Learn bioconstruction and reconnect with nature in a peaceful homestead in the highlands of Serra da Mantiqueira Brazil



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  • Description


    I am a volunteer work enthusiast, cycle activist and Critical Mass participant, cyclotourist and Warm Shower host, backpacker, storyteller for children in hospitals, and owner of a small outdoor gear company. Recently I left the big city (São Paulo) to live in the mountains and now we are one of the bases for the expeditions of an NGO that work with experiential education. We started a bioconstruction project and a agroforestry project in an area of 13 hectares.

    The initial idea is to bio-build a small and inexpensive house with recycled materials from the region, such as pallets, eucalyptus, cob and grass. This will be a way of learning by doing and if we are successful we intend to turn all this knowledge into a do it yourself manual to distribute for free to people in the region who have lost the wisdom of building houses with cob.

    The accommodation is a charming house with 4 bedrooms, a small lake, surrounded by grass with some fruit trees and a breathtaking view. This is a region situated between two national parks with hundreds of hiking and cycling trails, waterfalls and small cheese producers. There are buses and taxis connecting the accommodation to the city of Itamonte (7 km away). Just 5 minutes by bike we can get organic food such as: vegetables, fruits, milk, butter and various types of cheese.

    Really looking forward to hearing from you guys!



    Ps. We prefer to receive those vaccinated against Covid and not receive vapers or closet smokers.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    # Enjoy meet local people;
    # Can help teach my portuguese language;
    # Learn about the local culture;
    # Enjou showing travellers some trails and waterfalls;
    # We have a bicycle available for travelers;
    # Enjoy helpers who can cook a tradition meal;
    # And much more like some skill of Mountain Guide, Brazilian cooking recipes, Cycle Tourism, Bioconstruction, etc...

  • Help


    We need help with: Design an agroforestry. plant fruit trees in the middle of the forest, bioconstruction project, help with wood treatment ( Shou Sugi Ban Tecnic) , collaborate in the kitchen, help clean the house, take care of the garden, plant trees, help make the foundation of bioconstruction, help with the documentation of bioconstruction, etc...

    We offer accommodation in private room. reakfast, lunch and dinner (help with preparation and cleaning of the kitchen is welcome) in return, we expect volunteers to give us an average of 5 to 6 hours a day , 5 days a week, of their time to help. Weekends are free to cycle, discover the waterfalls and mountains in the region.
    Workawayers are not asked to help with preparing or serving either food or drinks to paying customers. Also because we do not receive paying guests.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Portuguese: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am interested in sharing my own language or learning a new language.

  • Accommodation


    We provide accommodation and basic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) free of charge. We can accommodate vegetarian diets. The house has 4 rooms with good and reliable internet connection and very calm places for online work. We have a library with many books in English on outdoor gear and treeking skils for you to read in your free time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    A nice, quiet village situated between two national parks with plenty of options for hiking, climbing, trekking, horseback riding and resting as well. Dairy products, eggs and trout are the main local production. The area has plenty of waterfalls of clear water. There are buses and taxis connecting the accommodation to the city of Itamonte (7 km away).

    From Rio de Janeiro: Buy a ticket to São Lourenço (MG). There are daily buses that leave from the Rio de Janeiro bus station to São Loureço (MG) and stop in Itamonte (MG). (Sampaio bus company)
    From São Paulo: Buy a ticket to Itanhandu. There are daily buses that leave from Tiete bus station in São Paulo to Itanhamdu (MG). (Cometa bus company) From Itanhandu there are different local bus to Itamonte (MG).

    If you need more information, please don't hesitate to ask.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have good and reliable internet connection and very calm places for online work.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a place for your van, car or bicycle

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 216565512388