Help me build an ecotourism agency and a cultural space in the mountains of southeastern Brazil, the Mantiqueira range. We are at the beginning of the project, so we still have a lot of construction work to do. The volunteer who helps us has in return accommodation in tents and all meals guaranteed. My name is Rayllei, a 32-year-old former backpacker... :P My land is 2.500 m² in a rural area in the village of Delfim Moreira, 4 hours from São Paulo and 5 hours from Rio de Janeiro. I love hiking in nature, waterfalls and all kinds of art. Delfim Moreira is a mountain village with great potential for ecotourism but not yet explored. So, here will be the right choice if you are looking for a place that still lives the Brazilian traditions and is off the conventional tourist route.
UPDATE (Feb 15, 2019): In this months of February and March we need mainly help for production and construction with ecological bricks.
I can teach Portuguese and guide you to mountain trails and waterfalls around. We are ten minutes walk from a little rural neighborhood with: bakery, snack bar, bar, restaurant, gas station and bus stop to: Delfim Moreira (10min, 5 BRL), Itajubá (40min, 10 BRL) and Aparecida-SP (1h30min, 15 BRL). Then it will always be possible to exchange with the local population.
Discover the tourist potential of the region, such as flagging tracks, opening climbing routes, setting up tourist routes, etc. Another work is to make 'ecological bricks': modular bricks made with eight parts soil to one part cement. We have a manual machine that presses the bricks, it's super simple and fun. Help in building with these bricks will also be very welcome. The volunteer can also offer lectures, workshops and art events for the community. We also have permission to art paint public walls in Delfim Moreira.
English, Spanish, Portuguese, Esperanto.
Off-grid camping structure: accommodation in tents. Outdoor kitchen. I'm a vegetarian, but if you want cook meat I can provide it. Compost toilet and manual heating shower. River to wash clothes and dishes. WiFi internet in the place, on-grid power for lights, mobile charging and laptops.
Every day buses leave from São Paulo-SP and Rio de Janeiro-RJ to Itajubá-MG, the largest town next.
São Paulo (Terminal Tietê): passaromarron.com.br; Rio de Janeiro: viacaocometa.com.br
Then you can take another local bus to our village: Delfim Moreira-MG or just ask the driver to stop next to Restaurante Porteira Grill.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4 hours a day, 5 days a week