Help on Tàpui Surf & Art growing Eco-Surf Camp in Rio de Janeiro East Coast, Brazil



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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    Tàpui means "the place we live in" in Guajajara native Tupi leanguage.
    Our mission is to mix tradition with future in our Surf & Art place.

    For first, If you want to have a quick holiday time with us you are very welcome but please contact us.

    We are localized in a blessed spot between Massambaba desert beach and Araruama Lake.
    Its a perfect place for surfing, kitesurfing, stand up padlle, fishing and all beach and water sports!
    Perfect for who is looking for a quiet place to retreat completely involved with the nature in a wild beach.
    Our camping is localized less than 3 hours from the Capital and 1 Km walking distance from Monte Alto small village (where you can find markets, public phone and internet cofee).
    From our place we have frequent urban bus to Arraial do Cabo (10 minutes far away) and Cabo Frio (15 minutes far away) where you can find full Urban services. The Rodoviaria Novo Rio, the capital bus station offer frequent coach to Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio.

    Please read carefully our profile and suggest what you could do best with something you have already good skills and experience. We need to have your help in something you do best. And than you'll learn lots of other things with us and the people around. The idea is sharing knowledge, cultural expressions and work in a respectful and pleasurable way.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am Luis, a geographer who worked with indigenous people lands rights in Brazil for 8 years. After finishing my masters studies about indigenous lands cartography I decided to live myself as I learned with our natives.
    This workaway project started in June 2014, by the indication of a German couple who came to my place trought couchsurf. We hosted more than 60 workawayers from all over the world on last tree years and it was an amazing experience for me and everybody else. Lots of friendships was created in our atmosphere!!

    We started our project asking for help on the construction to improve our infrastructure to host surfers and travelers. The constructions was made by intuitive building with re-usage of old materials, drinking a lot in the fonts of the traditional knowledge of the native Brazilian indigenous people. European people use to call this permaculture and bio-construction. In fact they stole the indigenous knowledge, mixed with scientific parameters to prove that its a better and most sustainable way to live and sell back this know how to the lost people in the cities who look for new and healthier ways of life. We do something similar but we study indigenous knowledge from our relatives and friends, we invite them to live with us, we travel to their lands to teach with them and help in whatever we can, and than we share this knowledge to our partners. As scientific knowledge is an expensive key, we study what the best designers are discovering about structures, materials and shapes. Usually they discover in a more expensive way things that the indigenous have a millenarian knowledge about. But sometimes the mix of both get a good flavor.

    The new camp-site is opened for all kind of people who want to have direct contact with the nature, dunes, the ocean and the second biggest lake in Brasil! Come to share this paradise!

  • Help


    What we need most is somebody who can expend at least tree months to manage our space.
    We need one easy going person for long term residence (at least one month) for being responsible for hosting and help in coordination and organizing the place.

    We have already built a small communitarian kitchen, one room to save our stuff and one ecological bathroom made of evapotranspiration basin. We have also only one room that we rent by an online rental website. we are finishing the building of a traditional indigenous small house to have a comfortable place for resting and meeting at our camp. Most workawayers who applied to help on building coudn't help so much because they had no or very little experience with this kind of work, so please, only apply to help with this if you are really *️️️️*️️EXPERT IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION*️️️️*️️️️ and can stay for at least one month, that’s the minimum time its needed to the workawayer go deep in our philosophy and be really useful.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Place to camping tents or hammock with rain cover above the trees.

    Food is not provided depending. It's possible to buying/cooking yourself food, make cook sharing with people in our surf camp or eating on nearby restaurants.

    There is a toilet with cool water shower.

    We offer a simple but full equipped kitchen with a two burner stove, pans, cups, cutlery, etc.
    Its also electricity to charge phones and a fridge.
    The gas cost for the stove (approx U$15) is shared by the people who is in the camp when it runs down and need to be replaced.

    Do not forget to bring your own tent, all the stuff for sleeping well as sleeping bags, blanket, mat and your hygiene stuff also! If you don't travel with your own tent we can borrow someone but these tents are not the best ones. Its possible to let mosquitos get in or not be completely waterproof when it's raining.

    We offer access to tap water, and electricity.

    There is no Wi-Fi, but there is 3g signal from VIVO and TIM. There is no good signal from CLARO and OI.
    There are some internet coffees with free WI-FI in Monte Alto (1km distant).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Workawayers have special prices (50% off) in Surfing, Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddle classes
    We also offer nice professional surfboards for rental and sale.

    If you dont travel with your self tent we have some old ones that we can borrow you, but you need to ask if it's available during your stay with us.

    There are old surfboards that can be borrowed to workawayers, but you need to be responsible for yourself and for the board in the sea. Please come back safe and alive. if you brake the board it's needed to pay for fixing it.

    If you want to learn how to surf and can't pay for classes, we advise you to spend at least 2 weeks of paddling with our "free use" boards in the lake every day to practice before start surfing without an instructor.
    Start surfing may be more difficult than you imagine, but also even more pleasurable than it already seems. It only requires your think that start surfing is the thing you want most in the world. So, what are you waiting to just go on!

    Come to enjoy these perfect waves with pristine blue water!!!!!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Sand soil. Your van must be 4x4

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Our work is flexible and may be working all day sometimes and having some free days. On average workawayers work 3 hous per day

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