Volunteering on Boa Vista


The global outbreak of COVID-19 has brought unforeseen circumstances. As an internationally active organisation, we too must prepare for the coming period with situations and measures that may change at any time.

To the current situation on our project island Boa Vista:

Currently there are 6 confirmed Covid-19 patients in Cape Verde (as of 31.03.2020). 4 of them on Boa Vista and already one death. For this reason, the entirecountry is under quarantine at least until April 4, 2020. Further official information here: https://covid19.cv

The travel and safety information Cabo Verde of the German Foreign Office can be found here. The following measure currently applies: “The Cape Verdean government temporarily closed all borders on March 18 and suspended all commercial flights from countries with cases of COVID-19 for three weeks. This includes flights to Portugal and other European countries. Excluding cargo flights and repatriation flights.”

We’re still planning for the 2020 nesting season and the associated volunteer program. We are following the development of the crisis worldwide and will make further decisions as the season approaches.

  • In view of the Corona virus and its unpredictable developments, we have decided to pause the application process for volunteers of this season and to continue monitoring the situation for now. If you are nevertheless interested in our volunteer program, please feel free to contact us at any time to find out about the current status.
  • If you have already booked a flight to Boa Vista and are considering cancelling your flight, we recommend that you do not proactively cancel your flight yet but wait for the airline to accommodate you. It is quite conceivable that this could eliminate possible cancellation fees.

If you have further questions about the volunteer program: volunteers@turtle-foundation.org

Der weltweite Ausbruch von COVID-19 hat unvorhersehbare Umstände mit sich gebracht. Auch wir als eine international tätige Organisation müssen uns auf die kommende Zeit mit sich möglicherweise jederzeit verändernden Situationen und Maßnahmen einstellen.

Zur aktuellen Lage auf unserer Projektinsel Boa Vista:

Derzeit gibt es auf den Kap Verden 6 bestätigte Covid-19-Patienten (Stand 31.03.2020). 4 davon auf Boa Vista und leider bereits ein Todesopfer. Aus diesem Grund steht das gesamte land bis mindestens zum 4. April 2020 unter Quarantäne. Weitere offizielle Informationen hier: https://covid19.cv

Die Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise Cabo Verde (Kapverden) des Auswärtigen Amtes findet ihr hier. Aktuell gilt demnach folgende Maßnahme: „Die kapverdische Regierung hat am 18. März alle Grenzen vorübergehend geschlossen und alle kommerziellen Flüge aus Ländern mit Fällen von COVID-19 für drei Wochen suspendiert. Dazu gehören auch Flüge nach Portugal und andere europäische Länder. Ausgenommen sind Frachtflugzeuge und Repatriierungsflüge.”

Wir sind immer noch dabei, die Nistsaison 2020 und das dazugehörige Freiwilligenprogramm zu planen. Wir verfolgen die Entwicklung der Krise weltweit und werden weitere Entscheidungen treffen, wenn die Saison näher rückt.

  • Angesichts des Corona-Virus und seiner unvorhersehbaren Entwicklungen haben wir beschlossen, das Bewerbungsverfahren für Freiwillige dieser Saison zunächst einmal zu pausieren und die Situation vorerst weiter zu beobachten. Solltet ihr dennoch Interesse an unserem Freiwilligenprogramm haben, könnt ihr euch natürlich trotzdem jederzeit bei uns über den aktuellen Stand informieren.
  • Wer bereits einen Flug nach Boa Vista gebucht hat und darüber nachdenkt, den Flug zu stornieren, dem-/derjenigen empfehlen wir den Flug noch nicht proaktiv zu stornieren, sondern auf ein mögliches Entgegenkommen der jeweiligen Fluggesellschaft zu warten. Es ist durchaus denkbar, dass dadurch mögliche Stornierungsgebühren entfallen könnten.

Bei allen Fragen rund um das Thema Freiwilligenprogramm: volunteers@turtle-foundation.org

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!

Of course we are respecting the existing data privacy protection regulations. The transmission of your personal data is protected by a secure and encrypted SSL/HTTPS connection from being accessed by third parties. Please also read our privacy policy.

Fields indicated with asterisk (*) are mandatory.

01 Personal details

Minimum age 18 years!

02 Residence
03 Passport information

Required for visa application

Exactly as in passport!

Exactly as in Passport!

04 Emergency contact

E.g., parents or partner

05 Skills
06 Language skills
07 About you
08 Desired period of commitment

Minimum time 2 weeks; volunteer assignments are possible between 1 June until 31 October.

09 Preferences

During their stay, volunteers will be allocated to one of the projects, but if needed, they may be requested to shift to another beach. Allocations will be based primarily on project needs, but staff will try to respect volunteer preferences and individual skills.

For an additional fee of € 5 per night, we offer a place to sleep in a spacious tent for two people, equipped with comfortable stretchers and mosquito nets (cannot be guaranteed due to the limited number of places; first come first serve).

10 Please upload your curriculum vitae and photo

(CV obligatory for long term volunteers only)

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If you experience any troubles with the online volunteer application form or if you are not sure that the form was sent correctly please drop us a message to reischig@turtle-foundation.org (just use the email button). Thanks!