Join us now in the Pantanal and work with our talented 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. Becoming a volunteer here allows you to create 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.
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.
What to Expect
When guests are on site the day usually starts at around 4:30am. Most of the time will be spent out in the fields as an assist guide to the main guide. Other day duties varies and this will be laid out the day or morning before. As a volunteers 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). If guests are present this may be broken up into more weeks so you can experience real game drives with guests in between learning.
You will have 2 activities per day, these can be; 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 check-in/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.
Housing & Meals
3 meals a day will be provided. Meals will be prepared by the kitchen staff at the lodge and you will 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.
The housing during this program will be in our Volunteer Quarters with shared rooms.