Trip Details

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 great socio-economic importance.

The heart of the region is Serra Malagueta National Park. It is home to various important, threatened and endemic species as well as being the starting point for various hiking tracks. Walking is the best way to experience the Park whilst taking in all the scenic views.  The Cape Verdian flora and fauna are pretty rich in endemic species – a high proportion of which are endangered; a high number of species are already extinct.

Bird watchers heading to Cape Verde are in luck, as there are several endemic species native only to the country. Some of the birds that you’ll only find on the island include the Cape Verde warbler and the Iago sparrow. In total, over 160 bird species call the country home.

In order to preserve the existing species, it is vital to conduct awareness programmes. Some additional help on running the day to day activities such as planting trees, monitoring birds and plants, is a huge help to the existing staff there and helps with the preservation of this unique and stunning environment.

Aims & Objectives

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

The work and dedication of our Tru volunteers is critical to the success of this project raising the awareness of the visitors in English on the conservation of flora and fauna. The work of the volunteers has meaningful long-term consequences; after their experience, Tru volunteers are able to spread awareness about conservation through their first-hand knowledge and work alongside Parque rangers.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

After breakfast you’ll meet with the existing Park staff to find out what work is required that day. It could include monitoring the plants and birds with the rangers or conducting awareness campaigns in English for visitors and locals. Other duties include reforestation. During your day working as a conservation volunteer you’ll receive lunch with the rangers then dinner at the end of the day. Cape Verde is formed mainly by volcanic activity, you can expect some scenic vistas.

The evenings and weekends are free you can find a great place for a trek at almost any turn. You’ll find houses built on the sides of the mountains and will probably run into locals walking along the roads or paths The islands aren’t very large, so you can explore most of them in a day and socialise with new-found friends.

Some of the tasks will include:

  • 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

***The above schedule may be subject to change.***

Trip Accommodation

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

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Persons per room 4 – 8
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Bed linen

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

* Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the week and two meals (breakfast, dinner) during weekends

Trip Country Info

Cape Verde

Population: 540,971 (2018)
Capital: Praia
Language: Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole
Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE)
Time zone: CVT (UTC-1)

The beautiful islands of the Cape Verde were initially uninhabited until the Portuguese discovered it 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 forest 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.

Explore Africa’s most westerly point with it’s incredible volcanic landscape and black and white sand beaches.

 

Culture
As the Portuguese discovered the country; the culture is immensely influenced by them. Rural Portuguese practices are displayed in the social and cultural patterns of the country.

Tru currently has the following projects available in Cape Verde:

  • Cultural introduction to Cape Verde
  • Environmental Conservation Volunteer in Cape Verde
  • Volunteer Teaching in Cape Verde

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Open Minded
Willing to Make a Difference
Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
Over 65, Medical Clearance is Required

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa