Short and longterm volunteering, Sinal do Vale (Brazil)

About Sinal do Vale

Sinal do Vale is a center of the Regeneration of individuals, Communities, and Ecosystems. We seek to develop a bioregional regenerative economy through:

  • Local solutions for the regeneration of the natural and social ecosystems are shared through entrepreneurship, education, and socio-environmental projects.
  • Hosting people from all ages for learning journeys, retreats, and facilitating activities on our campus to inspire positive transformation.

Fun facts about Sinal do Vale

Current projects

Forest restoration project: our model seeks to develop low-cost soil regeneration solutions. We have approximately 60 hectares of growing forest, using 4 different techniques depending on the characteristics of each area: total planting, densification, regeneration conduction, and agroforestry. Efforts also involve working in the native tree nursery and monitoring the health of reforestation areas. Since 2011, SINAL have planted over 41,000 trees

Green jackfruit start-up/ social enterprise: Madre Frutos is a Kickstarter with a regeneration business model that uses green jackfruit in the Atlantic Rainforest as a drive to create jobs and promote sustainable food chains in Rio.

Boteco do floresta: Boteco is a food processing lab for all the produce growing at SINAL, including our organic garden, agroforests, and PANCs gardens. Led by a Terrapia Culinary School alumni.

Local community outreach and educational program : For the past 12 years, we have partnered with five local schools teaching the elementary and high school levels. Throughout the years, we have hosted around 400 students, with a curriculum of hands-on environmental education, artistic activities such as clay and natural crafts, English classes, and mural painting in local schools.

Volunteer opportunities

Option 1: In this program, volunteers will connect and learn with nature in an intercultural environment, through hands-on experience in our 60 hectare agroforestry project, regenerative cuisine, our social business (Green Jackfruit start up) and our local community outreach and educational program.

Minimum stay: 2 weeks up to 1 year

Option 2: If you have a specific focus on a particular pursuit of your choice that fits SINAL vision and needs, you can dedicate half of the day to developing it together with our team, and the other half to nature-based solutions activities.

Minimum stay: 1 month up to 1 year

What we offer

We offer basic and shared accommodation on campus, a 5 minute walk away from our main workspaces with the following:

  1. Shared bedroom (2-3 people)
  2. Living room
  3. Shared kitchen and bathrooms
  4. Wi-fi
  5. Three vegetarian meals a day

How to apply

Take a look at our volunteer brochure

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Schedule an interview with us
  3. Once your application has been accepted we’ll walk you through the paperwork and payment

Go here to learn more about Sinal do Vale.