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Savannah Cattle & Horse Ranch Hand

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Experience ranching in & around the Roraima state of Brazil; in wide open space, quietness, Freedom, with no big city lights, horses, cattle and other animals!

Do you like wide open space and country life? Would you like to experience this the Brazilian way? Then Brazil Ranch exchange program is for you!

The ranchers of Roraima's  Savannahs have had and increasingly tough time to upkeep their life style. For centuries they have been ranchers in this wild land and very little has changed and most of their daily work is still by hand and by horse. Our program focuses to be a cultural exchange and experience program to benefit the local ranchers as well as being a great experience for our volunteers. 

Experience ranching in around the Roraima state in wide open space, quietness, Freedom, with no big city lights, horses, cattle and other animals. Ranchers and farmers are looking for volunteers who are willing to experience this way of life and at the same time learn about their rich culture through their family. Brazil is known for football, its music, beers, food and people.

You will be living out of town on the ranch with the family and be involved in all activities, this can be from going to the city to shop, to attending local fairs or rodeos. Your job is to helping take care of their animals while learning a few skills. Horse riding, cattle round up and gardening are three of the most common activities you will be involve in. Others will come along while on the ranch. Its is an experience and a half because you will learn Portuguese, you will learn about ranching and farming in generally and you will have a new family in Brazil.

Even though having a basic understanding of Portuguese would help most ranchers in this area also have a basic understanding of English due to their proximity to Guyana. Some horseman experience required (though you do not need to be an advanced rider at all). In general we expect you to have a good outlook on life, be open minded and flexible. 

Typical day

As volunteers at the ranch you will have some of the following responsibilities: 

  • Feeding and Grooming the animals 
  • Cleaning the stables
  • Gardening
  • Helping prepare meals
  • Giving salt to the cows
  • Herding the cattle.
Live in on a ranch is always busy and there is always something to do. From herding the cattle back to the ranch Coral to daily feeding of the animals. It is important to be flexible as days can start early as well as tasks are always changing and not everything might happen on time or as planned!

Details on Arrival

The project is available all year round however, for more information about specific dates, please contact us.

Free-time activities

Volunteers will be out on the ranch located in a remote area so on days off, they will have the opportunity to go for trail rides, swimming, atv rides, wildlife viewing and so much more!

Water Sports

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)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
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, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fee includes:

  • Accommodation - Shared room, private hammock, Ranch home stay!
  • Meals - 3 meals a day included on the ranch.
  • Pick Up & Drop Offs - One of our representatives will meet you at the airport, take you around if you need to get money or anything from the stores and drop you off at your project. When your time is up either the ranch family will take you to the airport of our representative.
  • Mail and Communications - It is possible to receive and send mail from the town of Lethem via our Fronteering representative, however the postal service is very variable in such a remote area and the process regularly takes over a month. It is not unheard of never to reach it's destination! There will be internet connection and cell phone reception in both Georgetown and Lethem. The ranch is very remote and the only communication is by transistor radio and satellite phone which are used for emergencies only.
  • Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency Contact

Airport Pickup at Boa Vista Airport

You will arrive in Boa Vista where you will be met, then taken to do some small errnads such as light shopping, etc. then you'll be transported to the project .


You will have a private room or a cabin either with the family or other workers on the farm. Please make sure you keep your room and bathroom clean. For more information regarding the accommodation please check our pictures!

Guesthouse Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
Meals will be prepared by the family and sometime with your help. Coffee is a must but if you are not a coffee lover tea is available, Breakfast would usually be bacon/ham or cheese with eggs and fruits. Brazilians love to cook and one of the main type of methods of cooking they love is roasting. So, for lunch it would usually be beans, macaroni and rice with a salad and farine and either roast chicken, fish

or beef. If you feel to eating something else other than what they prepare you can always stock up when you travel with them to the supermarket.
Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Boa Vista Airport (BVB) in Boa Vista. 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.
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)
3 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Boa Vista/Brazil between 3 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel 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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
  Americas South America Brazil  Boa Vista, Cantá - State of Roraima

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