Giving a Voice to the Rainforest

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Coordinator | Eduardo
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Immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest and take unforgettable photos
Discover the grandest forest tree, the tiniest miniature frog, and share your discoveries with the world
Use your skills to help people see the forest through your eyes. Create content that inspires them to care for nature wherever they find it.
Get to know the local community and share their stories with the world!
Hike in the forest, swim in the crystal clear water of the rivers, and climb incredible mountains!
Calling photographers and filmmakers to take amazing images of the Brazilian rainforest, its fauna and flora and traditional rural people! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

We warmly invite you to join us at the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, where you'll be able to follow environmental conservancy practices at Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Together local students, schoolkids, community members, international students and volunteers: together we're Saving Forests and Changing Lives and we'd love you to be part of it! Registering as much as possible all this incredible actions and efforts done by different people, from different pat of the world. 

Here at Iracambi we’ve been Saving Forests and Changing Lives for over twenty years! During that time, we’ve planted over 140, 000 native forest trees, founded the first program of environmental education in the region, set up the first web-based GIS, created thousands of acres of protected areas, hosted 2000 international students and volunteers from 70 countries, and impacted the lives of thousands of people in the Serra do Brigadeiro mountains. 

So what does Iracambi do? We're working with local farmers whereby together we plant native and productive tree species in order to increase farm incomes, restore degraded soils, protect water sources and increase habitat for biodiversity. This involves a host of different practical tasks, starting with everyone's favorite place on campus: the forest nursery. Creating and maintaining a healthy supply of young trees requires a lot of work - collecting seeds in the forest, preparing and caring for young seedlings, planting them out at the right time of year, and monitoring and recording our progress. 

Do you remember that we're talking about changing lives? Here's where we work with local farmers, school kids, volunteers and visitors, hosting visits, running workshops and outreach programs designed to raise awareness of the important issues of how to live sustainably, and how to encourage more and more people to join us in the exciting task of protecting one of the most important forests in the world. 

So we always need good visual content that tells the story of the forest, its inhabitants, challenges and achievements!

We invite you to participate in and record our ongoing projects and encourage you to take responsibility for your own work, experience, lifestyle, and for your fellow Iracambistas. If you have a brilliant idea for something we could or ought to do, let’s see if we can do it! 

The Research Center is located on a working farm, which includes a large area of native forest as well as tree crops. There are rivers, mountains, forest trails and a welcoming local community and its traditional practices. 

Remember, your job is to be a voice for the forest and all the forest activities by telling stories. Telling people everywhere about this amazing rainforest where you'll be living. Why it's so important. Why we need to inspire people everywhere to get involved. So you need to be a part of it, seeing everything that's going on here. Getting involved in everything. Taking photos. Recording the sounds of the forest. Creating amazing content that we can share with the world.  So you'll be an artist. A marketer. A sound engineer. A photographer, maybe. An editor. A graphic artist. You will be the voice of the forest. Of all its animals and plants. 

What an exciting assignment is that? As a visual artist you could be getting up in the dark to climb a mountain and film the sun rising over the misty valleys. 

If you're up for doing your part, we invite you to join us. Together we'll wrestle with the challenges, seek solutions, and put them to work. 

A little background 
The Atlantic Forest stretches from the northeastern to the southern regions of Brazil and northern Argentina and southeastern Paraguay. Five hundred years ago, it covered approximately 330 million acres, but today only 7- 8% remains. And we are determined to protect and restore what we can. Because these forests harbor an extraordinarily high rate of biodiversity, including 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians - 5% of all the vertebrates on earth. And new species are still being discovered!

Iracambi is adjacent to the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, one of the highest conservation priority areas in the state, and home to the largest population of the woolly spider monkey Brachyteles hypoxanthus – the most endangered and arguably the most adorable of the New World Primates. 

Typical day

Studying, interning, volunteering or visiting Iracambi provides you with a fantastic opportunity to be part of a lifestyle that is likely very different from what you are used to. You will be sharing the campus space with people of different nationalities, backgrounds, skills, ages and interests - not to mention a few bugs! 

The Research Center is located on a working farm, located 12 km (dirty road) from the city Rosário da Limeira. So despite you won’t have the bright lights of a big city you will have the chance to work and live in a large area of native forest. 

Each day will likely be different! The rainforest is not a cookie cutter experience. 

The activities list is endless! Better of all make friends for life as you all together work in the nursery, maintain the forest trails, visit local farms at tree planting times, and get involved in school kids group experiences or teaching English, forest monitoring, construction projects, graphic design, photography, video making, help with marketing and fundraising  or explore free time weekend at the forest, swim in rivers, climb mountains, hike in trails and experience a welcoming local community! 

If it's raining you'll be inside, writing up a research, editing pictures, organizing intern spaces or even enjoying a quick siesta at a hammock! 

We invite you to participate in our ongoing projects and encourage you to take responsibility for your own work, experience, lifestyle, and for your fellow Iracambistas. 

Besides, if you have your own study project or particular passion, that’s great, and we’ll give you the space and support that you need for that too. If you have a brilliant idea for something we could or ought to do, let’s see if we can do it! 

You’ll be living on our rainforest campus, and eating delicious local food cooked by Larissa – who is more than happy to supply vegetarian or vegan options on request. The Research Center has one central dorm, five four-bed cabins, a Medicinal Plant lab, a nursery, an office/classroom, a visitor center (Forest House), a system of forest trails, and the forest with mountains, rivers, creeks and waterfalls around us .

We have 24-hour access to the internet – except during thunderstorms, when we power down in order to protect the equipment! 

You may be lucky enough to spot one, particularly if you hang out with locals or even the staff members who live around the mountain! 

Free-time activities

On weekends you can swim in the rivers, hike in the forest, climb local mountains – no rock climbing involved and you will be rewarded by amazing views. You can interact with the local community and attend local parties and festivals, particularly in June and July during the winter festivals. You can also organize dinners, bonfires, barbecues or social events to be enjoyed with a glass of wine, a beer or a caipirinha!

Could be getting up in the dark to climb a mountain and film the sun rising over the misty valleys.

At the weekends, our staff will be more than happy to help you plan trips to explore the surrounding areas. Weekend excursions might include quad biking around local communities, kayaking on the rivers, trail to a pic and getting a taste of local farm life.

Visiting Serra do Brigadeiro State Park is an excellent option for the weekend activities. You can explore the park trails and waterfalls in the middle of Minas Gerais mountains with a very traditional and cultural local community.  

On three day weekends you could visit Brazil’s famous historic towns Ouro Preto and Mariana, or Caraça Sanctuary - where you can stay in a former monastery and meet the local wildlife - or sun yourself on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro state. You could even attempt to climb the 2892 meters (9486 foot) Pico da Bandeira (the third highest Brazil’s  mountain which is in a National Park area).  

We have lots of wild animals living all around, even big ones like the puma. (But we should warn you, they are mostly nocturnal.) We are an official release center for captive species and occasionally the forest police appear with animals and birds to be released after acclimatizing. 

And if you’re up for gentler pastimes, where better to hang out in a hammock and read a book, or find a quiet spot to practice yoga or meditation. 



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 (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You need skills in taking, editing and storing photos, videos and all visual content. Creating compelling stories and sharing them through website, blog, social media and even producing short films that could be awarded prizes!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Iracambi Research Center

Our program costs include DELICIOUS food! 




-Filtered water



-All on campus activities  


Volunteers will stay either in our cabins (which have two bedrooms each on with bunk beds, hot shower and study space,) or in the main building, (old farm house with 4 double bedrooms, common room, kitchen and hot showers.) We have good wifi connection but no television. (Read a book, instead!)  Other facilities include the dining hall, our multi-use bamboo Forest House, a classroom, field lab, forest nursery, forestry and agroecology plots, a system of forest trails and a Forest Reserve. Three km from the Center we have the Pico da Graminha Reserve where you can find our Mountain House which can be used as a base for hikers, birders and researchers. Don’t forget to bring your hammock!

And if you love camping, you're welcome to camp - either on the grounds of the research center, or farther afield in the forest! 

Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
A delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided by Larissa, who is happy to accommodate special requests, and will always have a vegetarian option, and vegan food on request.  Please, let us know in advance if you have any kind of food restrictions. There is always fresh water, milk, coffee and fresh juices depending on the season. Sodas, alcoholic drinks, and delicious chocolate truffles are also for sale in the restaurant.  
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.
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 weather in this part of Minas Gerais state is defined by the rainy season and the dry (less rainy) season.  Normally the rains come in October, November and last through April. Daytime temperatures will be in the range 25C - 35C with cooler nights (22C - 26C).  The rainforest is alive with activity during this time. Mornings are usually clear and if there's rain on the way it will cloud over as the day goes on, with rain and sometimes thunder in the afternoon. After a short sharp storm, the sun will often reappear, and although you may get wet you won't get too cold! Don’t forget your waterproof jacket! By contrast the dry season is cooler - temperatures can drop to around 10C at night and you'll need a fleece. Day time temperatures are normally around 18C-26C

You are welcome to visit year round, since there is no lack of projects for you to join. The rainy season – October through May – is when you’ll see nature at her most exuberant, while the dry season (June through September) has cooler nights with sunny days. Every season has its own charm. 

Once you contact us we'll be happy to send you more details of how to get here and what to expect when you arrive!     

Tree planting activity normally takes place between November and January.  and plant trees alongside the farm families. 

Dry season is the time to It’s the time to visit local farms and monitor last year's plantings, hop on the school bus and visit local schools to share your language and culture, help in the forest nursery and get involved in year round projects such as maintaining the forest trails, updating the photo library, making videos and helping out with NGO tasks such as marketing and fundraising, and hosting school visits and workshops. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$205 /week

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

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