Permaculture & Eco Farming Experience

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High­lights

Learn about permaculture principles, new skills and have a hands-on experience in agroforests (food forests) and organic regenerative farming. The new way of agriculture!
Take care of all the farm animals and learn about composting and soil improvent, a healthy plant starts with good soil
Live in an international community and gain friends for life
Live in a beautiful and peaceful environment, surrounded by mountains, forests and waterfalls, far away from stress and city life
Experience the outdoor activities in the region, enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding and many more! Or 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, bioconstruction and sustainable 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 regenerative 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.We also offer an accommodation for a couple or single traveler in a separate room with private bathroom and a kitchen.

On working days we lunch all together and there are supplies to make 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 guest house will be one of your responsibilities. In your free time you can relax or do some hiking, explore some trails and waterfalls or visit the city of Nova Friburgo. On the farm we regularly 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 Rain Forest (a bioma much under pressure, only 7% of the original forest still exists), 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 7:30 am and ends at 5:30 pm. The activities may vary, but it might go something like this:

7:30-12:00: Work on the farm, agroforestry or organic farming, bioconstruction or maintenance works

10:00-10:15: Coffee break

12:00-14:00: Lunch and time to rest

14:00-17:30: Work on the farm, agroforestry or organic farming, bioconstruction or maintenance works

15:30-15:45: Coffee break

17:30: Free time


Activities:

Since we’ve arrived here in the beginning of 2020, we have implemented an agroforest, made a raised vegetable garden, built a greenhouse and planted lots of trees, transformed a conventional pool into a natural swimming pond, refurbished our sewage system into a sustainable one, and many more.  We further rebuilt two old farmhouses to suit our family, guests and volunteers to have a comfortable stay at our farm.

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, one being implementing organic coffee culture

- Build and plant a big fruit and vegetable garden

- Redo the sewage system into a natural and sustainable one

- Make grazing areas for and take care of the animals on the farm

- Construct and maintain different kind of composting systems

- Bio-Construct a house on the mountain based on permaculture principles

- 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.

It is also easy to take the bus and spend a long weekend in the city of Rio de Janeiro (3 hours by bus).

Climbing
Hiking
Riding
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports

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
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 07:30 - 17:30

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 lunch all together and there are supplies to make 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. We will take you to some touristic sightseeing activities during your stay.

Airport Pickup at Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
We can arrange a professional, English speaking airport pick-up for an additional fee - for now it is 130,- USD per trip (price depends on current fuel prices in Brazil).

Airport pick-up is not included in volunteer program fee

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. Recently, we have opened a new accommodation (room with private bathroom, kitchen and your own entrance) suited for a single traveler or a couple.
Food & Beverages

On working days we lunch all together and there are supplies available to make your own breakfast, dinner and meals on weekends.

We try to grow our own food as much as possible, but every week we make a list to buy the groceries we need and do not (yet) supply from our own lands. It is very rewarding to harvest your own grown organic greens, vegetables and fruits to prepare the meals.

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.
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 volunteers throughout the year depending on the availability. 

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

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
$700
4 weeks
$900
8 weeks
$1,500
12 weeks
$2,265
16 weeks (max. stay)
$2,300
Average fees
$197 /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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Permaculture & Eco Farming Experience

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

$197/week

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