Mauritius

Applications for LE Mauritius are now open!


Program dates: July 8 - August 11

Volunteers: 8-10


Our Communities

All of the LE schools are located on the west coast of the Island in the Black River Region

  • Bambous: a small town (population of 14,000), a 15 minute bus ride from the sea. The largest LE schools are located here, and 4 volunteers will teach in those schools. The classes are very popular amongst local children, and the students are very enthusiastic.
  • Flic-en-Flac: a smaller seaside town/village. The school is 2 minutes form the beautiful Flic-en-Flac beach, and 2 volunteers will teach here.
  • Case Noyale: a rural seaside village with a stunning view of Le Morne and Île aux Benitiers. 2 volunteers will teach in the community centre here.

All the locations are easily accessible by bus and taxi, as are nearby towns such as Quatre Bornes and Curepipe.


Program Structure

Volunteers will arrive a week before teaching begins for orientation. This is a great opportunity for the volunteers to get to know each other as well as their program director and country coordinator. During this time we will discuss lesson planning and other teaching skills as well as cultural norms. We will also cover some basic Creole phrases. There will also be time to explore the area and go on outings to beautiful sites such as Le Morne, Tamarin and Ganga Talao.

Volunteers will come together again for a weekend midpoint break after 2 weeks of teaching. Here volunteers will take the opportunity to reflect on their 2 weeks of teaching (their successes and failures) and discuss ways to improve with their fellow volunteers. They will also plan their lessons for the next 2 weeks. There will be outings; for example, there is usually a religious festival in Chamarel on this weekend which volunteers have attended in the past.

As the schools are relatively close to another, volunteers are often able to meet up in the afternoons if they wish to discuss teaching, see new places and meet each others' host families.


Mauritius Volunteer Teaching outside in front of whiteboard

Teaching

After meeting the host families, volunteers will begin teaching on the 16th (the Mauritian students will be on their winter holidays).  

This is when the fun really begins! Volunteers will teach from 9am to 12pm and will be responsible for planning lessons that cater to the needs and interests of the students. Volunteers have quite a lot of freedom in choosing curriculum, so passion, positivity and creativity are essential!

Teaching is exciting and challenging, and volunteers are encouraged to incorporate their own skills and interests into the lessons. Learning Enterprises employs a fun, game-oriented teaching style aimed at not only improving student’s English, but fostering an interest in the language. The relationships volunteers form with their students will stay with them forever. You will be consistently amazed by your students' creativity and enthusiasm.

Students will generally be between the ages of 6 and 13 and have little to no knowledge of English. Most students' families cannot afford the extra education required to succeed in the Mauritian education system, which is why these schools have requested volunteers to teach during the summer. As knowledge of English is crucial to success in Mauritius, Learning Enterprises’ work contributes to the alleviation of poverty and social disparity in program regions.



Service Project

The Mauritius Program for the summer of 2018 will emphasize service both inside and outside the classroom. Each volunteer should come to the island with a drive to help serve their community, family, and students on a daily basis. This could mean holding one-on-one lessons with a student who needs extra assistance, helping out in the family garden, or participating in any activities put on by the community.

Moreover, each volunteer will have the opportunity to create his or her own project that addresses a need in the community. This includes planning, organizing, and implementing an idea during the 4 weeks of teaching. Many volunteers have chosen to provide extra tutoring, lessons in other subjects, a choir, art classes or create an extracurricular sports club. It also allows volunteers to get to know the community and their students better. This summer, Learning Enterprises is looking for innovative volunteers who will take advantage of this extra requirement to impact the community outside of the classroom.

Mauritius Tall Yellow Church
Mauritius Waterfall Looking Through Trees

Host Communities

All volunteers will stay with host families within their communities. Mauritians are known for their warmth and hospitality and are very excited to show volunteers their country and treat them as a part of their family. Mauritians are very family-orientated and volunteers will likely meet much of their extended family and attend various family events including weddings and birthdays.

Staying with a host family is an extremely gratifying and meaningful experience. Volunteers are encouraged to spend as much time as possible with their families, as they will be excited to get to know you and share their culture with you.

 Most Mauritian households will have plumbing, electricity and likely internet.

Language

NOTE: There are no language requirements for the program; however, speaking French is an advantage and will be taken into consideration.

The native language of Mauritius is Creole, but nearly everyone speaks French as a second language. Many families, especially those with children, often have a member of the family that can speak some English, but this is not guaranteed. Volunteers should try to speak French as much as possible can with their host family, and may even pick up some Creole! Speaking the language is an important part of assimilating to Mauritian culture, and volunteers will earn respect from many Mauritians for trying to speak Creole and using French instead of resorting to English. However, French is also most Mauritians’ second language; so volunteers should not worry about making mistakes, as they will be made on both ends. That being said, many Mauritians would like to improve their English and will take the opportunity to speak with volunteers both to practice their skills and to show off their English knowledge.


Why LE Mauritius

It is an incredibly diverse country with large Hindu, Christian and Islam communities, locals speaking Creole, French and/or English and a fascinating history.

The people are friendly and welcoming, and will go out of their way to help volunteers feel at home in their host communities.

The tropical island is truly beautiful!

The food is amazing. Mauritian Roti for 40 cents cannot be beaten!


MEET YOUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ANNA!
ANNA

My name is Anna Kelly. I am Irish. I love reading, traveling, sailing, and windsurfing. I am currently studying medicine at University College Cork. Last year I was lucky enough to volunteer with LE in Mauritius. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to go back! Everyday we taught from 9:00-12:30 and then usually did something with our host families or met up with the other volunteers in the afternoon. Mauritius is such a beautiful country, and we had plenty of time to see it. There is no doubt that the best way to see a country is to experience it with the local community. I got along really well with my host family; I still talk to them almost daily. They were so generous to me, and I learned so much from them. The kids I had the privilege of teaching were also really amazing, and they inspired me every day. Sure, some days were a little chaotic, but it was always worth it! It was a truly meaningful experience, and I am so excited to share it with the PY2018 volunteers!

Interested applicants can contact Anna at mauritius@learningenterprises.org.


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