Information about jobs, volunteering opportunities and holidays working in turtle conservation in Cabo Verde Africa. For more general information turtle conservation on Sal visit the Turtle SOS website, facebook page or blog.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FAQs 2015

Will I be trained to work with turtles?
  Yes, full training will be given and will be ongoing throughout the season.  
Do I need to be fit?  Everyone finds the first couple of weeks hard as walking on soft sand takes a little bit of getting used to.  You need to be physically active and able to walk up to 10km in three hours.
In what way will this work further my career?  You will gain very good knowledge of marine turtle ecology and the threats that they face. You will also be trained to guide turtle walks according to international codes of conduct. In addition you will have experience in making presentations, to small and large groups as well as receive sales training. The experience you will gain is only limited by your willingness to become involved. You will have experienced a new culture and will have demonstrated that you can work hard and have the ability to cope under physically difficult conditions.
Can I apply for shorter periods than those stated?  Yes, for exceptional candidates dates can be flexible. 
What type of people will be on the project?  We have a very wide range of participants in terms of nationalities, age, experience and background.  People participate in the project for many different reasons but all with the desire to do something practical to help conserve marine turtles.
Will I receive any payment?  Living allowances are offered for if you meet the stated criteria, successfully complete the training and pass a written test.  Bonuses are available if you take on extra responsibility or show initiative.
Will I be reimbursed for flights and other expenses?  No, only benefits stated above will be paid. 
Do I need a visa?  Yes, you should obtain a tourist visa suitable for your length of stay from your own country prior to arrival in Cabo Verde.  Unfortunately, we cannot assist you with visas.  For short stays (one month or less) you can buy a visa on arrival for €25.  Once you are accepted we will give you more information about this.
What is the cost of living in Sal?  The price of food and other items is high due to import taxes, you should bring extra money to cover unforeseen costs.  
ALL participants are required to pay a €100 returnable deposit against breakages or loss of project equipment. 
What is the weather like?  Generally weather in Sal is warm and pleasant, (August and September are the hottest months) with strong sea breezes.  Usually small amounts of rain fall in August, September and October.  You should bring a rain jacket.  Warm clothes are needed at the start and the end of the season.
What are medical facilities like?  There is a government run hospital which is basic and a private clinic which is expensive.  Most medicines are available, but you must arrange insurance that will cover repatriation in an emergency.  We will not be responsible for medical expenses and will ask for proof of insurance.  Cases of malaria are rare in Sal but are sometimes seen on other islands.
What is it like living in Sal?  Sal is a new tourism destination and as such is subject to power cuts, water shortages and other issues that may be expected in a developing nation.  You will not find the same level of service and goods to which you may be accustomed.  However, Santa Maria is a pleasant place to live with low crime, a wide range of water sports, bars and restaurants.  The population on Sal is a mix of European, African and Capeverdean.  Those who come with a flexible and open attitude will enjoy exploring a different culture and maximising their time on a sunny island with great water sports and good social life.
How much leisure time will I have?  During the nesting season you will work six days/nights a week, although this may vary depending on the needs of the project. On your day off you will probably be too tired to do much but sleep and rest but people do find the time to dive, sunbathe or sightsee.  This is a job and should not be viewed as a working holiday.  

What is a typical day like?  Every day and every night can be different as the work is very dynamic and the timings vary a lot.  However, our normal work schedule is:

20:15 - 00:00 Turtle Walks
10:00-13:00 Education centre / hotel visits
16:00 - 18:00 Education centre / hotel visits

What is the accommodation like?  The apartments are on the eastern side of Santa Maria, close to the beach.  In all likelihood you will share a double room with another team member (same sex). You are responsible for keeping your room and the communal areas clean.  You may lose some of your deposit if items or missing or the apartment needs a lot of cleaning.

What is the best way to reach Sal?  You can reach Sal (SID) from many European, African and American cities.  Flights to Cabo Verde can be expensive and it is sometimes best to look for flights with charter, rather than scheduled airlines.  One way bargains can often be obtained close to the day of travel.  We suggest that you try the following:
From the UK (Birmingham, Gatwick, Manchester) Thomson or First Choice or Thomas Cook
From Germany (Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Hanover) Tuifly
From Brussels Jetair
From Italy Neos
From France Excel 
From the Nordic countries TUI Denmark  Sweden Finland Norway
From the Netherlands Transavia  (October - June) or Arkefly
From the USA there are direct flights on TACV from Boston to Praia (the capital city) but it is generally cheaper to fly via London or another European city.
From Canary Islands Binter
Please bear in mind that flight prices and charter flights are often cheaper as you get closer to the departure date.
Here is a useful flight guide .
Can my partner, friends or relatives visit me on the project?  This is not possible during the peak of the season.  At other times this must be arranged in advance.  Please note that during their visit it is unlikely that you will be able to take extra time off since we usually have the minimum number of people we need.
Will I have time to see any other islands?
We recommend that you allow time at the end of your contract to visit other islands or to relax before going home.  If you are accepted, the date that you have been given as your end date is the date you will be expected to work until.  Any breaks in work (such as graduation ceremonies) must be notified prior to the start of your contract.
How can I find out more about the work of SOS Tartarugas?  Please visit our website or blog.
To find out more about living on Sal as well as our work please take a look at the photos on our facebook page  in particularly the photo album for job applicants

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