It has been an amazing experience!. I’ve been here for two and a half months, but sadly my time is almost over, because I only applied for a 3 month program. ETIV is a young NGO whose flexibility gives you the opportunity to use your personal strengths combined with supervision and a lot of support. This NGO encourages an entrepreneur mindset and welcomes fresh minds.
I’ve been learning so much as the Marketing Coordinator and as a volunteer for the English Program, helping the teachers during the classes and with the planning. I enjoyed my time in the field with the kids, learning from them and the community. I arrived 10 weeks ago speaking zero Portuguese and now I’m able to speak with people here and communicate in an effective way. Even though my Spanish background helped, I strongly suggest taking the Portuguese Classes to speed up the process. Speaking the language definitely helps you to bond better with the community and make the most of your experience.
Volunteer experiences alone are gratifying, however, volunteering in ETIV also allows you to live in a beautiful surfing town in Bahia – Brazil, which makes the experience last forever.