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 courful 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!
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
Our objective is to make a difference to locals schools in and around Tarrafal by renovating and painting the facilities, improving the learning conditions for local school kids.
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 (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.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
You will share a room on a single gender basis. The bathrooms areas shared, with western toilets available.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||4 – 8|
|Wifi in public areas||Yes|
* Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the week and two meals (breakfast, dinner) during weekends
** Tea, Coffee and Drinking water
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.
There are ATMs, small supermarkets and some shops and restaurants available in the city centre.
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.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
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.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.