ETIV do Brasil is looking for Interns or volunteers that are interested in community organizing in the beautiful surf town of Itacare, on the coast of Bahia. It is the role of our Community Organizers to help us build positive relationships within the community, mainly by meeting with local individuals and community leaders to better understand the stories, hopes and concerns for those living in and around Itacaré. It is important for our community organizers to document and highlight the personal stories of individuals in the community, while simultaneously gaining a deeper understanding about shared hopes and concerns within the community. Once this foundation is built, the community organizers will begin to host monthly meetings, bringing individuals and community leaders together who share similar concerns and are willing to work together to create the positive changes they wish to see in their communities.
Our last community organizer was focused on supporting the fishermen of Passagem, in the same neighborhood of Itacare where the ETIV house and office are located. He was working to help organize a union and helping them to improve their working conditions, their economic situation, and the environment. These fishermen are not only skilled in the fishing trade, but they also build fishing boats and want to ensure that this knowledge and expertise is handed down to future generations.
There is also a fantastic possibility to conduct research through this work that could also fulfill a university research requirement. In this position, the community organizer will discover some of the top shared concerns and hopes for the community, as well as ways that we, as a community, can make positive change in the community. It is important that organizers choose issues and strategies that are realistic given the current economic, social and political reality.
There is an opportunity for researchers to add value to our Community Organizing Project in a more specialized way. The current unionization of the local fishermen is a prime example of community mobilization at the grassroots level. If university researchers are interested in being a part of this unique opportunity, this work can be adapted to allow for a more specific research focus as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about further research opportunities as well.
Our community organizers must speak fluent Portuguese and must dedicate at least 3 months to the project.
Expectations for Community Organizers and Researchers:
- Further develop positive relationships with the locals of Itacare, with a special focus on the
fishermen of Passagem whom we are currently supporting
- Support the progression and success of the Union that the fishermen are developing
- Remain flexible, independent, patient and persistent as you may encounter different obstacles.
- Be sociable and curious about others, with a willingness to connect with individuals that may be
very different from you (in terms of age, culture, socioeconomic status, education and worldview)
Incoming community organizers will have the opportunity to:
- Enjoy the natural paradise of Itacare, along with all its beaches, waterfalls, and rich biodiversity
- Learn about NGO operations, as well as development in Brazil
- Combine research and community organizing
- Establish connections with the local community and participate in day to day life in Itacare,
specifically in the neighborhood of Passagem
- Support and empower locals in becoming community leaders, particularly as they build influence
through their union
- Support the direction of the union in their vision of building of a centre on the river beach of
Passagem neighborhood where they can store tools, build boats and host regular meetings,
trainings and events.
- Experience community organizing within a Brazilian bureaucracy
For more information about our organization and all of our volunteer opportunities please go to www.etivdobrasil.org.
HOW TO APPLY
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to apply.
ETIV do Brasil is located in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of Itacare, Bahia. Our mission is to connect international volunteers with local communities to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil. Please go to www.etivdobrasil.org for more information about all of our volunteer opportunities and packages.
These positions are perfect for someone seeking meaningful internship experience in a stunning location with a thriving Afro-Brazilian culture. Itacare is unique place where the Rainforest meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches, jungle, coconut trees, waterfalls and wildlife abound.
Most interns can receive university credit while interning with our NGO and some are even able to receive a University stipend or grant to help cover their expenses. We can offer ongoing support and supervision and can help organize taxi pickups, local accommodations and even Portuguese classes. All volunteers and interns will also receive our Pre-Departure Powerpoint, and Introduction to the NGO, a tour of Itacare and life insurance during their internship at the NGO. Meanwhile, interns that can commit to at least 5 months time commitment to the project can apply for a grant to have your volunteer contribution waved.