The help we need varies depending on your skills. We expect someone who is a self-starter and can work independently with a very high degree of motivation. Work is per shifts: morning from 7:30 to 12:30 or afternoon from 13 to 18. Transport to/from the shelter is provided for free when needed by the paid staff.
Animal care: most basic tasks (cleaning, feeding, walking) are performed by local paid staff - we have 14 local employees. But, we always need help with delicate tasks such as playing with the dogs, brushing the cats, changing the beds, and taking care of ill animals. Notably, volunteers will (1) work in the place of paid staff when they are missing and (2) supervise the work of local employees to ensure the highest possible welfare of the animals in our shelters. Clear instructions will be provided for accomplishing tasks and volunteers are required to perform them accurately. Volunteers are instructed to not rely on the support/advice of the paid staff.
Administration: our work with animals is partially financed by a hostel for responsible tourists. The hostel is managed by our charity and 100% of its profits go to helping animals. So, it's important to keep running and staffing costs as low as possible. Accordingly, we need help with tourists at all levels: helping with check in/out at night, managing reservations, checking rooms and toilets for cleanness, etc.
Childcare: we have an educational program involving school meetings and other activities with children. Work will involve helping people and requires a better knowledge of the Portuguese language than work with animals.
Fundraising: the running costs that are not covered by the hostel revenues or by membership fees (we have about 5,000 members on the island but not all of them can afford the membership fee of 12 Euros/year/2 animals) are covered by donations from abroad, so we have a lot of fundraising and communication work
IT/Computer: many of our activities are managed with a high level of computer work, so we need help in this specific area (IT/Internet/social networks, etc.). Volunteers with programming or computer abilities would be advantageous in cases where IT projects need attention.
Accommodation for volunteers is available in single or double rooms with shared bathroom in our volunteer house, located just a couple of meters away from our clinic and hostel, the beach, and the main square.
To get to Mindelo, where we are based, the cheapest flights are from Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, and Paris.
Advice and booking service for visiting other islands.
A volunteer staying with us can perform any kind of free-time beach activity or just relax and tan in the sun. Mindelo nightlife is very famous, as is its music. Dancers can find endless opportunities to share their passion with local partners. Photographers won't get tired of taking pictures of beautiful landscapes, animals, and people. From Sao Vicente, there is a ferry to Santo Antao, a green island famous for trekking. Volunteers can visit this island during day trips or schedule a longer stay before, during, or after their placement. Visits to other islands are possible only by plane.
For recently graduated vets, includes helping the surgeon during spaying/neutering operations and the nurse with deworming, treating wounds, etc.
Animal medicines, animal toys, objects no longer in use that can be used in lotteries or sold to raise funds
that keep the animals clean and feed them in the shelters, taking care and assisting animals in the clinic.
The volunteer is not required to be physically strong but must have some physical resistance to fatigue and hot climate and a lot of patience. We are unable to accept volunteers with any kind of allergy or disturbance. While being used to feeling comfortable with animals around, our volunteers must have a good sense of cleanness and tidiness.
No vaccines are necessary to volunteer here. In 10 years of operation, no volunteer has ever had health problems. Vaccinations are neither needed nor required. There is no rabies in Cape Verde
The average temperature is 25 degrees all year long.
English is not an extensive language in Cape Verde. It will be easier to communicate in French, Spanish, Italian, and of course Portuguese. Nevertheless, Cape Verde residents are very friendly and will help you to overcome language barriers in case you speak only your language or only English as a second language.
The volunteer will pay 50% of the total amount for his/her stay one month before departure and 50% on arrival. The first payment must be done on the association bank account:
Account in the name of Simabo Onlus - Banca Prossima - Milano - Italia
Volunteers accepted all year long.
SI MA BO in Creole means “like you”.
We are an association for the protection of animals and the environment based in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde.
Our work with animals - including running a shelter with 110 dogs, a cattery with 18 cats, a 7/12 clinic, and ambulant castration campaigns - is partially financed by the Simabo's Backpackers' Hostel, a hostel for responsible tourists.
We have spayed/neutered almost 11,000 animals so far and we are planning to expand the spaying/neutering campaigns to neighboring islands as well.