Eco Caminhos

Eco Experience - Bioconstruction, Agro-forestry

Nova Friburgo, Brazil show on map

Non-profit | Eco Caminhos

Come to Brazil and experience what life is in a self-sustainable EcoFarm. We are an alternative community with a focus on Bio-construction, Organic Farming, Agro-forestry

The Eco Experience Volunteer program with EcoCaminhos is a combined experience, a perfect oportunity for people that want both to discover what it is to work with an environmental and sustainable iniciative and at the same time have a profund and intimate experience of a culture abroad. The program combines two things:

  • First, volunteers will be able to learn what it is to live in a and contribute to a self-sustainable Eco-Farm in Brazil in the middle of nature, they will form part of a small but dynamic international community of volunteers passionate about nature and the development of a more sustainable future. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in the Farm’s projects with Bioconstruction, Organic Farming, Agroforestry, Community Building and Permaculture in general, they will receive introductory presentations and mainly hands on experience in each of this areas or they can focus on the ones they prefer.
  • Our Eco Experience program also comes with the oportunity to discover the Brazilian culture directly and in a pretty intimate and unique way, by staying in the house of a local rural Brazilian family volunteers get a honest direct interaction, a chance to live the rural brazilian culture, customs, food and way of life. They are always well known trusted neighbors of Eco Caminhos so you can rest asure knowing you are gonna feel welcome, safe and it will be integrated with all the other aspects of the Eco Experience program. To complement this cultural aspect of the program other activities such as hikes, Horseback trips and city tours are also organized.
What we Expect from Volunteers, and what would their role be?

An Eco-farm such as Eco Caminhos has a lot to be done, although we have grown a lot we still consider we are just scratching the surface of what we believe we can turn into, there is still so much to do. Because of this our volunteers have to be highly motivated, commited to help the world through enviromental practices and very hard working. Our volunteers are nature lovers, open-minded, respectful,  inspired and willing to be part of a team of people with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and personalities. 
In Eco Caminhos we work hard, we follow our schedules and give our best because we belive our project is not just for us, it is not just for our enjoyment or confort in our own tiny corner of the world. We want to be an example to follow, a community that inspires, and hopefully a place from wich we can contribute with the healing of the natural world and society as one. 
Volunteers can choose on what they want to focus on, depending on their skills and interests they can do more Bioconstruction or more Organic Farming and Agroforestry, or do both equally, but it is expected that from time to time we all work together on a single proyect when needed. Volunteers also do a wide variety of activities together and share a cooking schedule, but in Eco Caminhos we value more willingness to learn and try new things more than already having specific skills. 
If you are willing to learn and participate it does not matter if you lack experience in any area, regardless if it is Bioconstruction or cooking, here you will learn, develop those abilities and get support from all other volunteers when needed, here we all want to grow and help others grow, and we hope for future volunteers to have the same attitude. 



Location

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. 


Starting

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.

Plus

Every week the volunteer coordinator will organize special activities for you, it can be things such as hikes, camping trips to the mountains, horseback riding, city tours among other options. Besides this special activities volunteers have their own weekly ones, such as movie nights, games nights and volunteer campfire nights. Of corse during your free time or weekends you are free to organize your own activities and plans.


Typical day

Volunteers in our Eco Experience programme usually choose to work approximately 24 hours 3 days a week. 

A typical work day:

  • 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 and Break
  • 13:00 PM / Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry
  • 16:00 PM / Free afternoon and night (extra volunteer activities if scheduled)

Details on Arrival

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. 

Free-time activities

Included with the Eco Experience Volunteer program the Eco Caminhos team will organize several extra activities for you, plus the normal every week activities you can join as well. 
During your free time you will be able to spend time with the local host family and get a deep understanding of Brazilian culture and customs. 

Even though there are all this options you are still free to choose to use your free time as you please, Eco Caminhos is situated in the Região Serrano were you will be surrounded with beautiful mountains, forrests, reservations, wild life, rivers and waterfalls. Still you won't be isolated since just 6km from the farm you will find Nova Friburgo a well-structured city with 180.000 inhabitants. The region is far more secure than Rio de Janeiro. There is also a busstop 500 meters from the farm that goes every hour if you like to go into town. 

And in case you want to go to Rio de Janeiro a 3 hour bus trip can get you there so that you can enjoy all the tourism activities of the city. 


Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Passport or travel ID copy
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
All volunteers are expected to be highly motivated and willing to learn, work and share with others.
Any experience with building, carpentry, farming, permaculture, social or environmental work are valued but not requiered.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 07:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Eco Caminhos (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 Eco Caminhos
INCLUDED

 

  • Homestay with Private Room
  • Full board: delicious typical local Brazilian dishes.
  • Theoretical introduction about the implementation of  Permaculture, Bioconstruction and Agroforestry on our farm.
  • Hands-on Experience on Bioconstruction, Agroforestry and Organic Farming at Eco Caminhos.
  • 1 activity per week, including Hikes, Horseback Riding, Campfires and Camping trips in the mountains*
  • 1 Portuguese class per week (more on request).
  • Participate in volunteer nights, including board games, cinema, and campfires.

*You pay for your own transport, food and entrance fees (if applicable)

 NOT INCLUDED 

  • Airport Transfer: If requested we can put you in contact with our trusted driver Patrique, he can pick you up at the airport and leave you at Eco Caminhos doorstep. This however is not included, but Patrique charges only R$ 400 (approx 100 Euros) a very good price for such a trip here in Brazil.
Accommodation

The Eco Experience Volunteer program is unique within Eco Caminhos since it integrates the volunteer work in the Eco Farm with the oportunity to experience the Brazilian culture directly by staying in the house of one of the selected families near the Eco Farm. The local Brazilian families are very welcoming and friendly, always willing to share their culture with others.

Homestay with a local Brazilian family, neighbors of our farm. 

  • Experience local culture, customs and food with local host family  
  • Private Room
  • The cleaning of your room and the things you use are your own responsibility, not that of your host family

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
  • Full Board, all meals (or a budget for this)
  • Please note that you will participate in the cooking schedule. We find this is a great way to bond with fellow volunteers and eat together in true Brazilian fashion.
  • When the host family is not home ingredients will be provided but prepared and cooked by the volunteer 
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio De Janeiro. 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)
1 week (min. stay)
$533.00
2 weeks
$965.00
3 weeks
$1,321.00
4 weeks
$1,575.00
5 weeks
$1,778.00
6 weeks
$1,905.00
7 weeks
$2,007.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,083.00
Average fees
$397.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nova Friburgo/Brazil between 1 week and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Eco Caminhos 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 Eco Caminhos during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
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