HOW Can you help?
WHAT can you do?
- Create daily lesson plans for fun and educational activities
- Get creative with painting, drawing and arts & crafts
- Teach the kids on other subjects such as geography and environmental awareness
- Help the children with basic English phrases, numbers, greetings, animals, food, colours, etc and with reading and writing in English
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: PRIMARY & KINDERGARTEN TEACHING
LOCATION: TARRAFAL, CAPE VERDE
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
PROJECT COSTS: (Please Enquire)
You will be interacting with and educating children, preparing them for future careers, in which knowing the English language can be extremely beneficial to them. You as a Westerner can greatly increase the children’s cultural awareness also.
There are 33 children in kindergarten and 260 students in the primary school, 133 of them being girls. There are only 5 educators for these children and so they could greatly benefit from your help.
Describing the background of this town in more detail, it generally falls to the mothers to raise their children alone, and who work hard to keep things running. This leaves very little time for attending to the children’s education. The men are either abroad, working as fishermen or living in other areas working as laborers. Many of the kids live with neighbours or their grandmothers. A household in Cape Verde has an average of 4 children; wealthy families usually have two kids and poorer families generally have more children. It is not unusual for children to frequently move houses within their extended families.
Cape Verde has a history of economic issues, particularly droughts, however the local people display strong sense of community and bonds with family members.
Tarrafal (also named Mangui or Mangu), gets its name from the indigenous plant Tarrafe (Tamarix senegalensis). It is located on the Northern part of Santiago island. It is also a municipality (government town) and a fishing town.
- Teaching English to primary or kindergarten children
- Create fun, educational and inspiring games and lessons, to help prepare them for the future
- Introduce them to the environment and teaching on geography
Food & Accommodation
You will stay in our volunteer house in Tarrafal. Rooms are singer gender and shared with other volunteers (around 4-8 per room). Tea, Coffee and Drinking water are provided, as well as wifi, hot showers, lockable rooms, bed linen and fans.
There are ATMs, small supermarkets and some shops and restaurants available in the city centre.
Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the week and two meals (breakfast, dinner) during weekends are provided. Local food is a mix of West African, European and Portuguese cuisine. Typical is fresh seafood, corns, beans, rice, potatoes, stews and vegetables. Your daily meals will contain a mix of local and various types of Western food.
If you love working with children, or are an inspiring teacher, then this is definitely the right project for you. You don’t need prior experience to work on this project but anyone who has previously worked with children would be a great advantage. For anyone interested in fulfilling a career in this field, this would be an excellent project to gain some first hand experience.
If you want to immerse yourself within a new culture and have the commitment to help these children through fun and education teaching, then come and join us in Cape Verde!
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Mandatory Orientation Day
On your first Monday you will join our welcome orientation day, to get familiarised with your new surroundings, as well as the local culture. Your project will continue as usual from Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week.
- Welcome meeting, introduction to Cape Verdean traditions and customs, general house rules, code of conduct and sorting important documents
- Basic Kriolu language lesson
- Visit to the local supermarket and ATMs, a tour of the nearby surroundings and the volunteer centre.
- Spend some time on Mar De President beach, before returning back to the accommodation for dinner.
“Yasi” is the name for the local minibuses, which are the most popular way to travel within the islands of Cape Verde. They can accommodate around 12 to 14 passengers. For shorter distances and in rural areas there is also the pickup trucks and cab options.
Taxis are frequently found in the cities of Praia and Assomada, with unique painted colours in the two cities. Taxi’s in Praia are painted in beige and taxis in Assomada are painted in white. The taxis occasionally have a meter attached, however they are rarely used, as the rates which are typically accepted are cheaper than they would be on the meter.
Monday to Friday
- Primary School or Kindergarten English teaching
- Educating using activities such as board games, playdough and colouring books.
- Physical education games to encourage team building and good health.
- Introduction to colours, shapes and other intellectual exercises.
- Basic lessons on numbers and the English alphabet.
- Playground games and translating the actions in English.
- Introduction to the natural and man-made environment, teaching names of trees, water, leaves, grass, metal, water, taps, buildings etc.
- Reading short stories, poems and songs that are popular with the children.
- Teaching on geography, where they come from and other worldwide countries across the globe.
- Creating lesson plans for the following days teaching.
- Maintaining a file on each subject that has been covered by yourself, to enable future volunteers in avoiding repetition and making it an easy transition for the next teacher.
Tarrafal beach is the closest to where you will be staying and is situated in a pretty cove, popular for snorkelling and diving in its deep blue waters. This is the perfect way to relax on your day off, plus it’s said to be the best beach on the island!
Santa Maria Beach
This stunning beach is one of Cape Verde’s most popular and is situated on Sal island. With golden sand and turquoise blue waters, perfect for swimming, this is the ultimate beach lover’s paradise. There are numerous hotels and restaurants nearby too.
Santa Monica Beach
This is a huge beach on Boa Vista island, stretching for 10km. Much quieter, with few resorts, this expansive beach is perfect for those looking for a more deserted place, away from tourists.
Santo Antao Island
The most Western island in Cape Verde, Santo Antao is the most ‘off the beaten track’ and packed with lush green forest, banana, papaya and mango trees, tall mountains, terrace fields and many walking trails. This island was made for a true adventure!
Pedra de Lume Salt Mines
Visit the salt mines on Sal island, where you can even soak in the salty water. They are surrounded by old volcanic craters and a pretty spectacular view.
Go Shark Spotting
Also on Sal island, is Shark Bay, where you will find groups of lemon sharks swimming up and down the coast line. You can swim out close to them as they are not harmful to humans.
Pico do Fogo
Pico do Fogo is an active volcano on Fogo island, which sits at 2829m. For those who love outdoor adventures, you can climb the peak, which will take around 3-6 hours.
Cidade Velha Old Fort
Cidade Velha old fort is situated on Santiago island (where you will be staying) and is the remains of an old fortress and town built by the Portuguese in 1462. Its situated on a hill with stunning views out over the island.
This is a very pretty city, with cobbled streets, colourful colonial buildings and a relaxing harbour. Its situated on the island of Sao Vicente, which is known for its music, culture and nightlife, as well as its carnivals. Mindelo is a lively and traditional town with lots of live music during the evenings.
This is the bustling and lively capital of Santiago island, home to a great local market selling fresh produce and spices. Here you will find many restaurants, colonial buildings and museums.
Cape Verde has many other exciting activities on offer from horse riding, quad biking, fishing, diving, snorkelling, turtle viewing, kite surfing, and sightseeing in the old colonial towns and villages.
- No extra requirements
The spectacular and diverse islands of Cape Verde were originally uninhabited, until they were discovered by Portuguese sailors in the 15th century. The country was known for its slave trade throughout the 16th and the 17th centuries but the decline of this trade in the 19th century, sent the country into economic crisis. However, the island survived, as it became an important commercial hub in the 19th century, being a perfect location for re-supply of major ships. In the present day, it still relies on these services, as well as targeting an ever-growing tourism industry.
Cape Verde’s islands can vary dramatically, some being flat, with golden sand beaches and some being mountainous and volcanic. From salt mines, volcanoes, forests, colonial towns and picturesque beaches, Cape Verde is an adventurous destination!
Cape Verde has a mild year-round climate compared to Africa’s mainland, with average temperatures of 26 °C in February and 31 °C in September. Between August and October, the country experiences irregular rainfall, with September having maximum rainfall. The islands are rich in vegetation and forests, with some being particularly dry due to their close proximity to the Sahara. The islands have a number of endemic species (mostly birds and reptiles) due to the country once being uninhabited, however these species are becoming increasingly threatened by human development.
The culture in Cape Verde is very much influenced by the Portuguese, who discovered the island, with Portuguese social and cultural patterns being displayed in some parts. Cape Verdean people are descendants from African slaves and European migrants, resulting in many of the inhabitants being of mixed race. The majority of the population are Roman Catholic, with lots of churches on the island. The locals also love a game of football!
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