Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • 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 No
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

Serra Malagueta is one of the last remaining forest resources in Cape Verde that is in the vicinity of Tarrafal. It is an important area ecologically and has a great socio-economic importance.

The heart of the region is a Nature Park, it houses important threatened and endemic species and is the starting point for various hiking tracks. Walking is the best way to experience the scenery of Serra Malagueta National Park. The Cape Verdian Flora, as well as the Fauna, are relatively rich in endemic species, with a high proportion of these species currently being endangered. A high number of species are already extinct.

In order to preserve the existing species, it is vital to conduct awareness programs and build the capacities of the staff. Some additional help on running the day to day activities such as planting trees, monitoring birds and plants, would also be really helpful! Thus, your work in this project will be very useful for the preservation of this natural treasure in Cape Verde.

Aims & Objectives

Participants would get and unique opportunity to interact with visitors in increasing awareness on various ecological & environmental challenges, that are global in nature and contributing to the preservation of a true natural treasure in Cape Verde.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Conducting awareness campaigns for visitors and the locals to the park in English
  • Monitoring the plants and birds with rangers
  • Reforesting the respective area
  • Engaging in other related activities as instructed by the coordinator that would protect the environment in the area
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

For participants below 18, parental consent is required and for participants above 65, medical clearance is required.

Living & Location

You will be accommodated in one of our houses in Tarrafal.

You can expect to share a room (dormitory style) on single gender basis. The bathroom is shared and western toilets are available.

Food Arrangements

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

Facilities

There are ATMs, mini marts, some shops and restaurants available in the city center.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Tarrafal beach

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:         Republic of Cabo Verde

Population:        525,000 (2015)

Capital:        Praia

Language:         Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole

Currency:         Cape Verdean escudo

Time zone:         CVT (UTC-1)

Country Information

The beautiful islands of the Cape Verde were initially uninhabited until it was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century. The country flourished during the 16th and the 17th centuries due to the Atlantic slave trade. But with the decline of the slave trade in the 19th century, the country experienced an economic crisis. Yet the location of the island made it survive as it became a significant commercial center in the 19th century as the location was perfect for re-supply of the ships. In the present day context, the economy of the country is mostly relying on the services provided by the country targeting the growing tourism industry.

Climate

Cape Verde has a mild climate compared to the mainland of Africa with an average high temperature of about 26 °C during February and 31 °C in September. The country has an irregular rain pattern in the months between August and October and it is in September that the country experiences its maximum rainfall. The country can boast about the rich vegetation and the forests that provides a rainforest habitat although the close proximity to the Sahara is makes most islands with no mountains mostly dry. The islands as initially were isolated, the existence of a number of endemic species mostly the birds and reptiles can be seen although the existence is threatened by the human developments.

Culture

As the country was discovered by the Portuguese, the culture is immensely influenced by them as the rural Portuguese practices are displayed in the social and cultural patterns of the country. The closeness to the church activities and the football games act as way sof interaction between the locals and entertainment.

Gastronomy

The cuisine of the country reflects the island life as most of the time the dishes contain fish, rice and corn which are easily available. Apart from these potatoes, manioc, kale, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, are the food that are available all year around. The country also has a number of delicious tropical fruits such as bananas and papayas all year around unlike mangoes and avocados which are seasonal fruits.