Help restore an antique house at our nature reserve in the Atlantic Forest, Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • Last activity: 23 May 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    I'm a 59 year-old retired nurse who lived in Canada for 34 years and just purchased a piece of the Atlantic Rainforest on the Mantiqueira Mountains in Engenheiro Passos, Resende-RJ

    Our focus is to create a Canadian Ecovillage in Brazil, where we use English as our first Language, so locals and people from non-speaking Countries may improve their English Language Conversational Skills and Cultural Awareness while having a true Forest Living Experience in our beautiful Reserve!!!💚

    Our main focus is the reforestation of pastures inside of the Atlantic Rainforest using the principles of agroforestry, creating and keeping our existing organic gardens and the general maintenance of our wild campgrounds, wild hostel, day use recreation area and tending to Visitors' requests.💚

    Do your 3 hours of work x 5 days a week and go explore the Atlantic Rainforest!🌴 Boots, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, sun lotion, sunglasses, large hats, band aids and antihistamines (allergy meds) are all necessary to ensure your safety.

    *Please be aware: Snakes, wild pigs, spiders, and many other venomous and/or dangerous creatures, lives in the forest! 🐍🦂🐗🕷🦟🐝🐸🐒🐊🦊🦔🦅🐅🕸🐆

    We encourage our Volunteers to travel around Rio De Janeiro and other Places to explore our beautiful countryside on days off or longer and return at their will.

    *Please bring your own food supplies and cook your meals in our fully equipped community kitchen, which is also used by our private clients.

    *My family and I do drink water straight from our mountains' springs, but please feel free to use a filtering system, if you prefer.

    *Our Exchangers must NOT smoke inside or around rooms or verandas near the main building, hostel rooms, camping sites, kitchen, swimming pool, sauna, etc.

    *Social drinking is acceptable at your own expense. You will be considerate towards others at all times and participate in the daily maintenance of all shared spaces, such as general cleaning, your own meals preps, maintaining main areas such as kitchen, cleaning host's private home, bathroom, verandas, kennel, chicken coup, sheep house, and entertainment areas.

    *We appreciate two weeks stayers, but we're very willing to take longer stayers, as long both sides are pleased.🤝🏾

    *We're also fully aware that life happens. Therefore, we are accommodating and fully understanding when people choose to leave earlier than first agreed. 🎯

    *For your protection, please bring long-neck boots, sunglasses, gardening/construction gloves, hats, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and a must-have, raincoat. We do plant trees and do other outdoor work even when it's raining.

    *Be aware that forest living offers many perks but can be dangerous as well. There are amphibians, insects, birds, and reptiles whose only home is inside the Atlantic Rain Forest. 🐍🐸🐆🕷

    Please have all WHO's recommended immunization and health insurance for anyone traveling to Brazil, up to date. At this moment, the recommendations are yellow fever, tetanus, and Covid-19.

    It also might be a good idea to bring mosquito repellent, a hammock with mosquito net, topical antiseptic, band-aid and allergy ointments for cuts and bites, antihistamine meds, long neck Boots, long sleeves/pants and tops, old working clothing, broad edges hats, Raincoat, many pairs of construction gloves.

    We are able to accommodate SINGLES or couples who won't mind sharing our mixed gender dorm with a max of 2 Exchangers at a time.

    The Exchangers' room is an old bunker and must be kept clean daily and with doors and window screens closed to avoid the entrance of insects, amphibians, mice, and bats, that are all over the forest, including on top of all structure's roof.

    *If you require privacy, please bring your own tent or rent one of our private rooms. 🏕 🏡

    * Your laundry will be done by hand.
    Please bring your own laundry soap or purchase it from us.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn by experiencing alternative forest living daily, by exploring the surroundings, observing wildlife and assisting with the many daily tasks required, to survive in the woods.

    We have an ongoing reforestation of the Atlantic Rainforest, which requires collecting native seeds to grow new trees to warrant the perpetuation of the its species. Also, as they grow, we transplant them and must maintain the area around them free of weeds for the first 3 years.

    Weekly forest shopping or foraging to harvest our daily food such as fruit, roots, vegetables and much more, is an incredible class in itself and keep your food bills low!!!💚😋

    You will be learning or sharpen your skills while sharing and exploring the very biodiverse Atlantic Rainforest's fauna and flora. It's extremely important to be aware of daily precautions needed in order to safely live surrounded by dangerous enphibians, reptiles, wild animals, etc... And always remind ourselves that we are in their home and that although the Forest belongs to everyone, not everyone belongs and are able to safely live in the forest.

    You may also enjoy and take full advantage doing some serious self-care by immersing under our beautiful waterfalls and daily forest bathing!!!! Experience and learn about Agroforestry, forestry cuisine, (you must go forest shopping), Brazilian local cuisine in surrounding areas is about 10km away, learn about our culture, costumes, language, organic farming, community living, making friends from different parts of the world and from Brazil as well, sharing, learning and teaching with and from our visitors and while taking care of our dogs, sheep, chicken, quails, etc...

  • Help


    Native and fruit trees planting and/or transplanting, organic farming/gardening, building/maintaining watering system, swimming pool cleaning, manual and carpentry work, host's house cleaning, general campgrounds maintenance.

    *Please bring your own extra food and laundry supplies (only asking for 20 hours of help per week).

    We offer rice and beans, canola oil, onions, and garlic. Everything else must be brought in by you.

    There are many markets in the village where you can buy milk, cheese, eggs, smoked meat directly from a neighboring farm, about 1-hour walk down the road. Be aware, it's unpasteurized milk.

    There are plenty of grocery stores to purchase your food supplies in Engenheiro Passos Village.

    You have access to all seasonal foods offered by our abundant Atlantic Rainforest, but you must go and Forest shopping for your own forest food.

    There's always raw rice and beans available in our community kitchen. Feel free to prepare it and help yourselves.

    *Please bring your own food and cook your meals for yourself. Please identify your food supplies placed in our community fridge.

    Bring your own food and drinks. Whatever forestal fruits are in season, feel free to go harvest and enjoy them!!!

    Alcohol is allowed, but only in moderation, please.

    Please be aware that ALL illegal drugs in Brazil are also prohibited in our space.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Japanese and Mandarin

  • Accommodation


    We're a Natural Aquapark Forestal Reserve with a Jungle Camping site inside of the Atlantic Rainforest, so if you don't want to share the bunker you may bring your own tent, sleeping bags, hammock with mosquito net, and general camping gear to warrant some privacy.

    Feel free to go forest foraging for wild food, such as bananas, jackfruit, roots, spinach, etc...

    We use propane or wood stoves for cooking. It's imperative that we do our best to use our fuels wisely to avoid waste and to be as environmentally conscious as possible at all times. No baking, please.

    It's your responsibility to know and let others know about food, bees, wasp, environmental, and/or all ALLERGIES.
    Information must be documented on your profile.

    The main house where Hosts reside, is also a private or shared rooms where paying guests stays. It's off-limits for Volunteers.

    The Forest space is available for you to explore and forage for foods, with much carefully. Our organic gardens have a limited supply of veggies.

    For all your food supplies, personal items, and laundry supplies, there are supermarkets 10 km away, in Engenheiro Passos Village.

    We keep some raw rice and beans available for all our Exchangers. to prepare and enjoy it.

    It's about a 2 hrs walk. You may call in an Uber for about $50 Reais each way.

    In Engenheiro Passos you'll find all basic foods, such as rice beans, pasta, flour, eggs, meat products nuts, milk, cheese, coffee, cereals, chips, chocolates, candies, wine, beer, laundry, basic personal hygiene items, restaurantes, pizza house, fastfoods and the likes.

    Please arrive between 0700-1800 hrs.

    Arrivals after Sunset or before Sunrise are NOT recommended.

    Day time pick up or drop-off by us may be possible, but must be pre-booked at least 2 days in advance: From or to Engenheiro Passos: $50 Reais each way.

    There are many independent options for taxis, Uber and blablacar services in Engenheiro Passos as well, and you may order directly with them.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our space is a wild campground. We offer you a shared dorm with 3 bunks, where campers sleeps as well.

    For privacy, feel free to bring your own tent, sleeping bags or a hammock with a mosquito net attached. 🏕

    *Since we are inside of the Atlantic Rainforest, please have your tetanus, yellow fever vaccine, Covid-19 and any other travel immunizations recommended for a safe forest living experience.

    Bring a pair of long neck boots, hats, sunglasses, old long sleeves shirts and working pants, construction + gardening gloves and plenty of mosquitoes repellent and sunscreen

    Our Ecovillage Reserve, is an Ecotourism paradise, with plenty of Wildlife, waterfalls and biodiversity for You, to be respectfully experienced, explored and shared, with all living creatures!!!💚

    *10 km walks from Engenheiro Passos up the Mantiqueira Mountains. Please avoid night arrivals.

    *Uber service for the 10 km, from our district of Engenheiro Passos is available for about 50 Reais each way.
    Booking in advance is recommended.

    Day time arrivals are recommended.

  • 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

    Although we are inside of the Atlantic Forest and high on the Mantiqueira Mountains, as long as we have eletricity, We do have a fairly good unlimited internet access around the verandas of the main building, which is my private home. Please be aware, that during the Summer, which is our heavy raining season, (December to March), there are frequent blackouts lasting for as little as a few minutes, to as long as 6 hours or even to full days.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We've got free parking space for the vehicle of the person who's exchanging with us. You may park your campervan and motorhome free of charge. For anyone else on the bus or van who is not volunteering, you must pay a daily camping fee.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 hrs X 5 days a week

Host ref number: 661513353899

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