The beaches of Cape Verde Island are prime nesting grounds for Loggerhead Sea Turtles, especially during the July to October period each year.
Loggerhead turtles maintain healthy seaweed and coral reefs, food sources and shelter for a wide variety of marine species.
In addition to the study of local biodiversity, participants also participate in the identification of threats to the survival of the species. For example coastal development, causing disturbance to spawning and nesting.
The work is undertaken by local assistants and participants. Although there is a wide range of activities under the project, the protection of turtles and nests remains the main objective.
Duration in weeks
A supplement of €200 applies to participants under 18. For further information, please visit the youth area.
The project is located a 20-minute drive from Tarrafal. Volunteers in the turtle project are accommodated in a volunteer house with shared bedrooms and bathrooms (non-mixed gender).
The food is included in the project. Meals consist of a mix of local food and various types of Western food.
Vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free meals are also available upon request.
There are many activities around the island, such as:
– Barbecue sites
– Treks and hikes
– Restaurants and bars
– Sports activities like yoga or volleyball
(Additional budget should be allocated for these activities).
At least five days before your arrival in Cape Verde, you must pre-register on the dedicated government platform www.ease.gov.cv. An airport security tax of 3,400 escudos (€30.83) must be paid. It is advised to keep a proof of payment of this tax to present upon request upon arrival in Cape Verde.