ETIV do Brasil

Women’s Empowerment Coordinator

ITACARÉ, Brazil show on map

Non-profit | ETIV do Brasil

Help women of Itacare through local community projects This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
50+

The mission of ETIV do Brasil is to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil by connecting volunteers and interns with local communities. 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

ETIV do Brasil is looking for a Women’s Empowerment Coordinator who will actually take the lead on helping us build and manage a new women’s empowerment project from the ground up. The Coordinator will be working with the support of the Director and/or the Operations Manager, and will receive ongoing supervision and training.


Most likely, the women will be interested in participating in training and skill building activities that will help them earn more money so that they can provide a better living standard for themselves and their families. This may include anything that truly interests them, from arts and crafts like greeting cards, to sewing and creating candles, purses or bags. In addition, it would be amazing if we could connect the women more closely with our environmental work, and we would love to work with the women to help them create natural products or healthy organic food. This could include things like: natural candles, soaps or cleaning supplies to growing organic lettuces, making natural yogurt, coconut oil or anything else the women might be interested in. We want to be open to support the interests and passions of both the women and our volunteers, but we must also be environmentally sustainable and ensure that all the projects we support are also eco-friendly. For example, it would also be fantastic to make profitable products out of reused or natural and sustainable materials.


Beyond focusing on activities to help the women become more economically independent, we also want to work with the women to focus on their shared concerns and the community issues they all care about. This way, the women will be able to mobilize themselves to build a force capable of creating greater social justice, equality and positive community change. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue among women in Bahia that often results in death. However, when women are more economically independent and have more support structures in place, they are more likely to leave abusive relationships and can find the support the need through the positive relationships they have built with the other women in our empowerment group. In addition, Bahia is also known as having some of the worst statistics in terms of teenage pregnancy, STD’s including HIV/AIDS, education, health care, drug trafficking and gang involvement. Therefore, there are a host of issues that these women may choose to focus on and improve for their communities, and the possibilities are limitless of women can do when they become trained and empowered to create change.


Main Responsibilities:

  • To build positive relationships within the community, mainly by meeting with local women to better understand their stories, hopes and concerns for themselves, their families and their community.

  • To organize regular meetings with the women (at least twice a month) bringing women together who share similar hopes and concerns and are interested and willing to work together towards positive change.

  • To document the names of everyone you meet with and their hopes and concerns

  • To take attendance at all meeting and document themes, agendas, strategies, best practices and challenges.

  • To help the women focus on things they can do to positively impact their lives and that of their families and the community, while it is imperative that we help them create goals that are actually obtainable or winnable

  • To organize a local fundraiser event to improve the budget for the women’s empowerment work

  • To apply for at least one grant for the women’s empowerment project

  • To support any other volunteers interested in getting involved in the project

  • To manage and lead our women’s empowerment program with support from ETIV staff

  • To create a women’s empowerment manual for incoming volunteers and to keep our project description updated on our website, especially prior to leaving the position

Requirements:

  • Coordinators must work at least 25 hours per week

  • Intermediate to Advanced Portuguese

  • 3 months minimum and 4 to 6-month time commitment preferred for all coordinators (however we do welcome applications for Women’s Empowerment volunteers/interns that can only stay 1-3 months)

  • Strong leadership, social and organizational skills

  • Patience, flexibility and punctuality

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. 

Details on Arrival

Ongoing/Rolling basis




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
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
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 (fluently)
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
Be interested in the development of positive relationships with the local women of Itacare. Intermediate to advanced Portuguese is a must.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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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.
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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, 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

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
13 weeks
$ 761
14 weeks
$ 772
15 weeks
$ 783
17 weeks
$ 805
19 weeks
$ 828
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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