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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: WiFi is available in public areas.
Laundry: There are laundry facilities nearby that volunteers may use for a small fee.
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: 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:
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.