Come and help me build a Swiss style chalet with eco-friendly bricks in Delfim Moreira, Brazil



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

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    If you like nature and are tired of city come to help us. The main project is to build an ecotourism agency and a cultural space for the community. The current subproject is to build the first cabin, as you can see in the pictures. The volunteer who helps us has in return accommodation in tents and most meals guaranteed. My name is Rayllei, a 33-year-old journalist and former backpacker. After traveling through Asia, Africa and the Americas, I decided to create my own little place. My land is 2.700 m² in a rural area in the village of Delfim Moreira, 4 hours from São Paulo and 5 hours from Rio de Janeiro. I want to quit my full time job in the town and work with ecotourism cause I love hiking in nature, mountain bike, waterfalls and all kinds of outdoor sports. We are in Mantiqueira mountain range, that has a great potential for ecotourism - adventure outdoors sports - but not yet explored like our neighboring crowded towns Campos do Jordão and Monte Verde. 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. Sometimes you will feel in a retreat where you can walk or cycle alone on the paths, and sometimes you will feel in a international community where new friends can come and share adventures. I'm here to guide you, mostly in weekends. So ask me about the presence of other volunteers If you care to be alone sometimes. Be open and everything will flow. And we have WiFi. :P

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can guide you to mountain trails and waterfalls around. I just ask for a contribution for gasoline. Some waterfalls have entrance fee as well. We have mountain bikes for tours in the area, free of charge. We are ten minutes walk from a little rural neighborhood with: bakery, burger truck, restaurant, gas station and bus stop to: Delfim Moreira (10min, 5 BRL), Itajubá (40min, 11 BRL) and Aparecida-SP (1h30min, 15 BRL).

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    Discover the tourist potential of the region, such as flagging tracks, opening climbing routes, setting up tourist routes, etc. Gardening. The main tasks nowdays is to make 'ecological bricks': modular bricks made with seven 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. Please, when you contact me tell what kind of work you are most interested in.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Portuguese, English, Spanish, Esperanto, some French

  • Accommodation


    Nowdays accommodating volunteers with the comfort that you deserve is our biggest challenge. But if you enjoy nature and a life outside urban standards, you will like it. We have two tents and a motorhome available. It's a off-grid camping structure. Outdoor kitchen - good if you like to cook. If you sometimes do not want to cook there are two restaurants in the neighborhood (10min walking), one with deliciously brazilian homemade local food (15 BRL) and another a bit fancy with buffet barbecue and japanese food (~30 BRL). I'm a vegetarian, but you can cook meat if you want. Shower heating water manually or in a near 'shower waterfall'. Compost toilet. River to wash clothes. WiFi internet in the place, on-grid power for lights, mobile charging and laptops. We have a rustic structure yet, but we are working to have more comfort day by day. We recommend a two-week stay, but you are free to decide if you want to stay longer - or shorter. In the winter is cold here!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Every day buses leave from São Paulo-SP and Rio de Janeiro-RJ to Itajubá-MG, the largest town next.
    São Paulo (Terminal Tietê):; Rio de Janeiro (Novo Rio):
    Try to buy the ticket before, especially weekend or Monday.
    Just ask the driver to stop next to Restaurante Porteira Grill, 10km before Delfim Moreira.
    So get a sweater and come to the mountains!

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5/4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Peaceful, no smoke, clean air, and red lichens!
Waterfall 50min by car (or 2h30 by mountain bike)
Paragliding point view. 50min hiking from campsite.
Workshop about permaculture by volunteer from South Africa (Oct, 2018)
Accommodation on VW Bus
Outdoor kitchen
Our little river
Eco-brick machine.
Talking about the ecological bricks for youtube channel.
Volunteer building with our "Lego" bricks.
Brick by brick.
Working on the first cabin.
Our land
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Host ref number: 653475611354