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From 2 to 12 weeks
Minimum age: 16 YO
Turtle Conservation in Cape Verde

Turtle Conservation in Cape Verde

Sea Turtle Volunteer Program Description

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 missions of the sea turtle volunteers

  • Patrolling the beaches (nights and mornings) to monitor nesting and discourage poaching
  • Collect data
  • Participate in education and awareness activities
  • Participate in the cleaning of the beaches
  • Monitor the beaches during the nesting season
  • Transport the eggs to a secure breeding center
  • Educate the community and children on the importance of turtles in the marine ecosystem
  • Work with government to improve regulation
  • Feeding, cleaning and caring for hatchlings until they are fit for release into the ocean.

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.

Turtle Conservation in Cape Verde
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Reception at the airport and transfer
Accommodation in a host family
Meals (local and western mix)
24/7 Assistance
Supervision and training

not included

Return to the airport
Personal Insurance
Airport security tax of 3,400 escudos (30.83 euros)

Dates and prices

From July to September
2 Weeks
1240 €
4 Weeks
2140 €
6 Weeks
3010 €
8 Weeks
3880 €
10 Weeks
4850 €
12 Weeks
5820 €

A supplementary fee of €200 applies to participants under 18 years old. For more information, go to the youth section.


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Life on the project

Your accommodation

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).


Additional information


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.

Local Life

There are many activities around the island, such as:

– Diving
– Kayaking
– Camping
– 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 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.

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