Environmental Education and Conservation Programs

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Protecting our natural resources and creating a new generation of youth environmental leaders!

Our Environmental Education and Conservation Programs have a special place in the portfolio of programs we are currently developing.

Itacaré has been blessed by an unparalleled natural beauty that comes from its harmonic and almost exotic combination of Atlantic rainforest, secluded beaches, picturesque rivers, gorgeous waterfalls, mangroves and plenty of wildlife. Therefore, it is our duty to help protecting this special ecosystem, even more so in times of global warming and climate change.

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Environmental degradation in Itacaré means more than “just” loss of flora and fauna; it poses a tremendous risk to the livelihoods of thousands of families who rely on fishing and subsistence agriculture. Thus, the main goals of our environmental program are to support conservation efforts, in collaboration with local partners and communities, and to form a new generation of youth environmental leaders who can take Itacaré to sustainable development paths, considering the principles of Human Ecology.

We always incorporate arts into our curriculum and activities, as they help developing critical and creative thinking. They also enhance performance in non-arts academic subjects such as mathematics, science, reading and writing; and strengthen students’ academic motivation, self-confidence, and ability to communicate and co-operate effectively.

Our Environmental Education and Conservation Programs align with five of the 17 goals that the United Nations has adopted on its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Click on each image above to learn more.

We are constantly looking for ways to solidify and expand our environmental work, be it through education strategies, be it through direct conservation projects. We believe that working together is the best, perhaps only way to achieve the goals of social-environmental justice, so we are always open to partnerships with local and international organizations/entities/institutions that share our same values and principles.

Our current Environmental programs include: mangrove restoration (Just 0.7% of the world’s forests are coastal mangroves, yet they store up to 10 times as much carbon per hectare as tropical forests!); environmental education classes at our learning space; formal and non-formal environmental education activities in partnership with other NGOs and local schools; online awareness campaigns; and more.

ETIV's Environmental department has also been structured to foster the environmental knowledge and activism promoted by The Climate Reality Project.

We have two positions available within our Environmental Education/Conservation Programs.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR (EC)

ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEER (EV)

The Environmental Coordinator (EC) is an absolutely critical member of the ETIV team. It is the duty of the environmental coordinator to help identify ways to promote and ensure increased and sustainable environmental conservation/development in and around Itacaré, while also leading our environmental education program and helping us to solidify/expand our partnerships with local actors.

The Environmental Coordinator (EC) will work in close cooperation with our Director and/or Operations Manager, and he/she must help us to further develop our environmental education curriculum. We use Climate Change as a central structural concept from which we develop lessons plans and participative activities that aim at developing conscious and responsible environmental activism in our community.

For us, there is no environmental justice without social justice. Based on the principles of Human Ecology, we take a global, complex and holistic approach when analyzing social-environmental challenges and the answers we can collectively create to tackle them.

Therefore, the Environmental Coordinator (EC) must have not only a critical understanding of our current issues, but also the ability to further develop our curriculum, projects and activities in such a way that we increase our positive impact and bring even more social-environmental justice to our community.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Volunteer (EV) must support the work of the EC and the overall development of our environmental programs, under the supervision of our Director and/or Operations Manager.

Our Environmental Volunteers are expected to help planning and implementing our weekly environmental trainings with children and teenagers, and they must also support our organic garden, compost and recycling projects.

They are also expected to help all of the other volunteers get better at reducing, reusing and recycling in the Volunteer House, making it even more sustainable. The Environmental Coordinator (EC) and Environmental Volunteers (EV) must work together, in collaboration with our other departments, to ensure we have a more profound impact on the environmental issues affecting Itacaré and its surroundings.


MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Volunteers/interns must be at least 18 years or older;

  • The EC is responsible for planning, organizing and leading our weekly environmental trainings with youth and eventually adults as well;

  • Both EC and EV must properly register new students, help recruiting more, taking attendance and documenting notes, observations and outcomes in our database, including successes, challenges, recommendations and best practices for our classes;

  • The EC, with the support of the EV, must continuously update and improve our Environmental Manual, as well as project descriptions and volunteer responsibilities/requirements on our website and other media platforms;

  • The EC, again with the support of the EV, must play an active role in solidifying and expanding our network of environmental partners so we can develop joint projects and have a deeper positive impact in our community;

  • Both the EC and the EV must lead and participate in our (seasonal) mangrove restoration project, involving the community whenever possible;

  • The EC and the EV must take charge of our compost pile, our garden and recycling efforts, as well as helping the other volunteers to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle;

  • Ideally, the EC and the EV will also be able to combine their environmental consciousness with their creativity so they can help us making natural products for cleaning, and also decorating our house;

  • The EC must lead our recruitment strategies for new environmental volunteers, and organize environmental events such as beach cleanups and our annual Earth Day celebration;

  • The EC is also expected to help us developing a business guide to inform local businesses on how to switch to more sustainable practices that can reduce not only their environmental impact but also their financial expenses;

  • The EC must organize at least one fundraising event, locally or virtually, and he/she must help us identifying and applying to grants to finance our environmental programs;

  • The EV is responsible for activities such as: help creating and teaching our weekly environmental education classes, registering students, recruiting more, taking their attendance and documenting the project progress in our database;

  • The EV role entails supporting the overall work of the EC; if we do not have an Environmental Coordinator at the time, he/she will work closely and under the mentorship and supervision of our Operations Manager;

  • The EV must also organize at least one fundraising event, locally or virtually, and he/she must help us identifying and applying to grants to finance our environmental programs;

  • The EC and the EV must always incorporate arts into their activities;

  • Both the EC and the EV must use their classes as an opportunity to teach our students about ETIV's core values, as well as about concepts such as global citizenship, human rights, etc.


REQUIREMENTS

  • Environmental Coordinators must work at least 25 hours/week, have Intermediate/Advanced Portuguese skills, and commit to at least 3 months (ideally 6 months);

  • Environmental Volunteers are expected to work 20 hours/week, have at least some Basic Portuguese skills and commit to at least 1 month (ideally 3 months);

  • Environmental Coordinators must show great leadership, social and communication skills;

  • Volunteers with environmental background and/or previous working experience are highly desirable;

  • All volunteers and interns must agree to and sign our Volunteer Contract before arriving, as well as sign their rental agreement if staying at our Volunteer House;

 
Bernardo Salce