25 trees will be planted on your behalf for every experience purchased, via our partnership with One Tree Planted.
See more at onetreeplanted.org
The Cape Verden island’s beaches are one of the most visited sites by the Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) for nesting during the months of July to October and extending until December. These species play a critical link in the marine ecosystems and in the marine food chain by maintaining the health of sea grass and coral reef ecosystems that provide food and home for a wide variety of other marine life.
The greatest threat to these sea turtles’ survival is loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development, predation of nests, and human disturbances (such as coastal lighting and housing developments) that cause disorientations during the emergence of hatchlings. Other major threats include incidental capture in longline fishing, shrimp trawling and pollution. Incidental capture in fisheries is thought to have played a significant role in the recent population declines observed for the loggerhead.
Through this program you and members of the local community will be working to ensure protection of the female sea turtles.
Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.
Arrive at Praia International Airport (RAI) in our pickup window of 06:00 to 20:00
1830 to 1900 - Clean the beach
1900 to 1930 - Orientation for the day with station positions along the beach
2030 to 2230 - Shift 1 - Night patrol
2230 to 0030 - Rest
0030 to 0200 - Night Patrol
0200 to 0400 - Night Patrol
0400 to 0600 - Patrol to clean up the beach
0900 - Travel to the beach
0930 to 1000 - Orientation for the day
1000 to 12:00 - You will be doing one or two of the following tasks cleaning and maintenance of the turtle project site, tree plantation at the beach or awareness program at the local school or designing pamphlets or distributing printed pamphlets or making awareness wooden boards and placing it at the beach, and promoting the importance of sea turtles in the villages around the beach through paintings and drawings and beach clean-up activities.
1200 to 1400 - Lunch at the centre
1400 to 1430 - Travel to beach
1430 to 1630 - Continue with hour activities planned for the day
1630 to 1800 - Join the locals to play beach football or volleyball.
Leave your accommodation Saturday morning and take a taxi (1.5 hours) to the PRAIA International Airport