Community Development and Education Internship in Brazil


Inspire and empower a new generation of conservation leaders through a range of educational programs

This is a fantastic opportunity for those with an interest in community development or education to gain hands-on experience in your field. You’ll teach residents of a small seaside town to develop sustainable practices while also supporting professional development, social justice, and improving employment prospects in the region.

This organization works with the local community to develop and implement initiatives that support environmental conservation and community development. Their aim is to enable this community to protect the area’s unique flora and fauna by providing professional development in ecotourism with a range of educational programs.

As an intern you’ll help devise, coordinate, and facilitate these educational programs. You’ll work on weekly environmental classes on topics like recycling, growing your own food, and living sustainably in a marine protected area. As well as this, you can get involved with language exchange programs, computer literacy classes, and, for interns with advanced Portuguese skills, a female empowerment girl’s club.

Learning objectives:

  • Practical work experience in education and community development
  • Insight into environmental conservation and community uplift
  • A thorough understanding of planning, coordination, and implementation of educational programs
  • An ability to build relationships and collaborate with disadvantaged communities in pursuit of their empowerment
  • International work experience within the nonprofit sector


ETIV do Brasil is a nonprofit NGO operating in the Itacaré region of Bahia, Brazil since 2015. With an emphasis on youth development, they aim to advance social justice, ecological conservation, and sustainable development through a range of projects in the region. They also place a high priority on offering professional and personal development for their interns through hands-on experience working with local communities in international settings; or Education Through International Volunteering (ETIV)


Your role will revolve around building relationships with community members and working with them towards their empowerment. Whilst your main focus will be teaching the community how to protect the area’s natural resources and unique habitats, you will also be involved with employability training and various initiatives to improve social justice.


Your tasks will depend on your interests and skills but can include:

  • Planning, preparing, and running environmental education programs and supporting the mangrove restoration work.
  • Assisting with various social justice and skill-building initiatives such as and computer literacy training
  • Assisting with Spanish and English education programs: curriculum development, preparing lesson plans, documenting success and progress made, etc.
  • Assisting with the Girl’s Club (for those with intermediate to advanced Portuguese language skills only)
  • Building relationships with community members in order to better understand their needs and how the organization might help with them
  • Participating in the community-based conservation efforts such as beach clean-ups and reforestation programs
  • Contributing to the upkeep of the complex and overall success of the organization


  • Experience teaching or working within an education setting
  • A passion for social justice and community development
  • Adept communication skills and the ability to build connections with people
  • An interest in environmental conservation
  • Basic level of Portuguese, for those interested in the Girl’s Club a medium to advanced level of Portuguese is required
  • Your own laptop


Interns stay in one of several apartments within the complex of the organization. Each has a well-equipped kitchen, electricity, Wifi, filtered drinking water, and the complex itself has a shared pool and a garden where interns can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables. A dedicated office space is available to interns as well. There’s also a cat and other pets living there too. Located in the Passagem neighborhood of Itacaré, the accommodation is a short walk from the historic downtown and the closest beach, Praia Concha.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Make sure to visit your doctor and dentist for a check-up before yor internship and to get all the recommended vaccines and/or medications necessary to stay healthy. Mosquito borne viruses including Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika do pose a threat in Bahia, so bring repellent and a mosquito net. Every bed has hooks to hang mosquito nets.



Free Wifi is available at the accommodation for staying in touch with loved ones through WhatsApp, Facetime, etc.



There is a well-equipped kitchen at your accommodation, where you can prepare your own meals.

Location details

Location details

Itacaré is a quaint surf town located in the northeastern part of Brazil along the Cocoa Coast (so called for its vast cocoa plantations). It’s situated right between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mata Atlantica Rainforest, so you can expect stunning scenery with beautiful beaches, waterfalls, jungles, and coconut trees.


Fee Breakdown

Internships generally take place between March and November. Start and end dates of the internship are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

3 months USD 2,600

4 months USD 3,350

5 months USD 3,950

6 months USD 4,550


  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes
  • Accommodation in a shared apartment
  • Taxi transfer from Ilheus airport to your accommodation in Itacare (approx. 1.5 hours)
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with you and your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


  • Flights to Ilheus airport
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Brazil.

What can I expect from an internship in Brazil?

What you can expect from an internship in Brazil is immense personal growth, as well as professional development. You’ll dive into a vibrant culture and expand your horizons through cross-cultural interactions. You’ll gain hands-on experience in your chosen internship while building a big network of contacts and mentors along the way!

How long can I do an internship for?

The minimum length of an internship in Brazil is two months, but the ideal length is closer to four months, or longer. This ensures you have the time to truly make a tangible impact during your time. However, our programs are customizable in length so you can apply for a summer, remote, hybrid, or gap-year internship!

Do internships in Brazil qualify for university credit?

Yes, but you must confirm with your university supervisor to approve this. It’s also possible to purchase transfer credits to add onto your internship experience.

Will I receive payment of any kind during my internship?

Unfortunately, there is no form of stipend for internships in Brazil. Your internship will be unpaid while working with the nonprofit organization, but there are multiple ways to fund your internship. Your experience will bring a wealth of new knowledge and the opportunities for professional and personal growth are invaluable!


LOCATION: Bahia, Brazil
PROGRAM FOCUS: Education & Conservation NGO
TASK FOCUS: Community Outreach, Teaching, Program Development
LENGTH: Min. 3 months
COST: From USD 2,600


  • Gain international work experience in education and community development
  • Make a huge impact both for the unique flora and fauna of the Itacaré region and the people that live there
  • Build close connections with the local community
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Afro-Brazilian, Bahian culture
  • Live and work in an area of unparalleled natural beauty, the Cococa Coast of Brazil
  • Polish up on Portuguese with free online courses before your internship and in-person lessons throughout at a small extra fee


If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.



We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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