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Volunteer on Eco Farm Brazil



We are an Eco Farm that works towards self-sustainability. We are situated in the beautiful and peaceful mountain region and natural reserve about 2.5 hours drive from Rio de Janeiro.

At the farm you are able to learn about bioconstruction, agroforestry, Permaculture philosophy and community living.

We also organize ecotourism activities including hikes, campfires, camping weekends, horseback riding. Join our international community to live a healthy and active life ideal for personal growth.


Eco Caminhos

Cardinot, Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro

There are no special requirements for our short-term volunteers. We just look for motivated volunteers. For our long-term programme we look for handy skills, carpentry skills, organizational skills, video maker, web designer, and social media.

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
1 week minimum for short term volunteers, 1 year minimum for long term volunteers

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+ (families with children are welcome too)

The long-term volunteer program is 100% free and offers accommodation and food. Short-term volunteering has a price, starting at US$329 for 1 week which includes accommodation, food, 24/7 in-country support, Portuguese lessons (if required), training, orientation and Wi-Fi access.

Other information:
Short-term volunteers can jump to the long-term program. Long-term volunteers can start earning commission which in the long-run can turn into a salary.


Eco Caminhos Experience
"I had an amazing and very instructive stay at Eco Caminhos for a week. I learned about agroforestry, bio-construction, Permaculture, composting and organic farming. I definitely loved the remote location about 30 min. from Nova Friburgo in the state of Rio de Janeiro I enjoyed the living within nature, mountains...the views from the house are priceless! The fantastic thing is that I learned a lot helping in the projects (such as constructing cop walls, setting up a composting system, working in the organic garden) and also enjoyed a lot...starting slowing down, living the NOW, breathing fresh air, going on fantastic trails in the beautiful area close to Eco Caminhos and not to forget the delicious home cooked food and bread and making new friends. It was an all over experience that I enjoyed a lot! Thanks for having me! All the best!!! I would always go back and stay longer - highly recommended. Price for eco caminhos volunteering: I guess for students or lower income groups the stay could be too costly since there are many networks nowadays where you can exchange work for stay & food."- Andrea Liffers
Eco Caminhos Experience
"I was at Eco Caminhos two years ago and stayed there for 9 months together. During my time I learned a lot about natural building and Permaculture. Especially the building program was very interesting. But the most important thing for me personal was to became myself again. I couldn't find my way in the Netherlands - I had depression - and stepping out of my comfort zone was the best decision I could make. When I was in Holland I never had the feeling to talk about all my problems - the people had constantly judged about me which makes me feel very frustrated. Brasil teached me to be more open minded and the people there are very relaxed. I made a lot of new friends who I am still in contact nowadays. This place and the nature are just fantastic and it will refresh your mind!!"- Jori Driessens
One of my best life experiences
"I learned more than I expected in my four months experience. The staff are the soul of the project. They are very friendly and helpful. I felt very welcome since my first day there. I also learned a lot about agroforestry, bio-construction and how to live in society."- Daniel Neves De Moraes
Building Towards Sustainability
"I've came here in the fall of 2017 and stayed for three months. I would have stayed longer if the visa had permitted it! During this time I've learned a lot about eco-construction and Permaculture, I made new friends, took in the smashing surroundings and generally had a blast! For me, going back to a more basic form of life has really done me well. It helped me reconnect to the things in life that are really important to me. Meeting people, social interaction without a social media interaction layer in between ;). You could say it helped me realise that in life, we get surrounded with a lot of useless and pointless extra baggage and luxury we really don't need, and actually don't want for the most part. It was refreshing and inspiring to spend my energy on concrete and meaningful activities like working on building our eco guest lodge, working in the gardens to grow our own food etc. Being out in nature, taking in the smashing views while working with your hands, really helps to clear the mind and just enjoy the moment. Hiking in the beautiful surroundings was amazing as well and worthwhile cities to visit like Rio the Janeiro, Bezios, etc., are all in reach with decently organised public transportation. My goal was to have a break of my regular job in health care, experience something new and learn new things like eco building techniques. During my stay I got so excited about the work, I decided to change things around when I'd go back to Holland. And so I did. I decided to take on a new career and am now working in construction, planning to steer my new founded company in the direction of some form of eco construction! I haven't had much experiences like this that really set me on a new path, I guess you could say the experience has been life changing for me!"- Reinder Meiborg

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