Travel & Volunteer in 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 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 search our trips and volunteer opportunities.
Cape Verde Holidays, Gap Year & Volunteer Programs
Cape Verde Travel Guide
Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to book a holiday, travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Cape Verde. Get essential travel information, ideas and inspiration for visiting Cape Verde.
Currency: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)
Population: 506,000 (approx)
Language: Portuguese, Kriolu
Dailing Code: +238
Country Size: 4,033 sq km
How to Get to Cape Verde
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.
Travel to Cape Verde
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, There are large luxury resorts and also budget accommodation available all year round.
Top Reasons to visit Cape Verde include:
- Warm climate
- Beautiful beaches
- Exotic wildlife
- Incredible resorts
Volunteer in Cape Verde
We promote respected local NGO's who work to protect nesting loggerheads turtles and you can sign up to participate too helping protect these stunning creatures from poachers. There are paid work, volunteer and internships available which are perfect for any meaningful holiday or gap year break. The programs we have listed on our website are perfect if you are looking for a different type of experience and do more than just relax at a resort of sit on a beach.
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. In the 1990's and 2000's literally thousands of turtles were slaughtered even though they are protected by law in the country. Turtles also face other problems apart from poaching, the removal of land and sand near the ocean for new hotels and unregulated tourism development is a big issue as this destroyed nesting ground.
In 2002 the United Nations Environmental Program declared Cape Verde as a conservation priority and in recent years several organisations have been set up with the assistance of local authorities and the military to help. This has resulted in a sharp drop in the number of turtles being killed but work is still needed to be done.
You can join an international team contributing to a more positive future, take the opportunity to experience this stunning country and make a genuine contribution to wildlife in need. The main turtle nesting season runs from June to November and you can apply through our website to arrange a place. 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. You might want to search all of our Africa volunteer opportunities.
What is Included
Accommodation and food is usually included but you can also independently book, there are a range of hotels and hostels with budget and more expensive options available. If you need any help or advice please contact us. View our Cape Verde volunteer programs today or if you would like to view similar opportunities visit our page to learn more about going to volunteer with sea turtles abroad.
Health & Safety
Cape Verde is a very safe country to visit on a holiday as there are very low rates of crime.