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advice for people coming or relocating to Cape Verde

Hello, This Is Alfred Robinson.
I am very sorry for the late reply. I am currently out of CV travelled to neighboring country The Gambia, and will be back next month, May, God's willing.

Your decision to relocate to your home town Cape Verde is a great choice my dear, Your home town is amazing, and would recommend her to anyone seeking a place to migrate. Concerning the things I wrote about coming or relocating to CV, they are all true and real, things are cheap and affordable. Your friends are realistic, but a lt all depends on the type of lives they live, may be they live large, and expects you to live the same, but I always tell the people that comes through me, that CV is in different phases, this means, you can decide to live very large if you have more than enough, you will also want to live a low and steady life, or just want to live a pure down to earth life, in which you will live like a poor person, but yet very rich in your account statements or investments you have put in place. Like CV Angelo has stated, i also know that there are great and wonderful houses in Cape Verde that are very cheap and affordable, ranging from 150-250$ a month, 2-3 bedroom and these houses are also in the Urban and rural areas, but many rich people do not know this because they wanna live in a place where are highly recommended by the housing agents. Well, by way you sound, I believe you must be a competent lady, which directs me to let you know that you could live large in a smaller way, very low but standard and clean. Maids are affordable, transportations also, Since you are relocating with your kid and properties, then I do advise you live in praia, which is the capital city as you may, praia has everything you would want, other islands get their supplements and aids from praia, praia is also the home to US Embassy and the best private and public schools for your baby. but for you live a great high standard life in a cheaper way in praia, you must go along with people on the low side, from their words and experience you do get the best out of it.
Well, the ball is in your court. your friends are realistic like I said earlier, it all depends on your income and way of life.
Also, I do advise that you ship whatsoever that you wanna ship in advance, may be 2-3 months before your arrival, because the shipping companies in USA are so poor in delays.
Feel free to contact me anytime.

My Regards

@CVAngelo
Wow..the best advice given. Unfortunately, I lived in a CV community when I was little and have since then moved to Atlanta in other African communities -- none of which is portuguese. I know a little bit of french, spanish and italian -- very little (basic conversation). Took a Brazilian Portuguese private lesson back in 2011, which was inspired by my 2 trips to CV in 2007 and 2008 with a US Delegation led by Nelson Gregor and John Monteiro. Most of my trip was working with the government, Cape Verde Fast Ferry and other waste mgt businesses instead of buying land and setting up dual citizenship (3rd gen CV) or connecting with anyone to lead me to relatives locally in Fogo.

One thing that I could not find online was a list of the schools in Praia or Sao Vicente.

Both cities are what I am targeting to see which one would offer the best option for me and future business, i.e. CV temp agency (hospitality, IT and corporate placements) and English tutoring service. My son will be entering elementary school. My goal is to have him learn the language and gain a better education than he would have in the South while I establish business there.

Initially, my savings would cover year one while I work a virtual U.S. position to tie me over year two, while I use other monies to start businesses.I have connections of locals who speak both English and Portuguese to help me do any and all important legal and financial work. I already have a bank account there. I just need to be ready to make the move.

Again, thank you for painting a more realistic picture for shipping my things there (among other important information).

@alfredrobinson

I am feeling a bit more confident in making this move. I have met with CV govt officials here in Atlanta and in Sal, Sao Vicente, Boa Vista, Fogo, Brava and Praia. I've visited Tarrafal and spent time in Cidade de Velha. I've also had an opportunity to be an invited guest at the U.S. Embassy and several CV business meetings to discuss the infrastructure and needs from US CV communities in New England, West and South.

I will take heed in living a modest lifestyle in CV, as I will be shipping my belongings and car there. Yes, I can afford luxury but I want to do more with my money than "fake the funk". When I know for sure that I have a well established, local business and command of both formal Portuguese and Krioulu, then I'll upgrade my lifestyle.

Again both you and Angelo have been a tremendous help.

Hi there CVgirlusa,

Wow! It's such a small world. I know Nelson very well. In fact, I was the previous CFO at CV Fast Ferry. And John is a also good friend of mine. Too funny.

And you obviously are already somewhat familiar with CV given your earlier visits and your contacts. However, I would strongly advise against a move to São Vicente if you have any hopes of having a successful business. I am an entrepreneur myself. SV has been in a deep recession for years. There is no money there and unemployment is extremely high. I used to own two businesses there (while I did the same thing you have in mind...virtual consulting to clients back in the US). But I very quickly relocated to Praia. This is where the economic pulse of CV (outside the tourism sector) is to be found. For tourism-based opportunities, one would focus on Sal (and secondarily, Boa Vista).

But it is still tough in terms of the current state of the economy. I started a food-import business in Praia which was good for two years, but things started declining as the economy stalled. I closed that business and started other ventures primarily in the mobile technology sector. Business ventures in the services sector are likely to be more successful going forward. And I think you are spot on with the employment agency concept. (English tutoring is an area that is already heavily served here...so you will find a lot of competition in that regard). There are few, if any, employment agencies. There is thus a significant opportunity for entrepreneurs in this area because there are so many people looking for jobs. However, there are few job openings at present. The opportunity exists because the job market is highly disorganized and there is no real information flow regarding the supply (openings) and the demand (qualified applicants)...there's a hit-or-miss Facebook group that is such an unbelievable joke, but it only goes to prove that this kind of service is sorely needed here.

The result is that what few jobs exist are doled out to friends and family who are often highly unqualified for the roles; everyone loses. A disciplined, information-driven approach is what's needed. If you can bring that, especially through the efficient use of technology as is now being done throughout the developing African nations, you could be quite successful. (You may not believe me, but I put together a business concept plan in 2008 for exactly this...an employment agency built on a technology platform).

Well, I think this is the opportune time for someone coming from the USA to invest in or start a business here in CV: the US dollar is at its strongest ever in terms of exchange rate to the escudo, and we are in a recession (there is nowhere to go but up). So your timing is perfect.

Oh yes, as far as schools, you can find the directory provided by the ministry of education at this link which shows public AND private schools by island (including the contact numbers and emails for the schools and for the local delegations): Listing of all secondary schools in CV

So best of luck, and if you'd like to speak further off of the public forum, just send me a private message and we can connect. Or just ask Nelson or John for my contact info whenever you're ready. (I'd be happy to send you my business concept paper if you'd like to see it).

Abraço

Angelo

cvgirlusa :

@CVAngelo
Wow..the best advice given. Unfortunately, I lived in a CV community when I was little and have since then moved to Atlanta in other African communities -- none of which is portuguese. I know a little bit of french, spanish and italian -- very little (basic conversation). Took a Brazilian Portuguese private lesson back in 2011, which was inspired by my 2 trips to CV in 2007 and 2008 with a US Delegation led by Nelson Gregor and John Monteiro. Most of my trip was working with the government, Cape Verde Fast Ferry and other waste mgt businesses instead of buying land and setting up dual citizenship (3rd gen CV) or connecting with anyone to lead me to relatives locally in Fogo.

One thing that I could not find online was a list of the schools in Praia or Sao Vicente.

Both cities are what I am targeting to see which one would offer the best option for me and future business, i.e. CV temp agency (hospitality, IT and corporate placements) and English tutoring service. My son will be entering elementary school. My goal is to have him learn the language and gain a better education than he would have in the South while I establish business there.

Initially, my savings would cover year one while I work a virtual U.S. position to tie me over year two, while I use other monies to start businesses.I have connections of locals who speak both English and Portuguese to help me do any and all important legal and financial work. I already have a bank account there. I just need to be ready to make the move.

Again, thank you for painting a more realistic picture for shipping my things there (among other important information).

Plz house , I need ur help. Am a nigerian , and I stay in Lagos I will be travelling to Cape Verde in few days and I want to list the documents I will be going with. Hotel reservation, a guarantee letter ( although I don't know how genuine d letter is, but it was giving to me by an agent), my international passport ( although I have an Egyptian visa on it and  four other west african country's stamps, and I have a BTA of $900. My flight ticket is aslo all round ticket.I hope I wount be denied any entry . Thanks. Waiting for ur reply

Hello, I am coming here on the basis of moving to Cape Verde, Or at least giving it a try for a couple years!
I have a few questions for anybody who knows the country well to help give me some answers please!

1st one I have up is, I noticed somewhere in this thread there was talk of "uneducated" workers, I am guessing from that, you meant higher education, like universities etc., I am in USA of now and have always loved and studied African culture, and love countries like Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, etc. and as of now I am 17 and plan to finish public schooling by the year 2016, and after that I have plans to live abroad and maybe skip the whole university thing, And Cape Verde came up too me, As I have noted the cost for living is not to high as it is in a suburb here in Florida.
So back to my question is, If I have a Public School education 12 years, and I were to move to Cape Verde, Would I be able to find a decent/good paying job? Or would it be difficult? I did notice you talked about language speaking, I am a great learner and have had a mission to be fluent in as many languages as I can! I hate the learning in the classroom and prefer the learning outside in the streets and the lingo of the people. As of now, I speak English, Ukrainian and Greek ( I understand the last two are probably very low for being spoken ) and right at the moment I am learning French, and have covered some Portuguese in online websites like Dulingo, etc., I am trying my best!

So in a summary, would finding a job with public education as a 18 year old be easy in Cape Verde? I will move to the easiest place to get one! Location does not bother me, as long as safety is in somewhat good order I am fine, And physical labor, or relaxed cashier labor does not bother me, A job is a job, money is money! And how much of a impact would the language take place? I learn fast as long as I am using something in priority and everyday, I have taken note since I have spoken 3 languages fluently since a very young age!

Any help to clarify my question on that would be great!!

My 2nd question on living in Cape Verde, Is how are the living conditions? As I am a fan of cities, I have lived in the suburbs and out skirts of Tampa and love the peaceful simple life as well, but here we have abundance of supplies and I would like to know what would the change, Like in water consumption, abundance, etc., How is the electricity? Do the power plants cut out frequently? etc. and how is health care? If I have the flu and need to see a doctor? Is there any serious outbreaks of any kind? Is the internet good quality for long distance skype calls, or anything like that?? ( I only ask about Internet, because as a 18 year old, my family will want to talk to me! ). How bad is the criminal activity?  And do people target foreigners? I have had trouble with this in the past when I was in Barbados, As I like to make clear I and my friend will be safe ( As I noticed I forgot to mention, I most likely will have a friend coming with me, He who speaks English, Russian and learning French just like me, )!

I think as for questions that sums up anything I am disputing for my travels!
Any clarification or help with this would be great!

I love history and culture, And have ALWAYS wanted to see Africa, Ever since I was a child, Africa has always been on my top of the list as the culture is just amazing! I have been to Ghana, which I loved, but I want to move somewhere small, and a simple life and Cape Verde seems like a first place to hit!

Again THANK YOU! For the help!

Hi Nikolas,

I may be able to help. I've provided responses in ALL CAPS so you can see them below:

"So back to my question is, If I have a Public School education 12 years, and I were to move to Cape Verde, Would I be able to find a decent/good paying job? PROBABLY NOT. FIRST OF ALL, THIS IS AFRICA AND THE WAGE SCALE IS NOT COMPARABLE TO AMERICA. YOU'D PROBABLY BE LOOKING AT A SALARY OF AROUND $250-300 PER MONTH TOPS WITH JUST A PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION AND NO PROFESSIONAL SKILLS (BUT THAT'S A LIVEABLE WAGE). IN ADDITION, YOU'D BE COMPETING WITH UNEMPLOYED CAPE VERDEANS THOUSANDS OF WHOM HAVE PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION, PLUS UNEMPLOYED LOCAL UNIVERSITY GRADS. NEXT, THERE AREN'T THAT MANY JOBS IN CAPE VERDE (HENCE ALL THE UNEMPLOYMENT). FINALLY, IF YOU CANNOT SPEAK PORTUGUESE OR KRIOULU FLUENTLY, YOUR CHANCES ARE NEAR ZERO OUT THE GATES. YOU'D BE BETTER OFF STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS FRANKLY. ONLY QUESTION IS WHAT?

Or would it be difficult? I did notice you talked about language speaking, I am a great learner and have had a mission to be fluent in as many languages as I can! I hate the learning in the classroom and prefer the learning outside in the streets and the lingo of the people. As of now, I speak English, Ukrainian and Greek ( I understand the last two are probably very low for being spoken ) and right at the moment I am learning French, and have covered some Portuguese in online websites like Dulingo, etc., I am trying my best! YES, YOU WILL FIRST NEED TO MASTER THE LOCAL LANGUAGE TO HAVE ANY CHANCE AT ALL. WITHOUT THIS, IT WOULD BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. HOWEVER, YOU MIGHT STAND A SMALL CHANCE ON THE ISLANDS OF SAL OR BOAVISTA WHERE 90% OF THE TOURISTS GO. YOUR ABILITY TO SPEAK ENGLISH MIGHT HELP YOU LAND SOMETHING WITH ONE OF THE HOTELS OR TOUR COMPANIES. THE MAJORITY OF THE TOURISTS COME FROM ENGLAND AND SOME OF THE TOUR COMPANIES ARE OWNED BY ENGLISH INVESTORS AND RUN BY ENGLISH MANAGEMENT. SO YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE AN ADVANTAGE OVER THE LOCAL CANDIDATES.

So in a summary, would finding a job with public education as a 18 year old be easy in Cape Verde? NO, IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT. I will move to the easiest place to get one! Location does not bother me, as long as safety is in somewhat good order I am fine, SO YOU SHOULD TRY SAL OR BOA VISTA. And physical labor, or relaxed cashier labor does not bother me, A job is a job, money is money! THAT'S A GREAT ATTITUDE. YOU CAN SURVIVE HERE BECAUSE YOU WON'T MAKE THAT MUCH MONEY BUT YOU WILL MAKE ENOUGH TO SURVIVE IF THAT'S YOUR GOAL. And how much of a impact would the language take place? I learn fast as long as I am using something in priority and everyday, I have taken note since I have spoken 3 languages fluently since a very young age! THUS YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PICK UP KRIOULU REALLY FAST. IT'S NOT THAT DIFFICULT BUT YOUR AMERICAN ACCENT COULD BE A HINDRANCE. IN THE US WE TEND TO SPEAK LIGHTLY AND WITH MUCH ELEGANCE. KRIOULU IS NOT A PRETTY LANGUAGE. IT IS SOMEWHAT CRUDE, ROUGH AND SPOKEN WITHOUT MUCH ELEGANCE. LOL.

My 2nd question on living in Cape Verde, Is how are the living conditions? IT IS AFRICA! DON'T EXPECT A LUXURY. WE SURVIVE HERE.

As I am a fan of cities, I have lived in the suburbs and out skirts of Tampa and love the peaceful simple life as well, but here we have abundance of supplies and I would like to know what would the change. Like in water consumption, abundance, etc. IN A NUTSHELL, IT AIN'T NOTHING LIKE TAMPA. SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS WAY, WAY, WAY BELOW THAT AND YOU'LL DO FINE HERE. ALSO, CAPE VERDE IS NOTHING LIKE ACCRA OR DAKAR. WHILE WE BOAST OF BEING AMONG THE TOPS IN AFRICA, THAT IDLE BOAST IS BASED ON AVERAGES, NOT REALITY. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. CAPE VERDE IS DECADES BEHIND CITIES LIKE DAKAR, ACCRA, LAGOS, KIGALI, NAIROBI, KAMPALA, ETC. WE ARE A LITTLE, TINY ISLAND CHAIN WITH A SMALL POPULATION (SPREAD AMONG ALL THESE ISLANDS) AND FEW NATURAL RESOURCES. BUT STILL, CAPE VERDE IS WAY AHEAD OF THE POOREST REGIONS IN THOSE AFRICAN COUNTRIES. AS AN ISLAND CHAIN, IT IS ALSO DECADES BEHIND OTHER ISLANDS LIKE THOSE IN THE CARIBBEAN (SOUNDS LIKE YOU'VE BEEN TO BARBADOS). HOPEFULLY, I HAVE SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS APPROPRIATELY.

How is the electricity? Do the power plants cut out frequently? IT'S AMONG THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE WORLD. THE LOCAL PLANTS ARE DOING BETTER BUT MOSTLY IN THE CAPITAL CITY WHERE 25% OF CV'S POPULATION RESIDES. THAT'S WHERE THE BULK OF INVESTMENT IN UTILITIES HAS BEEN. OUTSIDE OF PRAIA, THE RECORD IS QUITE SPOTTY. THE CUTS MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE FREQUENT, BUT COULD SOMETIMES EXTEND FOR AN ENTIRE DAY OR LONGER IN OTHER ISLANDS. ON SAL AND BOA VISTA THERE ARE PRIVATE COMPANIES GENERATING ELECTRICITY BECAUSE BIG HOTELS WITH THOUSANDS OF FOREIGN GUESTS CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO HAVE RELIABLE ELECTRICITY AND WATER SUPPLIES.

How is health care? If I have the flu and need to see a doctor? Is there any serious outbreaks of any kind? STAY HEALTHY WOULD BE MY BEST ADVICE. ONE GREAT THING YOU'LL OBSERVE ABOUT CAPE VERDEANS IS THAT THERE IS ALMOST NO OBESITY. THEY ARE CONSTANTLY IN MOTION. EVERYONE EXERCISES OR AT LEAST WALKS EVERYWHERE (BECAUSE FEW CAN AFFORD CARS, AND EVEN IN THE FEW PLACES WHERE THERE IS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, MANY CANNOT AFFORD IT). JUST AS WELL. DON´T GET SICK. MINOR THINGS LIKE THE COLD ARE IRRELEVANT. NO ONE DIES OF THESE THINGS. THERE IS NO FLU HERE OR OTHER SERIOUS OUTBREAKS. HOWEVER, IF YOU SUFFER A SERIOUS ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT, BE PREPARED TO FLY TO DAKAR, SENEGAL IN A LIFE-OR-DEATH EMERGENCY. IT IS ONLY 2 HOURS AWAY. YOU SHOULD LOOK NOW FOR THE HOSPITAL WHERE YOU WANT TO BE TREATED SO THAT THERE ARE NO DELAYS SHOULD THE UNTHINKABLE OCCUR. IF IT IS AN AILMENT THAT REQUIRES EXTENSIVE TREATMENT BUT IS NOT AN IMMEDIATE LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION, PLAN TO GO BACK TO THE US/EUROPE FOR TREATMENT (VERY EXPENSIVE OPTION), OR BRAZIL (MUCH CHEAPER AND ONLY 2.5 HOURS AWAY). FRANKLY, YOU'RE ONLY 18 YEARS OLD. YOU REALLY DON'T NEED TO WORRY MUCH ABOUT THIS. JUST EAT HEALTHY, CUT OUT ALL THE JUNK FOOD AND SUGAR, AND EXERCISE. AT YOUR AGE, YOU'RE VIRTUALLY INVINCIBLE WITH A GOOD REGIMEN. LOL

Is the internet good quality for long distance skype calls, or anything like that?? ( I only ask about Internet, because as a 18 year old, my family will want to talk to me! ). THE INTERNET SUCKS IN CAPE VERDE. THE SPEEDS ARE LAUGHABLE ESPECIALLY UPLOAD SPEEDS. DOWNLOAD MIGHT HIT 2-3 Mbps (IN EARLY MORNING OR LATE NIGHT WHEN FEW PEOPLE ARE ONLINE) BUT UPLOAD SPEEDS ARE UNDER 0.5 Mbps. SO YOU'LL BE FINE FOR TEXT MESSAGING ON APPS LIKE VIBER, MESSENGER, SKYPE. BUT FOR VOIP, FORGET IT UNLESS YOU'RE PLANNING TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION AT 2 IN THE MORNING. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT FLORIDA IS 3 HOURS BEHIND US SO YOU'LL CATCH THEM WHEN THEY ARE STILL AWAKE. LOL

How bad is the criminal activity? And do people target foreigners? I have had trouble with this in the past when I was in Barbados, As I like to make clear I and my friend will be safe ( As I noticed I forgot to mention, I most likely will have a friend coming with me, He who speaks English, Russian and learning French just like me, )! IN THE CITIES, LIKE PRAIA AND MINDELO, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IS HIGH. BUT IT IS MOSTLY NON-VIOLENT CRIME...PETTY THEFT. IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU WANDER OFF THE BEATEN PATH AT NIGHT, EXPECT TO BE RELIEVED OF YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS. ANYTHING NOT NAILED OR CHAINED DOWN IN CAPE VERDE IS AN OPEN INVITATION TO THEFT. CELL PHONES ARE WORTH MORE THAT DRUGS. AS A FOREIGNER, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE WHITE, YOU WILL CERTAINLY BE TARGETED. IT'S THE REASON JESSE JAMES USED TO ROB BANKS...THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY WAS. LOL. BUT DON'T BE AFRAID OF BEING SHOT OR STABBED. VIOLENT CRIME IS RARE.

BUT, PERSONALLY, I THINK THE BIGGER ISSUE IS THE SCAMMERS AND CONFIDENCE TRICKSTERS. THIS IS THE KIND OF TARGETING THAT IS GOING TO BE MUCH MORE DANGEROUS FOR YOU BECAUSE THE SCAMMERS MAY MAKE OFF WITH GREATER SUMS OF YOUR MONEY. DO NOT TRUST ANYONE. AND I SERIOUSLY MEAN THAT. NO MANNER HOW NICE SOMEONE SEEMS OR HOW LONG YOU'VE "KNOWN" THEM. YOU WILL BE TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS IF YOU DO. HUSTLERS HERE ARE EXTREMELY PATIENT. I HAVE LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TRUSTING PEOPLE THAT I KNEW FOR YEARS AND/OR I BELIEVED TO BE FRIENDS. THEY WERE JUST WAITING FOR A BIG PAYDAY. LOL. ALSO, DON'T "LOAN" ANYONE ANY MONEY. YOU WILL NEVER BE REPAID.

Hope this helps, Nikolas. Feel free to contact me via private email if you need to discuss anything that may not be appropriate on the public forum.

Angelo

Thank you!! that really did help A LOT!!!
I think I have came up with one more question about jobs and living, On the tourist islands you have spoken of, If I in theory went to Cape Verde to live and got a job because I spoke fluent English at a Hotel front Desk, Is the living at one of those islands match up to my wage? Because in circumstances I could be the only person going, Or I could potentially have a friend coming which could maybe mean 2 wages for one home! So on those islands is the living cost much higher or around the same in general?

Also another thing about creating a business, As a foreign investor and business, is it easy to create one? I come from a family that makes roughly 100,000 USD a year, and right now I have a base job saving up money as much as I can, So is it easy to start one? I am more on computers, sports, and trade, Due to me having much knowledge on those things.

I would probably by the time if I were to go to Cape Verde have enough money 3000 USD to start a business,

I see we have covered about comparing CV to other countries/cities, The main reason I am choosing CV is because of its size and location, and its comparison for the African Continent, The only main other African country I could see going to as of after high school is Seychelles, but I am not too big on its location being so far from EU!

Also I took note, I have a master plan to travel as much of the world as I can, Living with too much money is not something I want, I just want enough to have a food and a suitable living, and I am good!

The one thing I feel I must say is about location, i have noticed, Most people saying how everything is relatively close, ( Brazil, Ghana, EU, USA ), and that is one thing I would love VERY much for travel!

Thank you again for the help!
@CVAngelo

NikolasMartin :

Thank you!! that really did help A LOT!!!
I think I have came up with one more question about jobs and living, On the tourist islands you have spoken of, If I in theory went to Cape Verde to live and got a job because I spoke fluent English at a Hotel front Desk, Is the living at one of those islands match up to my wage? Because in circumstances I could be the only person going, Or I could potentially have a friend coming which could maybe mean 2 wages for one home! So on those islands is the living cost much higher or around the same in general?

Also another thing about creating a business, As a foreign investor and business, is it easy to create one? I come from a family that makes roughly 100,000 USD a year, and right now I have a base job saving up money as much as I can, So is it easy to start one? I am more on computers, sports, and trade, Due to me having much knowledge on those things.

I would probably by the time if I were to go to Cape Verde have enough money 3000 USD to start a business,

I see we have covered about comparing CV to other countries/cities, The main reason I am choosing CV is because of its size and location, and its comparison for the African Continent, The only main other African country I could see going to as of after high school is Seychelles, but I am not too big on its location being so far from EU!

Also I took note, I have a master plan to travel as much of the world as I can, Living with too much money is not something I want, I just want enough to have a food and a suitable living, and I am good!

The one thing I feel I must say is about location, i have noticed, Most people saying how everything is relatively close, ( Brazil, Ghana, EU, USA ), and that is one thing I would love VERY much for travel!

Thank you again for the help!
@CVAngelo

Hi again Nikolas,

If you were to land a job in Sal or Boavista in the tourism industry (and your travel companion also was able to do this), then yes, you would be able to live comfortably if you were to share an apartment. The wages there would actually be higher. You might make closer to $600/month each. But the cost of living there is considerably higher than in the rest of CV. Yet, with the higher salaries, you should be good.

Starting a formal business in CV is extremely easy. It takes 48 hours to register and you'll also have to come up with about $300-400 in fees ($200 to register the business and $100 to hire an accountant to give you a certificate of fiscal responsibility...the accountants in Sal may charge a bit more than $100 but it should not be more than $200). On the other hand, if your business is extremely simple - for example, lets say you help train people to use some software - you may not even want to register a business to do that. Keep the business totally informal. You'll save a lot in taxes and fees. There is a huge informal business sector in CV. Most of the micro businesses are simple informal businesses that are not registered (probably because the micro-entrepreneurs can't afford the $400 of fees). The reason  I suggested you think about having your own business is that typically, foreigners like yourself come with lots of knowledge and skills that may be absent in CV. So you can use your knowledge to earn a little extra money on the side.

In any event, you have EXACTLY the right attitude towards life, money and getting to know the world. It's quite refreshing to see in a young man of your age. But don't let distance be a constraint for you. Jet airplanes fly really fast and if you like reading a good book or exploring the web, you can be anywhere before you know it.

So, don't count the Seychelles out of your plans entirely. It's one of the top performing countries in Africa even though it is an island archipelago like CV (even smaller). The standard of living there is significantly higher than in CV and you're probably more likely to find gainful employment since there are more and higher paying jobs there. But, you should definitely experience Cape Verde.

Finally, you can read more about Cape Verde as well as investing in CV right here on the Expat.com. You'll find two of my blogs, "The Great Cape Verde Adventure" and "Investing in Cape Verde" on the Cape Verde home page of Expat. In the investment blog, I've done a comparison of CV to other islands including the Seychelles.

Cheers,

Angelo

Thank you for all the help!
I will look into it, another island I have been looking at was Mauritius, and time is not of a issue, whether it is 7 hours or 2 hours, I just like the thought of being in a centralized place and everything ready for a adventure, but if it adds a couple hours, then may it be so!

I still got about 2 more years of hard studying of my adventure, but I will take note of everything you have said, If I have anymore questions, I will be back on this thread, I will check out your comparisons too, You have some great insight and knowledge about this, well at least more then me!

I must thank you again for the help and time you put into it!

Did you say "Holiday begging?" or was that something else that you meant?

Well said Mr Robinson. Love this platform, I equally want to relocate to cape verde. But but base on the various articles read,there is much compilations.I think  i  truly need your assistance.And will love to have your contact number as well. Thanks

Hello, Greetings.

Am Ben by name, Please am planing on how to relocate to Cape Verde for a new live over but i don't no much about the country..
appreciate any advise on how to relocate.

Thank You.

BeNaZ101 :

Hello, Greetings.

Am Ben by name, Please am planing on how to relocate to Cape Verde for a new live over but i don't no much about the country..
appreciate any advise on how to relocate.

Thank You.

Hi Ben. Why are you planning to start a new life by relocating to a country you know little about? Do some research (Google and Expat.com are your friends) before you end up making a very big life mistake.

Good day brother , my name is collins, i work wit a government organisation here in Nigeria, pls I wnt to get more information on how to host my holiday in CV. I'm getting married in the first quarter of next year, and I want to spend my honey moon in a Vry good beach environment. though I'm considering either to go to Europe but at d same tym , I'm weighing the cost, considering the dollar and the situation of the country. but evn at that I hv to do it, bcos it jst ones.  please I dnt know if you cn b of good assistance on how I will go abt d whole thing since in reside in CV . ***Thanks

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You need not much advice bro. Get your travel passport and yello card ready! Book your flight from lagos to Senegal and frim Senegal to Cape Verde. Just make your plans and Pack Up your belongings and hit the road to CV. All you need us your flight tickets to and fro and master or visa card for your spending. Or probably cash at hand, which ever way you want.
That's all.
And if you wanna go to Europe,  I guess you don't need advice as well,  just get your visa and pack up. I am no more in Cape Verde. I live in Gambia. Gambia also have great beach, all from the Atlantic Ocean, and great tourism and it would cost you less. Because it's a direct flight from Lagos or Abuja. Well make your decision i wish you all the best.

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