School Renovation Project

Get involved with IVI Volunteers in Cape Verde, renovating local village schools and helping the children enjoy better learning conditions. Supporting local schools in and around Tarrafal, on this project you will be restoring and renovating, making a nicer environment for the children. We also help the schools by providing learning facilities where they are needed. Volunteering includes renovating libraries, playgrounds, local centres and schools.

we need you in Cape Verde

  • Although improving, poverty and unemployment still exist in Cape Verde
  • Cape Verde has limited natural resources and experiences high water shortages
  • Only 10% of the land is suitable for growing crops, which can leave farmers out of jobs
  • Unfortuantely there is a lot of plastic waste in Cape Verde, which affects the environment and marine life

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Can you help?

  • Renovate local village schools and helping the children enjoy better learning conditions
  • Get involved, working as a team with your fellow volunteers
  • You can also help with painting and decorating libraries, playgrounds, local centres
  • Make a lasting difference on the local community

can you do?

  • Assist with laying bricks, helping in carpentry, laying down tiles, and landscaping/gardening
  • Sand down walls, paint and decorate them
  • Get creative and paint fun and colourful murals in the classrooms
  • Be prepared for some hard work!

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

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  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
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  PROJECT NAME: SCHOOL RENOVATION

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)

Overview

Make a difference, volunteering with the local community and schools by renovating the buildings and creating a nicer environment for the children.

By constructing, renovating and painting, you can help create a positive learning environment in the school. The project will involve some hard physical and manual labour, as you will be laying bricks, helping in carpentry, painting, laying down tiles, and landscaping/gardening. Depending on skills you could also get involved in renovating buildings, repairing furniture and fixing equipment.

As well as renovating you can also get in touch with your creative side to helo make the school more colourful and appealing. You will be working alongside a local coordinator who will provide guidance and training if necessary. This is an enjoyable activity, and we encourage your initiative and creativeness!

Location

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.

Project Tasks

  • Assist with renovating and painting the school facilities
  • Improve the learning conditions for local school kids
  • Help with repairing school equipment and furniture

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.

FAQ...

No construction skills are necessary for this placement, as you will be under the guidence of a local coordinator. Anyone with prior construction skills would be a bonus though! If you are an active and energetic person, who loves to get involved with a team and to get your hands dirty, then this could be the project for you.

Please Enquire. 

  • Accommodation
  • 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
  • Airfares
  • 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.

Schedule
  • 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.
  • Lunch
  • Spend some time on Mar De President beach, before returning back to the accommodation for dinner.

By bus

“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.

By Taxi

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

Each morning after breakfast, you will plan out the project for the day with your local coordinator, before heading out to the school/site to perform your daily tasks.

You will be working alongside other volunteers and you’ll be supported by our coordinator during your time at the project.

Tarrafal Beach

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.

Mindelo City

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.

Praia City

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.

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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