Cultural Introduction to Cape Verde
The Culture week can be booked as an add on to start any volunteer project.
The island nation of Cape Verde is made up of over a dozen islands and islets all interesting and unique in there own special way. The majority of the Cape Verdean people live in Santiago and Praia, the capital city of the archipelago. Santiago is a wonderfully balanced island. At its heart are craggy mountains cut into exotic outlines and afforested in their lower slopes. There are green valleys with agriculture, in the south; there are plantations and some awesome beaches with black and white sand in the north, where fishermen bring in a lot of fish every day.
The Introduction week is packed full of exciting adventures, cultural excursions and interactions. Learn the basic Cape Verdian Creole language with our inclusive language lessons, visit various places in Santiago, you can also enjoy a walking tour around Tarrafal and experience the local culture.
If cooking is your thing and if you know anything about food, then you know that because of the rich history, Cape Verdean cuisine is an enticing mixture of Creole, Portuguese and African flavours. So join in and participate in our local cooking classes. Cape Verde is a culture driven by music and laughter so Tru is offering traditional dance shows and drumming sessions. Cape Verde is one of the best places in the world for fishing, a typical and popular Cape Verde experience is fishing on a fisherman’s boat with the locals.
During the introduction week, you will be participating in various activities and get acquainted with the Cape Verdean culture, study the local language and explore Tarrafal and its beautiful surrounding areas. Through this week you will experience a traditional Cape Verdean music and the famous Batika dance and drum session and challenge your mobility and flexibility side through traditional Batuka dancing and also try out your skills as a cook with a traditional Cape Verdean cooking class.
Aims & Objectives
The aim and objective are to introduce you to the authentic Cape Verdean culture and immerse you into it. By doing so, you will experience the best and the closest you can get to this impressive culture.
On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction about the Cape Verdean traditions and culture. Then you will go on a walking tour through Tarrafal. After lunch, you will join a class on introduction to Cape Verdean culture. You will then have an early dinner and leave to witness the traditional Cape Verdean dance show.
Cape Verdean Creole Language Class
Village Walking tour (Visit the project Delta Cultura and experience the village life and beautiful hills by walking )
Creole Language Class
Be part of the experience of being a fisherman and visit the spiritual black beach
Welcome and Goodbye dinner
You will visit the last remaining forest resources of Cape Verde in the Serra Malagueta Natural Parque.
Engaging in other related activities as instructed by the coordinator that would protect the environment in the area
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
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
Population: 540,971 (2018)
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.
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
|Under 18, Parental Consent is Required|
|Over 65, Medical Clearance is Required|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance