VOLUNTEERING
WITH US

Volunteering with Iracambi is a fantastic way of making a real difference in the local community. Few organizations can offer you the opportunity to participate in such a broad variety of conservation programs, events and activities in the Atlantic Rainforest.

VOLUNTEERING
WITH US

Volunteering with Iracambi is a fantastic way of making a real difference in the local community. Few organisations can offer you the opportunity to participate in such a broad variety of conservation programs, events and activities in the Atlantic Rainforest.

SAVING FORESTS,
CHANGING LIVES

We’ll match your skills and experience with areas of interest to you and us. You’ll meet like-minded people from around the world volunteering with us, have a lot of fun and know you’ll be making a lasting difference changing lives and saving forests.

SAVING FORESTS,
CHANGING LAVES

Including your own volunteering with us!

We’ll match your skills and experience with areas of interest to you and us. You’ll meet like-minded people from around the world volunteering with us, have a lot of fun and know you’ll be making a lasting difference changing lives and saving forests.

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BE PART OF OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY

WHAT CAN I DO?

  • Reforestation - Forests 4 WaterA forest restoration model in the Atlantic forest, working with local farmers to protect and restore water resources through reforestation. We particularly welcome volunteers to help in the peak planting season  – October through December.
  • Forest Nursery  Collecting seeds of native plants, making and transplanting seedlings and caring for the young plants year round.
  • Polyculture: Planting,harvesting and maintaining our model mixed-species system which includes medicinal plants, edible wild plants, native trees and food crops.
  • Shade grown coffee: Maintaining our organic coffee plantation, designed with shade species to increase biodiversity and habitat. We particularly welcome help over harvest time - May through July.
  • Agroforestry system: Growing foodcrops (focusing on bananas) and trees.
  • Medicinal Plants: Working with our specialist on identifying, growing and making products from medicinal plants native to the forest.
  • Agroecology: Work with us in our mixed-species system, designed to demonstrate how agroecological production methods can be highly productive, raise healthy food, benefit the soils, and provide an alternative to traditional agricultural techniques that diminish soil fertility and rely on chemical inputs.  
  • Environmental Education: Creating young environmental leaders through an innovative program of environmental education in local schools and in the Iracambi forests. We welcome your participation and ideas year round.
  • Fundraising and Marketing: We´re always on the lookout for creative ways of fundraising and marketing and warmly welcome help in these areas!
  • Graphic art: Running an environmental non-profit constantly requires producing attractive materials for schoolkids, community members, and members of the public not to mention producing content for our website and social media. Photographers, video makers, creative types and techies are always welcome!
  • Environmental Monitoring. GIS: Monitoring water, soils, weather and camera traps, and collecting data for our GIS coordinator as required.

FAQ

  • How do I apply?

    It’s very easy and fast! First, we recommend that you download and read the volunteer package for all application details. Once you have read and are ready to do your part to change lives and save forests with Iracambi, you can make your application here.

  • Where will I live?

    You will be staying at the Iracambi Research and Conservation Center, located in the buffer zone of the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park. Iracambi offers complete structure of lodging, food and work.

  • How long can I stay?

    Visa can be issued for 90 days, renewable for some but not for all nationalities. In order to make the most of your stay we recommend a minimum of three weeks.

  • Do I need to speak Portuguese?

    No you don’t. But in all our community projects you have a lot more fun if you know the basics. We recommend Duolingo.

  • How do I get a visa?

    Your easiest way is to apply for a tourist visa. US, Canadian and Australian citizens can now get a visa easily online. EU citizens get a visa on arrival at the airport. If in doubt, please talk to our volunteer manager or check out the website of Brazilian consulate.

  • How much does it cost?

    At Iracambi our ongoing programs require continuous help. to make it as easy as possible for you here is our price structure.

    Our accommodation charge includes lodging, internet access an hot showers!

    First month: US $400.

    Second month: US $200

    Third month: US $100

    In our restaurant Alto da Serra you can get breakfast for US$1.50 and lunch and dinner for US$3. The meal is buffet style with different local dishes and fresh juice, and supports our local cook Larissa. For reasons of logistics we ask you to eat at least lunch at her restaurant. If you wish to do your own cooking please use our kitchen and you can find supplies nearby – although the nearest supermarket is 12 km away.!.

Saving forests, changing lives – including your own!

Situated in the mountains of Minas Gerais, on the borders of the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, this is your base to volunteer your time and talents, expand your horizons (and ours), and participate in the many exciting opportunities available to you here at Iracambi. If you have a great idea and special skill, let us know and let’s see where your talents can best be put to work. If you would prefer to join our wide variety of ongoing projects we can promise you won’t be bored.

Please contact us to set up a skype call or two so that we can get to know one another, and ensure that expectations can be met on both sides and that your time here will be as profitable and enjoyable as possible.

Contact us now!

What can I do?

  • Your own project (please discuss with us first)
  • Monitoring: forest cover and growth, water, fauna, weather
  • Caring for the forest nursery and planting trees
  • GIS
  • IT, graphics
  • Fundraising,marketing and social media
  • Photography and videos

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Logistics

  • How do I apply?

    Fill in the Getting to Know You Form (download from this page), and send it with your resume (CV) to volunteers@iracambi.com, and let’s get started.

  • Where will I live?

    You have two options for accommodation. First option is the main dorm, which has four two-bed rooms, a common room, a small sitting room with a wood burning stove, and a deck. The main dorm has two bathrooms with showers. Second option (which costs a little more,) is one of the five cabins, which have two bedrooms, each with two beds, a common room and a bathroom.

  • How long can I stay?

    We’d like you to come for a minimum of a month, if you can although three weeks is acceptable if you make a good case! You can stay as long as you like, but a tourist visa is only valid for 90 days and renewable for a further 90 days. Some EU nationals who are part of the Schengen agreement can’t stay beyond 90 days – check with the Brazilian consulate in your country.

  • Do I need to speak Portuguese?

    No you don’t. Although your stay will be more fun if you can get your tongue round the basics, the main language of the Center is English.  

  • How do I get a visa?

    Please check with the nearest Brazilian consulate. If you are a citizen of the US, Canada and Australia and some other countries, you need to get a visa before traveling. European nationals will get a visitor’s pass on arrival.

  • How much does it cost?

    From January 1st 2015 charges are US$700 per month in the main dorm, and $800 per month in the cabins. This covers accommodation, full board and internet access. Beer and treats are available to purchase from our restaurant manager Carminha.



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