Volunteer House - Office
The ETIV Volunteer House - Office is strategically located in the “passagem” neighborhood, a few steps away from the beautiful “contas river”, home to mangroves, forest and abundant wildlife!
A pleasant 13 minutes walk takes you to the historic downtown, and with 5 more minutes of walking you get to the beach. Our house offers you serenity, tranquility 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 house remain pretty cool in comparison.
With 6 bedrooms, 2 shared bathrooms, a large kitchen and living room area, spacious common areas and 3 balconies with amazing views of the river, the Volunteer House is the ideal place for volunteers and interns to stay at, and the vast majority of the applicants choose that option. We have a couple of hammocks around the house where volunteers can lounge, and we maintain a beautiful garden with fruit trees, plants and flowers that attract caterpillars, butterflies and 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, offering gorgeous views of the beautiful peninsula that separates the river from the ocean. Sunrises and sunsets by the river are always something special!
While we do recommend staying with us, please note that our office is also in the house so those who prefer a more clear separation between work and home life are welcome to stay at one of our other accommodation options.
We do have a washing machine but we charge R$30 reais for a full load of 8kg. That fee help us to cover water and electricity bills, as well as any repair the machine may eventually need. For comparison, the laundry places in town charge R$10 reais per kilo!
Also, please keep in mind that the volunteer house is on the edge of the Atlantic rainforest and we do occasionally encounter bugs including ants and even cockroaches, especially when volunteers do not contribute to keeping the house tight and cleaned.
Our cat “Cia” help us to keep the insects away, and he loves some cuddling. “Otto”, a dog our Operations Manager has rescued from the streets of Colombia, is extremely friendly and he loves to go on hikes, swim in the river and play at the beach. Our director's dog, “Pino” often visits the house as well. We are true animal lovers and the vast majority of our staff (and also volunteers) are either vegetarians or vegans!
While “Passagem” is now safer than ever before, it is still one of the poorest neighborhoods in Itacaré, so we recommend taking sensible precautions such as not walking alone at night and not displaying valuable merchandise or large sums of money. On the other hand, by staying with us in Passagem you will have a wonderful opportunity to experience community camaraderie, see first hand the positive impact of your work, learn about social-economic resilience and expand your cultural perceptions about the world.
Finally, power cuts and water shortages are relatively common in Bahia, and our Internet access sometimes is a little slow, comparing to the speed you normally find in your own country. Volunteers staying for longer periods should consider buying a bicycle (about R$350 reais), as it makes faster and easier moving around the city and getting to the beaches!
Rent at the Volunteer House
In addition to the Volunteer Fees, volunteers and interns staying at the house must also pay a fair and reasonable rent, which includes all bills such as gas, water, electricity, WiFI, filtered drinking water, toilet paper and hand soap. We also have a fully equipped kitchen with a large stove, refrigerator/freezer, plenty of cabinets and all the utensils you need to cook at home.
A percentage of the rental fees (about 20%) goes directly to Field Operations and Project Development so by staying with us you are also supporting the sustainability of our organization.
Rooms are subject to a $250 (USD) deposit which is fully refundable at the end of your stay as long as all the rental requirements on your rental agreement have been fulfilled.
Monthly Rate in us dollars (march - november)
Rooms 1 and 2 (downstairs): Individual $192 pp - Couple $137 pp
Room 3 (Dorm - 2 bunk beds): $115 pp
Rooms 4/5/6 (upstairs): Individual $220 pp - Couple $165 pp
Monthly Rate - high season in us dollars (December - february)
Rooms 1 and 2 (downstairs): Individual $247 pp - Couple $165 pp
Room 3 (Dorm - 2 bunk beds): $145 pp
Rooms 4/5/6 (upstairs): Individual $275 pp - Couple $192 pp
volunteer house - office
26 Massaranduba St.
Itacaré, Bahia - Brazil