Help with permaculture and a social project teaching English in the artistic city, São Paulo, Brazil



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    Hello! I'm Rafaela, eldest daughter of a family living in the rural are of Embu das Artes, a city next to São Paulo.
    I'm starting now with the occasional help of family and friends a social project with permaculture, trying to implement it in my nighbourhood and experimenting. There is a big plot of land owned by us that hasn't been touched in 20 years and we're preparing it for farming.
    Also trying to start an English social school, where it would be possible to teach english for a low price to who is interested, my neighbourhood is not the richest and quite ignored by the municipal government so woud be good to give an aid on the education of the surroundings.

    I was in Austria for 4 months and have a german passport due to my german grandfather, would be good to practice german as well if you're fluent.

    We have five dogs, a big main house and a smaller two rooms loft nearby.
    With us you would work with farming, bio construction, ocasional visits to the nursery home nearby where the friendliest old ladies live and general help around the house.
    We are a very brazilian family, very welcoming just like the rest of the neighbourhood who will be really excited to meet someone from abroad.

    I am vegetarian and don't buy meat but you're welcome to buy some for yourself in the nearby market.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    You will meet a real brazillian neighbourhood, some people live quite a humble life but are all very friendly and eager to help you have the best time in Brazil. We have a pool, five dogs and there is a waterfall nearby.
    We can give you a ride to Embu or Cotia's city center, each with their intersting attractions and from there you can take a bus to São Paulo that takes 30 minutes.

    Embu has a famous craft fair on sundays (one of the biggest of the coutry) and many artists that are always working during the week, a bee park (cidade das abelhas) and african-brazilian religion temple.

    Cotia has 2 buddhist temples and a big waterfall.

    You can learn about farming in Brazil, bio construction and really immerse yourself in the brazillian culture.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

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    I'm planning on building a house near to small house we have in our propriety using bio construction, so we would do some experimentation with that and see wich style of bio constructio would work the best.
    Now with winter approaching we would plant strawberries and clean the field after the rainy and productive summer. Some general help around the house is also needed, help with the english social project (whre you will just need to talk to the kids in english and engage games and activities.)

    Once a week me and my mom visit a nursery home nearby where we play bingo and Uno with the old ladies, you would be asked to join us for 2 hours if you haven't completed the hours of you day (also if you feel comfortable with going there)

    Practicing german.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    German: Beginner

    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


    You will have a shared room with other volunteers, if there are any, shared bathroom, possibility of camping if you want. Three meals a day and occasional snacks included.
    We hav Wi Fi, laundry.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    NO use of drugs in the main house

  • 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 possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs and smaller house pets that know how to do their necessities in the right place

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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