Volunteer in Mauritius with Africa’s leading and largest volunteer travel organization- Go Volunteer Africa. There are lots of rewarding and meaningful ways to experience the spectacular island of Mauritius, with Go Volunteer Africa you can volunteer to help wildlife, conservation and community development projects. Volunteer work in Mauritius can be joined throughout the year and you can combine a Mauritius volunteer project with Mauritius holidays experience.
Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
Mauritius is located about 2000 kilometres from the east coast of Africa and 6000 kilometres to the west of the Australian city of Perth, Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean. Everyone will fall in love with Mauritius and the way it embodies paradise on earth. There are a limited number of volunteer opportunities all over the country and by applying you will get to:
- Experience a luxury destination
- Escape the tourist resorts and do something rewarding
- See and help exotic animals
- Once you see the beaches you won’t want to leave
- Make new friends
- This is one of the most spectacular places to volunteer in Africa
Culturally rich and scenically unsurpassed, the island nation of Mauritius is the ideal setting for an exotic volunteer experience. 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.
MAURITIUS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEERING
There are also community 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.
MAURITIUS CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING
Conservation projects in Mauritius include helping with beach clean ups, renovating buildings and educating local people and tourists. If you are looking to experience nature at its best then take the time to spend time exploring and helping in the Mauritius’ Black River Gorges National Park. This protected reserve accounts for approximately 2% of the island and volunteer trips through the winding jungle roads will bring such rewards as the Alexandra Waterfall at Chamarel and the amazing Seven Coloured Earths sand dunes. The island’s beaches are, of course, a major attraction for international visitors and the white sand Grand Baie beach is one of the most beautiful. Île aux Cerfs should not be missed if you get some free time as the beaches on this little island are the best in the world.
PROTECT DOLPHINS & MARINE WILDLIFE MAURITIUS
There are projects available where you can help protect the island’s dolphin and whale populations. On marine research projects you can work as a marine biology research assistant where you will be involved in data collection as well as monitoring the behavior and population of dolphins, whales and turtles. This role also includes educating the public on conservation and marine mammals as well as helping to change future legislation to ensure cetacean sustainability. Full training will be provided over a two to eight-week involvement with the research project. One organisation we also recommend is the P.A.W.S. wildlife organisation which recruits volunteers to help dogs and cats on the islands.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agaléga and St. Brandon. The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The capital and largest city Port Louis is located on the main island of Mauritius. The area of the country is 2,040 square kilometres (790 sq mi), the nation's Exclusive Economic Zone covers an area of 2.3 million square kilometres.
Mauritius is a default choice if you are confused about which destination to choose for your next holiday. The Island has it all; from pleasant temperature, seemingly endless miles of dazzling beaches naturally protected by coral reef, to unimaginable fusion of culture and tradition, Mauritius is just perfect for a leisurely holiday for all kinds of travel: single, couple or family, as its offering covers varied interests including culture, history, adventure, natural wonders, sports, spa, shopping…you name it, Mauritius has it!
Mauritius often referred to as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, is a stamping ground for holidays and leisure activities. White flour sand beaches, turquoise lagoon, lush vegetation, inland activities and rich cultural values, Mauritius has it all.
One sure thing is that you will never get bored when visiting Mauritius, there are so many activities to enjoy. With so much to do and see, it is quite difficult narrowing down the lengthy list of places to visit.
Unlike other countries, Mauritius is a year round destination. This is mainly due to its ideal geographical location. In fact, Mauritius lies just above the tropic of Capricorn, thus relishing from a lot of sunshine throughout the year.
Mauritius has only two season, summer between October and April and winter during the remaining six month. As surprising as it may seem, it is still very hot in Mauritius during winter and needless to say that in the course of summer it gets hotter. Here the temperature never drops any less than 16°C and it can easily reach up to 35 °C.
Beaches of Mauritius
Beaches; everyone likes beaches, palm trees, warm lagoons! There are over a hundred beaches along the coastlines of the island. From lengthy to small pristine ones, each beach has its own characteristic and beauty.
Mauritian seashores have mostly white sand or golden color beaches and depending on the region, they are lined with Casuarina, coconut or palm trees. Add to the above a rich submarine life and ideal water temperature (around 27°C), you have the perfect mix for the best holiday ever!
World Class Diving
The island of Mauritius is surrounded by incredible coral reefs and flourishing marine life. When experiencing diving in Mauritius, one understands how much the island is blessed with natural assets. Each year, thousands of submarine excursions are held by the numerous operators on the island.
There are around 50 breath-taking diving sites across the shores of Mauritius, varying in difficulty and depth. Two of the very best diving sites of Mauritius are Rempart Serpent and La Cathédrale. Those two sites reflect perfectly the Indian Ocean being the richest ocean for aquatic life.
Best Wedding and Honeymoon Destination
Mauritius was awarded in 2013 as the best wedding and honeymoon destination by the World Travel Award. Each year thousands of couples say “I do” on the golden sandy beaches of the island. The best time for wedding and honeymoon in Mauritius is between the month of October and September, when the weather is perfect and avoiding the end of year tourist influx.
With all the splendid beaches and world class resorts, the island offers matchless romantic spots to newlywed couples. Located at Flic en Flac, one of the most romantic beaches of the island, Go Volunteer Africa offers matchless wedding and honeymoon packages in a surreal setting along with unique hospitality.
Often referred to as Paradise Island, Mauritius has been blessed by Mother Nature in so many ways. Tropical climate, wild waterfalls, lush forestation, mountain ranges, water sports, the island is a holiday destination with endless possibilities.
The Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel is the perfect illustration of wild nature. It is a unique geological formation curiously caused by tropical weather conditions where seven distinct colours of earth are distinguished. Today it is a major tourist attraction in Mauritius and visited by thousands of people each year.
Mauritian lagoons are delimited by breath-taking coral reef and marine life. There are about 4,000 species of fish and shellfish that live around the coastline of the island. Go Volunteer Africa offers underwater excursions like diving and glass-bottom outings at very affordable price.
If you like Big Game Fishing, you will definitely enjoy Mauritius. The island offers some of the finest big game fishing of Marlin, Tuna and Shark to beginners and qualified angler alike. Each year Mauritius hosts international Big Game Fishing competition where competitors come for the legendary blue marlin.
To swim alongside dolphins and whales is one of the most unique activities that one can experience in Mauritius. Mostly located around Tamarin Bay, these intelligent and charming marine mammals tend to hobnob with the visitors.
With an affordable standard of life, Mauritius can offer world class resorts at very competitive prices. Expenses are so low as compared to Europe. And with all the shopping malls now available across the island, Mauritius is ideal for spending efficiently.
As far as daily budget is concerned, 50 £ per person is enough to spend for travel and a restaurant lunch. It might be useful to bring your credit card and not too much liquid cash as there are ATMs and most businesses accept VISA and MasterCard.
Capital: Port Louis (Population: 200,000)
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR) $1 = 36 MUR / £1 = 46 MUR (2019)
Population: 1,500,886 (approx)
Official languages: English and French
Area: 2,040 sq km
International Calling Code: + 230
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Mauritius is rightly famed for its sapphire waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts. But there’s so much more attraction to Mauritius than the beach, and it's the kind of place that rewards even the smallest attempts at exploration. There’s hiking in the forested and mountainous interior and world-class diving and snorkeling offshore. There are boat trips to near-perfect islets and excursions to botanical gardens and colonial plantation houses.
There are volunteering opportunities meant to support efforts of conservation and community development and our projects are based in Port Louis and other communities at the island. Mauritius is a fabulous culinary destination with great wildlife watching thrown in. And the real Mauritius away from the beach resorts – a hot curry of different cultures and quiet fishing villages – is never far away.
The tiny Indian Ocean Island is situated east of Madagascar, and is twice the size of Hong Kong, but has just one million residents. Once the home of the flightless dodo, now extinct, this tropical island offers moderate temperatures, gentle trade winds and ample sunshine. You’ll also find natural history, bustling markets and vivid festivals.
With so few people, and an abundance of open spaces for recreation, time spent here is truly relaxing, and a unique experience that you can only have off the coast of Africa. Mauritius has a marvelous blend of cultures, welcoming people, a varied cuisine and a huge mix of ethnic communities.
There are activities for every kind of traveller in this natural paradise. Honeymooners often like to soak up the sun on the beach or have a night out at the local bar or tavern. Families are often to be found hiking in the jungle interior, snorkeling in the clear waters or swimming with the dolphins. Backpackers often stop off here on an around-the-world trip. With all the activities available, Mauritius will surely impress even the most cynical visitor.
VOLUNTEERING IN MAURITIUS QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 4 outstanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Port Louis
- Accommodation available at the beautiful guesthouses overlooking the ocean
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
We provide local, guided, safe, insured, comfortable, and amazing Island holidays in the Mauritius. This small but perfectly formed African nation in the Indian Ocean provides an amazing road-trip destination thanks to its scale, the perfect relaxation break thanks to its resorts or the ultimate adventure playground thanks to its national parks and water-sports.
Welcome to the most beautiful beaches in the world- explore Mauritius with Africa's leading and largest volunteer travel organization - Go Volunteer Africa.
VOLUNTEER TOURISTS REQUIREMENTS
Participants need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless visiting with a parent or guardian. All participants are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the beautiful beaches, wildlife and culture. There is a lot to see and do in Mauritius.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
MAURITIUS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International in Port Louis. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Mauritius will meet you on arrival and take you to the guest house which will be your base for volunteering and holidays.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers including national carrier- Air Mauritius. Mauritius has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, North America and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN MAURITIUS
Participants in our programs and tours in Mauritius are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouses managed by the local coordinating team in the beautiful city of Port Louis. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday. Life at the accommodation facility is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteer tourists on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. The facility has western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people.
The accommodation is very close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation. Its equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities and spare electricity sockets.
The accommodation has a private beach and organize lots of activities during the day, so you can do things like go diving, snorkeling, swim with humpback whales (in season), go on a hike and wake up early to see sea turtles laying their eggs.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: A foreign national wishing to enter Mauritius must obtain a visa prior to arrival, unless they are eligible for visa-free entry or eligible to obtain a visa on arrival. Under Mauritian law, all visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay (minimum of US$100 per day), confirmed accommodation reservation and documents required for their next destination.
A Visa is an official acknowledgement issued by the Immigration Office/ Embassy/ Consular of Mauritius, indicating that your application to enter Mauritius has been reviewed by an Immigration Officer and that the officer has determined you are eligible to enter or transit in Mauritius for a specific purpose.
A Visa, therefore, simply allows the bearer to travel to Mauritius up to a port of entry and does not implicitly guarantee right of admission into Mauritius. The financial decision to admit a non-resident rests with the Immigration officer after examination at the point of entry in Mauritius. He/ She decide how long the person can stay for any particular visit.
Warning: passengers arriving without a visa (if required) may be repatriated to their country of origin or residence at the transporting carrier's expenses. Important: all travellers to Mauritius require a valid recognized passport (valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay)
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.