Peace Corps Programs in Cape Verde

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Peace Corps Programs in Cape Verde

Peace Corps Programs in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a nation of ten islands located off the coast of West Africa. Each island's topography, size, population, and other features are distinctive. Some of this island nation's most pressing challenges are a severe shortage of fresh water, low agricultural production, and a lack of trained professionals in both the public and private sectors. To address these issues, the government's stated priority is the decentralization of the majority of its functions to the local level on each island. According to the Secretary of State for Decentralization, "the country counts on Peace Corps Volunteers working in community development as an integral part of the process of decentralizing the government, working with communities to identify their most pressing needs, and designing appropriate strategies for resolving these problems." Volunteers are currently working in community development and education projects. Although Portuguese is the official language of Cape Verde, the government has determined that knowledge of English will enhance prospects for economic development.

English is taught at the secondary school level, but there is a chronic shortage of qualified English teachers. The Minister of Education has remarked, "without the presence of the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, we could be severely handicapped in reaching our goal of securing Cape Verde's place in the process of globalization. We recognize that English is the language of commerce, education, and international relations. We are most grateful to have the Peace Corps in our country."

During 2000, Volunteers taught English to more than 5,000 students, a significant percentage of the secondary school population. Volunteers also play a primary role in the pre- and in-service training of licensed English teachers. They have developed instructional materials that incorporate Cape Verdean culture and history and have introduced them into secondary schools. In activities outside the classroom, Volunteers have a two-week English summer camp, a career day for female students, and field trips to broaden student awareness. Volunteers are also involved in adult English literacy training, which is designed to help stimulate the growth of the islands' burgeoning tourist trade. A small number of Volunteers also work in pre-school administration. The Peace Corps has continued to expand its English teaching initiative into primary schools.

During 2000, one Volunteer organized a seminar to instruct future English teachers on using the Internet as a resource for finding lesson plans, texts, and other English-language teaching materials.

Community Development and Information Technology
Since the government's shift toward decentralization, municipalities and local communities have had difficulty identifying community needs and developing solutions to community problems. In an effort to develop and implement sustainable, small-scale, community development projects, Volunteers continue to promote information technology as a tool for development . One Volunteer organized a town's collection of maps, plans, and projects, and categorized them in a database. Another Volunteer assisted in the creation and launch of a bilingual Web site designed to attract foreign investors to Cape Verde. In addition to work in information technology, Volunteers are working on a number of other community development projects. One Volunteer founded a "young business club" for high school students that successfully launched a jewelry business. Other Volunteers assisted in the creation of a youth center and writing a proposal for an Internet café

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By Isaac Kim ( on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 8:04 am: Edit Post

Hi My name is Isaac Kim and I have just started working in the UNDP here at CAPE VERDE.

I am a former Korean Overseas Volunteer and I would love to meet some of the PCVs who are working here. Actually my work here might involve working with volunteers and I would greatly appreciate all of your help.

Anybody living in Praia who has some free time? I would love to buy them dinner or something~ ^^


By Thomas Brewis ( on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 9:12 am: Edit Post

Dear Isaac
I am a qualified English Teacher (to speakers of secondary languages), and am thinking of moving to Cape Verde. I will be lookign for permanent work, and as I have been teaching English for the previos two years or so, this seems the most logical first step. If you have any info regardin job hunting in this field, I'd love to ear from you. I'm not exclusivley looking for paid work, and would certainly consider unpaid/voluntary work.
Thank you for your time, I'd like to hear back.
Thanks and regards, Tom Brewis.

By Joe Bequette ( - on Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 7:51 pm: Edit Post

Say HI! to Robert A. Wharton, from his friend Joe at the LACOE-SFS-LC.

By Raquel ( - on Tuesday, December 05, 2006 - 3:34 am: Edit Post


I am plannning to take a sabbatical leave from work around sept 07, and would like to use it doing volunteering. I am 26, leave in Switzerland, work in the marketing departement of an american company, I speak english, french, spanish, portuguese and a bit of Criolo (my mother is cap-verdian).
Teaching languages in Cabo Verde would be an ideal opportunity for me!

Please let me know if you are looking for volunteers and if so, in what kind of structure.

Thank you very much in advance

By Anonymous ( on Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 4:45 am: Edit Post

hello my name seun shoneye i will like to teach english in cape verde and from when i was small i like to Volunteer i will be glad if my application is granted even is not a profitable organisation

By artdavis ( - on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 7:53 pm: Edit Post

my name is art davis and i would like to inquire about teaching english in Cabo Verde

thank you,


By ONORIASAKPOBARE O.FELIX ( on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 4:47 am: Edit Post

Am onoriasakpobare o.felix,a graduate of microbiology,a very much interested in teaching english in cape verde.i have done it here in nigeria and i know i can do very well in cape verde.anyone with info on how i can go about it should please contact me via mail or call +2348068335465.thank you

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