Chess Club

Chess Program Volunteer or Intern in a Tropical Surf Town in Brazil

ETIV is offering a fantastic opportunity for volunteers or interns interested in teaching chess to the children in the community of Itacaré. If you have a basic knowledge of chess and are interested in helping build a team of chess champions, this could be a great fit for you.

Importance of the Role:

Chess is a key extracurricular activity for ETIV do Brasil. Chess provides an opportunity for many children to develop strategic, competitive, and critical thinking skills. It also provides an outlet for many children who are unable to participate or prefer mentally challenging extracurriculars over physically challenging ones.

Since each Chess Class only takes place once a week, interested volunteers would have to combine this project with another one we currently offer in order to reach the minimum required hours/week of work we require from all our volunteers and interns.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate each chess class and any potential chess tournaments.
  • Create chess lesson plans and digitally document everything so that it can utilized as a framework for future chess programs.
  • Take attendance and document outcomes including successes, challenges, and best practices for every class and each chess player.
  • Setup and cleanup chess stations and chess games
  • Teach many of the core values that lay the foundation for ETIV's work, also listed on our website.

Secondary responsibilities:

An important value at ETIV, is to allow the volunteer to grow and make use of all the strengths one may have. Therefore, we encourage all our volunteers to participate in our many projects and sometimes even create their own. You will need to assist in other programs if needed and participate in our monthly events. For example, we always plan a World Day event.


  • Volunteers must work at least 20 hours per week
  • Interns must work at least 30 hours per week*
  • Basic knowledge of Chess
  • Basic Portuguese**
  • Minimum 1 month time commitment

*Interns will receive a certificate of completion, which could be exchanged for university credit. Please refer to your university for more information

**For those who do not speak Portuguese, we do offer an audio class that you can listen to before arriving. We also have contacts with teachers down here in Itacaré.

Fees and pricing

This position is an unpaid and volunteer position that will allow the individual to contribute to this small community, learn Portuguese and Brazilian culture, as well as acquire organizational and leadership skills.

Furthermore, if you decide to stay in the Etiv complex you will need to pay for your accommodation please visit our website for more information on prices*: 

However, you are allowed to find your own accommodation, but a fee for training, materials, and a small donation to the Etiv organization will be required, totaling 300USD$. 

*Brazilian citizens receive 50% off if they decide to stay with us in our complex.


ETIV do Brasil is located in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of Itacare, Bahia. Our mission is to support development and environmental conservation in Brazil, with a deep focus on youth development.

Most interns can receive university credit while interning with our NGO. We can offer ongoing support and supervision and can help organize taxi pickups, local accommodations and even Capoeira or Portuguese classes. All volunteers and interns will also receive our Pre-Departure Powerpoint, and Introduction to the NGO, as well as a tour of Itacaré.

These positions are perfect for someone seeking meaningful volunteer or internship experience in a stunning location with a thriving Afro-Brazilian culture. Itacare is a unique place where the Rainforest meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches, jungle, coconut trees, waterfalls and wildlife abound.


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