Volunteering Cape Verde

Volunteering Cape Verde

Volunteering Cape Verde! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to Cape Verde (Cabo Verde). Cape Verde is a set of stunning and 10 unique islands of the West coast of Africa.


  • Coach sports and games
  • Take up a medical care job
  • Work with our arts and music project
  • Teach Portuguese, English and other languages
  • Help support economic empowerment program
  • Make a real difference, this island country is poor
  • Help support skills development project for youth & women
  • Get involved in our wildlife & environment conservation project

Volunteering Cape Verde

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 it’s very easy to get to and there are pristine beaches which will leave a lasting impression. Plan a dream volunteering holiday to Cape Verde with Go Volunteer Africa.

Go Volunteer Africa offers meaningful and extremely affordable volunteer opportunities in Cape Verde from teaching, turtle conservation, sports development and medical work. Become completely immersed with the local culture and engage with the local community on this beautiful island.

Volunteer Work Cape Verde

Go Volunteer Africa works in partnership with local partners in protecting and conserving nesting loggerheads turtles and you apply to volunteer with us and help 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.


Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an archipelago and island country in the central Atlantic Ocean, consisting of ten volcanic islands with a combined land area of about 4,033 square kilometers (1,557 sq mi). These islands lie between 600 to 850 kilometers (320 to 460 nautical miles) west of Cap-Vert, the westernmost point of continental Africa.

Volunteer Cape Verde

The Cape Verde archipelago was uninhabited until the 15th century, when Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized the islands, thus establishing the first European settlement in the tropics. Because the Cape Verde islands were located in a convenient location to play a role in the Atlantic slave trade, Cape Verde became economically prosperous during the 16th and 17th centuries, attracting merchants, privateers, and pirates.

Since the early 1990s, Cape Verde has been a stable representative democracy, and has remained one of the most developed and democratic countries in Africa. Lacking natural resources, its developing economy is mostly service-oriented, with a growing focus on tourism and foreign investment.

Cape Verde People

Its population of around 483,628 (as of the 2021 Census) is mostly of mixed African and European heritage, and predominantly Roman Catholic, reflecting the legacy of Portuguese rule. A sizeable Cape Verdean diaspora community exists across the world, especially in the United States and Portugal, considerably outnumbering the inhabitants on the islands. Cape Verde is a member state of the African Union.

Cape Verde’s official language is Portuguese. It is the language of instruction and government. It is also used in newspapers, television, and radio. The recognized national language is Cape Verdean Creole, which is spoken by the vast majority of the population.

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  • CAPITAL: Praia
  • DAILING CODE: +238
  • COUNTRY SIZE: 4,033 sq km
  • LANGUAGE: Portuguese, Kriolu
  • POPULATION: 483,628 (approx)
  • MONEY: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)
  • OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Cabo Verde


Cape Verde is mired in absolute poverty, with 30% of its citizens below the poverty line. The World Bank estimates that 14% of the population is living in extreme poverty. With a crisis of this magnitude, the government of Cape Verde is dependent on the receipt of international aid to maintain relative stability.

Volunteer Abroad Cape Verde

Poverty in Cape Verde is precipitated by a number of factors, but the main inhibitors of economic growth are a gross lack of a natural resources and a limited economic base. Due to repeated droughts, Cape Verde is beleaguered by water shortages and poor soil. Due to a lack of domestic agriculture, over 82% of the country’s food supply is imported. The nation’s narrow economic base stems from over dependence on tourism as the sole source of economic revenue.

Go Volunteer Africa has opened up a working relationship with a number  local community organizations in Cape Verde on various islands to provide the much needed skills, knowledge and financial support to alleviate the poor conditions there. Go Volunteer Africa focuses on programs in the areas of education, healthcare, Arts, Music and sports development for the young people.

Cape Verde Villages


You can join our volunteering Cape Verde team contributing to a more positive future, take the opportunity to experience this stunning country and make a genuine contribution to wildlife and the people in need. You will get to work in a spectacular setting, with some of the best white sandy beaches in the world. You will work in teams with people from all around the world, all Nationalities are eligible to apply. We highly recommend you learn basic Portuguese phrases too so you can communicate with local people and enjoy.

Volunteering Cape – Turtle Conservation Project: The main turtle nesting season runs from June to November and you can apply to join a Go Volunteer Africa Turtle Conservation Project. Volunteer roles and duties will 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.

Volunteer Work in Cape Verde

Volunteering Cape Verde – Medical & Healthcare Project: Volunteers with a background in medical care are in great demand in Cape Verde. Volunteers will help assist doctors with several health-related activities, opportunities are available all year around.

Volunteering Cape Verde – Teaching & Education Project: Go Volunteer Africa is supporting educational programs and schools that are proving education to hundreds of children from poor communities in Cape Verde. Volunteers can teach English, French and health lessons to children. The schools provide not only needed education but opportunities for sports activities, health talks and meeting places for the communities. Teaching experience is not required.

Community Development Volunteer Work Africa

Volunteering Cape Verde – Community Outreach Project: You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities in Cape Verde do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round.


There are currently no openings for volunteering in Cape Verde. New volunteer projects will be announced here when available. We are not accepting volunteers at the moment for this destination and it’s not available as choice in our volunteer application form.

If you have any questions about volunteering in Cape Verde, simply Make an inquiry here and we will guide! If you are running, know or involved with a meaningful development project in Cape Verde that needs volunteers’ support, then Go Volunteer Africa is here to help them, visit our host volunteers page.