ETIV do Brasil

Community Organizer in a Tropical Surf Town

ITACARÉ, Brazil show on map

Interns/Researchers will be given the opportunity to get involved with the local community and have a profound effect on the work of the NGO in their particular field.

The mission of ETIV do Brasil is to connect international volunteers with local communities to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil. 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 is looking for Interns or volunteers that are interested in in community organizing. It is the role of our Community Organizers to help us build positive relationships within the community, mainly by meeting with local individuals, leaders, organizations and running projects to better understand the stories, hopes and concerns for those living in and around Itacaré. It is important for our community organizers to document and highlight the stories of the community members, while simultaneously gaining a deeper understanding about shared hopes and concerns within the community. Once this foundation is built, the community organizers will begin to host monthly meetings, bringing individuals and community leaders together who share similar concerns and are willing to work together to create the positive changes they wish to see in their communities.

Another role of the Community Organizers is to direct and engage community members with top concerns that they may wish to address first. Then there is the possibility to conduct research. This, to discover the ways that we, as a community, could positively engage with the issue. It is important that organizers choose issues and strategies that are realistic given the current economic, social and political reality. There are availabilities for Researchers to add value to our Community Organizing Project in a more specialized way. The current unionization of the local fishermen is a prime example of community mobilization at the grassroots level. If University researchers are interested in being a part of this unique opportunity, the exact work can be adapted to allow for a stronger research focus. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about further research opportunities.

 Our most recent community organizer was mainly focused on supporting the fishermen of Passagem, the same neighborhood of Itacaré in which the ETIV house and office are located. Currently, we are working to help them organize a union, which should help to improve their working conditions, their economic situation, and the environment. These fishermen are not only skilled in the fishing trade, but they also build fishing boats and want to ensure that this knowledge and expertise is handed down to future generations.

 


 

 

Typical day

Most work goes from 9am to 1pm Mondays through Fridays, although schedules can be very flexible in this position since the volunteers are expected to meet with the fisherman and other folks from the community. This position also attend a staff meeting weekly, to exchange ideas and to follow up on projects. 

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 locals of Itacare. Be willing to support the progression and success of the Union that the fishermen are developing. Remain flexible, independent,patient and persistent as you may encounter different obstacles. Be sociable and curious about others, with a willingness to connect with individuals that may be very different from you (in terms of age, culture, socioeconomic status, education and worldview). Speak fluent portuguese.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by ETIV do Brasil.

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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$383.00
8 weeks
$603.00
12 weeks
$750.00
16 weeks
$840.00
20 weeks
$890.00
24 weeks
$895.00
26 weeks (max. stay)
$900.00
Average fees
$65.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in ITACARÉ/Brazil between 4 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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