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I'm a 55 years old Nurse and Mental Health Counselor and Advocate for Women and Children Survivors of Abuse. I lived in Canada for 34 years and with my Husband and our 15 years old Son, which still living in Canada, just purchased a piece of the Atlantic Forest on the hills of the Mantiqueira Mountains.
Our focus is to create a Canadian Ecovillage in Brazil, where we use English as our first Language, so locals can improve their language skills while visiting our beautiful forest! Our areas of interest are on organic gardening, free range chicken farming, Reforestation of the Atlantic Forest by seedlings and also doing the planting, Agroforestry, Environmental Education and Research, Veterinary care for dogs. We encourage people from all over the world to visit, market and contribute with our projects. I completely agree that 5 hours a day 5 days a week is a fair trade or 25 hours worked per week. Do your 25 hours and you're free to go exploring for the rest of the week!
The Volunteer will be cooking and caring for themselves and each other. We all participate on all activities together.
The pet hotel is available for campers and trailers or any Volunteer or guest who visit our ecovillage. We don't cook for guests here. Visitors are campers and they care for themselves.
I hope this will assist you on learning a bit more about our Ecovillage Reserve. Feel free to ask more questions at anytime.
Help with Eco project
It's a place where you need to be physically fit, because the grass and other vegetation clearings are intense. You may learn and participate with trailing, exploring the Atlantic Forest with its beautiful waterfalls and biodiversity, experience and learn about forestry cuisine, Brazilian cuisine, it's people, culture, costumes and language, farming, community living, making friends from different parts of the world and from Brazil, sharing, learning and teaching with and from our community, pet care, chicken coop care, etc...
Grass and bush cutting with Sthill machinery and other tools such as machetes, land and trails clearings, native and fruit trees planting and transplanting, organic farming, manual and carpentry work, general maintainance, building and camping sites cleaning, general maintenance, fixing water, electrical and other problems, building tables, benches, tiling, carpentry and other construction projets. Please note we cook and eat together in the communal kitchen. Cooking responsibility will be shared equally for those in the WorkAway program. Basic supplies provided. Sleeping quarters, kitchen and other shared Common areas' cleaning and maintenance is done in collaboration between Volunteers. We eat and provide mostly vegetarian diet. Our drinks is based on what is in season. Feel free to bring or purchase your own extra foods. Alcohol only in moderation, please. Smoking or any illegal drugs are NOT allowed.
English and Portuguese
Bunk beds in dorms with maximum 4 other people of same gender.
Vegetarian diet provided. We cook and eat together in the communal kitchen. The organic garden is available for various vegan or vegetarian diets with seasonal vegetables, sometimes there are free range chicken eggs, but if chickens are not giving eggs, regular eggs will be provided. There is a market 7 km away where you may purchase meat products and soft drinks if you prefer. Alcohol only in moderation if any, please.
It's an Ecoturismo paradise, with plenty to explore. I don't drive and there are a 7km dirty road after your get off the bus. Please arrive during day light, to ensure you can walk here before night time. If you want to be picked up, I will arrange a ride, but there is a 30 Reais fee.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
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