Cape Verde – English Teaching

This program is now open to international volunteers!


Join an exciting, English teaching program in stunning Cape Verde! Teach English to local children and empower them to do their best academically.

Program Highlights:

  • A GoEco Best 10 Volunteer Abroad Program for 2020
  • Gain experience teaching English
  • Be a role model for young children
  • Live a ten minute’s walk from beautiful beaches and the cobalt blue sea
  • Engage in positive cultural exchange with the local children
  • You can enhance your Cape Verde experience by adding our “Cape Verde Culture Week” to it, for an additional cost. Booking them together will render you a 50% discount off the culture week’s full price!


Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum two-week commitment):

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Praia International Airport (RAI). You will be picked up by the local team and taken to the accommodations to meet fellow volunteers and settle in.

Day 1, Monday: The week will begin with an important orientation day. During this orientation, volunteers will learn about the local area including Cape Verde traditions, the house rules and the code of conduct. This day will also include fun activities such as a basic, Portuguese-based Creole language lesson, a tour of the town, a traditional lunch and a visit to Mar de President Beach.

Days 2-5, Tuesday-Friday: On Tuesday your work will begin. Volunteers will assist in teaching English lessons, planning activities, and playing games with the children on a daily basis. The primary objective of each day is to interact with the children and provide them with a warm, welcoming, and fun classroom environment. The rest of the weekdays will follow a similar schedule with varied activities and lessons.

Days 6-7, Saturday-Sunday: Volunteers staying only one week will depart on Saturday. The weekend is free for volunteers who are extending to spend how they wish.

Remaining Weeks: Remaining weeks will follow the pattern of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.


Location icon Location of the Project: Tarrafal, Cape Verde

Project length Project length: Min 2 weeks – Max 8 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Praia International Airport (RAI)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: English teaching

Age Age: 18-60. (This project may accept volunteers who are younger than 18 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian, and those above 60 with doctor approval.)

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international volunteers


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared, dorm-style rooms

Food Food: Three meals during the week, two meals on weekends

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided upon arrival

Orientation Orientation: Orientation is provided on the first Monday and includes a basic Kriolu lesson and walking tour of the surrounding area.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunches on weekends, personal expenses.

The picturesque islands of Cape Verde were initially uninhabited until it was discovered by the Portuguese during the 15th century. Portuguese is still the official language of the tropical, African country.

The city of Tarrafal is named after the indigenous plant of the area. This municipality is situated on the northern part of the island of Santiago. There is a bustling fishing port along the northwestern coast, as the location is perfect for the resupplying of ships.


Work in a local kindergarten or primary school and enhance the lives of the children who are often overlooked within the busy community. These children are often ignored or lacking parental caretaking due to fathers working abroad, many other siblings in the household and single, working moms. In some cases, these children even live with neighbors or grandparents and end up receiving little to no attention in their daily lives. Volunteers are highly appreciated, and your presence will be sure to brighten their day.

Volunteers will provide assistance in many ways such as playing games and teaching physical education for health, giving basic introductions to numbers and the alphabet in English, reading popular poems and short stories, and lesson planning for the next school day. Get creative with the kids and assist in the introduction of colors, shapes, and other cognitive exercises.

Volunteers will also introduce students to the natural environment and man-made environment helping them grasp a better understanding of their surroundings. Help the children learn actions and motions in English as you play on the nearby playground.


Important note: This program is closed during Christmas and Easter holidays, but the Construction and Renovation program will be available. During summer break, we will hold a summer camp at a local school instead of the normal program.

Internet icon Internet: WiFi is available in public areas.

Laundry icon Laundry: There are laundry facilities nearby that volunteers may use for a small fee.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared, single-gender, dorm-style rooms. Bathrooms are shared and Western-style toilets are available. There will be 4 to 8 volunteers per room, with clean bed linens and fans. There is no air conditioning within the facility and volunteers must bring their own towels with them for showering. Couples must upgrade to a private room for an additional fee.

Food icon Food: During the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Expect the meals to contain a mix of local cuisine and Western food. On weekends, two meals (breakfast and dinner) will be provided. There is plenty of clean drinking water and other beverages available.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • High level of English
  • Police clearance
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)

During your free time, take the time to explore the Portuguese influence on the local culture. The unique Portuguese practices are displayed in the social and cultural patterns of the country. Partake in church activities or attend local football games as a way to foster interaction between the locals for entertainment.

Take a day to relax on the beautiful Tarrafel Beach and in the cobalt blue sea. Plan a trip to Praia do Tarrafel with soft sand and beautiful mountain views or relax on a bay with white sand beaches and snacks. Take a tour of the vibrant island of Santiago. If you are looking for a little more adventure then consider exploring the various outdoor activities, nature hikes and parks.

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