Internship for Newly Graduated Veterinary Doctors

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Veterinary internships offer opportunities to deepen and enrich your veterinary education with hands-on experience. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 23+

Simabo was the first free veterinarian clinic in Sao Vicente, the second in Cabo Verde. We offer help to the local people who want their dogs and cats to be spayed/neutered, dewormed and treated.

Skills required

  • To be a student of veterinary medicine or be a recently graduated veterinarian doctor
  • To be independent and responsible
  • To have organizational and time-management skills
  • To have the ability to relate to other people working on the project in view of the objective
  • To be patient
  • To have a strong work ethic, reliability, punctuality
  • A little sense of humor does not hurt
  • Ability to quickly assimilate and follow instructions
  • Ability to recognize problems and to communicate to the leaders
  • Ability to give your utmost attention to the task in hand
  • To be tolerant, diplomatic, and possess a cooperative spirit
  • To have a willingness to understand a different culture other than their own.
  • Speaking Portuguese is helpful (to communicate with the local people) but not essential.

What to expect?

  • A lot of work to do!
  • You will see a lot of ill and wounded animals, some of them will also die
  • Complete immersion in the local community...


  • To help during castrations of dogs and cats at our clinic
  • To help during consultations of our animals in our dog and cat shelters
  • To help with the paperwork of the consulted and operated cats and dogs
  • To help with anything needed at the clinic (see page Clinic of our portal for volunteers)

Typical day

Information given in the Time Commitment session of this program are only orientative and they are not binding: the free day can be on any day of the week (may be on the weekend, maybe not) and the working time is usually per shift.

The clinic is open to the public from 9AM to 1,30PM and then again from 3PM to 6PM, but surgeries are held only during the morning. So your working time will depend on the tasks that are agreed:

  • If you help to operate, you should work in the morning. Please be aware that sometimes surgeries are numerous and need to be completed during the lunch time
  • If you don't operate, you will work during the time when the clinic is open, up to the limit of 6 hours a day.
  • You can also be asked to help during consultations in our dog shelter. In these cases you will work from 12:30 pm to 7 pm.

In our experience, students of veterinary medicine and recently graduated veterinary doctors are always very motivated and work long hours by their own choice. It is true that they really make a difference to the animals that arrive at the clinic and this is very rewarding.

Changes in shifts must be communicated with a week notice and be authorized-changes in shifts can't leave shifts uncovered  

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 bicycle, an electrical bicycle or a scooter at local shops.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 23 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
Veterinary medicine at Degree in veterinary medicine or student of veterinary medicine level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- strong work ethic
- time management
- team work
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:30 - 19:00

What's Included

Services by Simabo
The fee includes accommodation and a daily "training fee" that allows full access to the clinic and to the operating room. You will be able to work full time with our local vet and with any experienced vet who is volunteering with us. We have 2 experienced vet on site most of the time, our local one, very experiences especially in spaying/neutering and a second from abroad who might be experienced in different areas. 
The fee includes pickup from the airport on arrival. Doesn't include food but includes access to the communal kitchens (either in the hostel or in the volunteers' house).
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. 

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. 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. 

Vaccinations are not required nor recommended. There is no rabies in Cape Verde. 

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. 
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

We accept students and newly graduated veterinary doctors all year around according to availability. Usually we accept one student/recently graduated veterinary at a time. 

The best months to come are from April or mid-July and from 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. 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. 

No vaccinations are required nor recommended. Rabies doesn't exist in Cape Verde. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$153 /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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