Sports Education & Teaching

Volunteer in Cape Verde with IVI! The Tarrafal sports coaching program is for those of you who are passionate about teaching children sports. Use your sports skills and pass on your knowledge to the excitable kids. Teach them the value of sports, and how it can impact both mental and physical health. The enthusiastic children will greatly value your time and effort, in installing healthy exercise habits they can use throughout their lives.

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Program Description

Bring your passion, enthusiasm and sports skills to our sports education and teaching project in the stunning Cape Verde islands. This worthwhile project will teach local children about the power of sports, both mentally and physically.

You will teach students of various age groups and of different ability levels, who will be eager to learn! Your time will be spent on educating and training them on several types of sports. You will get to choose which sport you teach, depending on your expertise and knowledge in your chosen area.

You can choose the style and methods in which you teach, not only developing the kid’s physical skills but also in inspiring them to achieve more in life, to be disciplined and to learn from mistakes. The children do not have much, so with your help, you can greatly increase their confidence and inspirations for the future.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):4

Aims & Objectives

To teach and inspire the students in a variety of sports, teaching essential skills, whilst encouraging them to achieve a promising future.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Your local coordinator will discuss what your daily activities will include, depending on your skills and also the abilities of the children in your class. You are free to use your own training techniques to coach the kids, depending on the area of sports you choose to teach.

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.

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

Standard Room
All meals included Yes *
Free beverages Yes **
Persons per room 4 – 8
Wifi in public areas Yes
Laundry facilities No
Safety box No
Lockable rooms Yes
Hot shower Yes
Private bathroom No
Bed linen Yes
Towels No
Air conditioning No
Fan Yes
Mosquito protection No

* Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the week and two meals (breakfast, dinner) during weekends
** Tea, Coffee and Drinking water

Food Arrangements

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.

Facilities

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.

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.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

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.

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