Volunteer at an eco farm –ecovillage in Brazil

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Eco Caminhos is an ecovillage in the middle of the beautiful mountains near the city of Nova Friburgo, in Rio de Janeiro. Our intention is to become a self-sustaining community producing our own food, energy and building materials, creating a healthy and active living environment. We believe that this is the ideal scene for human development as we learn to live, work, evolve and solve our problems together.

Update March 2022

volunteer with yellow coat, brazil, volunteer project, mud, eco-building, cob houseDo you want to live a unique and enriching experience on an eco-farm in the middle of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest? Your place is here 🍃
Ecocaminhos is a self-sustainable farm where we follow the principles of permaculture. You will learn and practice knowledge about bioconstruction (natural construction), agroforestry (syntropic agriculture) and renewable energy! In addition to being in contact with people from different cultures, languages ​​and realities 🌎

Come and be part of our volunteering! See the CONTACT DETAILS section below to get in touch with the volunteers’ coordinators.

Update October 2020 – 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.

An ecovillage in Brazil

From different experiences in community life, we realize that shared ownership is extremely complex, so at Eco Caminhos we try to overcome these challenges together, seeking to share, decide and welcome people from different cultural contexts, life experiences and dreams.

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What type of host are you?

Community/ Ecovillage

What are you looking for help with?
What’s the mission of your community?

We believe that beautiful nature, rural life and manual work are excellent for aiding in reflection, relaxing and releasing the mind from the stresses of city life, facilitating the flow of thoughts and fostering a greater connection with yourself. At Eco Caminhos the volunteer will learn about bio construction, organic gardens, have the opportunity to practice different languages, like Portuguese, and surely make lifelong friendships. All this enjoying a beautiful landscape.

How many volunteers could you host?
  • Up to 10 volunteers
When would you need volunteers?
  • All year long
How many hours of help per day?
  • 4-5 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week?
  • 5 days per week – 2 days off
Note about the volunteer work and other expectations

Volunteers bring creativity to our organization, live a sustainable way of life and, after leaving, disseminate the knowledge gained from other parts of the planet. Volunteers can choose between bio-construction, agroforestry and organic farming.

Are accommodation and food included?

Yes, we offer food and accommodation

What type of accommodation can you provide?
  • Private Room
  • Dormitory/shared rooms
Diet – nutrition information

We offer vegetarian food with organic ingredients from our garden.

Fees transparency

In our free and paid programs, the food and accommodation are included.

VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters?

Yes, we can help with Visa/invitation letters

Volunteers’ benefits:

Activities at weekends, like:

  • horseback riding,
  • camping,
  • hikes,
  • trips to local beauty spots and places of interest,
  • rafting,
  • local crafts and many more.

In addition, we have weekly nights where volunteers get together for a social occasion. The volunteer will have the opportunity of living with international people,

What to do in the free time

In addition to becoming involved with our many Eco projects, you will have the opportunity to take part in exciting activities at weekends. These may include horseback riding, camping, hikes, trips to local beauty spots and places of interest, rafting, local crafts and many more. We have weekly nights where volunteers get together for a social occasion. Volunteers also use their weekends to explore Nova Friburgo or Rio de Janeiro.

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Aqui temos uma experiencia de real conexão e respeito com a Mãe-Terra, aqui nos sentimos integrados ao organismo vivo que é o nosso planeta. Aqui somos felizes! Subida ao Chapéu da Bruxa em Nova Friburgo – Rio de Janeiro. Estávamos a 1.550 metros de altitude. /// Here we have an experience of real connection and respect with Mother Earth, here we feel integrated with the living organism that is our planet. Here we are happy! Climb to the Chapéu da Bruxa in Nova Friburgo – Rio de Janeiro. We were at an altitude of 1,550 meters #ecoturismobrasil #ecoturismo #ecotur #permaculture #permacultura #bioconstrucao #bioconstruccion #bioconstruction #organic #organicfarming #ecofarm #agroforestry #agrofloresta #simplelife #volunteer #volunteerbrazil #brazil #novafriburgo #view #nature #farmlife #farm #ecoturismo #ecotourism #ecocaminhos #planting #vegetables

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The weather in Cardinot is different from other areas of Brazil (it is not the same as in Rio de Janeiro, for example). Summers are warm and wet (rainy season starts in February and goes until the end of March). Winters are cold and dry. During the day it is quite pleasant, but in the mornings and nights temperatures can drop to between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius, so it is wise to be prepared for the cold.

How to get to your site

To get to Eco Caminhos ecovillage in Brazil, you have 2 options. You can either book transport through us or make your own way using buses.

Getting here with a trusted driver:

We can arrange transport for you from the airport through our local transport services. The cost will be between R$ 440- 2 ½ hours.

Getting to Eco Caminhos by bus:

You can make your own way via public transport. The cost will be between (R$80-120) 5-6 hours.

Is there internet access?


“Paying guests” Option. Could you accommodate “solidarity” tourists?
Yes, we can accommodate eco/responsible tourists & paying guests


Website: http://www.ecocaminhos.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecocaminhos/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ecocaminhos/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ecocaminhos
Hostname: Eco Caminhos
Host Email: ecocaminhos.contato@gmail.com

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Planos para hoje: Plantar 200 mudas que cultivamos no viveiro em um de nossos canteiros. Estamos analisando e respeitando o espaço que cada planta precisa para crescer, inclusive, ela serão nosso futuro alimento. Quer se juntas a nós nesse lindo processo de transformação e evolução? Seja um voluntário! . Plans for today: Plant 200 seedlings that we grow in the nursery in one of our beds. We are analyzing and respecting the space that each plant needs to grow, including it will be our future food. Do you want to join us in this beautiful process of transformation and evolution? Be a volunteer! #permaculture #permacultura#bioconstrucao #bioconstruccion#bioconstruction #organic#organicfarming #ecofarm#agroforestry #agrofloresta #simplelife#volunteer #volunteerbrazil #brazil#novafriburgo #view #nature #farmlife#farm #ecoturismo #ecotourism#ecocaminhos

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