Focus: Conservation and Marine biology.
Project Biodiversity (Projeto Biodiversidade) is a Cabo Verdean non-profit organization committed to protecting unique wildlife through community-driven environmental protection programs in Sal, Cape Verde.
We advocate for biodiversity and our aim is to develop sustainable conservation projects that can inspire others to care for the natural world around them.
At the core of our work is the protection and conservation of the Loggerhead turtle, a globally identified endangered species that nests here on the island during the months of June through October. Our team of local rangers, field biologists, and volunteers work tirelessly during this time to ensure that these animals are protected from poachers and other human-driven threats, who unfortunately still pose a significant threat to the survival of this species on the island and throughout Cabo Verde.
Though the idea of beach protection and environmental awareness is not new to Sal, Project Biodiversity is taking a fresh approach to local conservation by establishing a commitment to programs that benefit both Cabo Verde's unique ecosystems and its people.
Costs & Benefits
The work and dedication of our volunteers is critical to the success of Projeto Biodiversidade. During the nesting season, volunteers participate in all aspects of the project, including night patrols to protect and collect data on nesting sea turtles, hatchling releases, maintaining the hatchery and community education.
Their work has meaningful long term consequences; after their experience, volunteers are able to spread awareness about conservation through their first-hand knowledge. The presence of volunteers in in the field camp is also an important morale booster for the project as a whole, as they bring a sense of enthusiasm, passion and unique perspectives.
Volunteers are needed during the entire nesting season, from: 1 July - 20 October
Volunteering during the hatching season is one of the best ways to have a break and relax while helping in the conservation of Loggerhead sea turtles. Stay overnight in the hatchery monitoring hundreds of nests and releasing thousands of hatchlings to the ocean. Patrol the main beaches of Sal Island with the sunrise to check the nests due to hatch and to help lost or entangled baby turtles get to the sea.
Get hands on with conservation and have a great time in Cabo Verde. This could be your chance to start a career in conservation, getting valuable experience in the thirst biggest nesting site of Loggerheads in the world.
Volunteers are needed during the hatching season, from: 20 October - 15 December
Contributions: One week €200
Two weeks €275
Three weeks €325
Four weeks €375
50€ for each additional week beyond 1 month.
Volunteers will be provided with accommodation during their stay in an apartment in Santa Maria.
Volunteers aged 18 years old and over.
Rua 1 de Juno
Santa Maria, Sal,
Cape Verde, Africa
Location:Cape Verde, Africa
Average cost per day: 8 Euros (based on 3 month stay)
Focus: Conservation and Marine biology
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old