Pantanal Guide Experience
We invite you to Southern Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest wet land! As such a vast tropical wetland, the Pantanal is a very precious resource of Brazil, and home to one of the highest diversities and concentrations of flora and fauna on the planet!
Come join us in the Pantanal and work with our fantastic team of experienced guides to help with the development of sustainable Tourism. This volunteer program gives you the opportunity to get involved with a team of local guides to share the importance of preserving the land while developing sustainable tourism. While you are at it you will form bonds that go beyond friendship while having the opportunity to share and develop skills in the areas of tourism, hospitality, conservation, horse riding and construction. In the heartlands of Brazil’s Southern Pantanal wetlands sits our land.. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in experiencing life in the Pantanal through a guiding program. This guiding program includes 2 weeks in the field starting as early as 5am with 3 to 4 hours’ morning and afternoon lessons/activities. Included in the experience are class room lessons, driving, canoeing, horseback riding and lots more. Waking up with the wildlife and sun is guaranteed to be a fulfilling experience. Similarly sleeping amongst the sounds of the wild is truly exhilarating. In the Pantanal the bird list boasts over 600 species and the breath taking views make our lodge one of the many paradises on earth. The lodge also provides excellent viewing opportunities of giant river otters, giant black caiman and giant Anteater. In addition there are many mammals to delight, including jaguar, puma and tapir. It is also home to, what has been called, one of the world’s best wild collection of Victoria Amazonica water lilies. These lilies, the largest in the world, bloom every evening at dusk. Today, the area is an eco-tourist destination. The lodge provides guests and volunteers with an excellent opportunity to experience, first hand, the wildlife indigenous to this part of the Pantanal. At the lodge, we are always so excited to share the experience of the untouched natural beauty in this remote corner of South America. Volunteers can expect to work within the fields of tourism, hospitality, conservation and ranching, though some of these may overlap due to the specific needs of the different components that make up our project.
This Is Why
- One of the last real frontiers on Earth!
- Wildlife Paradise.
- Learn Portuguese!
- Untouched land and river system!
- Key Start Dates
The porject is unavailable during the month of Februray. Spots are then opened for all the remining months of the year!
- Trip duration
8 weeks (other duration available upon request)
- Number of minimum travellers
8 Weeks June – November (dry): 2895 US$
8 weeks December – May (wet): 3500 US$ (possible discounts applies if you are flexible to adjust your dates to other travelers).
- Housing Type
- Internet Access
Yes however, internet access is limited at the project.
- Who Are They Looking For?
Adventurer’s individuals who have an interest in the outdoors and who do not mind getting their hands a little wet and dirty.
Fast Facts: Brazil
Where? Pantanal, Brazil, South America
Country Size: 224,299 km2
86,602.3 sq mi
Population density? 496, 936
State Famous for? Largest Wetland in the world, Giant River Otter, Jaguars, Black Caiman, Arapaima (largest scaled fresh water fish in the world), Caipirinhas. Samba, Football
When to visit: All year round
- What's Included
Pantanal Guide Experience
Shared Room (Volunteer Quarters)
3 meals a day included.
- Transfer to the project by air and 4x4
Students will need to travel to Aquiduanna from Campo Grande where they can either chose Car or small aircraft transfer to the lodge.
- Ongoing service
If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours before and/or after you have finished your volunteer project.
- 24/7 Emergency contact
If there are any problems during you stay at the project you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.
What's not included: International Flights, Insurance
08 Weeks June – November (dry): 2895 US$
08 weeks December – May (wet): 3500 US$ (possible discounts applies for both wet and dry season if you are flexible to adjust your dates to other travelers)
As a volunteers at at the Pantanal Guide Experience volunteer program you will have some of the following responsibilities:
- First 2 weeks:- Guide Program (Learning to guide by; Horse Riding, Boating, Canoeing, Safari Drives learning how to guide)
- You will have 2 activities per day, theses are; Mammals of the Pantanal – biology and identification, Mammals tracking, Bird Identification, Astronomy & Geology, and Activities Guiding by: Horseback, Canoe, Boating and Safari Drive and cowboys.
- Remaining 6 weeks:- Volunteer & assist the Guides with guests at lodge (Participants that show the aptitude to be ongoing guides could potentially stay for 3 months max visa allowance no extra cost). When there are no guests students can continue self-learning and volunteer with management of day to day activities.
- Various tasks and jobs including but not limited; Assist the guides, Prepare and saddle horses, Assist in the kitchen, Assist with checkin/checkout guests and Help with lodge management.
- This program is a guiding Program that allow you to experience and learn a lot about the Pantanal while guiding. Duties and tasks for the first 2 weeks will be an intense learning phase and other day duties and tasks will vary depending on what the program for the day is.
- Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
Some if the requirements for this project are:
- Taking a Portuguese course before arrival
- AA strong work ethic is required: reliable, responsible, dependable, honest and with a good sense of humor. You must be physically it and comfortable with the arrangement of living in a remote location.
- No experience required but must be willing to learn and try new things.
- Always let someone know when you are leaving the main compound and never do so alone.
- Driver’s license.
- Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
- The opportunity to learn about the Pantanal, its wildlife and landscape. Learn first-hand about conservation and experience life in a different setting.
- Self-development and the chance to challenge yourself, build on your existing skills while learning new ones.
- Develop independence and confidence and have a positive impact on the environment.
- Fast Facts
- Project location
Brazil, Pantanal, Souterh Section
- Area Famous For
Different Species of Birds, Fish, Large Mammals
- When to visit
The project advices to visit during any month except February since this is the time they are unavailable.
- Wildlife viewing
Some of the best in the world!
- Project location
- Itinerary & Details
Day 1 - Arrive in Campo Grande, Pantanal Brazil;
You will arrive in the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul where you will need to catch a flight or 4x4 depending on the time of the year.
For 2-4 weeks - Volunteer at the Pantanal!
For several weeks you will work along an amazing team and getinvolved in the day to day activities at the project!
Your last day - You will travel back to Campo Grande where you will catch flight back home or take the opportunity to travel through Brazil. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country.
As a volunteer, you will share your room with other volunteers.
Things to bring from home
- Hiking Shoes/Working Boots
- Rain gear
- Anti Mosquito repellent + after bite
- Hat/cap to protect yourself from the sun
- Complete Kitlist will be provided after applying or on request
Meals will be prepared by the kitchen staff at the lodge and sometime with you may be asked to help. Drinking water, is available throughout the day. You may also purchase sodas and beer from the store. Breakfast consists of basic toast etc. Lunch and dinner is rice, beans, vegetable dishes with a meat. We are a working farm so there is plenty of delicious beef and lamb provided. Volunteers will dine with the lodge staff in the staff kitchen and may sometimes be invited to dinner with the guests of the Lodge.