Trip Details

Childcare Placement Tarrafal

Enlighten the lives of kids by helping to bring out the best in them whilst staying in a small town with a cobalt blue sea and beautiful beaches! On this project you will provide education assistance, and childcare to young children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old!

Help working parents by providing fun and educational childcare!

Most the parents of young children in Tarrafel work in various minimally paid jobs and leave their children under the car of daycare centres and kindergarteners during their working hours. You will help to take care of the children whilst their parents are at work, providing them with an education through various activities such as songs, rhymes, poems, stories, the alphabet, numbers and much more!

Use your creativity to enhance children’s lives

During your time on the placement you will be doing anything from reading short stories, introducing children to colours and shapes through cognitive activities and playing games in the playground. These activities will help the children to develop, prepare for their futures and learn basic English. Working closely with the local teachers you will be involved in lesson planning and preparation and it is encouraged you share your own ideas and creativity to help the children develop their English skills through fun and engaging activities!

Why volunteer at the childcare placement in Cape Verde?

  • Improve the educational prospects of children in the town by teaching them English
  • Gain a unique insight into Cape Verdean traditions and culture
  • Explore the local town of Tarrafal and learn basic Kriolu
  • Stay in our comfortable accommodation with WiFi and communal areas to relax in

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

Typical Volunteer Activities

Your typical days or activities may vary from the following:

  • Providing childcare under the supervision of local staff.
  • Child development through activities using board games, playdough, and colouring pictures.
  • Games and physical education for team building and health.
  • Introducing children to colours, shapes, and other cognitive exercises.
  • A basic introduction to numbers and alphabets in English.
  • Games in the playground that enhance exercises and translate the actions into English.
  • Short stories, poems, and songs 

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day to learn about your surroundings and local culture. Thereafter, your program will continue as usual from Tuesday throughout the rest of the week.

Orientation Day Schedule

  • Welcome: Introduction to Cape Verdean traditions and culture; House rules, Code of Conduct and handling of documents,
  • Basic Kriolu Lesson
  • Visit local supermarkets and ATMs, and explore the surroundings of our centre.
  • Lunch
  • Visit to Mar De President Beach and spend some time on the beach before returning back to the centre for dinner.

Weekly Schedule

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast at the accommodation
  • Caretaking/Teaching Activities at the Childcare Placement/School.
  • Lunch
  • Caretaking/Teaching Activities at the Childcare Placement/School.
  • Assist the class teacher in lesson planning and preparing teaching materials for the next day
  • Dinner

Evenings and Weekends

When your teaching day is finished, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. Many of our those volunteer teaching in Cape Verde enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures as they go!

Please note:

Cost of transport to locations is not included, but will usually be around £1.50 per day.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

The city is named after the indigenous plant Tarrafe, and is also called Mangui or Mangue. Situated in the northern part of the island of Santiago, Tarrafal is a fishing port with a vibrant community and a friendly people.

About the Accommodation

Our centre offers safe and comfortable surroundings with dorm-style separate male/female accommodation and western toilets available (shared).

And if you’re travelling to Cape Verde alone, you will quickly make new friends of fellow travellers and on-site staff who will be there too. Wifi is limited, so we recommend you purchase your own SIM card to help stay connected with friends and family.

Food Arrangements

If you haven’t tried African cuisine, you’re in for treat!  Typical Cape Verdean food includes rice dishes, beans, fruits, vegetables, chicken, beef, and fish with its own African spices.  At our centre, you’ll find a mix of local and Western food to enjoy, with all meals, tea, coffee, and filtered water included in your stay. There are 3 meals during the week and 2 meals on weekends.

There are ATMs, mini-marts, some shops and restaurants close by in the city centre.

Trip Country Info

Cape Verde

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.


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.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

MUST have a yellow fever vaccination and must obtain a certificate as proof
Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
DBS, Criminal background check
Travel insurance

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

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa