Become a volunteer for sea turtle conservation and spend the “summer of your life” on Boavista, Cape Verde!
Nesting season / working period: 15 June – 31 October
Our loggerhead sea turtle protection program on Boavista heavily relies on the commitment of international and Cape Verdean volunteers working in our field stations at the beaches. Anyone who is open-minded and enthusiastic about sea turtle conservation and fulfills some basic requirements is welcome to apply for volunteering in our project! Despite helping to save an endangered species from extinction, volunteering for sea turtle conservation provides unique, rewarding experiences that can change your life. Volunteering with us on Boavista is affordable and your contribution will fully benefit our conservation project.
Detailed information about our volunteer program is available in our GENERAL INFORMATION document (PDF). Please download this document and read it carefully before you apply! The document contains all what you should know about our project, your duties and responsibilities as a team member, local living conditions, etc.
Further, this PACKING LIST (PDF) provides you with more detailed information about necessary equipment for your stay. All volunteers will participate at their own risk. Please read our RISK WAVER (PDF) carefully. Successfull applicants will be asked to sign this risk waiver upon arrival on Boavista.
For your application, please use the online volunteer application form you find below.
Prior to applying
Before you decide to apply you should be sure that you can answer the following questions with a clear and honest “YES”:
- Did you carefully read our General Information document?
- Are you at least 18 years?
- Are you aware that …
- … working as a volunteer in the field can be very hard and time consuming?
- … while your work to protect and preserve sea turtles will certainly be educational, interesting, and exciting at times, and always rewarding, volunteer work can also be tedious, repetitive, and boring sometimes?
- … our work will often be carried out under difficult and uncomfortable conditions (e.g., marching through the sand at night, in the heat, mosquitoes)?
- … there won’t be much free time besides work and that you will miss out on sleep?
- … you will live in basic shared accommodation (shared tent in campsites), and you will spend your nights at the nesting beaches (you can rest in a tent in your free time)?
- … food uses local ingredients, is based on local standards, and therefore often repetitive and simple?
- … you will work and live alongside with young local rangers, who generally do not speak a language other than Portuguese/Creole?
- Are you willing to pay for your travel costs to the project as well as a daily fee for food and lodging?
- Are you willing to stay and work for at least two (preferably three or more) weeks with our project?
- Are you able to converse, receive, and understand instructions in English (our working language) or Portuguese?
If you can’t answer “YES” to all the above questions, it is unlikely we will be able to take you as a volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Online application form for volunteers
- Applications for volunteer’s positions can be made for this year’s and the next year’s nesting season (15 June – 31 October).
- Long term volunteers who want to stay for eight weeks and more are requested to send a CV that can be attached to the application form.
- Only complete applications will be considered. Thanks for your understanding!
Fields indicated with asterisk (*) are mandatory.
Turtle Foundation USA is registered as a charitable nonprofit organization according to USC 26 § 501 (c)(3). The registration number is UBI 602642586.