Go Volunteer Africa places volunteers into schools, hospitals, conservation centers and also organizes adventure holiday tours in Cape Verde. Volunteer work in Cape Verde is arranged for individuals, students, groups and gap-year students. Volunteer in Cape Verde with Go Volunteer Africa and play an important role in development of Cape Verde by working alongside the team of locals committed to the development their country.
Volunteering in Cape Verde with Go Volunteer Africa is a fantastic way for travelers to be able to give back to communities in need in a way not possible when just travelling through a country as a regular tourist. By getting involved in our volunteer work in Cape Verde, you are able to completely immerse yourself and learn about a new country and culture, and experiencing a completely a different adventure.
Both short term volunteer placements and Cape Verde holidays are available through Go Volunteer Africa. Volunteers seeking an extraordinary experience and who wish to give something back to people and the society can enjoy holidays offered by Go Volunteer Africa in Cape Verde. All arrangements are made in an organized manner and offers people an opportunity to experience a new culture.
Volunteering offers an incredible opportunity to help people and Go Volunteer Africa has extensive expertise in designing memorable volunteer journeys for travelers to Africa. A great local presence and reputation in a variety of geographies enables us to offer excellent packages.
As a volunteer with an interest in helping to conserve the environment and wildlife, you will make a significant impact on our volunteer work in Cape Verde. By volunteering with Go Volunteer Africa under the Conservation volunteer projects, you will make a major contribution to the wildlife or environment conservation projects around Cape Verde.
Most of the projects are small, simple DIY builds. We work together with conservation sites to get the easy to build and work on projects that do not require high amounts of experience. Go Volunteer Africa is the leading and largest volunteer travel organization in Africa.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
ABOUT CAPE VERDE
Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. It forms part of the Macaronesia ecoregion, along with the Azores, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Savage Isles.
In ancient times these islands were referred to as "the Islands of the Blessed" or the "Fortunate Isles". Located 570 kilometres (350 mi) west of the Cape Verde Peninsula off the coast of Northwest Africa, the islands cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).
Cape Verde is made up of 10 islands and is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the West Coast of Africa. Not many people can point the country out on a map but its very easy to get to and there are pristine beaches which will leave a lasting impression. Plan a dream holiday to Cape Verde and volunteer opportunities are available through Go Volunteer Africa.
Due to the remote location of Cape Verde you will need to book flights in advance to get the best deals, there are special offers on throughout the year so keep an eye out for this. Most international flights arrive into Sal, Santiago, Boa Vista and São Vicente and from these places you can easily travel to destinations around the country by boat services.
Cape Verde was colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century and there are still old colonial buildings and architecture to see. You can expect local people to be very friendly especially if you learn some basic Portuguese phrases. When you visit and volunteer in Cape Verde expect: Warm climate, Beautiful beaches, Exotic wildlife and Incredible resorts.
We offer volunteer work to conserve loggerheads turtles and you can sign up to participate too helping protect these stunning creatures from poachers. Cape Verde is the third most important nesting area for loggerheads in the world and these creatures are facing so many problems especially from hunters who try to steal their eggs.
Jutting up from the Atlantic, some 500km west of Senegal, this stunning island chain has a captivating blend of mountains, beaches and peaceful seaside villages. On Santo Antão, craggy peaks hide piercing green valleys of flowers and sugar cane, ideal for epic hikes. São Vicente is home to the cultural capital of the islands, Mindelo, which throbs with bars and music clubs.
On Sal and Maio, undulating windswept dunes merge with indigo-blue seas on unspoilt beaches of powdery white sand. Meanwhile, far-flung Fogo and Brava in the southwest offer their own enchantments, from surreal volcanic landscapes, to sparkling bays framed by towering peaks. Throw in the constant beat of music that Cabo Verde is famed for and the renowned morabeza (Creole for hospitality) of its people and you’ll see why many have come – and never left.
Capital: Praia (Population: 179,050)
Currency: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE) $1 = 100 CVE / £1 = 127CVE (2019)
Population: 607,000 (approx)
Language: Portuguese, Kriolu
Country Size: 4,033 sq km
International Calling Code: +238
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Savvy travellers have been booking volunteer holidays to Cape Verde with Go Volunteer Africa for a while now. And when you see its beaches and lunar-like landscapes, you’ll understand why.
Cape Verde’s most popular island is Sal, which is known for its striking, moon-like landscape. It’s dotted with colourful, cobbled towns, like Santa Maria on the southern shores, where you’ll find surf shops, traditional restaurants and a pretty square lined with al fresco cafés. The main attraction, though, is the beach, which stretches along the coast for eight kilometres.
Whichever island you opt for, expect a melting pot of cultures. The Portuguese originally discovered Cape Verde, so there’s a mixture of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences. You’ll see it in the island’s music, fashion and – perhaps most clearly – the food.
Cape Verde does not suffer from many of the diseases that are a menace in mainland Africa. There is a limited incidence of malaria and dengue fever – and polio, diphtheria and measles have successfully been combated.
Cape Verde’s tourism is developing faster than its infrastructure. The islands have a good number of doctors, trained overseas, and there are hospitals on São Vicente and Santiago, and private medical clinics on Sal and São Vicente. However, bear in mind that if you are taken seriously ill elsewhere, the correct treatment may be hard to find as facilities on the less-developed islands are more limited.
Don’t travel without comprehensive medical travel insurance that will fly you home or to another country in an emergency. Cape Verde does not have an operating hyperbaric chamber, so divers should take out proper diving insurance, which will include being flown at low altitude to Europe for treatment for the bends.
Sensible preparation will go a long way to ensuring your trip goes smoothly. Particularly for first-time visitors to the African continent, this includes a visit to a travel clinic to discuss matters such as vaccinations and malaria prevention.
VOLUNTEERING IN CAPE VERDE QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 4 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country
- Accommodation available at the beautiful guesthouses overlooking the ocean
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
You can join our international and local teams contributing to a more positive future, take the opportunity to experience this stunning country and make a genuine contribution to wildlife in need. Types of duties can include beach patrols, looking out for poachers, locating nesting turtles and eggs, tagging selected animals, cleaning up rubbish, educating local people and school children, taking part in community events, monitoring and researching marine life and putting together sustainable plans for future programs.
You will get to work in a spectacular setting, one of the main islands is Boavista which has some of the best white sandy beaches in the world. By signing up you will be able to work in teams with people from all around the world, all Nationalities are eligible to apply but you will need to be aged over 18 and also be eligible for a tourist visa. We highly recommend you learn basic Portuguese phrases too so you can communicate with local people and enjoy.
VOLUNTEER TOURISTS REQUIREMENTS
Participants need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless visiting with a parent or guardian. All participants are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the beautiful beaches, wildlife and culture. There is a lot to see and do in Cape Verde.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
CAPE VERDE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Amílcar Cabral International Airport in Espargos on Sal Island or Nelson Mandela International Airport on Santiago Island. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Cape Verde will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous regional and international. Cape Verde has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN CAPE VERDE
Participants in our programs and tours in Cape Verde are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouses managed by the local coordinating team on the islands of Sal Island and Santiago Island. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday. Life at the accommodation facility is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteer tourists on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. The facility has western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people.
The accommodation is very close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation. Its equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities and spare electricity sockets.
The accommodation has a private beach and organize lots of activities during the day, so you can do things like go diving, snorkeling, swim, go on a hike and so many other activities
PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay a placement booking and confirmation administration fee of USD$180 (solo traveler), USD$150 (2-5 participants p/p), USD$125 (6+ participants p/p). This is charged above the program fee quoted which is paid in cash upon arrival to your host country.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up
Visas: Visitors to Cape Verde must obtain a visa to enter, unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries, which are mostly in Africa and Europe. Visas may be obtained in advance from a Cape Verde embassy or consulate, or in person upon arrival at any of the international airports.
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.