Cultural Immersion

dive into the brazilian culture and discover a kaleidoscope of traditions and beliefs that

emerged from the mix between Indigenous, european and african civilizations!

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Northeastern Brazil is arguably the country's most culturally rich area, comprising nine states (out of twenty-six): Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia (where Itacaré is located), along with the Fernando de Noronha archipelago (once a separate territory, now part of Pernambuco).

Known as Nordeste (“Northeast”) and with a population of almost 54 million people (28% of the country's total population), this region was first inhabited by a vast and prosperous Indigenous population speaking mostly languages of the Tupi-Guarani family, before being “discovered” and colonized by the Portuguese and other Europeans, back in the early 16th century.

The Nordeste Brasileiro encapsulates and it's the ultimate expression of Brazil's rich culture, which is the result of an incredible mix of Indigenous, African and European traditions over the last centuries. Nordeste's dialects, history, folklore, cuisines, music, literature and etc. have captivated the imagination of people across the entire world, who come to this region in search of an unparalleled cultural experience and natural sights of indescribable beauty.


Portuguese classes

Most people in Itacaré do not speak English so in order for you to have a better experience we highly recommend taking some Portuguese classes prior and/or during your stay with us. We offer online lessons via Skype and the in-person classes are held at the Learning Space inside our Volunteer House.

We have partnered with an excellent local teacher who has offered our volunteers and interns a very special deal for one-on-one classes:

  • 10-Classes package: $135 US dollars;

  • 20-Classes package: $260 US dollars.


Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Dating back to the 16th century, Capoeira's history is intertwined with the colonization period and African slavery in Brazil. On November 26, 2014, Capoeira was recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Our local Capoeira instructor has years of experience teaching both children and adults, and has also given us special rates for his classes (prices are per person):

  • 10-Classes package: $135 US dollars;

  • 20-Classes package: $260 US dollars.


Originated on the farms and plantations all over the Nordeste Brasileiro at the end of the 19th century, Forró gained national and international recognition with Luiz Gonzaga (1912-1989), a folklorist, music historian and performer who is considered the greatest personification of Forró's culture.


There are plenty of bars with live music in Itacaré where you can learn and dance Forró with locals, but if you prefer taking some actual lessons, we can certainly hook you up with one of the Forró teachers we know. Prices will vary depending on the type (individual or group) and number of classes.


Itacaré is internationally famous for the quality and consistency of waves, for all levels and styles. Here you will find not only perfect conditions to learn or improve your surfing skills, but also breathtaking sceneries that seem out of fairytales.


Our surfing instructor has over ten years of teaching experience in California, USA, and has surfed all over the world. Prices include surfboard rental, and will depend on the student's level as well as on the number of classes.


Photography can be the opening door to a whole new world of discoveries, opening our eyes to all the beauty around us while also teaching us about ourselves and others. It helps building bridges of empathy and understanding, and it is a passport to stories we would probably not discover had we not the camera with us.


Besides being our Operations Manager, Bernardo Salce is also a world renowned photographed whose work has taken him all over the world. His work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe, South America and United States, and he has also run several workshops and photo-tours over the last years. You can check his work on his website and Instagram.

Here in Itacaré he is offering a few different photography experiences, all at very special prices:

  • 2-hours iPhone tour: No camera? No problem! We can also make great images with our smartphones - $25 US dollars;

  • 2-hours photo tour: Hands-on technical guidance and help with interaction with locals so not only you get their portraits but also learn from them and their stories - $40 US dollars;

  • Half-day workshop (*only on weekends): 1 hour of theory, 2 hours of shooting and 1 hour to review and give feedback about images - $90 US dollars;

  • Full-day workshop (*only on weekends): 1h30 of theory, 2 hours of “free shooting”, 2 hours of visual exercises w/ the camera and 1 hour to review images and offer feedback - $150 US dollars;

  • Intensive 2-days workshop (*only on weekends): On Day 1, students have 2h of theory (history, technical aspects and developing a photo story), 2 hours of “free shooting”, 2 hours of visual exercises w/ the camera and 1 hour of photography review. On day 2, there is a mentorship session about building a visual narrative (1h), and then students have the day to develop their own photo story about a specific topic/issue. At the end, Bernardo helps putting the story together, teaches about editing (1h) and offers overall feedback and recommendations - $200 US dollars.

Bernardo believes the camera is just a tool, so instead of teaching just about technical aspects, he prefers to focus more on the “art of seeing”. His main goal is to help photography enthusiasts to discover the world around them and to find interesting ways to express their unique visual language.

By joining his workshops or photo-tours not only you will develop your photography skills and go back home with images that make justice to the beauties of Itacaré; more importantly, perhaps, you will learn a lot about yourself, about the local culture/history, and about life in general.

culinary, music and more…

There is no shortage of activities for you in Itacaré, and region. Besides all of the above, you can also learn how to cook traditional meals, play local music instruments such as the berimbau, and practice futevôlei and other local sports, among others.

There are also many folklore, art and cultural festivals happening throughout the year!


Please let us know what your interests are so we can connect you with the right people in town!

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