Eco Experience Brazil

Living in our eco farm with a local family

By choosing our Eco Experience program, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Eco Farm and stay with a local family. You can stay with the Bijen family in one of the bioconstruction houses on the farm with incredible views over the mountains. You can also stay with a local Brazilian family close to the farm, depending on availability. 

This is the most comfortable form of volunteering on the farm as you will have a private room and bathroom. Food will generally be prepared for you and will include ingredients from our own garden.

During your experience, you will be able to learn and participate in bioconstruction, agroforestry, and organic farming. You can also participate in Portuguese classes, hiking, bonfires, and visiting tourist places while you meet people from Brazil and all over the world.

Eco Caminhos is open during COVID-19!

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Preventive Measures

In order to minimize the risks of contagion by COVID-19 and to keep everyone safe, we are taking several precautions here at Eco Caminhos. Current farm residents are isolated and adopting preventive measures whenever it is necessary for them to leave the site. Prior to arriving at the farm, any and all new residents or visitors must self-quarantine for 15 days and complete a COVID-19 test.

 

 

What will your average day look like?

Volunteers in our Eco Experience program usually work approximately 24 hours, 3 days a week. Volunteers can choose between bioconstruction, agroforestry, and organic farming. Our project coordinators will provide a theoretical introduction to the different techniques we use, after which you will join the ongoing projects.

We organize 1 special activity per week, ranging from hikes, visiting sights in the region (such as beautiful waterfalls and outlooks), horseback riding, wild camping, cultural trips in the region, and so on. Plus, you’re welcome to Eco Caminhos volunteer nights, which include movie nights, board games, and bonfires. And of course, you’re also free to make your own plans. Many of our volunteers use their weekends to explore Nova Friburgo or Rio de Janeiro.

 

 

Hosting in a bioconstructed house 

You can choose accommodation in a bioconstructed house where the owner’s family resides. You will have your own bedroom and bathroom. The food will be organic, directly from our garden. The views are incredible.

 

Prices (Full Board)

Periodprices in BRLPrices in US$Prices in EUR
1 week R$ 3.140$ 605.27 *€ 498,12 *
2 weeks R$ 5.681
$ 1,095.07 *€ 901,22 *
3 weeks R$ 7.774 $ 1,498.51 *€ 1.233,24 *
4 weeks R$ 9.269 $ 1,786.69 *€ 1.470,41 *
5 weeks R$ 10.465 $ 2,017.23 *€ 1.660,14 *
6 weeks R$ 11.213$ 2,161.42 *€ 1.778,80 *
7 weeks R$ 11.811 $ 2,276.69 *€ 1.873,66 *
8 weeks R$ 12.259
$ 2,363.04 *€ 1.944,73 *

* Our prices are in Brazilian Real and are exclusive of tax. The prices in US$ and Euros are indicative and the exact amount in US$ or Euro will be calculated on the day of booking.

Airport transfer

To ensure your safe and comfortable arrival you can count on our coordinator and driver, Dutra, he will be able to pick you up and drop you off directly at Eco Caminhos, he will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall, we can facilitate contact between you. Dutra speaks a little English. You can also come by bus or own means, we can guide you and pick you up from Nova Friburgo.

Included 

  • Homestay with private room.
  • Full board: meals with ingredients from our own garden.
  • Theoretical introduction about the implementation of  permaculture, bioconstruction and agroforestry on our farm.
  • Hands-on bioconstruction, agroforestry and organic farming at Eco Caminhos
  • 1 activity per week, including hikes, horseback riding, campfires and camping in the mountains *
  • 1 Portuguese class per week (more on request)
  • Participate in volunteer nights, including board games, cinema, and campfires.
  • WiFi

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

Not Included 

  • If the host family is not home, they will leave food for you to cook for yourself and you will able to use their kitchen
  • The cleaning of your room and the things you use are your own responsibility, not that of your host family
  • Airport transfer is not included, but can be arranged for around 100 euros