Learn and practice agroforestry, permaculture and bioconstruction

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The Exchange

Eco Caminhos is an eco farm in Brazil where we work with bioconstruction, organic farming, and permaculture. We offer volunteers the chance to become a part of our project and live in our national and international community, while enjoying nature and ecotourism activities. Volunteering at Eco Caminhos is an excellent way to gain practical skills and experience in eco-farming, learn Portuguese by a native person and travel around the nature.


24 hours of help per week

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens

What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Free Tours: We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

Free Events: Get free entrance for the best events in town.

Pick Up: We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.

Language lessons: Take free language classes at our place.

Permaculture Course: Take part in our Permaculture course for free.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Beginner English

Over 18 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

Short-term volunteers will work approximately 24 hours 3 days a week. Tuesdays and Thursdays are off. Volunteers can choose between bioconstruction and organic farming. After your work day and on your weekends, you are free to do as you please. Many of our volunteers use their weekends to explore Nova Friburgo or Rio de Janeiro.
Once a week the people of Eco Caminhos unite in the evening to socialize. During these volunteer nights we usually cook together or make a fire outside, but all suggestions are welcome. What matters is that we spend time together.
Airport Transfer not included: To guarantee your safe and comfortable arrival our trusted driver from Nova Friburgo, can pick you and leave you at the Eco Caminhos doorstep. We can also arrange for you to be dropped off at a specific location on your day of departure. But, you can also come by yourself, we help you giving instructions

Activities & Shift

Still a typical work day schedule always looks something like:

6:00 AM - Wake up and breakfast
7:00 AM - Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry
9:30 AM - Coffee Break
9:45 AM - Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry
12:00 PM - Lunch & Break
13:00 PM - Work in Bioconstruction, Organic Farming or Agroforestry
16:00 PM - Finish work and head back to volunteer house
17:00 PM - Portuguese or English lesson with native speaker
19:00 PM - Dinner
20:00 PM - Chilling out, Game Nights, Movie Nights and Bonfires