Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Cape Verde: Environmental Conservation Project

Tarrafal, Cape Verde


Location: Tarrafal, Cape Verde

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €325 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • Actively contribute to protect the Cape Verde environment
  • Raise awareness of fauna and flora which are currently facing extinction
  • Monitor special birds and plants
  • Keywords: Cape Verde environmental conservation, Cape Verde conservation, environmental conservation project
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Working in one of the most beautiful natural parks in Cape Verde, this environmental conservation project gives you the opportunity to make an active difference to the environment. You will be educating visitors to the park in English, about the conservation of endangered flora and fauna. You will also monitor special plants and birds, building up your environmental knowledge.

Situated in the Tarrafal region lies the Serra Malagueta; one of the last remaining forest resources within the country. The nature park is situated right in the heart of the region, immersing you in this important ecological and socio-economic area. The park is home to endemic and endangered species and it boasts numerous great hiking tracks.

There are around 124 different species of flora in the park, and 28 of them are endemic. They’re currently being threatened by invasive species which are coming from outside of the park. Just some of the endangered plants you will be protecting include Conyza feae, conyza pannosa and Limonium lobinii.

As well as endangered flora, you will also be protecting endangered fauna. There are 19 different types of birds in the park, eight of which are endangered such as the Cape Verde Warbler. There are also six different species of reptiles in the park, four of which are endemic.

Once your day is done, you have a great opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Don’t forget to take your camera as the scenery in this extraordinary park is truly breathtaking. The mountain gives you some of the best panoramic views over both the north and south of the island. Towards the north of the island, you’ll see the rock formations which were created from the Pico da Antonia volcano eruption nearby.

This is a truly great opportunity to make a difference to the environment, while also learning more about a different culture and way of life.

Daily Life

You will be expected to work Monday through until Friday. There is no strict schedule you will be following. Instead, your daily activities will vary depending upon what is needed on the day.

You will work with the park rangers to conduct awareness programs, as well as build up staff capacity. Additional help with the daily tasks of the park is also included in the project. Tasks may include monitoring birds and plants. You may also help reforest the area and carry out any additional tasks to protect the environment that the coordinator may instruct.

All of the awareness programs are presented in English, so no local language skills are required. These programs also give you the opportunity to interact with visitors while making a difference to the environment.

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Travel and Accommodation

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and picked up from the airport, before being taken to your accommodation.

You will be staying in shared accommodation of 4-8 people per room. All bed linen and a fan will be provided. There is free wifi in the public areas.

The meals will be a mix of local and other types of Western food.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for conservation
  • Not afraid to get your hands dirty!
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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€325 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit, minimum 2 weeks booking

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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