About ETIV do Brasil

One of our main goals at ETIV is to develop a new generation of local youth leaders that will actively care for each other, their community, the environment and all sentient beings. This is the main avenue by which we work to achieve our Mission (highlighted below).

However, we are also planning to get more involved in women’s empowerment work as this can also have a tremendous effect on positive, sustainable and environmentally sound development as well.

Volunteering with ETIV is an excellent opportunity for volunteers to gain hands on experience working with an international development NGO while also exploring beautiful Itacaré; where the tropical Rain-forest (Mata Atlántica) meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful jungles, beaches, waterfalls, coconut trees and wildlife abound.

While ETIV is mainly focused on environmental conservation and youth development, we also link international volunteers to other local community projects to better serve both community and volunteer aspirations.  ETIV is a learning organization that welcomes public discourse and fresh new ideas from everyone that engages with the organization. Consequently, it will be exciting to watch ETIV grow and evolve in the coming years with the support, creativity and insight from community members and volunteers alike.

Since we are a young organization, we are looking for innovative volunteers that will support us as we continuously improve the quality and structure of our projects.


Connecting international volunteers with local communities to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil.


ETIV envisions a world where people care for each other and the environment, actively creating greater equality and opportunities for all.

ETIV Values

Through all of our community projects, we encourage volunteers to teach and model some of the core values necessary to create and maintain healthy and prosperous communities. This includes mutual respect, cultural appreciation, caring for each other, speaking the truth, acting honestly and transparently, sharing and being generous (as opposed to stealing or taking things that don’t belong to you) and actively caring for the environment and all sentient beings.

More About ETIV

The name “ETIV do Brasil”  stands for Eco-Tourism and 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).

Closures & Public Holidays

ETIV will be closed for all national Brazilian holidays including Christmas, New Year’s and during Carnival. The Volunteer House will still be available to volunteers, although most NGO programming and activities will be closed during this time.

  •       January 1st – New Year’s Day
  •      February 27th & 28th, 2017 – Carnival
  •      March 1st, 2017 – Ash Wednesday
  •      April 14th, 2017 – Good Friday
  •      April 21st, 2017 – Tiradentes Day
  •      May 1st – Labor Day
  •      June 15th – Corpus Christi
  •      September 7th – Brazil’s Independence day
  •      October 12th – Lady of Aparecida
  •      Nov. 1st & 2nd – All Saints Day & All Souls Day
  •      Nov. 15th – Republic Day or “Proclamação da República”
  •      Dec 24th and 25th – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day