If you love nature, enjoy active holidays, and believe that we need to change things on our planet because we are destroying it, this programme is right for you. The green mountains, the waterfalls, creeks, variety of birds, and cows grazing on the steep hills give you the feeling of absolute freedom. We offer you the opportunity to live with local family or stay in a bioconstructed house, learn and practice agroforestry and bioconstruction.
6 hours of help per day
Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Farming: Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.
Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
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.
Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs
Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa
You can chose to live with a local rural family or stay in a bioconstructed house. We offer you in this wonderful environment, experiencing their culture, customs, and food; the ideal setting to learn and practise the Portuguese Language. The host families live right next door to Eco Caminhos, where we offer you the possibility to participate in bioconstruction, organic farming, and a number of ecotourism activities including Portuguese classes, hikes, campfires, and visits to touristic places.
Volunteers in our Eco Experience programme usually choose to work approximately 24 hours 3 days a week. Volunteers can choose between bioconstruction and organic farming. Our project coordinators will provide you with a theoretical introduction to the different techniques we use. After this you can join the ongoing projects. Our activity coordinator will organise one special activity per week for you. This varies from hikes, camping in the mountains, horseback riding, to cultural trips in the region. In addition, you are welcome to the volunteer nights at Eco Caminhos, which include movie nights, board games, and campfires. Of course, you are also free to make your own plans. After your work day and on weekends when we do not have any activities planned, you can do as you please. Many of our volunteers use their weekends to explore Nova Friburgo or Rio de Janeiro.