ETIV do Brasil

Environmental Conservation Supporter or Intern

Itacaré, Brazil show on map

Gain hands on conservation experience working with an international NGO while gaining transferable skills and experiencing life in beautiful Itacaré.

About ETIV

The mission of ETIV do Brasil is to link international volunteers with local communities to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil. We give volunteers the option to stay at our Volunteer House and add on Portuguese and Capoeira classes to their experience. ETIV can also link volunteers to discounted eco-adventure tours to visit our rivers, islands, waterfalls, hiking trails and exotic beaches during their time here. Please visit our website at www.etivdobrasil.org to learn more about our organization and all of our volunteer opportunities.

ETIV Conservation Positions

Environmental volunteers are needed in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of Itacare, on the coast of Bahia, Brazil. It is the duty of our environmental volunteers to help identify ways to promote and ensure increased and sustainable environmental conservation in and around Itacaré, Brazil. Our main goal is to develop a new generation of local (Brazilian) youth leaders that will actively care for each other, their community and the environment. This project includes an educational campaign with fun and interactive trainings and activities to teach children and youth how incredibly important it is to take care of our natural environment and work together to combat global climate change.

We are working to create a training manual that can be shared throughout Brazil that will begin with the basics (what is pollution and why is it bad for the environment) and then move into some local issues (the Atlantic Rainforest, the mangroves and our endangered species) to global issues (including global warming and climate change). Volunteers will also have the freedom and flexibility to also focus on a micro project of interest with the community; from recycling to organic gardening, a neighborhood cleanup and a mangrove restoration project... the possibilities are wide open!

Environmental volunteers must complete a least one month to the project and speak at least basic Portuguese. Meanwhile, those interested in helping to coordinate our environmental project must be able o commit at least 3 months to the project and must speak intermediate Portuguese. Please visit our website to find out more about ETIV and how to apply by going to www.etivdobrasil.org.

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

Ongoing start and end dates. 
Introduction to the NGO and tour of volunteer house and Itacare upon arrival

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

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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, 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


Meanwhile, 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 $100 (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

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
26 weeks (max. stay)
$905.00
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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