Trip Details

Teaching English overseas is not just an opportunity to volunteer abroad, it is the chance to truly immerse yourself in a new culture, experience a different way of life, build friendships that will last a lifetime and discover your own potential.

Primary school education in Cape Verde is mandatory between the ages of 6 and 14 years (free for children ages 6 to 12). Although most children have access to education, some problems remain. Portuguese is the majority language and language of instruction. However, many students and teachers speak Cape Verdean Creole at home and have a poor command of Portuguese. There are 30 children in kindergarten and 260 students in primary school, 130 of them young girls. There are only five teachers currently educating youngsters in both the kindergarten and primary school.

Because it’s understaffed, this educational project in Tarrafal will always have an extremely positive impact in addressing the educational needs of children who take part. You will be teaching conversational English and other related subjects depending on the necessity of the children. Cape Verdean schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand.

Education is a key point of progression for children in Cape Verde. So as a TRU volunteer by working with children in the community, you can help youngsters prepare for their future career. Part of this is achieved through the children improving their English proficiency and learning about different cultures from around the world.

Most mothers raise children in the town without any help from their partners who tend to work as fishermen or as labourers in other parts of the country, or even abroad. Many youngsters reside with grandmothers or even neighbours.

The typical household in Cape Verde has an average of four children; rich families have two and poorer families generally have more than five children (who often live with extended family members).

Participants would get a unique opportunity to interact with the children in building a global community in the future generations of the stakeholders in addressing various challenges that are global in nature.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

Your day will begin with breakfast before you arrive at the kindergarten and primary school where you’ll spend the day teaching in English to the children. This will involve organising board games, art activities and going outdoors for games. You’ll also introduce the children to numbers and read to them from books. A popular activity includes getting the whole class involved in singing songs from around the globe.

The day consists of teaching for around four to five hours with a break for lunch. After your period of teaching you’ll plan lessons for the following day then head for dinner. You’ll be expected during your time, to update files on the classes to make it easier for other volunteers in Africa who come along after you.

Tasks you will be asked to carry out will be as follows:

  • Kindergarten and Primary School teaching, using English.
  • Teaching through activities using board games, play dough and coloring pictures.
  • Games and physical education for team building and health.
  • Introducing children to colors, shapes and other cognitive exercises.
  • Basic introduction to numbers and alphabets in English.
  • Games in the playground that enhance exercises and translating the actions in English.
  • Introduction to the natural and man-made environment in the naming of trees, water, leaves, grass, metal, water, taps, building etc.
  • Short stories, poems and songs that are popular with a majority of the participants.
  • Sharing geographical information on their countries that they come from and country locations on the globe.
  • Lesson planning and research to plan for the next day’s teaching inputs for the children.
  • Maintaining a file on each of the programs that have been covered by you to enable other participants in avoiding repetition and aid handover to new participants.

***The above schedule may be subject to change.***

Trip Accommodation

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

Food Arrangements
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

Cape Verde

Population: 540,971 (2018)
Capital: Praia
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

Standard Requirements

Willing to make a diffrence
Open Minded
A can do Attitude
DBS Check

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

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa