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.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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)
This host offers a language exchange
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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.
NO use of drugs in the main house
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Dogs and smaller house pets that know how to do their necessities in the right place
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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