Literacy & Girls Empowerment Coordinator(LitClub)

ETIV do Brasil
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Coordinator | Jaci
Coordinator | Jaci
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Empower the girls of Itacare by organizing LitClub classes and supporting the teachers This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The mission of ETIV do Brasil is to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil, with a deep focus on youth development. ETIV is located in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of Itacare, on the coast of Bahia, Brazil. Volunteers and Interns have the opportunity to live in our shared volunteer house that overlooks the Contas River, in the Passagem neighborhood of Itacare.

Our program

TIV do Brasil is looking for volunteers to support a project focused on literacy and empowerment for girls project, that is known as “LitClub” and that is connected to three international projects including LitWorld, the HerStory Campaign and Global Glow. ETIV currently has four LitClubs running in 4 different neighborhoods of Itacare and a teacher that leads each project. However, our teachers could use more support with coordination, preparation, administration and facilitation of the clubs. Consequently, we are in need of volunteers that will work alongside the teachers to help support the work and goals of our LitClub program. This would be a part time volunteer position, as this club only runs four times a week, so volunteers would need to choose this in combination with another project in order to get in at least 20 hours of volunteer service a week.

More about LitWorld

LitWorld is an international organization whose head office is based in NYC, and who is currently also partnering with Global Glow and the HerStory campaign to recognizes that literacy provides access to history, knowledge, creativity and democracy. As such, LitWorld aims to create social transformation at a grassroots level by funding LitClubs to improving literacy in disadvantaged communities in both the US and around the world.

The focus of the LitClubs is to help children engage with and enjoy reading, writing and storytelling, while also promoting self-confidence. Most girls are aged between 9 -14 years old and the teachers (mentors) of our LitClubs are also members of the local community. The LitClubs aim to provide children with positive role models, as well as to create a safe space where they can build their self-confidence. The LitClub curriculum is based around seven key strengths, which are designed to foster trust and mutual respect between the members of LitClub. These strengths include:

  • Belonging

  • Curiosity

  • Friendship

  • Kindness

  • Confidence

  • Courage

  • Hope

The LitClubs are truly fantastic as it is wonderful to watch the girls become more confident in themselves as they are able to better express themselves through reading, writing, drawing and storytelling!

Main Responsibilities

  • Meet with the LitClub teachers on a weekly basis

  • Help prepare and facilitate the LitClubs

  • Support the coordination and documentation of the project

  • Take attendance, document successes and challenges

  • Support the management of the budget

  • Report progress and updates at ETIV weekly meetings

  • Help recruit other volunteers to support the LitClubs

  • Pick up snacks, materials and books as necessary

  • Help to organize our LitClub events and campaigns

  • Help keep the LitClub database up to date and organized

  • Support good attendance and behaviors

  • Sometimes meet with family members and network within the communities

  • Help us take photos and share the great work

  • To create a LitClub manual for incoming volunteers and to keep our description updated on our website, especially before leaving the position.


  • Intermediate Portuguese

  • At least 20 hours of volunteer service per week

  • At least 1-month commitment, 3 months or more preferred

Typical day

Most work goes from 9am to 1pm Mondays through Fridays, although schedules can be very flexible 

Volunteers can also add Capoeira Classes or Portuguese Classes, with our local professors, to their schedule.  And of course, one of the wonderful advantages of a surfing town, it is the possibility of ending the day in one of the beautiful beaches of Itacaré or with  a nice dinner in one of the local restaurants with live music. 

Free-time activities

Swimming, surfing, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, zip lining, dancing, slack lining, skate boarding, biking, Capoeira, night life, cultural activities, weekend eco-adventure tours.  

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 (intermediate level) or Portuguese (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Anthropology, psychology, social work, human rights, social justice, international development at High School required, BA or BS preferred. level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Intermediate/advanced Portuguese and English
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by ETIV do Brasil

Similar to most volunteer lead NGOs, ETIV does require a volunteer contribution, although we are among the most affordable, particularly for our location. This contribution is critical to the sustainability of the NGO and helps covers costs of administration, your insurance coverage and all of the support that we offer to our volunteers.


You will receive:

  • Pre-departure orientation and preparation
  • Induction and biking tour of Itacaré
  • Introduction to your project
  • Strategy meeting to help you plan and achieve your top goals during your time with us
  • Ongoing supervision and support, including any additional meetings you may request to receive support with plans, strategies, ideas, questions etc.
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Insurance Coverage



We do offer housing at our ETIV Volunteer House, which overlooks the beautiful river Contas in the Passagem neighborhood of Itacare. Rental prices at the volunteer house include all bills including gas, water, electricity, and WiFi as well as filtered drinking water, toilet paper and hand soap. There is also a shared kitchen with a large stove and refrigerator/freezer that comes complete with pots and pans, cups, plates, bowls and silverware. However, there is not a washing machine and volunteers are expected to hand wash or they must pay to get their laundry done in town. 


Rooms are subject to a $250 (USD) deposit, which is fully refundable as long as you fulfill all of the requirements stated in your rental agreement.


Normal Monthly Rate in USD:

Room                          Individual               Shared (per person)

smaller rooms                 $192                   $137

large rooms                      $220                   $165


High Season Monthly Rate (Dec-Feb)

Room                          Individual     Shared per person

smaller rooms                 $247                $165

large rooms                     $275                 $192



Additional Options:

You can also add these options onto your volunteer experience for an added fee:


Taxi pickup from Ilheus airport - $53

Package of 10 Portuguese classes - $165

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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ilheus/Bahia-Jorge Amado Airport (IOS) in Ilheus. 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

Ongoing/Rolling basis

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 26 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
11 weeks
26 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$106 /week

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

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