We are a Brazilian couple, Ciro (30) and Luisa (26) with a pousada in the middle of Serra da Mantiqueira, Bragança Paulista, 70 km from São Paulo city. We are both travelled people and speak Portuguese, English, French and Italian. We both are interested in nature, traveling, art, music and stories. 4 years ago we move to a old farm house in the country side of Sao Paulo state surrounded by lots of nature where we created our Pousada.
Is a small Pousada with 6 rooms, max 18 people and a beautiful ornamental garden, 2 organic gardens that provides good part of the food that we serve in the Pousada Restaurant, a hen house, an apiary with 20 hives, a swimming pool, 4 houses were we and the people who work with us lives, our little community ;)
Our Pousada is an extension of our home, creating a very laid-back relaxed atmosphere while keep up with our high standards and expectations of our guests. We both have a full time job here in the Pousada. We are looking for flexible individuals who are looking to spend a few time away from home, learning a new language or practicing one.
Any skills are welcomed, from social media marketing, to guest relations, reservations, cleaning, gardening, general maintenance, etc.
Well be happy to get in contact with you guys !
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We live in a very rich region in Brazil, the Atlantic forest is very well conerved and very rich. You can enjoy the rural tourism of the region with many hiking trails, waterfalls, rivers…. and in the Pousada you will have the opportunity to exchange experiences with the guests, who are always very open to conversations and want to know more about our lifestyle were in the country side.
Me and Ciro are very active people, we are young so we do not have children (only our 2 dogs), our routine involves always receiving friends and family here at the Pousada (...is our home) for a dinner, drinks or a nice afternoon on in the poll. We like doing walks in the region, explore waterfalls, you are always welcome….
It would be nice to receive volunteers to help about 5 hours per day, either in the morning or the afternoon. We have a lot of work during the weekend because of the Sao Paulo city tourists. The schedule can be flexible providing that volunteers do their share
This is what the volunteers could expect to be doing while here. With the guest… receptions, dealing with guests issues. Information about activities in the area, restaurants, etc. Basically ensuring the guests are happy and help with any issues. In general… from garden maintenance, feed the animals, to assisting anyone who needs assistance, whether it be at a kite repair, reception, housekeeping, etc.
We work together as a team and if this means that some days one needs to help the cleaning lady in the guest rooms as we have many check-out's and then check-in's on the same day… so flexibility maybe is the key.
We are very relaxed people but of course we have expectations, we work together and get the job done and then we can have fun!
We offer a loft with 2 rooms, 1 private bathroom with hot water. This construction by the side of the Pousada, so nothing far. Is possible to host up to four people, being either a couple or not.
Breakfast and lunch each day at the Pousada and depending on the day dinner too. Access to the kitchen, the cook, make some coffee, tea, water, take some fruit, etc. Here we create a relaxed and friendly environment.
We have a good organic garden and a lot of fruits for volunteers to serve themselves.
The Pousada is locate in the rural area, we are 5km from the city center. Is possible to go there buy car (taking a ride with us), buy bike, buy local bus or with the moto-taxi (really fun).
Braganca Paulista is far 70 km from Sao Paulo city, is very easy to arrive were, you can take a bus in the bus station (Tietê Bus station) and in 1h you are in Braganca Paulista, the bus station is close to the Pousada 4km. And you can always get a ride São Paulo-Bragança Paulista with our friends or in the app Bla Bla Car (we use a lot).
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