Cape Verde Volunteering


Journey to this African island paradise dotted in the Atlantic Ocean. Marvel at craggy mountains, exotic forests, lush green valleys and white sand beaches. Experience the best of Cape Verdean culture, explore its rich history and enjoy panoramic ocean views - what more could you ask for?! 

Join us in Cape Verde for a once in a lifetime volunteering experience, helping to protect nesting Loggerhead Sea turtles with hands on project work. With options to extend your stay and add a week of adventurous outdoor activities, this is your chance to explore an exotic destination, work on stunning beaches and gain fieldwork experience in sea turtle conservation! 

Perfect for: Adventure Travel and Wildlife Conservation.


  • Explore pristine beaches, local markets and delicious food on this island paradise
  • Enrich your experience with local language lessons and guided excursions
  • Protect Loggerhead Sea turtles and conserve their vital nesting habitats 
  • Treat wounded turtles, remove pollution from their beaches & collect important species data 
  • Lace up your boots for a week of treks and adventurous activities (optional)

Cultural Exposure:

Start your volunteering experience with a week discovering Cape Verde’s diverse geography and vibrant culture. Your first week will be spent on the main island of Santiago! You can look forward to:

  • Enriching your experience with a Kriolu language lesson
  • Exploring the beaches of Mar De President and Ribera Das Prat,
  • Visiting museums, local markets and the Tarrafal concentration camp,
  • Getting creative at a pottery workshop in Traz di Munti,
  • Heading out to sea on a fishing trip with local fisherman!

Turtle Conservation:

The beaches of Cape Verde are one of the most visited sites for nesting Loggerhead Sea turtles and the species play a critical role in maintaining the local marine eco-system. Their nesting grounds are however at risk due to coastal developments, nest predation and human interference. By joining this program you and members of the local community will work to ensure the safety of nesting female turtles. As a participant on this program you will be directly saving numerous nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. The activities you help with will change according to local weather and beach conditions, however typical activities during the week will include:

  • Patrolling the beaches at night and in the morning to monitor nesting,
  • Transporting eggs into safe hatcheries to protect them from humans and predators,
  • Educating the community and local children about the importance of turtles in the marine ecosystem,
  • Feeding, cleaning, and taking care of hatchlings until they are fit and strong enough to be released into the ocean!

Looking to stay longer?

If you would like to extend your stay beyond two weeks this can easily be arranged in week long blocks. You can choose to either take part in more volunteering work at the turtle conservation site, or if you fancy some adventurous activities, why not add on a trekking week to end your volunteering trip on a high! Activities for the trekking week include:

  • Marvel at the beautiful landscapes and green valleys of northern Santiago and visit a local Rum distillery,
  • Trek from to Serra Malagueta to Achada Lagoa and onto Mato Brasil, 
  • Spot monkeys as you explore the trails of Serra Malagueta and enjoy lunch at an organic farm,
  • Trek the ‘King of Tracks’ through the Gon-gon valley – spectacular views and stunning landscapes are guaranteed,
  • Discover the stunning natural surroundings of Tarrafal on a mountain bike excursion!

Contact one of the team for more info.

What's included:

  • Pre-departure support 
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Local project coordinator
  • Local support staff 
  • All accommodation & meals
  • Program transfers 
  • Trips & activities as listed in brochure 
  • 24/7 emergency back up 
  • Financial failure protection 

What is not included:

  • Flights to/from destination
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa & Vaccinations
  • Spending Money
  • Tipping & gratuities

Who takes part in this program? 

This program is for anyone looking to explore and volunteer in one of Africa’s most ecologically and culturally diverse countries. There is no prior experience required although the minimum age is 18 and you must also have your doctor sign our medical form confirming you are medically fit to participate. 

Where will I be staying?

The accommodation you stay in vary from local hostels, volunteer guesthouses and overnight camps. Most accommodation will be dorm style with shared bathrooms. 

What is the food like?

You will be provided with 3 meals a day for the duration of your trip. Cape Verde is known for its fantastic food and local dishes! Typical meals will include fried potatoes, rice, cassava, meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, regional dishes vary and local specialties will be made available!  

Who will be supervising me?

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of local program coordinators. We will also provide you with a 24-hour emergency telephone number so that you can always reach a member of the team in the event of an emergency.

What type of transport will I be using?

You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the start point of the program. Your arrival airport transfer and program transfers are included, your return airport transfer is not included. Internal travel throughout the course will consist of a range of transport types including public and private buses, and 4x4 vehicles. Please give us a call for more information on individual journey details. 

How much spending money do I need?

You will need money for extra meals, drinks & snacks, as well as for any activities not on the itinerary. We advise you to budget for £70 / €80 / $100 per week (this is a guideline only).

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  • Cape Verde
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Departures: Every month

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