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Project Biodiversity

About

Projeto Biodiversidade is a young Cabo Verdean non-profit association that aims to implement a wide range of environmental programmes that will contribute to the preservation and restoration of the natural habitats of Sal Island, to increasing the opportunities for sustainable exploitation of its natural resources, and contributing to the scientific knowledge of the natural resources of the island.

As marine turtles are one of the most emblematic and threatened species in Cabo Verde, one of the key programmes of the association is the Turtle Conservation Program. Projeto Biodiversiade assumes the responsability of protecting marine turtles while encouraging community involvement and building the local economy in an environmentally sustainable way.

Founded
2015

Reviews

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Adrien
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Seabirds Project

I went to Cape Verde for the first time during 4 weeks and I loved it.
The project is very interesting. I met very nice and warm people from all over the world. I had the chance to discover the island and even if seems arid it is really beautiful. Between the birds, the tropical fish and the turtles coming to lay their eggs the island abounds in magnificent species.

I discovered volunteering there and I am not disappointed. I really enjoyed this experience and I recommend it. If you want to travel and discover a new experience go for it !

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be prepared to wake up early and walk a lot
Take good shoes and enjoy your adventure
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Viviane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

3 weeks of volunteer work turned into a month and a half of true happiness

I planned on doing the volunteer program for 3 weeks, but I loved it so much I eneded up changing my flight twice and stayed for a month and a half!
The work you need to do is not to heavy or dificult, it doesnt take up too much of your day and you get to hold baby turtles evey day!
Sometimes some night-shifts can be tiering, since you sleep at the beach, but when you see, at the end of the shift, how many turtles you helped save, it's extremely gratifying. And with so many exciting things to do in your free time, you'll regain energy in an instant!
In Sal it's always sunny and warm almost all year round and you have a beach 5 min away from you at all times. It truely feels like paradise...
Eating out is quite cheap (around 5€ per meal) and the food tastes amazing. For vegetarians and vegans eating out might be more challenging but you can already see some (but few) options arising around town.

Even though the baby turtles were the cutest creatures ever, for me, as a psychology undergraduate, the highlight were the people. I met such amazing people. Not only the volunteeres I lived and worked with but also the people that work in the Project with us everyday, especially Débora, the volunteer coordinator. Everyone is always nice and ready to help you and support you with anything you might need. So trust that if anything goes south, you'll have people there along side you.

Project Biodiversity truely felt like a second family, and Sal like a second home.
I might just go back next year (or every year, who knows?). Will I see you there? ;)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Sleep is overrated. Even if you feel tiered after your night shift, use your free time to do as much as you can! There is so much you can do there. Places to see, people to meet, good food to eat.
People ask me how time there felt for me, and my answer is this: 6 weeks felt like 6 months in 6 days. I gained a different love for life, because we did it all. So if you go (and you should go, btw) do it all! You won't regret it ;)
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Lukas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience in my life

From October to November 2021 I passed three weeks on Sal Island as a volunteer, and to be honest, it was an incredible experience. As a geoscientists I always dreamed of working outside in nature and here I found the best opportunity. On Sal you find the perfect mixture of natural conservation, contact to tourists, spending time at the beach and having a nice and friendly team always around you. Sometimes it can become hard to stay awake the whole night to rescue the turtles, but the next morning you return to your appartment with a smile - always! The island is very safe and the program provides you more than enough time to discover it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be aware about the climate on Sal. Depending on the season you will only need summer clothes, so don't waste too much space of your baggage for warm clothes. However, you will need at least one long pant and a jacket. All of them should be wind profen.
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Alicia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome volunteering experience during hatchling turtles season

I have done the hatchling season for turtles for 3 weeks (november-december). It was an amazing experience. If you like turtles, sleeping under the stars, discovering people from all over the world, beeing in an island with beautiful beaches : this volunteering is for you and you don't have to wait for doing it !
In addition, Project Biodiversity is a super organization which is taking really care about its island and the environment impact. They have lot of differents programs : birds protection, cleaning beaches, learnings for profesionals...
Also, the team is super kind, open-minded and really fun !
Sal Island is super nice and there is a really good atmospher there. Local people are really kind. So, if you are worry about the safety, you can put this idea out of your head :) And if you have any problems, the project team is always here for helping you.
Thank you for everything, Project Biodiversity... I'm sure this experience was a big step in my life and this is thanks to you :) It could be a pleasure to come back for another volunteering with you !

What was your funniest moment?
See my partner of night shift fighting with crabs in the hatchery with a wood stick and a bucket !
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Nathaly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer with Sea Turtle hatchling season on Sal Island, Cabo Verde

La experiencia trabajando para este voluntariado ha sido de las mejores decisiones que he tomado en el último tiempo. Si eres un amante de la naturaleza, que busca experiencias en pro de la conservación o simplemente disfrutas de estar en ambientes outdoor, totalmente recomiendo participar en cualquiera de las temporadas que ofrece el proyecto.
Para mi ha sido muy hermoso poder involucrarme de manera directa en la protección de especies marinas, poder entender cómo es el ciclo natural de ellas, también, entender cómo es que se pueden llegar a hacer proyectos amigables con el medio ambiente y cómo se está trabajando esto en el resto del mundo, creo fielmente que es el camino que se debe tomar para el futuro en nuestro planeta.
La experiencia de compartir hogar con más voluntarios de todo el mundo ha sido increible, compartir costumbres, risas, comidas ha hecho de esta experiencia aún mejor, he pasado muchos buenos momentos gracias a esto.
Isla de Sal ofrece muchas experiencias increibles, el poder bucear en aguas claras y con tanta diversidad de especies ha hecho aún más gratificante mi estadía en Cabo Verde, hay mucho para disfrutar y hacerlo de manera consiente y responsable con el planeta me ha encantado.
Muchas gracias!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Poder ver cómo es el nacimiento de tortugas marinas ha sido lo más hermoso que he visto en mi vida, nunca imaginé que sería de esa menera y me ha llenado el corazón, sin duda es un momento único y poder presenciarlo ha sido un gran regalo.

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