Short Term in a self-sustaining Eco Farm

opgericht in 2014
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Connect to nature becomes easy in our Eco Farm in the middle mountain chain covered by the subtropical Atlantic Forrest and all its biodiversity.
Go back the basics, learn about yourself in our community setting far away from stress and axiety.
Learn about Permaculture and how to set up your form following the permaculture design principles
Learn about agroforestry and how this technique can produce an abundance of food for humans and animals and transform degrated landscape in forrests.
Make friends for lifetime. Meet people from Brazil and other volunteers from across the world
Join and experience life on a self-sustaining Eco Farm. A unique experience, Bioconstruction, permaculture, agroforestry, hikes in the mountains and camping weekends. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

Eco Caminhos is a self sustainable Eco-Farm in Brazil, we have been working with volunteers since the very beginning of the project, we aim to become an example of a sustainable international community guided under the principles of Permaculture, growing and producing while being in balance with nature through organic farming, renewable energy, Agroforestry and Bioconstruction, but having the support as well of some degree of modern technology which needs to be used with resposability and in moderation. We aim to help the world change in the right direction, and we welcome any help from all corners of the world. 

In order to achive this in Eco Caminhos we believe healthy human development its a must, we must all learn to work hard together and respect each other’s cultures and backgrounds, we want to learn from our volunteers and for them to learn from us. Located two hours from Rio de Janeiro, in the beautiful mountains of Cardinot near the small city of Nova Friburgo we find ourselves away from the heptic rhythms of the modern system, we firmly believe this is a perfect environment for personal and community growth, we offer volunteers an amazing and unique experience, helping us in all the different sustainable projects in Eco Caminhos and eventually, with time, even having the support of the whole team to develop your own project if inspiration stikes you.

This Volunteer program is not about the work you will do on Bioconstruction, Agroforestry and Organic farming alone, it is about being part of a small but passionate community, contributing to it with your own personal touch and learning from us as well, growing as a person, discovering yourself in a natural, inspiring, hard-working and calm enviroment, we are not motivated by money or personal gain, what we want is to take care and help heal nature, human society included, would you like to help us?

What you'll be doing?

We make a custom schedule for each short-term volunteer so they really get the experience they want and need, allowing them to focus on an specific area if intended or having a wider experience of all the different projects in the farm.

Most short term volunteers choose to work 3 days, for a total of 24 hours a week, you will gain knowledge and hands on experience in Sustainable Living, Bioconstruction, Agroforestry  and Organic Farming here at Eco Caminhos. You'll be learning a range of techniques both theoretical and practical on this areas, all while sharing and working next to a team of long and short term volunteers from around the world. 

The other 2 days of the week plus weekends are yours to explore Brasil! Many of our volunteers choose to learn portuguese, travel in to Rio, or participate the many extra activities we can organize such as, horseback riding, hiking and many more. Your volunteer coordinator will be there to help you and organise your time in Brazil.


During your first week here the different project coordinators will give introductory presentations on the different sustainable practices we apply in Eco Caminhos, after which you will be able to join and participate in the different projects of the Eco Farm, on Bio-construction, Agroforestry and Organic Farming.


Eco Caminhos is located in the beautiful inner mountains of the state of Rio de Janeiro, in the outskirts of a small rural city called Nova Friburgo. This area of Brazil is well know for being one of the world’s ecosystems with the highest amounts of biodiversity in both flora and fauna called the Atlantic Forest Biome. Eco Caminhos has several waterfalls both inside and around it, pure drinkable rivers all in the middle of truly amazing and imposing mountains, get inmersed in the magic of South American nature and the calmness that comes from it’s deep light blue skies and stary nights.    

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Short term volunteers participate of a variety of activities, having 3 days to work on the farm’s projects and the rest for free, volunteer’s weekly schedule are organized according to their own interests. Still a typical work day schedule always looks something like:

  • 6:00 AM - Wake up and breakfast
  • 7:00 AM - Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry
  • 9:30 AM - Coffee Break
  • 9:45 AM - Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch & Break
  • 13:00 PM - Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry
  • 16:00 PM - Finish work and head back to volunteer house
  • 17:00 PM - Portuguese lesson with native speaker
  • 19:00 PM - Dinner
  • 20:00 PM - Chilling out, Game Nights, Bonfires! (If scheduled)
  • 22:00 PM - Hit the hay


Eco Caminhos is situated at the outskirts of the 3 Picos Natural Reserve, part of the atlantic forest Ecosystem. It is a beautiful mountain region where you can do hikes, camping weekends, horseback riding and other outdoor activities. Every week we organize movie nights, games nights and volunteer nights with a campfire if possible, although volunteers live together this extra activities are awesome for integrating the team outside the work environment. Once every couple of weeks we organize a camping weekends as well.

Volunteers are free to do or go anywhere during their free time, still we organize extra activities they can choose to participate on, some free such as some hikes, others that have extra expenses need to be payed, like horseback riding trips.

You can also decide to go to the nearest town, Nova Friburgo, by yourself or with the other volunteers. A very calm and friendly town with a good infrastructure, a well-structured city with 180.000 inhabitants, far more secure than Rio de Janeiro. There is a busstop 500 meters from the farm that goes there every few hours. 

Or you can also take a three hour bus to Rio de Janeiro and spend your weekend there enjoying all that one of the most famous cities of Brazil has to offer.



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)
Bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden
Vereiste documenten
Copy of Passport or Travel ID
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Nature lovers
Highly Motivated
Willingness to Learn
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, woensdag en vrijdag van 07:00 - 16:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Eco Caminhos

Training & hands-on Workshops, you will recieve comprehensive support from our project leaders on site. You will be able to really learn from them and gain practical skills on Bioconstruction, Organic Farming and Agroforestry, knowledge that you will take away for a lifetime.

- ingredients for all meals will be provided. Please note you may have to cook some meals as you will be in the cooking schedule.

Portuguese Lessons, We feel its important to become as integrated into the culture as possible and a 'bom dia' a day goes a long way! We will provide one hour of free portuguese lessons from native portuguese speakers for every week you stay with us. (More available on request).

Support & extra Activities, We also schedule weekly activities such as hikings, bonfires, workshops, museum & park visits and much more! (Just some of this activities will require extra fees) Our support team will be there for you every step of the way, we will do our best to provide you with info with anything you need, from your flights & visas to organising your weekends and trips. 

- Two housing options, at the volunteer compound or with a local Brazilian family

- WiFi: internet access at the volunteer houses


 Airport Transfer: If requested we can put you in contact with our trusted driver Dutra, he can pick you up at the airport and leave you at Eco Caminhos doorstep. This however is not included, but Dutra charges R$ 800 (approx 153 Euros).

There is 2 possible accommodation options:

-You can decide to live with other volunteers at the volunteer house, shared room mostly depending of available rooms. The house has all the basic needs. All meals are included and volunteers take turns cooking lunch during work days. There’s WiFi and serveral Volunteer Night Activities. 

-Another option is to homestay with a selected family next to the farm. These rural families are very nice and connected to Eco Caminhos. It will allow you to submerge in the Brazilian rural culture, food and customs, plus you will be able to practise your Portuguese on a daily basis. (for homestay we charge an aditional cost)

Volunteer House:

- The volunteer compound has 2 houses, 2 kitchens and 6 double bed rooms.

- Shared Room

- It has all the facilities you need including WiFi and clothes washing machine.

- The perfect place to make friends and hang out after a long but rewarding day of work.


- You will stay at the house of a local, carefully selected Brazilian family.

- Private Room

- The families offer you your daily meals. (When the family is not at home ingredients will be left for you, but it is expected that in this case volunteers cook for themselves)

- All homestay families are very close to the Eco Farm.

- Homestay is the perfect way to submerge yourself in Brazilian culture, food and the Portuguese language.

Eten & Drank

Volunteer compound

-We provide volunteers with the ingredients/budget for all their meals. 

-The volunteers will have to cook themselves but we find this is a great way to bond with your fellow volunteers and explore the Brazilian culinary! 

-The budget is for breakfast, lunch and dinner however and anything over this budget is at the expense of the volunteers.

For people who choose homestay, food is provided. During working days you will be eating at the Eco Farm. the rest of the time you will eat with the host family. We can tell you that the families are known for their delicious food.

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio De Janeiro. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Brazilië.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Brazilië biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Brazilië dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Brazilië.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

The tropical weather at Eco Caminhos allows us to recieve volunteers all year long, only depending on the number of available rooms and required positions

If you are interested we can do an online interview to get to know each other and answer all your questions.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
1 - 12 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
2 weken
3 weken
4 weken
5 weken
6 weken
7 weken
8 weken
9 weken
10 weken
11 weken
12 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$286 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Eco Caminhos zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Eco Caminhos gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Eco Caminhos jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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