Idea and Vision
We have a biological nature project two hours from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Our land is 120 ha adjacent to the national park Serra do Cipo. The goal of this project is to protect precious nature and to create a space where people can reconnect with nature.
Who are we?
We are a group of German and Swiss families who founded and invest in this NPO project. We purchased the land, reforested and built some apartments here. We all visit regularly and some of us stay here during high and low season for a couple of weeks regularly.
What happens here?
Apart from reforestation and gardening we host spiritual groups of about 12-15 people during high season, who do hiking, meditation, yoga, Ayahuasca seminars. Moreover we have people who just love to be alone in nature and retreat from civilization.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
You can learn some Portugues because the team in the kitchen doesn't speak any english, experience nature, and be able to be alone in an extraordinary nature preserve filled with breathtaking beauty.
You can go hiking for 3 days without seeing another human being, and find a place of peace and silence in yourself.
You can learn gardening, cooking, and during our high season, experience spiritual work.
What we cannot offer is bars, shops and restaurants near-by. However, who wants this anyway, when we can have it at all time back home!
Our main season is November to April. Those times we have mainly teaching-groups here and a lot is going on. We are looking primarily for multi-tasking volunteers, that work in the vegetable garden. Furthermore, cutting the pathways with the "machette" and sometimes little renovation work is necessary . It is not really hard work and quite fun to mingle with the very diverse and interesting people that come here. What we need are people who are dedicated and have some attention to details, are not chaotic and like hospitality tasks. If there is someone with a middle level management experience in running a place like this a bit longer than just a few weeks: Let's talk also - who knows? Maybe it serves you for your CV and us for the project; there are many win-win-situations!
During the off-season (May to October) it's different. Only a handfull of people stay here and there are other tasks for the volunteers. As it is mostly dry and colder than during the season, we work in the garden and tree nursery, plant vegetables and renovate the apartments or other parts of the compound. Currently, our main project is to build an approach street of some 400 meters, and do some reforesting in some areas.
In general, individuals with an apprenticeship or experience in craft professions (electricians, builders, carpenters, roofers, renovators, etc.) have a field day with us!
Room and board
You will have a shared room with a private bathroom, max. 2 persons per room. Breakfast and dinner are included.
We have fruits and vegetables that grow on our land that are available for free to everyone during the day.
We are blessed to have our own natural water sources. You can drink the tapwater, and even from the creeks nearby, and thanks to our solar-energy system we have hot water at all times.
Our place is off the main roads at the end of a valley, 5 kilometers from a small village called Altamira, about 45 minutes from the next highway. We are directly next to the national park Serra do Cipó. If you start to miss the city life, you can do weekend trips on your free days to Belo Horizonte (some 3 hours by bus) or to Ouro Preto, a small city which is a renowned UNESCO cultural heritage site, about a good three hours' car ride.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week