Volunteering in Cape Verde

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN CAPE VERDE

Volunteer with sea turtles on the beaches of Cape Verde, within the volunteering in Cape Verde you will collaborate with other volunteers in night and day work conserving sea turtles.

Together with the coordinators you will live an incredible natural experience in a paradisiacal destination without having to spend many hours flying.

SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM

The main objective of the volunteer program in Cape Verde is the conservation of sea turtles, that is, to ensure the maximum possible number of hatchlings, as well as to improve their quality of life.

Each year hundreds of volunteers contribute to the protection, conservation and research of the natural resources of the island of Boa Vista.

The volunteer will be located on the island of Bao Vista, Cape Verde. Boa Vista is an island in Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa. It stands out for the dunes and volcanic landscapes of the Viana desert, reminiscent of the lunar surface.

The sea turtle volunteering experience will be very complete in every way, since you will live with volunteers from all over the world, you will get to know different cultures and customs, while you are with the local team learning about the fauna and flora, and above all having a very important role in the conservation of biodiversity by protecting sea turtles and their environment.

Some of the tasks performed by the volunteers are:

  • Daily monitoring of turtles and census of nests on nesting beaches.
  • Control and surveillance of nesting beaches.
  • Rescue of disoriented females.
  • Protection of reproductive females and their nests.
  • Control and monitoring of beach productivity.
  • Marking and monitoring of natural nests.
  • Exhumation of natural nests.
  • Analysis of
    predation and mortality rates of eggs and hatchlings.
  • Improvement of natural beach productivity through hatchery incubation programs.

Open from July to October. Arrival days are Sundays. Below you can see the arrival days:

TurnStart date2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks
ARRIVALEXITEXITEXIT
13 july17 july24 july31 july
217 july31 july7 August14 August
324 july7 August14 August21 August
47 August21 August28 August4 September
521 August4 September11 September18 September
64 September18 September25 September2 October
718 September2 October9 October16 October
82 October16 October

Activities are carried out for approximately 5 or 6 hours, divided between the day, the afternoon and the morning.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: None
  • Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parents.
  • The work is at night and a good physical condition is required.

No specific equipment is necessary, but if you have a red light it is good to bring it.

In this program you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2495€
3540€
4620€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN CAPE VERDE OFFER?

  • Lodging at the volunteer’s camp.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • Program induction.
  • Orientation in the area and excursions information.
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of local staff.
  • Volunteer accident and civil liability insurance.
  • Volunteer certificate (upon request).

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN CAPE VERDE?

  • Flight.
  • Airport pick up (can be arranged with local coordination).
  • Visa, if required.
  • Vaccinations, if required.
  • Internal transportation or excursions.
  • Travel or excursions inside or outside the country.
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage.
  • Beverages, diets or special meals.

Experiences of our volunteers

Sofi’s story

Cape Verde and I have a great history. Cape Verde impacted me many years ago and never left me. 20 years later I returned, and I felt again the freedom with the environment.

The experience was incredible and unforgettable, the people, the environment and especially the turtles… You learn to see things in a different way. A little piece of my heart is still there, the day to day with all the volunteers was very dynamic and every day you waited for the turtles to hatch. I will definitely go back. At 40 years old, I can say that it is an experience for all ages as you learn from the stories of other volunteers from all over the world.

I always look forward to returning to the place where I connect with nature!


REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER IN CAPE VERDE?

To be part of the volunteer programs in Cape Verde, no specific training is required, only:

  • Committed person, as you actively participate in natural activities, good physical shape to ride bikes and perform physical work.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team. It is important, as you will collaborate with other volunteers.
  • As a volunteer you should be flexible and adaptable, as well as comfortable with community life.
  • Good conduct and respect for the team.
  • Be of legal age (+18).

WHERE WILL I BE VOLUNTEERING IN CAPE VERDE?

The volunteer projects in Cape Verde take place in Boa Vista.

Volunteers stay in camps with shared rooms. The use of the bathroom and the rest of the areas are for common use.


For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of English.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION IN CAPE VERDE

The volunteer accommodation is camp style with shared rooms, you live with other volunteers. All camps selected by the local organization are safe and with common spaces, so you will share space with the whole team.

The program includes accommodation in shared rooms. Also shared use of bathrooms, kitchen, cooking utensils and research equipment.

Volunteer accommodation in Cape Verde

WHAT ARE THE MEALS LIKE WHEN VOLUNTEERING IN CAPE VERDE?

The volunteer has three meals per day included. These are local meals. The volunteer must help with cooking and cleaning.

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

The local organization will welcome you upon arrival in Boa Vista.

  • The volunteer should arrive from Friday to Sunday.
  • The volunteer should arrive at Amilcar Cabral International Airport (IATA) also called Sal International – from there you should take a shuttle to Boa Vista Island, or arrive directly at Boa Vista Rabil Airport (BVC).
  • No visa is required to enter the country (from Spain).

VISA IN CAPE VERDE

The visa is not required for a maximum stay of 30 days for nationals of member countries of the European Union. However, it is mandatory to pre-register travelers through the online platform www.ease.gov.cv and to pay the Airport Security Tax (TSA) for the amount and in the manner detailed on the online platform. Cape Verdean citizens, foreigners residing in the country and holders of diplomatic and service passports of member countries of the European Union are exempt from this requirement.

For more information, please consult: www.ease.gov.cv

Requirements for travel to Cape Verde:

  • Valid passport with a validity of at least six months.
  • Round trip ticket.

SECURITY IN CAPE VERDE

As in any country, you must take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain zones and areas.

In general, tourist areas are safe, but we still recommend you to take these details into account:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case you are going on an excursion.
  • Have the phone numbers of your coordinator and the address where you are staying.
  • Avoid giving out information about the place where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers.
  • Avoid bringing anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s house.
  • Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and in your excursions, do not show your things.
  • Cape Verde is an island with good security rates.
  • If you can, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transportation services.
  • Do not drink any beverage whose origin you do not know.

WHEN CAN I VOLUNTEER?

The volunteer dates are from July to October in different shifts.

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ShiftStart date2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks
​2023​ARRIVALDEPARTUREDEPARTUREDEPARTURE
13 July17 July24 July31 July
217 July31 July7 agosto14 agosto
324 July7 August14 August21 August
47 August21 August28 August4 septiembre
521 August4 September11 September18 September
64 September18 September25 September2 octubre
718 September2 October9 October16 October
82 October16 October

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The registration that you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association. This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% that you will be able to deduct in your income tax return.
  2. The remaining part of the cost of the program will go to the partner organization that we will send on your behalf as a substitute or you can deliver it directly to the project.
WEEKSCOST
2495€
3540€
4620€

WHAT IS OFFERED TO THE VOLUNTEER IN CAPE VERDE?

  • Lodging at the volunteer’s camp.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • Program induction.
  • Orientation in the area and excursions information.
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of local staff.
  • Volunteer accident and civil liability insurance.
  • Volunteer certificate (upon request).

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED TO THE VOLUNTEER IN CAPE VERDE?

  • Flight to Cape Verde
  • Travel insurance (recommended for solidarity insured).
  • Internal transportation.
  • Airport pick up.
  • Excursions.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTEERING IN CAPE VERDE?

STEP 1

Once you fill in the form, we will confirm your place within 24 hours.

STEP 2

Make a contribution of the registration and then your place will be guaranteed.

STEP 3

We will send you the guide and the international volunteer agreement


CLIMATE

  • One of the peculiarities of Cape Verde’s climate is that all its islands have a fairly constant temperature. With averages between 25 and 30 degrees.
  • Mediterranean climate.

CURRENCY

The currency used in Cape Verde is the Cape Verde Escudo. You can make the exchange at the airport or in the different exchange houses on the island.

1 Cape Verde Escudo is equivalent to 0.0091 EUR (March 2023).

FLIGHT

The most popular airlines you can find to travel during your volunteering to Cape Verde are:

  • Ryanair, Voltea, Transavia among other European airlines.
  • Flights range between 150€ and 450€ approximately.

You can find good flight deals on google flights or skyscanner.

TOURIST SITES

BOAVISTA ISLAND

The island of Boavista is naturally predisposed to ecotourism, with its beaches that receive loggerhead turtles, or its protected bays that are a refuge for humpback whales that come here to breed in the winter. This island has shallow waters, ideal for the development of four different species of coral, as well as feeding grounds for sharks and turtles of different species, in the rocky areas is home to many species of migratory birds (endemic).

You can enjoy all its protected areas. The island of Boavista has 14 protected areas.

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