Environmental Education Assistant in Schools

founded in 2010
Caminho Marinho
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Coordinator | Gustavo
Coordinator | Gustavo
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To know Brazilian culture, music, dance and customs closely.
Discover the natural beauty of the region, and its marine animals - sea turtles, dolphins, sea lions
Participate in an initiative that uses art, music and dance to promote environmental education
Share the friendship between volunteers from different countries, as well as the various local volunteers (undergraduates and professionals)
Know different techniques for a greener house, which we apply in our base
Promote environmental education and conservation awareness through arts education, music and physical education in public schools in Rio Grande, RS, Brazil. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Carnival! In Brazil, the people live year-round to enjoy one - special - week! However, Ritmo do Mar is a thematic carnival that promote a social intervention based on cultural, ethical and sustainability values. During school period, workshops are also proposed In to several schools from Rio Grande in a long-term cycle of activities of environmental education, music education (divided in the making of instruments and percussion), artistic education and physical education, culminating in the many parades for each school. We organized workshops for orphanages and educational centers from various locations in the city of Rio Grande  to make instruments and others props such as flags and costumes using recicled materials (debris, paper and natural glue).For allegories and props, children making and painting their allegories using recycled carapaces as a simple and inexpensive method for replicating allegories. Each participant makes his custom (a turtle carapace) with papier mache and paints, his instruments with cans or bottles for the many special parades.

Volunteers do not need special equipment or Portuguese as fluency. Although it can help, the children's contact with new languages ​​and new forms of communication, such as art and music, make the experiences for both very special.

Typical day

Volunteers and researchers leave the house for work between 8:30 and 9:00 AM, return for lunch at 12:30 PM to the center and then it's back to work until 6:00 PM; 

Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM including the following tasks.

  • Sea patrols with kids;
  • Education activities in school;
  • Education activities in the beach;
  • Working in the visitors center; 
  • Planting native trees.

The volunteers will accompany our technicians who develop activities in a continuous way in different groups (schools, civil organizations). At the same time that they will know our techniques in environmental education, the volunteers will assist the technicians to the accomplishment of the objectives. Because it is a long-term program, the technical team will always contextualize the volunteers about the activities to be performed.

Free-time activities

Rio Grande is a city known for musicality, with several local artists of Brazilian and international music (Bando de Coirana - forró , Stone Fire - rock, Yorkshire - rock, Tribo Brasil -samba/sambarock, Slow Burnin´- reggae, Chico Padilha - pop reggae). Thursday to Saturday have a gigs from their local bands  with parties always full, since Rio Grande is a university city, with more than 20 thousands students. 

Rio Grande has several museums with the most known being those linked to the sea: oceanographic museum, nautical museum, eco-museum Polvora Island, and a visit to the Center for Marine Animal Rehabilitation (CRAM).

Although limited to climatic conditions, there are diving and swimming spots in the breakwaters, as well as hiking through different places in the city as Ilha dos Marinheiros, Capilha and Taim. 

Once a week, beach yoga activities are suggested, as well as a percussion workshop. 

Water Sports


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) or Portuguese (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at high school level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
interest in teamwork; proactivity; sports skills, music or art (or just interest).
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Caminho Marinho
  • Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • lodging
  • Wi-Fi
  • Transportation from the schools.
  • Volunteers are entitled to use a bicycle, being the maintenance and safety of their responsibility while staying with it.
Caminho Marinho's house is large with three bedrooms. As volunteers demand, the room can be individual, shared with one other person or shared with up to six volunteers.
The organization of the house is collective, and the volunteers are responsible for the organization of the house, cleaning and preparation of meals.
Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are entitled to three basic meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the volunteers are responsible for preparation and cleaning after a meal.
  • At breakfast, there is bread, jam, margarine, tea, coffee and biscuit (salted and sweet).
  • At lunch, volunteers prepare quick meals such as pasta, omelette or sandwiches, so you do not waste time and get the volunteer tasks done.
  • At dinner, the meal is more elaborate with rice, beans, salad, accompaniment (potatoes, polenta or vegetables) and meat (beef, chicken or pork).
Dishes are washed by volunteers.
Drinks are not included in the feeds. The house has water filter and the possibility to buy drinks (soda, juice and beer (at night)).
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 Salgado Filho International Airport (POA) in Porto Alegre. 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 project is located in the municipality of Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul. The nearest international airport is located in Porto Alegre (Salgado Filho Airport). By bus, the volunteer arrives from Porto Alegre to Rio Grande in a trip of 5 hours and 27 dollars of cost.
The nearest local airport is located in Pelotas ;- by bus, the volunteer arrives from Pelotas to Rio Grande in a trip of 1 hour and 3 dollars of cost.

Volunteers can join this program throughout the year. During time school, Caminho Marinho develop their activities in schools from Rio Grande, Brazil. During vacation (summer and winter), Caminho Marinho offers workshops and field activities to orphanages and educational centers (see SUMMER Assistant Program). 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 40 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks
12 weeks
16 weeks
20 weeks
40 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$76 /week

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

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Environmental Education Assistant in Schools

Promote environmental education and conservation awareness through arts education, music and physical education in public schools in Rio Grande, RS, Brazil.


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