ETIV do Brasil

Volunteer Coordinator in Tropical Surf Town

Itacaré, Brazil show on map

Non-profit | ETIV do Brasil

Get hands on experience managing volunteers and recruiting future volunteers. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples

About ETIV

 ETIV do Brasil is located in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of Itacaré, Bahia. Our mission is to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil by connecting volunteers and interns with local communities. 


Description

We are looking for a volunteer or intern that can serve as our Volunteer Coordinator on the coast of Bahia in beautiful, Itacaré, Brazil. Our Coordinator positions are our most advanced volunteer positions, that require the greatest amount of responsibility from our volunteers. These positions offer an incredible learning experience that will look fantastic on any resume, while also boosting an applicant’s competitiveness in a tough job market. The Volunteer Coordinator will be expected to help us recruit, manage and support our team of international volunteers. Interns may also be able to receive university credit for their work with our NGO.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Respond to email inquiries and volunteer applications

  • Welcome volunteers upon arrival, organizing their taxi pickups and preparing their bedrooms

  • Lead volunteer inductions and bike tours of Itacaré

  • Help volunteers plan and follow through on their goals and commitments

  • Manage the volunteer house and office, including a cleaning and gardening schedule

  • Organize fun cultural and recreational activities with the volunteers

  • Support community events and supervising volunteers in their projects to ensure that their volunteer experience is both challenging, rewarding and making a positive difference to the families and communities here in Itacaré.

  • Conduct midterm interviews and exit interviews with all volunteers to assess their progress and contentment with their work and the NGO

  • Help create greater structure for all volunteers to be able to work successfully and independently, without anyone micro-managing their work. (However, interns will receive regular supervision from the director or an ETIV staff member.)

  • Help to resolve conflicts and built greater unity and cohesion among and between volunteers

  • Create a Volunteer Coordinator manual for future volunteers to use and to keep the project description updated on our website, especially just before leaving the position.

Requirements:

  • Basic to intermediate Portuguese

  • Be a motivated self-starter with good conflict resolution skills

  • 3 months minimum and 4 to 6-month time commitment preferred

  • Strong leadership, social and organizational skills

  • Patience, flexibility and punctuality.

Benefits

Prior to arrival, volunteers and interns receive ongoing support, our Pre-Departure PowerPoint a Skype interview and Portuguese audio lessons. We also organize taxi pickups, housing, project placement and Portuguese lessons with our local instructor. All volunteers and interns will also receive an Introduction to the NGO, a tour of Itacaré, life insurance, project training and ongoing support and supervision during their volunteer time or internship with the NGO. All volunteers and interns will receive excellent references from the NGO for quality work completed with us.


Most interns can receive university credit while interning with us and some are even able to receive a University stipend or grant to help cover their expenses. We offer ongoing supervision for interns and can complete all university documents and evaluations as deemed necessary. Interns can also earn credit by completing a remote/virtual internship with us completely free of charge.


Low income volunteers and interns that are willing and able to dedicate at least 5-months (preferably 6) to the project may apply for a grant with the NGO to have their volunteer contribution waived. However, everyone is responsible for covering their own food, travel, accommodation and personal expenses and everyone must pay the $67 admin fee that covers all legal documentation.


These positions are perfect for someone seeking a meaningful internship experience in a stunning location with a thriving Afro-Brazilian culture. Itacaré is unique place where the Rainforest meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches, jungles, waterfalls and wildlife abound.

Typical day

Most office volunteers work from 9am to 1pm Mondays through Fridays, although schedules can be very flexible. Volunteers attend a staff meeting weekly to exchange ideas and to follow up on projects. 

Details on Arrival

This is an ongoing position that volunteers can join throughout the year. 

Free-time activities

ETIV do Brasil gives volunteers the option to add on Portuguese and Capoeira classes to their experience. ETIV can also link volunteers to stunning eco-adventure tours including rainforest hikes to secluded beaches or waterfalls, kayaking through mangroves, paddle boarding, white water rafting, snorkeling, and much more!


Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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) and Portuguese (basic level)
Education Requirements
Psychology, social work, international development, Anthropology, or HR at High School required, BA or BS preferred. level
Required Documents
CV or resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We are looking for volunteers with good communication skills, who can work well with a team and independently. Individuals that are motivated, flexible and proactive in helping others, in problem solving and in creating a greater structure are desired for this position.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
ETIV do Brasil (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

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, insurance coverage and all of the support that we offer to our volunteers.

Included in the fees:

  • 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

Services available at extra cost:

Accommodation

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 - $52
Package of 10 Portuguese classes - $135
Package of 10 Capoeira classes - $135

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.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
$ 750
16 weeks
$ 840
20 weeks
$ 890
24 weeks
$ 900
26 weeks (max. stay)
$ 905
Average fees
$ 49 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Itacaré/Brazil between 12 weeks and 26 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. ETIV do Brasil will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Brazil.
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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