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Solidarity group travel with responsible tourism in Cape Verde

Immerse yourself in the Cape Verdean culture

Solidarity group travel with responsible tourism in Cape Verde

from 995€ por persona

In ten days you will get to know the heart of this country and its people. You will be fully immersed in the Cape Verdean culture. through a series of activities and visits where you interact directly with local people and get closer to their reality while enjoying landscapes, art, music, food, history, smiles and dances.

You will get to know our solidarity projects located in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde and we will do activities such as using painting as a tool for change, visit Cidade Velha (the capital of Northwest Africa for centuries) and the beautiful fishing village of Puerto Rincón, visit the green lung of the island with Benjamín and many more... You will meet inspiring people who work every day to achieve a better world in this small corner of Cape Verde 💚.

Santiago is where the essence of Cape Verde is concentrated and is undoubtedly the most versatile island of the whole country. Here you will find beautiful beaches, mountains, cities full of history, etc. Here you will find the current capital Praia and Cidade Velha, the historic capital with more than 500 years of history.

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
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  • Project Location
    Santiago Island, Cape Verde
  • Volunteer hours
    For those who want to get to know the country in a supportive, authentic and immersive way and who want to contribute directly to the local communities. Also suitable for families.
  • Volunteer activities
    Music, dance, painting, games, etc. School support. Empowerment workshops.
  • Minimal collaboration
    10 days
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Tourist activities
    Hot water
    Lunch
    Accommodation
    Kitchen
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Breakfast
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
    WIFI
  • No incluido
    Dinner
    Travel insurance
    Flight

Volunteer Program

1
Day 1
Bem-vinda to the island of Santiago. Our coordinator in Tumaini will meet you at the airport and welcome you. She will accompany you to the accommodation and explain the activities, rules, etc. There will be a brief introduction to the Cape Verdean culture. Depending on the flight arrival time, some activities may take place on this day, although most of the flights are in the evening.
2
Day 2
Today we will use art as a tool for change. With the guidelines of the people in charge, we will paint some of the facades of the Achada Grande community. Afterwards we will eat cachupa in a local place. In the afternoon, we will take a walk through this neighborhood to see its beautiful murals. In the evening, we will go to Plateau where there is usually live music.
3
Day 3
Today we will go to the "green lung" of the island and will visit the fruit and vegetable crops of the inner lands. With the help of Benjamin, we will have a tasting of tropical and organic fruits and afterwards, a varied traditional meal with natural juices.

 

4
Day 4
Today we will tour Plateau to learn about the history of the city. We will visit different sites such as the Castelao viewpoint, the Sucupira and Plateau markets and enjoy the wonderful street art. Traditional Cape Verdean lunch near the Sucupira market. At sunset we will go to Qebra Canela to contemplate the beautiful sunsets of this continent.
5
day 5
We will visit Cidade Velha, where the history of the archipelago began. It is the oldest city of Cape Verde, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2009. We will have lunch at a local beach bar owned by a Cape Verdean family with a terrace overlooking the sea. If possible we can enjoy a swim in its rocky beach and natural spa :)
6
day 6
Visit the socio-educational project we work with, so that you can get to know firsthand the different activities that are carried out in the Achada Grande neighborhood. Whenever possible, we will participate in a workshop with the children of the association. Afterwards, we will walk through this colorful neighborhood to see its beautiful murals. We will have lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon and depending on his availability, we could paint a mural wiith Tutu Sousa and visit his studio. Tutu is a Cape Verdean artist who is carrying out a very beautiful work of transformation of the whole neighborhood through painting.
7
day 7
Today we will visit Porto Rincão, a beautiful village located in the western part of Santiago Island. We will explore the fisherman's quarter of Rincão, a place where fish is the main source of income. If conditions permit, we will take a boat ride and have lunch with a local family. Afterwards, we will have time to relax and swim at the beautiful Porto beach.
8
day 8
Departure to the north of the island towards the interesting community of Rabelados where it seems as if time has stopped. We will visit this ancient town full of history and art and will enjoy the artistic work that is done there. Then we will depart to Tarrafal beach, one of the most beautiful and exotic beaches of the whole island where we can dive in its transparent waters. We will have lunch on the beach at a local place.
9
day 9
Today we are going to visit the Lazaro Cave, a natural site in the area. This cave is 10m deep and has several legends about its origin. We will have lunch at a local organization that does a wonderful job of recycling waste. We will visit their facilities to learn about how they work and the products they make from reused glass (flower pots, soap dishes, souvenirs).
10
day 10
After breakfast, our coordinator will accompany us to the airport. If the flight is in the afternoon, we can use the morning to do last minute shopping and relax on the beach.

Muito obrigado e boa viagem!

Project Location

Project

The project is located in Achada Grande about 10 minutes by cab from the center of the capital and from the Plateau district, the most central neighborhood.  It is located east of the city center, between the port of Praia to the south and the Nelson Mandela International Airport to the north. This neighborhood has a great tourist attraction and a lot of character as it has a great street life with all sorts of art displays.

Climate

Cape Verde enjoys a warm climate all year round. During the course of the year, the temperature generally varies from 21 °C to 27 °C and rarely drops below 20 °C or rises above 28 °C. From April to October temperatures are very high (around 28 degrees and high humidity). From November to March it cools down a little and temperatures drop a few degrees but it is still a hot climate with high temperatures during the day and night. 

You will stay in a community-run lodge in Achada Grande, with shared bathroom facilities.
  • 10 days: 995 €
 
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 in a family house in the Achada Grande neighborhood.
  • Transportation upon arrival from the airport and return transportation.
  • Breakfasts and meals specifically detailed in the dossier.
  • Local coordinator.
What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Dinners (although we do have access to a kitchen if you want to prepare your own food and we will provide you with a list of our favorite local restaurants).
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
 
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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