cozy living room and an outside terrace. The guest house is about 20m away from our main family house.

On working days, we will offer vegetarian lunch, but you will need to take care of your own breakfast, dinner and meals on weekends. Also, cleaning your own room as well as to participate in tidying up of the common areas of the guesthouse will be one of your responsibilities. In your free time you can relax or do some hiking, explore some of the trails and beautiful waterfalls in the area or visit the city of Nova Friburgo. On the farm we now and then organize game nights, cinema sessions or campfire.

Location:

The MAARA eco farm covers 30 hectares and is situated in the beautiful mountains of the Atlantic Forest, close to the Três Picos National Park, in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro. The place is very quiet and peaceful. The center of Nova Friburgo is about a 25-minute drive from the site. Public transport to Nova Friburgo is just a 15-minute walk away from the farm and it takes about 30 minutes to get there.

Typical day

Volunteers will work 3 days a week and a typical workday starts at 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm. The activities may vary, but it might go something like this:

8:00-12:30: Work at the farm, agroforestry or organic farming.

10:00-10:15: Coffee break

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-5:00: Work at the farm, agroforestry or organic farming.

3:00-3:15: Coffee break

5:00: Free time


Activities:

Since we’ve arrived here in the beginning of 2020, we have implemented an agroforest, made a simple vegetable garden, built a green house and planted lots of trees. The main task was to rebuild two old farmhouses to suit our family, guests and volunteers.

Also, we opened an access road to further areas where we will make more agroforests, build a bio-constructed house and reforest parts of the land.

Volunteers will help at the upcoming projects, such as:

- Implement more agroforests with different objectives

- Build and plant a big fruit and vegetable garden

- Redo the sewage system into a natural and sustainable one

- Make grazing areas for animals on the farm

- Construct a proper composting system

- And many more!

Free-time activities

The other two free days of the week and the weekend are yours to explore some closest cities like Nova Friburgo or Lumiar, or stay around the farm. Some activities you can do around here are:

Waterfalls and natural pools: on the property, within a short walking distance from the house, there is a clean stream with many natural pools to cool off in hot days and a spectacular waterfall of about 40 m height.

Hikes & bikes: this region is famous for many beautiful hiking trails with rewarding views over the mountain tops. Some of them like “Chapéu da bruxa” (Witch’s Hat), “Pirâmide” and “Babilônia” are within a short distance from MAARA. Also, some trails suit well for mountain biking if that’s your passion.

Lake: feed the tilapias and have fun with fishing and releasing them back into water.

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding

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
Passport or Travel ID and negative COVID-19 test
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good physical and mental conditions.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Projeto MAARA
Hands-on experience in agroforest and organic farming.

Workshops: We can schedule workshops with community members on crochet, native bees, agroforestry, crafts, yoga and more!

Lunch: On working days, we will offer vegetarian lunch, but you will need to take care of your own breakfast, dinner and meals on weekends. 

Activities: In your free time you can relax or do some hiking, explore some trails and beautiful waterfalls in the area, horseback riding or visit the city of Nova Friburgo. On the farm we now and then organize game nights, cinema sessions or campfire.

Accommodation
As a volunteer within our volunteer program, you will stay in the newly renovated and very comfortable guest house. It has 3 bedrooms - two of them shared ones, each with two single beds and one single room, one bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen with a beautiful dining area, a cozy living room and an outside terrace.
Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We offer only lunch during the working days. For cooking, you can use fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow on the farm.

Breakfast, dinner and weekend meals you can cook in the well-equipped kitchen of the guest house.

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

We receive volunteer throughout the year depending on the availability. 

If you arrive at the airports in Rio de Janeiro, we can arrange a pickup for additional costs.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 16 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$250
2 weeks
$450
3 weeks
$600
4 weeks
$780
8 weeks
$1,300
12 weeks
$1,800
16 weeks (max. stay)
$2,500
Average fees
$203 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Projeto MAARA 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 Projeto MAARA during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Eco Farming Experience

We invite you to join our eco project and have a real hands-on experience in agroforestry, organic farming and community living.

$203/week

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