» Reconnect with nature n a peaceful homestead in the highlands of Serra da Mantiqueira, Brazil
Location: Itamonte, Brazil
I am a volunteer work enthusiast, cycle activist, cyclotourist, storyteller for children in hospitals and owner of a small outdoor gear company. Recently I left the big city to live in the mountains. We are one of the bases for the expeditions of the NGO Outward Bound Brasil (www.obb.org.br) and we started a bioconstruction, agroforestry project in an area of 13 hectares and a larger space to receive Outward Bond students.
The initial idea is to bio-build a small and inexpensive house with recycled materials from the region, such as pallets, eucalyptus, cob and grass. This will be a way of learning by doing and if we are successful we intend to turn all this knowledge into a do it yourself manual to distribute for free to people in the region who have lost the wisdom of building houses with cob.
The accommodation is in a charming house with 4 bedrooms, a small lake, surrounded by grass with some fruit trees and a breathtaking view. This is a region situated between two national parks with hundreds of hiking and cycling trails, waterfalls and small cheese producers. There are buses and taxis connecting the accommodation to the city of Itamonte (7 km away). Just 5 minutes by bike we can get organic food such as: vegetables, fruits, milk, butter and various types of cheese.
Types of help and learning opportunities
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
# Enjoy meet local people;
# Can help teach my portuguese language;
# Learn about the local culture;
# Enjou showing travellers some trails and waterfalls;
# We have a bicycle available for travelers;
# Enjoy helpers who can cook a tradition meal;
# And much more like some skill of Mountain Guide, Brazilian cooking recipes, Cycle Tourism, Bioconstruction, etc...
We need help with: bioconstruction project, help with wood treatment ( Shou Sugi Ban Tecnic) , collaborate in the kitchen, help clean the house, take care of the garden, plant trees, help make the foundation of bioconstruction, help with the documentation of bioconstruction, etc...
We offer accommodation in private room breakfast, lunch and dinner (help with preparation and cleaning of the kitchen is welcome) in return, we expect volunteers to give us an average of 5 to 6 hours a day , 5 days a week, of their time to help. Weekends are free to cycle, discover the waterfalls and mountains in the region.
Workawayers are not asked to help with preparing or serving either food or drinks to paying customers.
We provide accommodation iand basic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) free of charge. We can accommodate vegetarian diets. The house has 4 rooms with good and reliable internet connection and very calm places for online work. We have a library with many books in English on outdoor gear and treeking skils for you to read in your free time.
A nice, quiet village situated between two national parks with plenty of options for hiking, climbing, trekking, horseback riding and resting as well. Dairy products, eggs and trout are the main local production. The area has plenty of waterfalls of clear water. There are buses and taxis connecting the accommodation to the city of Itamonte (7 km away).
From Rio de Janeiro: Buy a ticket to São Lourenço (MG). There are daily buses that leave from the Rio de Janeiro bus station to São Loureço (MG) and stop in Itamonte (MG). (Sampaio bus company)
From São Paulo: Buy a ticket to Itanhandu. There are daily buses that leave from Tiete bus station in São Paulo to Itanhamdu (MG). (Cometa bus company) From Itanhandu there are different local bus to Itamonte (MG).
If you need more information, please don't hesitate to ask.
Here has an album with much more photos: www.tinyurl.com/sitiopassarin
Really looking forward to hearing from you guys! Please take care and travel safe,
Ps. We prefer to receive those vaccinated against Covid and not receive vapers or closet smokers.