Turtle Foundation

Travel to Cape Verde and volunteer with sea turtles with The Turtle Foundation.

If you are looking for an exciting new experience, would like to live abroad and really help animal conservation efforts then thinking about applying to join programs in Boavista, Cape Verde. If you haven't heard about The Turtle Foundation before, we are an international charitable organisation which run sea turtle conservation projects in Africa - Cape Verde and South-East Asia - Indonesia.

If you are highly motivated and have a desire to do good then thinking about volunteering with The Turtle Foundation. All nationalities can apply so whether you are a student or just looking to take a holiday with a difference then these programs will be perfect.

There are internships and volunteer positions available and most positions are available from June to December every year. These volunteer programs with sea turtles are operated to help protect eggs and the nesting sea turtles from poachers and other hazards. You will be able to work with local staff and other international volunteers and you will be able to really experience the culture and atmosphere of this paradise islands.

Sea Turtle Volunteer Duties:

Things you might be doing include walking beaches which are around 2 - 5km, finding nesting turtles, patrolling beaches day or night, tagging turtles, researching and measuring data, protect against poachers and work closely with local authorities to find them and helping with maintenance and other general tasks.

General Requirements for volunteering In Cape Verde:

Please note you do not need any previous experience to apply but you will need a positive attitude and be able to work long hours, sometimes days can be long and hard work whilst other times you could be patrolling beaches at night. A friendly attitude is also required and you must be able to be able to work with others and in a group. Living and working conditions can be difficult, there is a warm and humid climate but these placements are also very enjoyable where you will live close to the beach and get to experience a really different way of life.

Duration / Dates

Please check website usually June 15th to November 30th

There is a minimum Stay: 2 weeks (volunteering) and 6 week (internships)

Costs / Pay

Interns must cover your living costs, these are around €10 per day. This position requires a minimum stay of 6 weeks.

VOLUNTEERS are requested to cover a participation fee of €14 per day during their time in the project. This position requires a minimum stay of 2 weeks.

Airfare, travel/medical insurance and personal expenses are not included in the costs. It is mandatory for all applicants to take out travel and medical insurance for the entire duration of their volunteer stay. On free days participants cover their own expenses.

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