ETIV Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

We offer a variety of Volunteer and Internship Positions at ETIV do Brasil and most of our projects are volunteer lead. Our Coordinator Positions offer the highest level of responsibility, and these position are only for volunteers or interns who want to lead and manage one of our projects. Meanwhile, our other positions are for those that want to support one or more of our projects, while working alongside others who will take the lead. We cannot guarantee that there will always be a coordinator available during the time you plan to volunteer with us, so please  inquire within and do consider stepping up to help lead in a project where a coordinator is lacking.

Click on the categories that interest you the most to see the positions available within that category. Alternatively, simply scroll down to see everything. For all the position listed below, please choose up to three positions that interest you most for your application.  If any of those positions are available during the time you plan to be here, we will let you know after receiving your application. However, while you will have the opportunity to focus mainly on your primary position(s), we also ask volunteers to support us in the areas where leadership may be lacking. For example, we can almost always use extra support with marketing, social media, recruitment, fund development and house and garden maintenance. Volunteers that are flexible enough to support us in different areas as needed, are always the most valuable to the NGO.

Teaching
English
Environmental
Conservation
Youth Development
Women’s Empowerment
Swimming lessons
Girls’ Literacy & Empowerment
NGO Admin & Office Support
Marketing & Recruitment
Communications & Social Media
Construction & Landscaping

Teaching English

ETIV offers free English classes, mainly to children and youth in the low-income neighborhoods of Itacaré. Some of our classes are held after school in a local church, another has been taking place in a local capoeira school and we recently finished the construction of our new learning space, where we would like to begin more classes as well. While the wealthier children that attend private school already receive quality English classes, our main goal is to help level the playing field by providing English to less fortunate children, who would otherwise not receive this opportunity. The main economic driver in Itacaré is tourism, so those who speak English have a much greater opportunity to find work and receive better pay. Meanwhile, in order to receive a scholarship to attend higher education, students must pass an exam which includes a section in English or Spanish. Consequently, our English program is an incredible opportunity for the local children living in our lower income communities.

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Kids at English class

Environmental Conservation and Mangrove Restoration

Volunteers and interns that participate in our environmental conservation projects will be expected to lead our weekly environmental trainings with youth while also managing our compost, recyclables and our organic garden. Meanwhile, they will also be expected to lead our mangrove restoration work (which is seasonal) while also ensuring that all the volunteers in the volunteer house are helping to reuse, reduce and recycle. One of our main goals is to develop a new generation of local youth leaders that will continue our environmental work into the future. However, we are also in the process of building deeper relationships with several other NGO’s and stakeholders to address the issues of trash and sewage that the municipality is not properly addressing. Thus, these volunteers will also be expected to support our partnership work and help us to continue to build stronger networks of community members that can work together to create more profound changes for our communities.

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Mico

Youth Development

All of our volunteers working in youth development will be expected to help support our programs and projects that engage youth, especially any projects that may be lacking volunteer support. This can include our English classes for youth, our LitClubs (and empowerment) for girls and our environmental trainings with youth. Meanwhile, these volunteers also have a great deal of flexibility to use their skills, talents and interests to engage youth in other fun and interactive ways including arts, dance, music, theatre, and recreational and enrichment activities (such as swimming, soccer/football, volleyball, surfing, etc.). Meanwhile youth development volunteers are also expected to teach our basic core values including mutual respect, being honest and caring for the environment.

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Kids having a class

Women’s Empowerment

In these positions’ volunteers and interns will be given the opportunity to get involved with the local community and learn more about the personal stories, hopes and concerns for our community members. Volunteers will receive support from the Director or Operations Manager, but will also be given the freedom to work in collaboration with other organizations within the local community as well. These positions also require some office work, documentation and participation in our weekly meetings to present, share and discuss new ideas and progress within each project. There are also excellent opportunities to conduct research through this work which could fulfill a university research requirement.

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Kids having fun

Swimming lessons

ETIV is now offering free swimming classes throughout April and May in different areas of Itacaré, mainly to children and youth in low income communities. These will be conducted in partnership with SwimTayka, a private, non-governmental entity whose mission is to provide free swim lessons and environmental education to disadvantaged children living near rivers, lakes and the sea. SwimTayka was established in 2016 by Bryan Avery and Dena Marshall. Their offices are in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England and Portland, Oregon USA. SwimTayka’s website is SwimTayka.org. Our SwimTayka volunteers, intern and coordinator will run the swimming lessons and partake in offering environmental education too.

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Kids having fun

LitClub and Empowerment for Girls

Currently, ETIV is partnering with Lit World, the Her Story Campaign and Global Glow to offer 4 different LitClubs that meet once a week in four different neighborhoods of Itacaré. Our LitClubs are mainly focused on literacy as a means of instilling values, unity and empowerment. In particular, the girls are being taught to share their own stories in meaningful and powerful ways. Volunteers or Interns will work in collaboration with our two LitClub teachers (who are also known as mentors) and will help them coordinate, prepare and facilitate the LitClubs.

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Kids having fun

NGO Administration and Office Support

Office volunteers will receive hands on experience in running and managing an international NGO, while focusing more deeply in their specific position. These volunteers will work directly with the Director and the Assistant Director and they will have the opportunity to participate in our weekly meetings to share their expertise, ideas and recommendations. These volunteers will truly be an integral part of the ETIV team.

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Directive Board

Marketing and Recruitment

In these positions volunteers and interns will be given the opportunity to gain hands on experience in marketing and communications. We prioritize volunteers/interns that have knowledge and/or experience in these fields. This is an excellent opportunity to boost your resume and improve your competitiveness in the job market.

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Portuguese class

Communications and Social Media

Communications and Social Media volunteers will receive hands on experience in running and managing an the communications for an international NGO, while focusing more deeply in their specific position. These volunteers will work directly with the Director and Operations Manager and they will have the opportunity to participate in our weekly meetings to share their expertise, ideas and recommendations. These volunteers will truly be an integral part of the ETIV team, creating social media, newsletter and website content. We prioritize volunteers/interns that have knowledge and/or experience in these fields.

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Directive Board

Construction and Landscaping

ETIV recently moved into a large house that serves as both the ETIV office and volunteer house. There is a space in the garden that was a carport that we are working to convert into a community space for our environmental activities, capoeira and English classes.  We are looking for dedicated construction volunteers that will be able to help us re-build this area and to continue updating and improving the volunteer house and garden area.

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Builder