The ETIV volunteer house and office is located very close to the riverfront, in the Passagem neighborhood of Itacaré (Bairro Passagem). The volunteer house is about a 13 minute walk to historic downtown and about an 18 minute walk to the closest ocean beach (Praia da Concha). As it is tucked back a little ways from the center of town, this offers many benefits including a bit more serenity, shade and a cool breeze that comes off the riverfront. While the rest of Itacaré is often sweltering hot in the summertime, Passagem and especially our volunteer house usually stays quite cool in comparison.
ETIV provides housing to volunteers at our Volunteer House, which is definitely the most social place to live and the option that most volunteers choose. However, please note that our ETIV office is also located in the volunteer house. Therefore, those who would prefer a clear separation between work and home life may prefer one of our other accommodation options. The volunteer house is quite large with 6 bedrooms, 2 shared bathrooms, a large kitchen and living room area and 3 balconies with beautiful views of the river, the garden and the neighborhood.
We have a couple of hammocks around the volunteer house where volunteers can lounge, and we have a nice garden with fruit trees including several big coconut trees and many flowers and plants that attract caterpillars, butterflies, reptiles & birds including at least 4 different species of hummingbirds. We also have a compost pile and some organic veggies growing in the garden. The riverfront is less than 100 feet from our house (even closer during high tide!) and has a beach with many fishing boats on it and nice views of the beautiful peninsula that separates the river from the ocean.
The volunteer house does not have a washing machine, and volunteers usually hand wash although there is the option of bringing laundry into town, where it will be washed, dried and folded for about $R60 to $R90 depending on the weight of your load.
Please keep in mind that the volunteer house is on the edge of the Atlantic rainforest and we often encounter bugs including ants and even cockroaches, especially when volunteers start to get messy and leave food and crumbs around the house. Finally, here in Bahia we sometimes have power cuts and water shortages, while we often have problems with the internet either cutting out or working too slowly to get work done efficiently.
Passagem is one of the poorer neighborhoods in Itacaré, making it ideal for meaningful community development work. However, volunteers must take sensible precautions, such as not walking alone at night and not displaying valuable merchandise or large sums of money. We recommend that volunteers staying longer than one month consider buying a cheap used bicycle, as this makes getting around Itacaré and to all of the beaches fast and easy.