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Welcome! Everyone can participate and contribute!
The volunteer programme at Kilombo Tenondé provides opportunities to take part in and learn from the planning and implementation of agro-ecological and permaculture systems, nature conservation, and from studies and activities related to art and culture.
The programme was developed to let participants from Brazil and elsewhere immerse themselves in Capoeria Angola, Permaculture and the day-to-day life on an ecological site.


Anyone who is interested and willing to work in the open air, undertaking tasks that may include manual labour (in the local climate), as well as various activities described below.


The timescale for the volunteer programme at Kilombo Tenondé is agreed between the parties, according to the the demand for activities and the participant’s availability.

There is always some way of contributing in Kilombo and even those with little or no experience or skills can participate. Volunteers have a probationary period of 10 days, in which they should demonstrate their ability to integrate into the community and their dedication to the philosophy and activities, before a longer stay is confirmed. The fee to stay in Kilombo Tenondé is R$35.00 per day or R$700.00 per month.

NOTE: we regret that the free accommodation scheme of the volunteer programme is temporary unavailable until the further notice due to the limited availability of the places.

Volunteers with experience in the areas listed below may be hosted free of charge depending on their dedication to the work and the level of experience.

Construction and Bio-construction; Agro-forestry; Agro-ecology; Permaculture Communication; Agronomy; Environmental Engineering and Forestry; Geography; Fisheries; Bee-keeping; Arts and holistic therapies.

  • Kilombo Tenondé provide accommodation or space for camping; volunteers should bring their own bedding, toiletries and personal belongings.
  • Volunteers should bear in mind that they may be accommodated separately or in shared rooms.
  • Meals are provided by Kilombo Tenondé (breakfast and dinner).
  • All volunteers, residents and visitors of Kilombo Tenondé prepare meals together according to a weekly rota.
  • Two well-balanced nutritious meals are provided each day, made mostly with crops grown in Kilombo. Any other food is should be bought by whoever wants it.
  • All food in Kilombo Tenondé is vegetarian.

It is the volunteers’ responsibility to provide their own life/health insurance. Upon confirmation of acceptance, the volunteer must provide a copy of the life insurance policy or health plan that is valid for the period of the programme.

  • Agro-ecological and agro-forestry systems maintenance and monitoring
  • Bio-construction and general construction
  • Joinery and carpentry
  • Maintenance of nursery and plants
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Maintenance of vegetable garden and plantations
  • Production of fruit pulp and jam
  • Natural soaps and disinfectants making
  • Musical instruments making
  • Seed bank
  • Composters and wormeries maintenance
  • Management of livestock (chicken, fish and bees)
  • Environmental education in the town of Bonfim
  • Capoeira Angola for children in the town of Bonfim
  • Support for scientific research
  • Guidance and oversight of visits, workshops and courses
  • Administration
  • Research and development of written projects
  • Social media and communication (creation of images, videos and documentation)

Volunteers work 36 hours per week, spread over six days, with a day off on Saturday.


Volunteers must be:

  • Adult
  • Willing to undertake routine work
  • Ready to abide by the terms of the agreement.

How to apply

Email the fully completed registration form to:
Selection for the programme depends on the placements available.


We appreciate your interest in participating in Kilombo Tenondé’s activities. For your stay to be as harmonious as possible, please pay attention to the following:

  • We maintain an atmosphere of peace, ethics, tranquility and sustainability, and we ask that you do too.
  • Kilombo Tenondé promotes environmental awareness and conscious consumption and, in order to avoid excess waste, we recommend that you do not bring manufactured products. We live in a rural area and there is no waste collection.
  • There is no cell phone signal, but we have internet access. Please bring your laptop if you need to communicate.
  • All volunteers, residents and visitors of Kilombo Tenondé contribute to maintenance and cleaning, in addition to their daily activities. Once a week everyone works together to clean the whole site.
  • It is prohibited to bring alcoholic drinks, non-prescription drugs and foods containing meat. We ask smokers to keep smoking to a minimum during their stay and to smoke outside Kilombo Tenondé. We have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and cannabis use inside Kilombo.
  • Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Please bring biodegradable products (preferably glycerin) to minimise environmental impact.
  • Please pay extra attention when walking through the forest as there are some poisonous animals such as scorpions, snakes, etc.
  • Bring comfortable, old clothes for working and training – preferably trousers, long sleeved shirts, rubber boots or shoes, gloves and a hat.
  • The climate in Kilombo Tenondé is humid as it is surrounded by an immense tropical forest. There is heavy rain and strong sun. We recommend that you bring light clothes that dry quickly. Remember your swimming costume – there’s a beautiful river for a refreshing swim after a day’s work.
  • We suggest you bring a torch.
  • There is no laundry service; please bring coconut soap or glycerin to wash your clothes in the river.
  • Shoes are not allowed in the house; if you like, you can bring thick socks for use indoors.
  • People with disabilities, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis and other conditions that require special care should let Kilombo Tenondé know prior to their arrival. We are a long way from hospitals and clinics.
  • From Salvador, take the ferry to Bom Despacho (on the island of Itaparica) and from there take a bus to the city of Valença. Get off at the bus station. Take another bus to the town of Bonfim and ask the driver to stop at Kilombo of Mestre Cobra Mansa. There are two large signs at the entrance.
  • If you have a long wait for the bus at Valença bus station, you can take a van (‘combi’ costs R$3.00) instead. It leaves from the Feria de Valença (15 mins walk from the bus station) and passes the town of Bonfim.
  • The last bus from Valença to Bomfim leaves at 17:20. If you miss that and cannot find a van (combi), you can take a taxi to Bonfim. We have a friend, Nelson, a capoeira master and taxi driver who can help [contact: (75) 3611-2663 or (75) 9147-1895]. Let him know that you’re going to Kilombo Tenondé and he will charge R$50.00. It usually costs more as Kilombo is 20km from Valença.
  • Bus timetable from Valença to the town of Bonfim (average of R$2.65):
    Cidade do Sol: 05:45, 07:50, 10:10, 12:20, 14:30, 17:00
    Santana: 05:30, 07:10, 09:30, 12:00, 15:10, 17:20
    (Sunday 07:10, 12:00, 15:10, 16:10, 17:20)
    Camurugipe: 05:30, 7:00, 11:30
  • If you don’t want to take the ferry, an alternative route is to take a bus from Salvador bus station directly to Valença.
  • The bus company Águia Branca runs on Mondays and Fridays, leaving Salvador at 06:20 and arriving in Valença at 10:25. It costs R$34.76 and you can buy the ticket online:
  • If you are arriving by car on the BR 101, take the junction with the BA 542 and continue for about 10km. You will see the Kilombo sign on the right; the main house of Kilombo is about 100m along the drive.