Reconnect with nature & learn about biobuilding in the mountains

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The Exchange

The idea is to biobuilding a small and inexpensive house with recycled materials from the region, such as pallets, eucalyptus, cob and grass and a agrofloresty. 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. As well to plant seeds and seedlings inside the forest.


What you offer

5 hours of help per day

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Farming: Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens


What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

Bikes at your disposal: You can use our bikes any time you want.

Language lessons: Take free language classes at our place.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Requirements

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

We need help with: bioconstruction project, wood treatment ( Shou Sugi Ban Tecnic) , collaborate in the kitchen, clean the house, take care of the garden, plant trees, make the foundation of bioconstruction, help with the documentation of bioconstruction, etc...

We offer accommodation in private room breakfast, lunch (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.

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 good and reliable internet connection and very calm places for online work.


Activities & Shift

Language practice
Help with Eco Projects
Gardening
DIY and building projects
Farmstay help
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
General Maintenance
Help with Computers/ Internet
Help with agroforestry


Rules

We prefer to receive those vaccinated against Covid and not receive vapers or closet smokers.

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 ddon't hesitate to ask.