Volunteer with Project Biodiversity

Project Biodiversity

Santa Maria, Cape Verde, Africa

Project Biodiversity (Projeto Biodiversidade) is a Cabo Verdean non-profit organization committed to protecting unique wildlife through community-driven environmental protection programs in Sal, Cape Verde

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.

Our Activities

What We Need

As a volunteer, your primary role will be to patrol the beaches at night with other assistants in order to deter hunters and ensure the turtle can nest safely. During patrols, you will also assist with important fieldwork activities, including tagging and measuring turtles, and relocation and excavation of nests. You may also get involved with other aspects of the outreach activities and assisting other local community focused charities with small projects. With this experience you’ll learn about turtle conservation techniques and will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the survival of marine turtles.


• Desire to participate in conservation
• At least 18 years old
• Understand written and spoken English
• Good level of physical fitness
• High level of energy and flexibility
• Able to cope with physically challenging conditions (camping, long walks, late nights, hot weather, insects)
• Ability to work and live with people of different backgrounds and nationalities

The period goes from 1 July until 20 October; Volunteers can apply at any point throughout the season.
We recommend a minimum stay of 3 weeks.
1 week minimum (recommended 3 weeks)

What We Provide


Volunteers will be provided with accommodation during their stay – 6 nights per week in camp, with a rest night off in an apartment in Santa Maria. Meals will be provided to volunteers during their time in camp.
We also have many agreements with tour companies, dive centers, water sport schools and some restaurants. They make a great discount for our volunteers during all year!

Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

Any period of time

Staff Size

5 to 10 people


One week: 250€
Two weeks: 315€
Three weeks: 375€
Four weeks: 400€
50€ per extra week

Watch Us


Help out from Home

Logo and Graphic Design
Document Translation
Video/Photo Editing

We think that social media communication is an important tool for conservation and/or education. Designing posters, infographics or editing short videos makes the social media more powerful.
Also, help in fundraising via small online campaigns or small events abroad can help the association getting enough funds to help us increase the conservations activities in Sal Island.

Your Contact Person

Sara Gori
Mercado Municipal, nº22, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal, Santa Maria, Cape Verde.

What are you waiting for?

We at Project Biodiversity would love to hear from you!