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.

Until March of 2020 we are in a house 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 not have a washing machine, but a hostel nearby does have one and charges only R$30 reais for a load of 10kg. 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. “Pino”, our director's dog, 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!

The charming streets of “Passagem” neighborhood, Itacaré, Bahia - Brazil

The charming streets of “Passagem” neighborhood, Itacaré, Bahia - Brazil

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!

Keep on mind that in April 2020 we are going to move from this from house to a new place, very close from the place we are right now - just one block away, on the same neighbourhood.


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.


Until March 2020

Monthly Rate - (December - MARCH)

  • Rooms 1 and 2 (downstairs): Individual $277 pp - Couple $185 pp

  • Room 3 (Dorm - 2 bunk beds): $162 pp

  • Rooms 4/5/6 (upstairs): Individual $305 pp - Couple $215 pp

Monthly Rate in us dollars (APRIL - 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

From April 2020 onwards (new house)

Monthly Rate - (December - MARCH)

  • 1 bedroom - $500 for 1 person/600 for 2 people

  • 2 bedroom - $600 for 1 person/$800 for 2 people

  • Shared apartment (4 people) - $162 pp

Monthly Rate in us dollars (APRIL - november)

  • 1-bedroom apartments - $265 per month for 1 person/$350 for 2 people (175 each)

  • 2-bedroom apartments - $350 for 1 person, $435 for 2 people ($218 each)– and keep adding $85 more per person additional)

  • 3-bedroom apartment - $385 for one person, $470 for 2 people (235 each), $555 for 3 people ($185 each)

  • Shared apartment (4 people) - $115 pp

New volunteer house and office starting on April 2020.


volunteer house - office

26 Massaranduba St.


Itacaré, Bahia - Brazil