Primary School English Teaching

Volunteer with IVI in Mauritius! Volunteers worldwide are welcomed to this local community to help teach English language skills to primary and kindergarten aged children. Teaching in this beautiful location is truly worthwhile and rewarding. Teach the kids through fun games and creative activities, give them a chance for a better future and to become more culturally aware.

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Program Description

Volunteers can allow the children of a neglected community the opportunity to learn English language skills. You will teach either primary or kindergarten, through fun and educational games and activities. Only 54% of young people in Mauritius actually complete their learning in schools or colleges, without dropping out of the educational system.

English is not taught in the local schools, which can be of great disadvantage for the children as English can be a very valuable language to learn, due to the ever-growing tourism industry within the country. With your help, you can teach the children the basics of the English language, from names of colours, animals, shapes, countries to basic phrases to help them with their conversational skills.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

To provide children from an underprivileged community, the chance for an equal and fair education, to learn basic English that will greatly benefit their future prospects.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • English teaching at Kindergarten & Primary Schools
  • Teaching through activities like board games, play dough, colouring pictures and games
  • Introducing the children to colours, shapes & other cognitive exercises
  • Teaching basic numbers and the English alphabet
  • Playground games that enhance education & translating the actions in English
  • Teaching of the environment such as, water, leaves, grass, metal, water, taps, buildings etc
  • Reading short stories, poems & songs, so the children learn in a fun way
  • Sharing your knowledge on worldwide countries, where they come and other places around the world
  • Lesson planning and researching for the following days activities
  • Keeping an up to date file on each on the educational activities that you are teaching the children, so that future volunteers can see what’s previously been taught and improve the existing activities, materials etc.
  • Weekly meetings amongst volunteers to brainstorm on the activities/learning that’s been undertaken

Starting Dates

During 2019

This program starts every week.

During 2020

This program starts every week.

Participant 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 volunteers below 18, parental consent is required and for volunteers over 65, medical clearance is required.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment is 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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