Pantanal Wildlife Assistant Guide

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founded in 2010
Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
Come join us in the Pantanal and work with our fantastic team of experienced guides to help with the development of sustainable Tourism! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
We invite you to Southern Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest wet land! As such a vast tropical wetland, the Pantanal is a very precious resource of Brazil, and home to one of the highest diversities and concentrations of flora and fauna on the planet!

Come join us in the Pantanal and work with our fantastic team of experienced guides to help with the development of sustainable Tourism. This volunteer program gives you the opportunity to get involved with a team of local guides to share the importance of preserving the land while developing sustainable tourism. While you are at it you will form bonds that go beyond friendship while having the opportunity to share and develop skills in the areas of tourism, hospitality, conservation, horse riding and construction. In the heartlands of Brazil’s Southern Pantanal wetlands sits our  land.. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in experiencing life in the Pantanal through a guiding program. This guiding program includes 2 weeks in the field starting as early as 5am with 3 to 4 hours’ morning and afternoon lessons/activities. Included in the experience are class room lessons, driving, canoeing, horseback riding and lots more. Waking up with the wildlife and sun is guaranteed to be a fulfilling experience. Similarly sleeping amongst the sounds of the wild is truly exhilarating. In the Pantanal the bird list boasts over 600 species and the breath taking views make our lodge one of the many paradises on earth. The lodge also provides excellent viewing opportunities of giant river otters, giant black caiman and giant Anteater. In addition there are many mammals to delight, including jaguar, puma and tapir. The lodge provides guests and volunteers with an excellent opportunity to experience, first hand, the wildlife indigenous to this part of the Pantanal. At the lodge, we are always so excited to share the experience of the untouched natural beauty in this remote corner of South America. Volunteers can expect to work within the fields of tourism, hospitality, conservation and ranching, though some of these may overlap due to the specific needs of the different components that make up our project.

Typical day

As a volunteers at at the Pantanal Guide Experience volunteer program you will have some of the following responsibilities: 

First 2 weeks:
  • Guide Program (Learning to guide by; Horse Riding, Boating, Canoeing, Safari Drives learning how to guide). If guests are present this may be broken up into more weeks so you can experience real game drives with guests inbetween learning.
  • You will have 2 activities per day, these can be; Mammals of the Pantanal – biology and identification, Mammals tracking, Bird Identification, Astronomy & Geology, and Activities Guiding by: Horseback, Canoe, Boating and Safari Drive and cowboys. 
Remaining 6 weeks:
  • Volunteer & assist the Guides with guests at lodge (Participants that show the aptitude to be ongoing guides could potentially stay for 3 months max visa allowance no extra cost). When there are no guests students can continue self-learning and volunteer with management of day to day activities. 
  • Various tasks and jobs including but not limited; Assist the guides, Prepare and saddle horses, Assist in the kitchen, Assist with checkin/checkout guests and Help with lodge management. 
  • This program is a guiding Program that allow you to experience and learn a lot about the Pantanal while guiding. Duties and tasks for the first 2 weeks will be an intense learning phase and other day duties and tasks will vary depending on what the program for the day is.

Free-time activities

When in Mato Grosso do Sul, volunteers will have the opportunity to go sightseeing, visit Nature Parks, visit Museums, there's also a chance to visit the water parks, beaches, go hiking and so much more! Please be reminded that any activity that's not part of the project, fees will be covered by the volunteers.


Program 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 (intermediate level) or Portuguese (basic level)
Required Documents
Resume, application forms, liability waiver, Pictures, Policies & Procedures and Letter of motivation
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 17:00

Included Services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fees include: 

  • Accommodation - Shared Room (Volunteer Quarters)
  • Meals - 3 meals a day included.
  • Transfer to the project by air and/or 4x4 - When dates are confirmed, depending on the weather you may be transferred either by road or plane.
  • Ongoing Service and 24/7 Emergency Contact

Airport Pickup at Campo Grande International Airport

You will arrive at the airport of Campo Grande the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul. From here you will be picked and transferred in a 4 x 4 to a local airstrip to the last small town before the Pantanal.  From here you will need to catch a flight or 4x4 to the lodge depending on the time of the year.

If you are flexible regarding your arrival date and we are able to have you travel alongside other volunteers/tourists then we might be able to discount your trip significantly. 


As a volunteer, you will share your room with other volunteers while living at a nice private volunteer house. The volunteer house is positioned next to several staff houses. The house is located right at a beautiful lake surrounded with lots of species of wildlife.

The house has a big full kitchen, a large living room and multiple shared bedrooms. There is also a nice Veranda to sit outside. For more information please see the pictures. 

Dorm Room Bungalow
Food & Beverages

Meals will be prepared by the kitchen staff at the lodge and you will be asked to help. Drinking water, is available throughout the day. You may also purchase sodas and beer from the store. Breakfast consists of basic toast etc. Lunch and dinner is rice, beans, vegetable dishes with a meat. We are a working farm so there is plenty of delicious beef and lamb provided. Volunteers will dine with the lodge staff in the staff kitchen and may sometimes be invited to dinner with the guests of the Lodge.

Internet Access
Limited 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 Campo Grande International Airport (CGR) in Campo Grande. 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 unavailable during the month of Februray. Spots may open for all the remaining months of the year!
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,995
6 weeks
$ 3,395
8 weeks
$ 3,595
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,195
Average fees
$ 549 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel 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 Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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