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Kay, it would be fun to meet you when you get here. There are quite a few folks here in CV with a similar situation as yours. Raised by Cape Verde parents in the US but not really speaking kriolu. Then moving to/back to CV. I can introduce you to many such folks. Maybe you met some when you were here on vacation?

As far as teaching English, it's quite a competitive area with lots of many expats offering the service and not necessarily US expats. I even know some Russians who are here teaching English.

Angelo

My wife and I are looking at Cape Verde as a permanent home (among other places).  Could someone tell me how difficult my life will be if I only speak English fluently with some very rough French thrown in?

Thanks!

Hi there, Michmark

You really will need to learn the local language, Kriolu, if you're thinking about living here permanently. Portuguese is the official language and if you could learn Portuguese, that would go a long way even if you don't pick up the Kriolu.

Nevertheless, there are some English-speaking locals and some French-speaking locals as well. And of course you'll find Expats who natively speak English or French. But, by and large, you cannot really communicate effectively here in CV without Kriolu or Portuguese.

And if you only speak English or French, you'll likely be taken advantage of financially. For example, every foreigner who enters a taxi and is unable to speak in Kriolu or Portuguese will immediately be charged double or triple the normal fare because they will assume you are a temporary visitor with money to burn. Lol. And it will be like this with just about everything you try to do.

It took me a couple years to become fluent. The local language is not that difficult to learn.

Angelo

Hi, I'm Jose, from Spain... Looking for a new opportunity in a nice country as Cape Verde.

Hi,
I have just found this forum when searching for practical info on relocating and living in CV.
Our destination is Sao Antao.
Just wondering whether we can do all formalities (applying for NIF and setting bank account) on Sao Antao or do we have to do it all at Santo Vincente.
Also regarding bank account and giving them address to post card and online access - while we don't have yet permament address in Sao Antao yet, we will be looking to buy something - shall we find someone willing to let their private address for us? How does it work?
I will appreciate your advice
Best Regards
Liley

Hi Liley,

Welcome to Cabo Verde. Santo Antão is a very scenic island. You certainly conduct all of your formal affairs right there in Santo Antão, normally in the main town of Porto Novo. In any event, if there happens to be anything you need to do in São Vicente, it's only a half hour away by ferry as the two islands are less than 10 miles apart. So it's at most a day trip.

As far as addresses, there really are none to speak of in CV. In other words, the mail is not delivered to your address...even if you knew what it was! You would have to pick your mail up at the nearest post office and walk with your ID like a passport so they can verify that the mail is yours. So you would simply tell your friends to put your name,  your town and island on the mail. Same applies if you're giving your address for official purposes. It's not like there are millions of people living in each town...the place is tiny. And Santo Antão is quite quaint.

The banks won't mail bank statements to your home. You can get those online...or if you want a paper copy, you can pick those up at the bank. Same applies to anyone you do business with. And you can always rent a locked post office box at the post office , but there could be a waiting list to get one.

For the security of your correspondence, you definitely should not use anyone else's private address. Remember, you're probably considerably wealthier than most Cape Verdeans. You should not create a situation which could tempt people to intercept your mail. 

So, mae sure you do all your homework BEFORE moving here. And make sure you can properly spell the names of the islands where you live. I noticed that you didn't quite get Santo Antão or São Vicente right, although it's close enough. Lol

Best wishes on your move and safe travels.

Angelo

liley11 :

Hi,
I have just found this forum when searching for practical info on relocating and living in CV.
Our destination is Sao Antao.
Just wondering whether we can do all formalities (applying for NIF and setting bank account) on Sao Antao or do we have to do it all at Santo Vincente.
Also regarding bank account and giving them address to post card and online access - while we don't have yet permament address in Sao Antao yet, we will be looking to buy something - shall we find someone willing to let their private address for us? How does it work?
I will appreciate your advice
Best Regards
Liley

Thank you Angelo for your advice. Thank you for pointing out spelling. It may be undiagnosed dyslexia;)

My name is Alberto from Sevilla, Spain. Will be traveling next week to CV, want to meet locals or expats who can introduce me or give some tips about the country while having a beer. Outgoing and friendly person who loves meeting new people and cultures

Hi Alberto. If you plan on visiting the island of Santiago, please send me a private message and we can exchange phone numbers.

Angelo

rober76 :

My name is Alberto from Sevilla, Spain. Will be traveling next week to CV, want to meet locals or expats who can introduce me or give some tips about the country while having a beer. Outgoing and friendly person who loves meeting new people and cultures

Cool, i will, how can i get from Sao vicente to Santiago

Hi Robert,

You travel from São Vicente to Praia via airplane. You can check on www.binter.cv for flight schedules, reservations and prices. It's pretty cheap...less than 120 euro return.

Angelo

rober76 :

Cool, i will, how can i get from Sao vicente to Santiago

thanks
nice beaches in santiago?

Yes, very much so. There's Kebra Kanela beach which is in the capital itself. It's not as nice as Laginha which is in the main city of Mindelo in São Vicente. But it's got more bars and restaurants surrounding it.

Then there is San Francisco beach just outside the capital. It's a 15 minute drive but it's a bit deserted. There's a restaurant there, and it's the only facility for miles.

Finally, there is Tarrafal beach in the north of the island which is considered the best beach here...but it's the complete opposite end of the island of Santiago from the capital, so it's about a 60 minute drive from the capital.

Note that the best beaches in Cape Verde are on the Islands of Sal, Boavista and Maio...NOT São Vicente or Santiago. But you'll have to jostle with thousands of tourists in Sal and Boavista (80% of tourists go to those two islands).

In my opinion, the best beaches are on the island of Maio. The beaches there are the most beautiful of CV and the island is off the beaten tourist path. If you want a more secluded setting, Maio won't disappoint. It's a 10 minute flight from Praia.

Cheers,

Angelo

rober76 :

thanks
nice beaches in santiago?

Thanks so much for the info, it is very helpful. Will try to stay away from tourists, so i doubt i will be going to Sal nor Boavista. Does Santiago have nightlife?

Santiago has the best night life of all the islands...it's the capital and the population here in the capital alone is larger than that of every other island. There are dozens of bars, restaurants, and night clubs all over the capital. Here you'll find some of the biggest local crowds anywhere in the country. This includes upscale clubs and restaurants that attract the white collar workers and more mature crowd...so it's not too wild. But then there are the establishments that cater to the teenage crowd...those can get pretty rowdy but are totally safe. Lol. In other words, there's something to suit every taste. And there is entertainment every night of the week.

Mindelo is probably second to Praia in terms of nightlife because there are fewer choices. But you can also have a blast there.

Angelo

rober76 :

Thanks so much for the info, it is very helpful. Will try to stay away from tourists, so i doubt i will be going to Sal nor Boavista. Does Santiago have nightlife?

Awesome, you are the man, thanks for all the info, will love to meet you in person, so excited and looking foward for this trip

Born in Santo Antao.Left as a child.live in Portugal, France, Senegal,Usa, canada and México all mi life and i am ready yo go back to Cape Verde.I have Portuguese and Cape verde nacionality and Speak Creolo.English.French.Spanish and Portuguese.Worked with Turismo all my life.

Hi..  i want to move to cape verde and work as a Nurse Job in a Hospital in Cape Verde. Can anyone Help me with information. i would be very grateful.

Hi there,

Have you done ANY homework about Cape Verde.

Unless you speak Portuguese (or Spanish) 100% fluently, you won't have any chance of getting a job in that field in CV. All of the patients speak Portuguese and Krioulo. In addition, Cape Verde is A TINY, TINY country. There are only 3 hospitals (and many small local health centers) here serving half-million people.

There are NO current job openings because there aren't that many jobs in this area in the first place. So even if you spoke Portuguese fluently, you'd probably have to be on a very long wait list and ahead of you would be any qualified Cape Verdeans.

Bottom line is simple: look somewhere else - a much bigger country with larger population in the millions - for a job in this field.

Regards,

Angelo

chiokanks :

Hi..  i want to move to cape verde and work as a Nurse Job in a Hospital in Cape Verde. Can anyone Help me with information. i would be very grateful.

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