Program & Schedule
The Cape Verdian islands are wonderful, interesting and special. The majority of the Cape Verdian people live on Santiago and Praia, the capital city of the archipelago. Santiago is a wonderful balanced island. At it`s heart are craggy mountains cut into exotic outlines and afforested in their lower slopes. There are green valleys with agriculture, in the south there are plantations in the north there are some awesome beaches with black and white sand, where fishermen bring in a lot of fish every day.
The Introduction week is packed full of exciting adventures, cultural excursions and interactions. It includes language lessons, visits to various places around Santiago, a walking tour around Tarrafal, local art and cooking classes, traditional dance shows and drumming sessions and the experience of being on a fisherman`s boat.
During the introduction week you will be participating in various activities and will get acquainted with the Cape Verdian culture, study the local language and explore Tarrafal and its beautiful surrounding areas. Through this week you will experience a traditional Cape Verdian music and the famouse Batika dance and drum session and challenge your mobility and flexibility side through traditional Batuka dancing and also try out your skills as a cook with a traditional Cape Verdian cooking class.
Aims & Objectives
The aim and objective is to introduce you to the authentic Cape Verdian culture and immerse you into it. By doing so, you will experience the best and the closest you can get to this impressive culture.
- On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction about the Cape Verdians traditions and culture. Then you will go on a walking tour through Tarrafal. After that you will have lunch and then join a class on introduction to Cape verdian culture. You will then have an early dinner and leave to witness the traditional Cape Verdian dance show.
- Cape Verdian Creole Language Class
- Village Walking tour (Visit the project Delta Cultura and experience the village life and beauty hills by walking )
- Creole Language Class
- Batuka class
- Cooking class
- Be part of the experience of being a fisherman and visit the spiritual black beach
- Welcome and Goodbye dinner
- You will visit the last remaining forest resources of the Cape Verde in the Serra Malagueta Natural Parque.
- Project meeting
- Engaging in other related activities as instructed by the coordinator that would protect the environment in the area
Participant Criteria & 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
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.
The meals will contain a mix of local and other types of Western food.
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
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Republic of Cabo Verde
Population: 525,000 (2015)
Language: Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole
Currency: Cape Verdean escudo
Time zone: CVT (UTC-1)
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.
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.
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.
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.