MAURITIUS: Community Development Volunteering

Mauritius Community Development Volunteering
Mauritius Community Development Volunteering

Culturally rich and scenically unsurpassed, the island nation of Mauritius is the ideal setting for an exotic volunteer experience in Africa. With its tropical landscape and pristine waters, Mauritius seems designed for holiday seekers but there are lots of rewarding and meaningful ways to experience this island too like volunteering to help wildlife and conservation.

Our Mauritius community development volunteering project is open to all. Don’t worry if you feel you haven’t got the right experience, our team is here to help you before you come and while you are in Mauritius to give you the support and training you need.

IN BRIEF:

  • Take part in a unique, life-changing experience
  • Make a real difference to peoples’ lives in Mauritius
  • Learn new skills that future employers will value
  • Join expeditions you will remember forever
  • …and have fun with new like-minded friends

Go Volunteer Africa has deep roots in Mauritius, working tightly on several community development projects. We run a guest house in Mauritius where volunteers live in comfortable environment while they play several valuable roles in improving the conditions of the surrounding area.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Volunteers on our Mauritius community development volunteer projects will be allocated roles teaching and supporting teachers at local schools where they will teach mainly English and French, IT and Physical Education. They will also be involved in conservation education projects in the area.

Teaching Volunteering Mauritius

There is much need for extra help in schools in Mauritius. However, it is very important to know where and how to give support. Many agencies place volunteers without concern for the classes and children they are teaching. For the schools we have chosen to support, we try not to impose on their structure, but add to them.

We do not agree with placing unskilled people into teaching position, replacing local teachers or with disrupting the work of the local teachers. Local teachers are teaching at all of these schools and rather than replace them, we try to add to their work by taking extra classes and activities, either after school hours, or by splitting a large class (and thus helping to give more individual attention to the children) and switching over.

We therefore, encourage our volunteers who are interested in helping at our Mauritius community development volunteering projects to be involved with extracurricular classes in English and French and activities. The activities level varies depending on the ages of the children in the class. We try our best to place long term volunteers in these projects to help with the continuity of the projects, but short term volunteers are welcome to help those that are here for longer with their ongoing activities.

Along with formal teaching and running activities, there are also opportunities to pass on other skills to children, such as drama, singing, music, gardening, knowledge on climate change, hygiene, human rights etc, as we run skills training and health/life skills talks at a couple of projects.

Women Empowerment Volunteering Mauritius

There are many women’s groups in the areas where we serve effecting change at local levels. The women that create these groups are often widowed due to AIDS, HIV positive themselves, or looking after the children of deceased relatives. These groups generally focus on helping at a very local level to empower those around them. Common activities include educational and micro-finance projects to assist women in becoming self sufficient, supporting local orphans in the form of access to education, and raising awareness of important health issues.

We are working with 5 such groups. Each group is at a different stage in its development and so has different needs, from helping to establish the group in the early stages, to supporting various on-going activities such as micro finance-projects, education or administration, to helping with long term funding. Volunteers are placed according to their skills and length of time here, as some groups are looking for very specific skills, while others can use help at a more basic level.

There are also Mauritius community development volunteering projects where you can help as a classroom assistant supporting children with learning disabilities. Volunteers are also required to assist those with mental and physical disabilities in care homes on the island. Tasks can include teaching English and IT skills to the island’s large Chagos refugee group. Volunteers will usually be based in the island’s capital of Port Louis and these roles would suit those with a responsible and positive nature.

PROJECT HINTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: 6 to 17 yrs if traveling with parent/guardian
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Families or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Port Louis
Language: English or French

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