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.