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Eco Farming Experience in Brazil

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Projeto MAARA
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Nova Friburgo, RJ, Brazil
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Published 5 months ago
Eco Farming Experience in Brazil

We are a young family that, in the beginning of 2020, left the city life behind to start a green self-experiment in a countryside in Brazil. As we follow the Permaculture principles, our goal is to learn together, share our experience, produce food and enrich the biodiversity of the land.

This volunteer program is a real hands-on experience in agroforestry and organic farming. Also, it is a way to stay away from the hectic world, live in an international community and reconnect with nature.


Exchange:

We ask for US$250 per week for a comfortable accommodation and vegetarian lunch on working days.

As a volunteer within our volunteer program, you will stay in the newly renovated and very comfortable guest house. It has 3 bedrooms - two of them shared ones, each with two single beds and one single room, one bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen with a beautiful dining area, a cozy living room and an outside terrace. The guest house is about 20 m away from our main family house.

On working days, we will offer vegetarian lunch, but you will need to take care of your own breakfast, dinner and meals on weekends. Also, cleaning your own room as well as to participate in tidying up of the common areas of the guest house will be one of your responsibilities. In your free time you can relax or do some hiking, explore some trails and beautiful waterfalls in the area or visit the city of Nova Friburgo. On the farm we now and then organize game nights, cinema sessions or campfire.


Activities:

Since we’ve arrived here in the beginning of 2020, we have implemented an agroforest, made a simple vegetable garden, built a green house and planted lots of trees. The main task was to rebuild two old farmhouses to suit our family, guests and volunteers. Also, we opened an access road to further areas where we will make more agroforests, build a bio-constructed house and reforest parts of the land.

Volunteers will work 3 days a week and a typical workday starts at 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm and will help at the upcoming projects, such as:

- Implement more agroforests with different objectives

- Build and plant a big fruit and vegetable garden

- Redo the sewage system into a natural and sustainable one

- Make grazing areas for animals on the farm

- Construct a proper composting system

- And many more!


Qualification/skills:

English (basic level), good physical and mental condition


Free-time activities:

In your free time you can relax or do some hiking, explore some trails and beautiful waterfalls in the area, horseback riding or visit some closest cities like Nova Friburgo or Lumiar. On the farm we now and then organize game nights, cinema sessions or campfire. Some activities you can do around here are:

Waterfalls and natural pools: on the property, within a short walking distance from the house, there is a clean stream with many natural pools to cool off in hot days and a spectacular waterfall of about 40 m height.

Hikes & bikes: this region is famous for many beautiful hiking trails with rewarding views over the mountain tops. Some of them like “Chapéu da bruxa” (Witch’s Hat), “Pirâmide” and “Babilônia” are within a short distance from MAARA. Also, some trails suit well for mountain biking if that’s your passion.

Lake: feed the tilapias and have fun with fishing and releasing them back into water.


Location and contact:

The eco farm covers 30 hectares and is situated in the beautiful mountains of the Atlantic Forest, close to the Três Picos National Park, in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro. The place is very quiet and peaceful. The center of Nova Friburgo is about a 25-minute drive from the site. Public transport to Nova Friburgo is just a 15-minute walk away from the farm, and it takes about 30 minutes to get there.

The best way to get in touch with us is through our social medias (IG: @projetomaara and fb.com/projetomaara) our via email (projetomaara@hotmail.com). We look forward for your contact!

We are a young family that, in the beginning of 2020, left the city life behind to start a green self-experiment in a countryside in Brazil. As we follow the Permaculture principles, our goal is to learn together, share our experience, produce…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring

Location

On-site

Sítio "San Martin"

Estr. Ernesto de Souza Cardinot, Nova Friburgo - RJ, Brasil
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Directions

How to get to the site

If you need an airport transfer (Galeão or Santos Dumont), please inform in advance so we can negotiate.

By car:

When you arrive at the Cardinot entrance (there is a sign indicating the entrance to the neighborhood), proceed to the football field and turn left. Go over the bridge, turn right when you see the market and go straight. Follow

the signs for “Espaço do Riacho” inn. When you pass the entrance to the inn, continue for another 200m until find, on your left, the entrance with the sign “Sítio San Martin”.

By bus:

We can pick you up at the Bus Terminal (North or South), just let us know your arrival. If you choose

by bus from the center of Nova Friburgo, follow these instructions:

At Praça Getúlio Vargas, go to Rodoviária Faol (central station) and ask about line 51 - Córrego

D’antas x Cardinot. We will meet you at the end point.

How to Apply

Once you get in touch with us, we will schedule an interview and then we will ask you the following documents: Passport or Travel ID, criminal record and negative COVID-19 test (on the arrival).

If you have any questions or personal inquiries, please contact us: projetomaara@hotmail.com

Once you get in touch with us, we will schedule an interview and then we will ask you the following documents: Passport or Travel ID, criminal record and negative COVID-19 test (on the…

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