About Us

“ETIV do Brasil” - Education Through International Volunteering in Brazil - is a non-governamental organization (NGO) and non-profit based in itacaré, bahia.

Founded in 2015, we are officially registered in brazil as a legal association (CNPJ 24.835.491/0001-59).

The acronym “etiv” sounds much like “achieve” when spoken in portuguese.

Our mission is to support development and environmental conservation in Brazil by connecting volunteers and interns with local communities.

Almost all our positions can be filled by volunteers and interns, as long as they fulfill their specific requirements. While we offer immense support to all our members, interns do receive more guidance and supervision from our staff so their work can be properly credited by their universities.

Both positions, however, are extremely critical to the success and sustainability of our programs, which also offer exciting leading roles 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 core values of empathy, respect, honesty, truth, generosity and care - for each other, the environment and every sentient being.


E N V I N R O N M E N T A L C O N S E R V A T I O N and D E V E L O P M E N T are the fundamental goals we hope to achieve through our projects.

By working closely with local communities and partners, we strive to inspire and empower a new generation of local, youth leaders who can develop innovative and collaborative answers to the social-environmental challenges they face.

Our Volunteer House is strategically located a few steps away from the beautiful “Contas River”, in the neighborhood of “Passagem” - a place where you will find plenty of resilience and camaraderie.

Internationally famous for its natural beauty, perfect waves for surfing and rich culture, Itacaré offers a unique opportunity to discover the Brazilian traditions while experiencing personal growth, developing your career and making a positive impact.

We take an inclusive and participatory approach when planning, developing and running our projects so volunteers and interns have plenty of room to expand and consolidate their knowledge and skills through hands-on experiences and activities.

We envision a world where people care for each other and for the environment, actively and collectively creating greater quality and opportunities for all.

Our Team


jennifer jaci braga - Founder & director

Born to an American father and a Brazilian mother, Jaci has a Bachelors (BA) in Psychology and dual Masters in Social Work (MSW) and International Studies (MA). She founded ETIV do Brasil in February 2015 with the goal of promoting social justice and environmental conservation in Brazil.


ivone lucio eleoterio - litclub mentor

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Ivone has graduated both in Business Administration and Psychology. She has been with ETIV do Brasil since our early days, helping us with all her commitment towards a more just world. She also works as a Psychologist for both kids and adults.


rafael sousa - translator

Born and raised in Timóteo, a small town in the countryside of Minas Gerais - Brazil, Rafael is a valuable member of our virtual team, helping us with English-Portuguese translations for a variety of projects. He is currently working to translate our entire website into Portuguese so we can reach a wider audience in Brazil.

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bernardo salce - international consultant: sustainable development and human rights

Originally from Brazil, Bernardo is a Human Ecologist, Climate Reality Leader® and Documentary Photographer whose work on social-environmental justice has allowed him to live in six different countries over the past decade. Working remotely from his home in Santa Cruz, California, he help us as an International Consultant on Sustainable Development and Human Rights.

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janaina santos garcia - biologist and mangrove specialist

Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais - Brazil, Janaina has spent most of her life in the neighborhood of Passagem, where ETIV do Brasil is located. She holds a degree in Biology, and a Masters studies on the pollution affecting mangroves - w/ focus on the ones found in Itacaré.


maria Alejandra belalcazar - INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT: Climate change and renewable energy

A proud Colombian who grew up in the United States, Alejandra studied Urban Planning & Sustainable Development at UCSD, and worked for NGOs throughout Southeast Asia, Colombia and San Diego - California. She is currently based in Santa Cruz, California, and works remotely for ETIV as an International Consultant on Climate Change and Renewable Energy.


michele franco - litclub coordinator/Mentor

Besides being a Teacher, a Cultural Projects Manager and an Independent Arts Producer, Michele is also ETIV's LitClub Coordinator / Mentor. When she is not working, she is training Capoeira and studying the Afro-Brazilian heritage in Bahia.


Get in touch!

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We warmly welcome all inquiries and questions from those who are interested in our organization!

We prefer inquiries to be made via email. However, we are always available in an emergency and we do welcome our volunteers, partners and staff to contact us via phone, text, WhatsApp, and Skype.


26 Massaranduba St., Itacaré, Bahia, Brazil, 45530-000 (Head Office and Volunteer House)