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Delta Cultura

Ending poverty through education

Cape Verde

Use soccer to educate underprivileged kids in life skills through soccer

Cape Verde is a tiny but beautiful nation composed of sub-tropical and volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The former Portuguese colony, now known for its unique Creole Portuguese-African culture, is situated about 500 kilometers off the coast of Senegal, and once served as an important center of the slave trade.

Santiago is the largest and main island of Cape Verde, located in the South. Tarrafal, a town on the northern part of Santiago, boasts the best beaches on the island with their white sand, turquoise water, and fishing boats floating among peaceful waves. The town is the epitome of a tropical paradise, with beautiful weather all year round.

However, opportunities for young people in Cape  Verde are extremely limited, due to its isolated location and lack of natural resources. Cape Verde is prone to drought and has little arable land, facts that have resulted in increased emigration in recent years, further weakening the country’s social infrastructure.

You’ll join the world-respected, non-profit organization Delta Cultura Cape Verde, using the power of the beautiful game to educate underprivileged children and to build a better future. You’ll start your journey in charming Lisbon, Portugal, first experiencing the European soccer tradition of Benfica before traveling southwest across the Atlantic to Cape Verde.

During your CAPE VERDE experience you will:

  • Play friendly soccer matches against local teams on beautiful fields
  • Participate in a walking tour of Lisbon, Portugal, including the Plaza del Rossio, Lisbon Cathedral “La Sé”, and the Castle of San Jorge
  • Tour the Benfica Estadio da Luz Stadium and its museum and megastore, and train at the Benfica Academy training complex “Caixa Futebol Campus”
  • Visit idyllic beaches and play soccer in Tarrafal, Cape Verde
  • Tutor kids at the Delta Cultura Education Center, and play alongside the children in a specially designed football3 tournament
  • Help ignite children’s creativity, imagination and confidence through art classes, critical thinking workshops and even radio broadcast sessions
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime

Experience profile

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Country
Cape Verde

NGO
Delta Cultura

Group of Focus
Underprivileged children

Area of Focus
Educating children in life skills through soccer

Experience
Charming Lisbon, Portugal and its European soccer tradition, and the relaxed tropical paradise of Tarrafal, Cape Verde

Activities
Play beach soccer, hike at Serra Malagueta National Park, participate in a local Batuco musical workshop, take a walking tour of Lisbon, Portugal

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Day 1:

Depart for Lisbon, Portugal.

Day 2:

Arrive at Lisbon airport and transfer to hotel. Tour Benficas’ Estadio da Luz; Stadium, museum and megastore. Dinner at Catedral–Benfica Panoramic Restaurant. Free time in Lisbon.

Day 3:

Training session at the Benfica Academy training complex ‘Caixa Futebol Campus’.  Guided visit of Caixa Futebol Campus training complex. Lunch at CFC canteen. Visit the Benfica Foundation to learn more about its soccer for social good initiatives. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 4

Sightseeing in Lisbon, like the Plaza del Rossio, Lisbon Cathedral ‘La Sé’, and the Castle of San Jorge. Depart for Cape Verde. Arrive in Tarrafal and check into hotel.

Day 5

Walking tour of the town of Tarrafal, including the beach, bank, and local supermarket. Welcome meeting with Supervisor at hotel.  Tour the Delta Cultura facility and meet the staff.  Visit the beach with Delta Cultura kids to play footvolley and beachvolleyball.

Day 6

Participate in critical thinking workshop and radio broadcast. Introduction to Football3 and friendly soccer game against a Delta Cultura local team. 

Day 7

Football3 Tournament Day! Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking. Participate in a Batuco drumming, singing and dancing workshop.

Day 8

Hike at Serra Maragueta National Park. Play soccer on the beach and free time.

Day 9

Visit the Tarrafal Concentration Camp and local museum. Friendly Match against Delta Cultura local team. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3: Poverty and Unequal Opportunity.

Day 10

Participate in a Young Leaders workshop.  Take part in an Art class with Delta Cultura program participants. Free time at the beach. Meet with the Delta Cultura team for reflection and a farewell celebration.

Day 11

Check out of hotel, transfer to airport and fly home. Arrive home.

EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

  • All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included).
  • All soccer training sessions.
  • All community service and educational activities.
  • All cultural and sightseeing activities.
  • Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions.
  • Water during all practices.
  • 2-3 soccer games against local teams.
  • Full board during your stay in Cape Verde (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • 9 nights accommodation.
  • A full time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day.
  • Cancellation and medical insurance.

Carry-on

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

Important reminders

  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reuseable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to travel form
  • Emergency contacts
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing.Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees).*Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.

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