Educating Children about Animal Care

founded in 2008
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Coordinator | Silvia
Coordinator | Silvia
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Get in touch with cape verdean culture through work with children
Contribute to the change of mentalities through education
Learn some words in creole
Propel your career with international experience
Visit the beautiful island of Santo Antao during your free time
Help make children aware of animal care! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Working on Simabo's educational programs is a unique, authentic, and rewarding experience. Education is the only way to genuinely change society by contributing to the mentality and principles of tomorrow's adults. Working with children is one of the best ways to get in touch with the local culture. You'll have fun, learn some words in creole, and - above all - live moments that stay in your heart and mind forever.

What to expect?

  • To do some activities with children (painting,…)
  • Talk with students about animals 
  • Complete immersion in the local community
Skills required
  • Speak Portuguese 
  • To like working with children and teenagers 
  • Able to be patient
  • To be independent and responsible 
  • To have organizational and time-management skills

1) Workshops

  • Call schools of São Vicente to schedule workshops;
  • Think about activities to do with students;
  • Check the material that exists in SIMABO and decide if you will need to buy more;
  • Update all paperwork: "Workshop calendar" and "Schools Database".

2) Surveys

  • Check the existing surveys for adults and children (printed on the green cover);
  • Make inquiries;
  • Organize the output information in Excel

3) Other communication actions

  • Post SIMABO's educational posters in hospitals, private clinics, private doctors' offices, dentists, catering (health centers already have them all);
  • Update Excel file "Posters".
Vaccinations are not required nor recommended. There is no rabies in Cape Verde. 

  • Information given in the Time Commitment session of this program are only an example and they are not binding:
  • Changes in shifts must be communicated with a week notice and be authorized
  • Changes in shifts can't leave shifts uncovered
  • We'll make our best to give you the morning shift on the last working day of one week and the afternoon shift of the first working day of the following week, so that you have 2 days and 2 nights off and you can visit another island if you like.  

Typical day

The help we need varies depending on your skills. We expect someone who is a self-starter and can work independently with a very high degree of motivation. Work is per shifts: morning from 8 to 13 or afternoon from 13 to 18. 

Volunteers who work in the morning must have breakfast before starting, even if they work at the office or in the hostel. Lunch is after 13. Most volunteers like to have something ready from the previous day so that they can eat as soon as they finish their working shift, and then they have still time to rest and go for some free time activity on the beach or in town or visit another village on the island. Public buses go back and forth from town to the 4 villages on the coast during the whole day, with the last ones coming back from the villages at about 5 PM. Sometimes volunteers can organize shifts in the kitchen and prepare food for themselves at 12,30, before going to work, and other volunteers that finish working at 13. 
Volunteers working in the afternoon must be ready to go at 13, so they have free time in the morning.

For people that don't like to cook or don't want to spend their time cooking, meals can be bought for little money in a lot of local small restaurants. You can be dropped off at the market place when our car go to the shelter at 1PM and have lunch there, before going to the beach for a nap. Everything is so close and easy to reach that there is almost no need to "organize" free time.

Free time activities can vary according with the time of the year: in winter it is not so hot, so you can go round during the whole day. In Summer it will be difficult to do anything else than rest or being at the beach from 12 to 17. 

Shifts are allocated according to the needs at the shelter and to the desires of the volunteers. Some people like better to work in the morning because it is cooler, but of course night life suffers from this schedule. Other people prefer to go to bed later, rest in the morning and work in the afternoon. In general volunteers are working one per shift or more only if available. 

Free-time activities

The island is famous for its music and its partying vibe! So night activity is guaranteed! 

  • On the island you can find a diving center (in town), a windsurfing school and a kitesurfing school. 
  • Capoeira is also widely practiced and can be learned with 2 groups in lessons held in the late afternoon.
  • Hiking paths are very simple to follow. Every volunteer who likes hiking can't miss visiting the neighboring island, Santo Antao, with its beautiful mountains and trekking paths. 
  • If you are not so keen on hiking, you can rent a bicycles, electrical bicycles and scooters at local shops.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Simabo
  • Pick up from the airport at the arrival
  • Accommodation in a single or double room if travelling alone or in a bigger room if travelling in group (shared bathroom).
  • Advice to organize visits to other islands, especially Santo Antao, with hotel and ferry/flights reservations  
  • One tour of the island of Sao Vicente with our staff, usually with a deworming or spaying/neutering campaign
  • Food is not provided, but volunteers can use a communal kitchen.

Airport Pickup at Cesaria Evora International Airport

Our driver will wait for you in the airport arrival hall with a SIMABO sign with your name! Driving time to town is about 10 min. 

Accommodation for volunteers is available in single rooms with shared bathroom  

in our volunteer house or in double or triple rooms with shared bathroom in the hostel. Both are located just a couple of meters away from our clinic, the beach, and the main square of Mindelo. Extra fee is charged for a single room in the hostel.

Volunteers can prepare their own food in the hostel kitchen, where paying guests are hosted to raise funds for the project.
At the hostel volunteers can meet any kind of travellers and together they can plan trips, excursions, parties, dinners, anything that makes fun and makes your volunteering time unforgettable. 

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cesaria Evora International Airport (VXE) in Sao Vicente. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cape Verde.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Cape Verde provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Cape Verde you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cape Verde.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers are accepted throughout the year depending on availability.

Usually the best months to come are from April o mid-July and form the beginning of October to mid-December, because of the temperature and also because of the cost of the flights, that can be expensive in the high season (Christmas, August).
Carnaval is a highlight of Mindelo's life, volunteers are always welcome at that time of the year. 

Be prepared to stay in a row for paying the "airport fee" that costs 32 euros. You can avoid this applying via Internet and paying in advance by credit card, but it will cost you 60 euros. All info to accomplish this will be provided in due time. EU citizens are not required to have/pay a visa, only non-EU citizens will have to buy one at the airport for 25 euros. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$97 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Simabo will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Simabo during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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