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Circular economy and community empowerment

Help empower the women of this small island by recycling nets from the sea.

Circular economy and community empowerment

from 500€ por persona

Sao Vicente is a small island made up of rural areas and fishing villages around the city of Mindelo, capital of Sao Vicente.

The fishing grounds are the most disadvantaged, as they have little access to the drinking water or it arrives via tanker trucks which fill the small tanks located in the houses. Infrastructures are very precarious and transport is often scarce.

On the other hand, these are areas where there is a lack of female employment.Women often work in fishing-related activities, with difficulties in securing basic subsistence.

St. Vincent (and Cape Verde in general) has another major problem which is the absence of a recycling system. The waste ends up on the surrounding land, in the sea or is burned.

The amount of fishing nets that often end up on the beaches of St. Vincent made this project look for ways to address this problem: they decided to set up an employment workshop in the community of Salamansa to transform the nets into bags or other useful products.

In this way, the project employs local women, promoting their empowerment and the circular economy. It also reduces waste in the area by creating products such as bags and others from recycled fishing nets.

Sao Vicente is a small island made up of rural areas and fishing villages around the city of Mindelo, capital of Sao Vicente.

The fishing grounds are the most disadvantaged, as they have little access to the drinking water or it arrives via tanker trucks which fill the small tanks located in the houses. Infrastructures are very precarious and transport is often scarce.

On the other hand, these are areas where there is a lack of female employment.Women often work in fishing-related activities, with difficulties in securing basic subsistence.

St. Vincent (and Cape Verde in general) has another major problem which is the absence of a recycling system. The waste ends up on the surrounding land, in the sea or is burned.

The amount of fishing nets that often end up on the beaches of St. Vincent made this project look for ways to address this problem: they decided to set up an employment workshop in the community of Salamansa to transform the nets into bags or other useful products.

In this way, the project employs local women, promoting their empowerment and the circular economy. It also reduces waste in the area by creating products such as bags and others from recycled fishing nets.

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  • Project Location
    Salamansa, Mindelo, Cape Verde
  • Volunteer hours
    5 h per day approx. between 13:00 and 18:00 h.
  • Volunteer activities
    Collection of fishing nets on the beach, cleaning and treatment of the nets and other products for recycling that can be used in the workshop, creation of bags with the nets, workshops with the community of Salamansa and with the children of the school.
  • Minimal collaboration
    2 weeks
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Accommodation
    Kitchen
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
  • No incluido
    Tourist activities
    Hot water
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Breakfast
    Travel insurance
    Flight
    WIFI

Volunteer Program

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Voluntary activities
  • Collection of fishing nets on the beach and rubbish in the surrounding area.
  • Cleaning and treatment of nets for workshop use
  • Creation of bags with nets.
  • Workshops and dynamics with the Salamansa community,
  • Awareness-raising workshops with school children.
 
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Profiles required
To participate in this solidarity trip it is not necessary to have a specific profile. The only requirements are:
  • Be in acceptable physical shape as the job requires activity.
  • Be of legal age or, in the case of minors, be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age to participate is 15 years old.
  • Be a positive, conscientious and flexible person.
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn. Flexibility is essential, as tasks may change depending on the needs of the NGO, similarly the ability to work in a team since volunteering is done in coordination with other people.
The project is particularly suitable for:
  • Creative spirit, independent experienced travelers
  • People with initiative and environmental awareness.
  • People interested in working on women's empowerment projects.
  • People interested in collaborating in a circular economy project.
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A day in the project
An example of a full day would be:
  • 9:00 - 10:30h - departure to the beach to collect the nets and return to Salamansa
  • 10:45-13:00h - preparation of nets (washing and drying)
  • 13:00-14:00h - lunch
  • 14:00h-15:30h - separation of nets and preparation for weaving.
  • 15:30-18:00h - Weaving nets for bag making
  • 18:00h - End of activities
On other days during the morning it is possible:
  • Give environmental education or language classes to children and adults.
  • Spending a morning with the fishermen helping out where needed
  

 

Project Location

Project

The project is located in the district of Salamansa, within the beautiful island of Sao Vicente and its capital Mindelo. This small paradise has a very peaceful atmosphere and is composed of rural areas and fishing villages concentrated around the city of Mindelo.

Climate

The average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius all year round. The best times are: - April to mid-July. - November to mid-December.

The cost varies according to the duration of your solidarity trip. The costs are approximate as they depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
Accommodation: Bed in a mixed dormitory in a solidarity hostel in the centre of Mindelo. Shared rooms with fewer people are available at an extra cost - ask us!
Low season (1 April - 31 October):
  • 2 weeks: €500                                          
  • 3 weeks: €590                                      
  • 4 weeks: €680                                           
High season (1 November - 31 March):
  • 2 weeks: 550 €.
  • 3 weeks: €670
  • 4 weeks: 790 €. 
What is included?

From Tumaini::
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Basic Tumaini Portuguese-Spanish dictionary.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
  • CO2 compensation by planting a tree and monitoring it for three years on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.

On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation.
  • Pick up from the airport (we can also arrange the return trip).
  • Local Coordinator.
What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Meals (you have access to a kitchen)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa (free of charge for stays of less than 30 days)
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
 
Your trip will contribute to the growth of the project.The total cost of your solidarity trip is divided into two parts:
  • A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
  • A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
Your stay generates a direct benefit for the NGO, with your solidarity trip, you are directly contributing to making the project self-sustainable.
 
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