Volunteer with ETIV do Brasil

ETIV do Brasil

Itacaré, Brazil, South America

ETIV do Brasil links international volunteers with local communities to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil

ETIV do Brasil gives volunteers and interns the chance to gain hands on experience working with an international development NGO while also exploring beautiful Itacaré; where the tropical rainforest (Mata Atlántica) meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful jungles, beaches, waterfalls, coconut trees and wildlife abound.

Our Local Projects Include:

- Teaching English
- Literature Club for Girls
- Environmental Conservation
- Mangrove Restoration
- Youth Development
- Women's Empowerment
- Community Organizing

Plus, we offer many volunteer and internship opportunities supporting the NGO with positions in:

- NGO administration
- Volunteer Coordination
- Accounting and Finance
- Website development
- General Office Support
- Construction, Painting and Gardening
- Marketing and Recruitment
- Communications and Social Media
- Fundraising and Grant Writing

The last 3 positions on this list can also be done virtually from home completely free of charge. Meanwhile, interns will receive supervision, support and credit from their universities for their work with us.

Those coming to Brazil to volunteer or intern with us will work directly with the NGO and our local communities to support projects that nurture positive social and community development. Why just travel, when you can volunteer for a meaningful cause and live in beautiful Itacare, Bahia, Brazil!

Our Activities

What We Need

We offer over 15 Volunteer Positions at ETIV do Brasil including:

Youth Development
Teaching English
Environmental Conservation
Marketing & Recruitment
NGO Admin & Office Support
Construction & Landscaping
Community Organizing
Website Development
Women's Empowerment

In these positions volunteers will be given the opportunity to get involved with the local community and have a profound effect on the work of the NGO in their particular field. Volunteers will receive support from the Director or an ETIV staff member, although we are looking for volunteers that are motivated self starters who will create their own goals and action steps, and who will not need to be micro-managed. These positions will also require some office work and participation in our weekly meetings – where we present, share and discuss new ideas and progress within each project.

We greatly appreciate volunteers that speak Portuguese, however this is not a mandatory requirement.

Year Round
1 month minimum

What We Provide


You do have the option of living in the volunteer house for an additional fee. However, our rent is very affordable, beginning at $192 a month for a small private room with shared bathroom and this includes all bills, wifi, drinking water and toilet paper.

Important Info

Suitable For

Individuals, Groups

Minimum Stay

1 or more months

Staff Size

5 to 10 people


Volunteer contribution costs per month are:
1 month $275
2 months $233
3 months $198
4 months $168
5 months $143
6 months $121

Free Internships Available, inquire within.

With this contribution you will receive:

- Pre-departure orientation and preparation
- Induction and tour of Itacaré
- Introduction to your project
- Strategy meeting to help you plan and achieve your top goals during your time with us
- Ongoing supervision and support
- 24-hour emergency support
- Life Insurance Coverage

There is also an added cost if you wish to:

- Live in the volunteer house
- Receive Portuguese or Capoeira classes
- Have us organize your taxi pickup from Ilheus airport

Each Internship and Volunteering opportunity is subject to a $50 admin fee, and requires a 20% down payment prior to arrival.

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Help out from Home

Create/Update our Website
Social Media Help
Legal Consulting
Video/Photo Editing
Grant Writing

Virtual volunteers and interns will have the opportunity to support our work work in Marketing and recruitment, social media, communications, fundraising and grant writing, translation and website development.

Our Recent Supporters


Your Contact Person

Rua Massaranduba No. 26, Bairro Passagem, Itacaré, Bahia, 45530-000, Itacaré, Brazil.
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Other Information

The name “ETIV do Brasil” stands for Education Through International Volunteering of Brazil. We are also a part of a “Community Based Tourism” Network (CBT or TBC in Portuguese) that actively works to bring more positive tourism into the region. Here in Itacare, we do have a strong influx of tourism during high season that revolves around a deep “party culture” that has lead to a significant increase in drug trafficking, gangs and violence here. Many young teens and adults involved in gangs and trafficking are killed every year as opposing gangs from different neighborhoods compete with each other for power, money and resources. This is one reason why ETIV and the CBT network is actively building a new type of tourism in our communities that is focused on positively supporting our communities and the incredible natural environment we are so privileged to enjoy here.

The acronym “ETIV” sounds much like “achieve” when spoken in Portuguese. The ETIV volunteer house and office began operations in October of 2015, although we did not receive our legal Brazilian NGO status until May of 2016. ETIV is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) and Non-Profit that is officially registered in Brazil as a legal Association (CNJP 24.835.491/0001-59).

Our Wish List

Any craft materials e.g. colored construction paper, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, acrylic and water based paints, brushes, pipe cleaners
Text books for teaching English (basic level) or English picture books for small children and Portuguese Books (all levels) for our Literature Club or other English teaching materials e.g. flashcards, games, easy puzzle and memory games,
Also, board games, legos and outdoor games (balls, frisbees, etc.)
Also, if you could find someone willing to donate a used laptop, camera & projector that would be amazing!

What are you waiting for?

We at ETIV do Brasil would love to hear from you!