Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • 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

Program & Schedule

The best way to embrace Le Morne, where you will get familiar with the culture and people of Le Morne. During this week we will explain the do’s and don’ts regarding safety and transport. After the formalities, this is a wonderful way to make new friends and learn a little more about their country. Dig a little deeper and see what you can discover, learn local language and cooking, and get to know you about your projects.

Le Morne represents one of the most significant global commemorations to the memory of the slave resistance at the Slave Monument. Not only does the region evidence a rich and remarkable oral history but in 2008 it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site precisely for this remarkable role. Take a hike on Le Brabont trails wherein the higher you climb the more spectacular the view. A drive to Chamarel where you will see the mysterious seven coloured earth site coupled with a drive through the Blackwater National Park and catch a glimpse at the unique flora & fauna.The week consists of five days of activities to introduce you to the Le Morne culture and surroundings, and also for you to interact with the fellow participants. During the last day of the week, you will be visiting your project to commence your work.

Aims & Objectives

To introduce you to Le Morne diverse geographical and cultural environment by fostering a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences through experiential learning in Le Morne & Mauritius and to help you develop awareness and deeper understanding of culture.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Your introduction week in Mauritius will start with informative sessions on safety, transport, and do’s and don’ts. You will also get to know about the places of interest, local attractions, beaches and best things to do while you are in this beautiful island.

Highlights during the week include,

  • Attend a session on Mauritian Culture
  • Attend a class to learn the unique creole in Mauritius
  • Visit a unique geographical phenomenon at Chamarel seven coloured site
  • Attend a Mauritian cooking lesson and learn to cook a meal the Mauritian style
  • Visits to white, sandy beaches for sea bathing, barbecue lunch, relaxing on the beach
  • Visit the Slave Route Monument
  • Join some intercultural activities with locals, such as playing football with youth!
  • Make friends around the world! - take part in our cultural exchange session with participants.

And also you will visit your project placement sites and get to know the projects you will work during the following weeks with us.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

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

Living & Location

The location is perfect, sitting along a beautiful stretch of coastline, on the Southwest coast of Mauritius, only a two-hour drive from the International Airport.

Turquoise clear water, powder white sand, palm trees and a huge mountain behind it. Do you already have an imagination of what this will look like? It will be even better when you are here with forest trails, hikes leading to an incredible panorama very real.

La Gualette is 5km from Le Morne represents one of the most significant global commemorations to the memory of the slave resistance. Not only does the region evidence a rich and remarkable oral history but in 2008 La Morne was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site precisely for this remarkable role.

Participants will stay at our center which is located in the La Gaulette area yet can vary depending on the project. All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy. There are refrigerators at the accommodation for participant’s convenience. Bathrooms have hot water facilities and all rooms have wall-fans to cool off.

Food Arrangements

Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner would be a mix of western and typical Creole style food.

Facilities

ATMs, supermarkets, and medical facilities are available within 5km radius from the accommodation.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Le Morne Brabant trail
  • Chamarel Seven Colored Earth
  • Black River George National Park
  • Chamarel Waterfalls

Transportation

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

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of Mauritius

Population:        1,348,242 (July 2016)

Capital:        Port Louis

Language:        Mauritian creole, Bhojpuri, French, English

Currency:        Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

Time zone:        MUT (UTC+4)

Country Information

The beautiful island Mauritius is a famous tropical travel destination lying in the Indian Ocean, about 2000 km away from the southeast coast of the African continent. The country was known by different names throughout the past as it was visited by a number of nations from time to time. And it was only in the year 1638 that the country was inhabited after the establishment of a colony by the Dutch republic. And later, in 1710 the Dutch colony was abandoned and then became a French colony five years later giving the island the name “Isle de France”. The country became a republic in the year 1992 under the commonwealth nations and currently it is the 3rd most attractive tourist destination in the region due to its breathtakingly gorgeous beaches and the tropical forests. And in addition to this, the country owns the world’s third largest coral reef which surrounds the island as well.

Climate

The country is blessed with a tropical climate with two seasons which consists of warm humid summer from November to April and a comparatively cool winter from June to September. Hence there are a number of very rare plants and animals that are extremely unique to the island with a great bio diversity. The country is relatively a younger island which was formed as a result of a volcanic activity around 8 million years ago.

Culture

This is the only country in this region that has the Hinduism as the main religion with around 60% of the population. And apart from that Christianity, Islam and Buddhism is also practiced in the country in addition to little percentage of people who do not follow any religion. And as the country has a diverse religious practices and the culture and ceremonies are highly influenced by the religions, there are a number of colorful festivals celebrated throughout the year.