Join us and make a lasting difference! Gain firsthand experience in agro-forestry, tree planting, reforestation and contribute to forest conservation.
About the Program
Iracambi has worked with reforesting for more than 15 years. However, we decided we could do better and improve our reforesting efforts adding to them agroecology concepts and techniques. This, of course, demands more planning and practical work on field with the farmers. We are looking for people who can help us to prepare the seedlings in our nursery - since we had to adapt the species we produce to this new context -, prepare the land for planting - as we deal mainly with degraded soils - and register all the reforesting data in an effective and organized way so we can keep track of our different recovering areas and keep improving our offer along the years.
Volunteers and researchers leave the house for work between 8:30 and 9:00 AM, return for lunch at 12:30 PM to the center and then it's back to work until 5:00 PM. Depending on the day's program, you may be spending time on forest patrols, on the trails, collecting seeds, working in the forest nursery, planting and monitoring trees, or collecting data for our Geographical Information System.
In Iracambi, you´ll find several natural swimming holes along our streams and small waterfalls. Still, if you prefer big waterfalls, no worries. In Rosário da Limeira, closest municipality, there are two waterfalls good for swimming, and one more in Belizário (the district where Iracambi is located).
If you enjoy hiking, we´re sure you´ll love Iracambi, as there are a lot of trails around. Iracambi has its own trail system, which we use for fauna monitoring, group activities, leisure time or even just to get to places. We are located in a rural community right next to Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, so there are trails crossing the State Park leading to other muncipalities and trails in the State Park that take you to the top of mountains where you have amazing views of our region!
Having a lot of nature and big rocks around, of course there are local climbing groups in case you´re one of those rock lizards :)
We don´t have a zoo in Iracambi, but that´s just because we don´t need one. We have lots of wild animal living all around, even big ones like the puma.
Needless to say nature, streams and waterfalls are the best places for those who practice yoga and/or meditation.
Volunteers can either stay in our cabins (which have two double bedrooms and one shared toilet) or in our research center acommodation (big farm house with 4 double bedrooms and two shared toilets). All of them have wi-fi connection, fresh water and hot showers. There is a library, a deck and a big living room in the research center. Iracambi has also a computer lab/classroom and a chemistry lab available for volunteers and researchers.
Vegetarian food available (please, let us know in advance if you have any kind of food restrictions). There is always fresh water, milk and coffee for free, and sometimes fresh juices depending on the season. Sodas, alcoholic drinks, ice-cream and cigars are not included in our fees but we do sell them in our restaurant.