Food, Lodging and Travel
For this volunteer project in Mauritius, lodging is primarily situated around the area of Pointe D’Esny. The nearest town, Mahebourg, is 20 minutes away by public transport. A welcome tour will be given by one of our staff upon arrival in order to provide you with general knowledge of the area.
Volunteers stay in a house with an equipped kitchen. The kitchen and communal areas are on the ground floor, the bedrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors and the office is at the top. Rooms are fully furnished and all bedding and sheets are provided. You should bring your own beach towel. Internet is available for volunteers to use at the office (on the top floor) and you can use the office PC after work hours. We would advise you to bring your own phone, and a sim card can be obtained at a cost of around 4GBP (Rs200). There are local restaurants and eateries very close by and you can locally purchase food to cook your meals. Did you know, seafood is a staple of Mauritian cuisine, which has Asian, Indian, French and British influences?
18 years upwards. No previous experience is required but volunteers must be enthusiastic about the marine environment and marine conservation. You must be friendly, communicative and be able to work in groups. Some weather conditions can make swimming difficult, therefore a good and strong swimming ability is essential.
A health and safety briefing will be given by one of our staff prior to undergoing any activities.
Interns must be familiar with Microsoft Excel and Word. You must be able to work both independently and in a team. You will need to make a commitment of at least 2 months to join as an intern.
How to Get There
You need to fly to the Aeroport de Plaisance in Mauritius (airport code MRU). Volunteers are collected from the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure.
From the UK, there are direct flights with Air Mauritius and British Airways. A flight with Emirates is also possible, with one stop in Dubai. The flying time is approximately 11 hours with a direct flight, around 16 hours (depending on the flight) with Emirates.
Passport and visa
A valid passport with at least 6 months after the date of return is required. A return ticket is necessary. Many countries, including those of the European Union, do not need a visa for a tourist stay of up to 90 days. However, since visa requirements vary from country to country, please check with your local embassy your potential visa requirements.
Hepatitis A, B and Tetanus/Diptheria vaccinations are recommended. It is a good idea to pack shoes that can be worn in the sea to protect against sharp coral, sea urchins and stonefish. There are free public medical facilities, but private clinics are expensive and therefore it is mandatory for all volunteers to take out medical/accident insurance to cover the duration of the programme.