“ETIV do Brasil” (Education Through International Volunteering in Brazil) was founded in 2015, and is a registered Brazilian NGO (CNPJ 24.835.491 / 0001-59).
Our Mission is to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil, with a deep focus on youth development.

We are located in Itacaré, Bahia, on Brazil’s beautiful Cocoa Coast.

The acronym ETIV sounds like “Achieve” when pronounced in Portuguese!

Almost all of our positions can be filled by volunteers and interns, as long as they meet your specific requirements. We offer immense support to all our members, however, interns receive more guidance and supervision from our team, so that their work is properly credited by their universities.

Both positions, however, are extremely critical to the success and sustainability of our programs, which also offer interesting leadership positions, where they will be able to further develop their skills, and as a result, improve their employability.

At "ETIV do brasil" we are guided by the central values of empathy, respect, honesty, truth, generosity and care - one with others, with the environment and all conscious being.

We envision a world where people care for each other and the environment, actively creating greater equality and opportunities for everyone.

Environmental conservation and development are the two fundamental objectives that we hope to achieve through our work. One of the main ways to achieve this is by connecting volunteers and interns to our projects aimed at local communities.

Working closely with communities and local partners, we strive to inspire and empower a new generation of local youth leaders, who take responsibility for each other, their communities and the environment.

Our Volunteer House is strategically located just a few steps from the beautiful Rio Contas, in the Passagem neighborhood. A place where you find resilience and camaraderie to spare. Internationally famous for its natural beauty, perfect waves for surfing and rich culture, Itacaré offers a unique opportunity to discover Brazilian traditions while providing personal growth, career development and the possibility of making a positive impact.

We use an inclusive and participatory approach when planning, developing and executing our projects, so that volunteers and interns have enough space to expand and consolidate their knowledge and skills, through practical experiences and activities.

Our Team

Luciana Lima – Treasurer

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Luciana has always loved learning foreign languages and is majoring in Intercultural Communication in Germany

Thaís Moraes

Thaís Moraes is from Rio de Janeiro where she studied Biomedicine. In 2014, she moved to Germany and sought an opportunity to help and keep her connected to Brazil.

Eva Melissa Astudillo- International Outreach Coordinator

Eva Melissa was born in Acapulco, Mexico, located on the Southern coast of Guerrero State. She is the daughter of two passionate teachers who, from an early age, provided influential examples of the transformative power of education.

Rafael Sousa – Translator

Born and raised in Timóteo, a small town in the countryside of the state of Minas Gerais, Rafael is a Mechatronic Technician who works with IT Support.

Ivone Lucio Eleoterio – LitClub Mentor

Ivone was born in São Paulo and graduated in Business Administration and Psychology. She worked for 17 years in the Insurance sector, followed by 4 years in Psychology.

Michelle Franco – LitClub Coordinator / Mentor

Born in São Paulo capital, Michele moved to the seacoast when she was only seven years old. Following her dreams of traveling the world, she enrolled in an English school while she was still studying Accountancy during her high school.

Jaci Braga – Founder & Director

Jaci was born and raised in upstate New York to an American mother and a Brazilian father. When Jaci was eleven years old she travelled to Brazil for the first time to visit her large, extended family.