The Pantanal Guide Experience

4 to 8 weeks
18 - 65 years
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About This Program

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.

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.

What's Included
Domestic Airfare
Airport Transfers
What's Not Included
SIM cards
Travel Insurance

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.

Volunteers contribute to the every day operation of the project and by this they contribute to the sustainability of the project. They help to conserve and protect wildlife and the environment by educating/working closely with locals and guests. Volunteers impact is a positive one for both the project and volunteers.



Four Weeks
$2695 USD
Six Weeks
$3695 USD
Eight Weeks
$4695 USD


Brazil Real
93 F / 63 F
90 F / 52 F
90 F / 52 F
91 F / 59 F
Guarulhos International Airport
( GRU )
Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International
( BSB )
Galeão International
( GIG )

Brazil is home to 2,000+ beaches, 1,000+ islands, and 62 national parks, not to mention an array of carnivals, sporting events, and other city-wide events. Visit the Amazon and Iguacu Falls for a taste of nature, or opt for city life in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.

Hosted by Fronteering

Fronteering specializes in arranging unique volunteer experiences in places less visited and unspoiled. Our volunteer projects take place in some of the last frontiers and wildernesses of this world:

From the Canadian Artctic where you get the opportunity to volunteer with huskies and go dog sledding to the Amazon rainforest where you will live...


10 Rating
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  • Impact 8.5
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 10
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Yes, I recommend this program

Pantanal Volunteering with Wildlife

I always dreamed of going to the Pantanal but I always wanted to go for a longer time while most lodge usually only offer 4 day programs which are extremely expensive considering the short duration and the time and money it takes to get there.

While this program is not cheap it is if you consider the amount of weeks you are staying and the experience you get. It is nice to not only get to see the pantanal but also to experience and be submerged in the daily life of the people that call the Pantanal home. What a beautiful experience it was and I can recommend this to anyone who has a bit of an adventurous spirit and who loves wildlife and nature.

I can also recommend Fronteering in general, their services was great and I am looking forward to take another trip with them next year! I am still deciding between Guyana or the Canadian Arctic!

What would you improve about this program?
The program was prefect and I could not have asked for more!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Pantanal, the last eden!

Wow, where to start. Pantanal was one of my favorite places in the world when I first visited in 2004 and still is my favorite place now that I visited it again in 2017. My visit in 2004 was purely for travel and was a short staying in the Pantanal is expensive. When I heard about a volunteering program in the Pantanal that lets you train and become a wildlife guide I was immediately sold! Being able to stay in the Pantanal for weeks instead of just a few days? HECK yeah!

It is honestly hard to believe that the Pantanal is still flying under the radar for so many travelers visiting Brazil. It is hansdown one of the best places in the world to see a wide and great variety of wildlife. Only places Like the Masai Mara in Kenya really come close except that the Pantanal is way more beautiful landscape wise.

Thanks Fronteering for making my dream come true at my age of 63! Everything was arranged top notch and all the people I had to deal with both at the host organization and at Fronteering were kind and helpful!

Becoming a wildlife guide was so amazing, the horse riding, the fishing, the bird watching, the search for wildlife, kayaking, jeep safari's. I've learned so much and got to experience so much. We saw such a variety of wildlife that it is too much to keep track. What was my favourite encounter? The Tapir and Giant anteaters were definitely highlands but of course seeing is a Jaguar in the wild is hard to beat!

I recommend this trip to anyone who is a wildlife lover and I give this trip a 10 out of 10. I did give this program a 8 for Impact as it is a voluntourism program and your impact is not direct however more longterm as through wildlife tourism in a responsible way the wildlife can be protected. One of the great things about this area is that they no longer hunt there (safe for the feral pigs that are a pest) and that is all to thanks to eco-tourism!

What a wonderful we world we live in! It is out there, just go and and enjoy it no matter your age or goals in life!

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly would not know what could be improved, everything was excellent from the service to the food.
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