Community Construction & Renovation

Volunteer with underprivileged local communities on this valuable construction and renovation project. Situated in a stunning location, you will help to rebuild a local day care centre for toddlers; painting, using carpentry skills, creating a garden, tiling and bricklaying. Your help here will have a lasting and impactful change for the local people.

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Program Description

This is an excellent project for those wanting an authentic and ‘getting your hands dirty’ experience, really engaging with the local community. You will be working in Le Morne, helping to construct a public day-care centre for toddlers.

We encourage your creative and artistic talent, as well as thinking up designs and spaces that could increase the children’s cognitive thinking and making a stimulating environment for the young kids.

You can get involved in any number of work such as removing outer layers of paint and putting down a new coat, making a small garden to brighten up the centre, painting animal & marine wildlife for decoration, carpentry, polishing, and various other skills you could bring, to help the local community.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

Assist in helping on construction and renovation projects, that will improve the local communities’ facilities and living standards.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Assisting the local foreman and community to renovate an unused house for the local day-care centre.
  • Stripping off old paint and putting down a fresh layer of paint
  • Painting animals, trees and other landscape designs in the rooms, for the excitement of the children
  • Using carpentry to create a safe structure for the children to play on, development their physical development
  • Creating a small garden within the grounds of the day-care centre
  • Masonry & bricklaying under supervision from the local foreman.
  • Tiling and waterproofing of the day-care centre.
  • Make storage facilities and enclosed spaces for keeping resources for the centre.

Starting Dates

During 2019

This project starts every week.

During 2020

This project starts every week.

Volunteer Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:-

Maximum age:-

Minimum English level:  Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

For participants below 18, parental consent is required and for participants above 65, medical clearance is required.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment necessary.

Location

The location is absolutely stunning. Le Morne sits alongside a beautiful stretch of coastline, on the Southwest side of Mauritius, only a two hour drive from the International Airport.

Think turquoise clear waters, bright white sand, towering palm trees and a huge forested mountain as the backdrop. Not only are there paradise beaches but lush jungles, forest trails and hikes leading to up to some unbelievable panoramic views.

Le Morne characterises some of the most important commemorations to the memory of the slave resistance. It was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with numerous monuments in respect of the memory of past slaves.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

You will stay at our volunteer house, which is located in the Le Morne area, but can vary depending on the project. We ask that you are environmentally responsible and use all resources with restraint, particularly water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your role in keeping the accommodation neat and tidy. There are refrigerators at the accommodation for volunteer’s convenience. Bathrooms have hot water facilities and all rooms are cooled with wall fans.

Available Room Types

Standard Room
All meals included Yes *
Free beverages Yes **
Persons per room 4-6
Wifi in public areas No
Laundry facilities No
Safety box No
Lockable rooms Yes
Hot shower Yes
Private bathroom No
Bed linen Yes
Towels No
Air conditioning No
Fan Yes
Mosquito protection No

* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
** Drinking water, coffee and tea

Food Arrangements

Breakfast is western style, with lunch and dinner usually being a mix of western and typical Creole style cuisine (seafood, corns, beans, rice, potatoes, stews and vegetables).

Facilities

ATMs, supermarkets, and medical facilities are available within a 5km reach of the accommodation.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On your first Monday, you will join our orientation day, to get familiarised with the local surroundings and culture. Your project will continue as usual from Tuesday and throughout the week.

Schedule

  • Welcome meeting, introduction to Mauritius and the various projects, general house rules, code of conduct and checking documents, etc.
  • Lesson on Mauritian History and Culture
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the stunning Le Morne Beach

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Hike the Le Morne Brabant Trail

The Le Morne Brabant is a UNESCO World Heritage site, that is situated just metres from the clear turquoise waters of the beach. This mountain by the beach has a fairly challenging trail, due to the second part being very steep. It will take you around 3-4 hours to climb, giving you stunning views out over the blue waters and tropical beach.

Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth

A popular and unique attraction in Mauritius, this well photographed spot is made up from colourful sand dunes, which have formed interesting shapes across the landscape. Colours of reds, browns and purples stand out again the green rainforest, sitting along side it. You can take some really unique photos here.

Chamarel Waterfalls

Make a day of it at the Geo Park – not only is this where the colourful sand dunes are, as mentioned above, but you can also spot the tallest waterfall in Mauritius. Surrounded by lush green jungle, the Chamarel waterfalls create a dramatic break in the beautiful forested landscape. You can also take a 3 hour trek down to the bottom of the falls, and swim in the pool below.

Black River George National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park is a green mountainous region, situated in the South of Mauritius and has some beautiful drives and treks through the dense forests. Over 6576 hectares, this gorgeous region has 9 incredible bird species and over 150 plant species. There are many walks and treks for a variety of fitness levels, where you can spot wildlife and natural waterfalls along the way.

Visit the Botanical Gardens

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden and the National Botanical Garden are wonderful places to visit if you love walking around in nature. The national garden is home to over 650 plant species, while the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was created in 1770, making it the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere!

Tamarind Falls

Another beautiful waterfall, located in the Tamarind Falls reserve, a stunning area of mountain, waterfalls and views out over to the West coast. You can take an adventurous hike to the Tamarind Waterfalls and take a swim once at the bottom.

 

There are many other activities to get up to in Mauritius from snorkelling, diving, nature parks, water sports, surfing, fishing, museums, markets and sightseeing in the towns. A perfect location for beach lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike!

Transportation

From this volunteer location we do not provide free transport to other areas.

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