Help me Rebuild our house! While learn about permaculture, forest medicines, bio construction, yoga and jiu jitsu, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    Hello adventurers of the world,

    Over the years, we have hosted more than 80 people from over 17 countries, working as a harbor for travelers friends. Some volunteers even happen to spend a full year with us.

    Overall, we usually host people traveling around South America. Our chacra used to be a place where people could chill and rest, like taking a breath before big jumps or recovering from a fatigue-inducing activity.

    However, during the last few months, South Brazil has experienced a very serious set of storms, and we've been damaged by them. Some of the house's roof has been taken out, and since then, we've been unable to host people. Well, we tried, but it was not good, as not everyone is able to live in a house with just half of the roof covered by a tarp... hahaha.

    Since then, I've been working on the repairs basically by myself, including cutting trees (eucalyptus trees that me, my granddad and dad planted 25 years ago when i was a child), taking them out, and cutting them into planks, pillars, and other materials. I've also been preparing, sanding, and painting the wood for the renovations. Additionally, I've done some masonry to accommodate the new structure. I'm going to leave some pictures of the project in the photos section, so check it out ;)

    Basically, I now need 1 or 2 people to work with me. Some friends who live nearby come to help occasionally, but they're not able to assist with daily tasks and are not very skilled at carpentry or building.

    We are going to be doing some woodsman hustle, hahaha. Literally (re)building a house in the middle of 'nowhere'. Although we're pretty near the city (Frederico Westphalen, RS), the experience is very natural because pretty much everything is being farmed out of the land. We take wood from trees we planted and stones from the fields, which are filled with them. Earth can also be used in several bioconstruction processes.

    After all, the experience is nice, and now I can offer you housing, food, and family in exchange for your hard work, hahaha. Since the chacra house is damaged and we are working on it, you're going to stay at my grandparents' house along with me, Preto, and Nina, our dogs. You can also camp at the sitio as well.

    If you stay with us, the schedule at the moment is:
    Every day, you'll have the morning free to do whatever you want. At 12, we have lunch, and at 14:00, we go up to the chacra to work on the house. At this point, the jobs are going to require some strength. I need help to:

    Collect stones from the fields near the house and build up stone/masonry foundation walls
    Unbuild the existing roof frame (it's just the frame; I've taken care of the roof and the tiles)
    Help move the wood frames and set them into place
    Assist in moving wood logs and placing them into location
    But don't worry, we have a certified yoga teacher who takes care of our backs and joints available in your volunteering program, hahaha.

    Anyways this is the history so far:

    In 2013, when I returned to Frederico, I found this site practically abandoned. The weeds were growing all around, reaching over 1.50m in height. The house had turned into a storage for corn, sacks, trinkets, and rats. There was trash and remnants of materials, glass, metals, and wood scattered all over the space. This is how my journey of over 10 years began, cleaning and inhabiting this space that has brought me so many perceptions and changes.

    Everything in life is a double path; there are always gains and losses. I, Pedro, for better or worse, ended up opting to be here, handling this project in the way I can and am able to. In the beginning, the main idea was just to have a place to go. Frederico is a small town, and I had just returned from a period of traveling abroad, where I lived in China for some time, and then in Florianópolis, where I was starting my career as a real estate agent and beginning my studies in civil engineering. At that time, at 20 years old, everything seemed resolved, but things can change quickly, and suddenly I realized that none of that made sense to me.

    I spent 4 to 5 hours a day in traffic, in places full of empty people, living a life based on a pre-established social template. I wasn't happy. In the search for a greater meaning, one day, I took everything I had, put it in the car, and returned to Frederico, my hometown, where my grandparents still live today. I traded engineering for architecture, and Florianópolis and its beaches for a piece of land full of debris.

    Over time, I started cleaning the site. Some friends would show up and help. In the beginning, we would gather to play rock 'n' roll (I'm a drummer) and have barbecues. Life went on, and around 2016, I noticed that the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, alcohol, and barbecues kept me away from other perceptions. I began trying to create a cultural movement; some friends supported me, but it was a time of much movement and little focus. We had many people visiting the site, but all we had was a messy house, some instruments, no bathroom, and a campfire outside.

    Over time, we improved, but people came and went, and new ones arrived. The mentality changed, and I wanted to create a certain erudition, to enhance valuable knowledge and experiences for the development of human consciousness. Thus, in mid-2018, this place emerged, intending to foster a unique perception of territorial belonging originating from the people who make up its immediate surroundings.

    I have always liked to travel and meet other cultures and people. However, when I started to dedicate more time, effort, and resources to the site, I realized that this was not so easy. If before nothing held me back, now I had responsibilities and costs that made me stay. Therefore, I began to receive volunteers. At the beginning, I saw the site as a great port of people coming from the most distinct regions of the world. Many volunteers have been here since then, from many different countries, with many diverse cultures. This enriches life at the site, promoting excitement and curiosity, it's like being able to travel without leaving here.

    However, there are still many things to be done, and reality is not as simple as it seems. Resources do not come as easily as we would like. we aims to promote a new perception of space, environment, and integration between man and nature. Over time, we have lost the inherent connection that exists between all living beings and the environment they inhabit. We know the natural and ideal habitat of practically all animal species, but what about ours? Cities? Is the asphalt street the ideal place to put our feet? The concrete and metal building to inhabit? The poisoned tap water to drink? The industrialized food to eat? In my view, the answer to all these questions is "no."

    Although this "no" roars within me, other voices claim it is impossible, unfeasible, utopian. Maybe it is impossible for one person to change anything beyond themselves, but even so, this change can generate identification. And identification through change is what unites us and makes the impossible possible. This is how the idea of creating a space of communion of individuality arises. This has always been the main point of the site: the possibility of healthy interaction of ideas and people.

    Today, we notice a maturation both in me and in the project's growth. New and greater responsibilities arise, and things are becoming more focused on educating and serving as an example. Even though the space is a field of experimentation and practice, each day it becomes clear that we need support points for the development of free thinking, natural time, and new forms of coexistence with nature. Many people find it difficult to adapt to this environment, so we always strive to provide a space that is comfortable, pleasant, and that inherently embodies this perception of communion with nature, and not as a place to hide from it.

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    The project now aims to expand its capacity for action, with the following current premises:

    Creation of useful infrastructure for organizing events and experiences.
    Survey of local fauna and flora for studies and development of ecological trails.
    Creation of partnerships with universities, schools, and groups of individuals interested in learning more about our local biome.
    Cultivation of food and medicinal species, and development of agroecology/permaculture systems.
    Rediscovery and updating of ancestral technologies.
    Development of holistic consciousness.
    All this always with much joy, peace, and care.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    You will learn:
    Build stuff
    Cultural excentricities from the Gaucho style of life
    Working on crops
    Working with trees
    Medicine from nature
    Natural healing practices
    We also work with some 'jungle medicines' like Rapé (rapÉ not rape, google it if you don't know about hahaha) in here
    Before pandemy we used to have events like shammanic weekend, reiki degree, hipnosis, yoga class etc...Now we are more on the path of having people and interacting with them deeply in order to create a singular process for every volunteer we have, its very good to see people going home with a better perspective of the world and leaving us also with a deep understandment of other places and cultures.

    Você vai aprender:
    Construir coisas
    Excentricidades culturais
    Trabalhar com hortas e plantas
    Trabalhar com árvores
    Remédios da natureza
    Práticas de cura natural
    Nós também trabalhamos com algumas medicinas da selva' como o rapé não estupro, pesquise no Google se você não.
    Antes da pandemia, tínhamos eventos como fim de semana xamânico, grau de reiki, hipnose, aula de ioga, etc ... Agora estamos mais no caminho de ter pessoas e interagir com elas profundamente, a fim de criar um processo único para cada voluntário que temos, é muito bom ver as pessoas voltando para casa com uma perspectiva melhor do mundo e também possibilitando-nos termos uma nova perspectiva cultural que a mesma traz consigo.

  • Help


    We basically need help with the maintenance of the house and dogs, as well as the gardens and outdoor areas.
    I have been working in the city, and it has been quite difficult to give the necessary attention to the space without volunteers, the tasks would be quite basic at first and according to the volunteer's interest and will we can include more complex activities and specific courses from those listed above.


    Precisamos de ajuda basicamente na manutenção da casa e dos dogs, assim como dos jardins e das áreas externas.
    Tenho trabalhado na cidade, e tem sido bastante dificultoso dar a atenção necessária ao espaço sem voluntários, as tarefas seriam bastante básicas a principio e conforme o interesse e vontade do voluntario podemos incluir atividades mais complexas e cursos específicos dos listados a cima.


  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We got the main house, where its situated the kitchen and living room, by there there is one bedroom and bathroom.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Once we live in a really small town there's always time to go to a waterfall or spend time with friends, at town you shall find pretty much anything u need and a lot of delicious meals.

  • 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


  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If your pet is pet friendly you can do it!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    From 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week tops

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Help out on a little bio-dynamic and permacultural farm (3 ha), 100 km south from Porto Alegre, Brasil