A volunteer swimming with a sea turtle off the Mauritian coast

Your trip at a glance

Highlights

  • Live and work in Mauritius, a breath­taking natural paradise
  • Get to know the island’s manifold flora and fauna
  • Help protect the incred­ible biodi­ver­sity as a volunteer
  • Assist in marine and wildlife conser­va­tion as well as community work
  • Unfold your work in a beautiful private nature reserve
  • Have the experi­ence of a lifetime!

Locations

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Kestrel Valley

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A colourful sea star in a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius
A lizard sitting on a leaf in Mauritius' tropical forests
Mauritian sunset, enjoyed from a beautiful bay
A Mauritius fruit bat hanging in a tree on the island
Two Mauritius Kestrels sitting in a tree in Mauritius, looking for prey
The Chamarel Waterfalls in Mauritius
Volunteering in Mauritius: a small bird sitting on a branch
Conservation work in Mauritius: a small reptile camouflaged on a branch
Standing on a beach in Mauritius, looking over the blue Indian Ocean
Moss growing among a small stream in Mauritius
Lounge of the volunteer accommodation in Mauritius
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Volunteering in Mauritius

Become a volunteer in beautiful Mauritius and help conserve the island’s awe-inspiring biodiversity – reaching from marine and wildlife conservation to working with local communities.

View from the volunteer accommodation's patio over the tropical forests in Mauritius

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in Mauritius

The project always starts on a Monday. One day before, on Sunday, you need to arrive at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) from where you will be picked up and taken to the project site. After you’ve settled into your room, you are taking part in a brief orientation meeting and receive a tour of the property. Afterwards, you will start with some first conservation tasks.

A volunteer swimming with a sea turtle off the Mauritian coast

Activ­i­ties in the species conser­va­tion project

Our partner’s conservation project in Mauritius addresses different areas, reaching from monitoring and data collection activities to environmental and community work. After you’ve been familiarised with the project’s work and goals and essential safety rules, the actual project work begins. In general, you and your international volunteer team are involved in the following tasks:

Two Mauritius Kestrels sitting in a tree in Mauritius, looking for prey
  • Marine conservation
  • Data collection for conservation research
  • Endangered species monitoring
  • Biodiversity transects
  • Reforestation
  • Tortoise conservation
  • Mauritius Fruit Bat conservation
  • Bird conservation (endemic birds such as Pink Pigeons, Olive White-eyes, Mauritius Fody)
Standing on a beach in Mauritius, looking over the blue Indian Ocean
  • Beach clean-ups
  • Environmental education and awareness workshops
  • Community work

Your working hours are generally from Monday to Friday, from 07:30 AM to 05:00 PM with a one- to two-hour lunch break. Working hours are always dependent on weather conditions and nature of activity.

Volunteering in Mauritius: Bedrooms of the volunteer accommodation sleep two people

Accom­mo­da­tion as a volunteer

As a volunteer in the project, you’ll live in a volunteer accommodation located in the private nature reserve. You’ll either sleep in en-suite bungalows or you’ll share an entire volunteer house, equipped with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Each room sleeps two people. In the communal area you can find a kitchen, a bar, a dining area, a lounge, a swimming pool and a lecture area.

You and your team receive three meals per day. Meals are usually served at the volunteer facility; sometimes they are taken as a pre-packed serving, though. Juice, coffee and tea, still and spring water are available as well.

The Chamarel Waterfalls in Mauritius

Leisure time during the conser­va­tion project

Whereas five days per week are generally assigned for work, weekends are usually free. This is the perfect opportunity for you to explore beautiful Mauritius. You can go and see places like Grand Baie and Flic-en-Flac, Ile aux Cerfs Island, Île aux Aigrettes, the Grand Bassin, Black River Gorges National Park, Chamarel Falls and Seven Coloured Earths, Vallée de Ferney, Château Labourdonnais or Mauritius Botanical Garden.

You can also use the evening hours of each day for your own activities on site. We therefore recommend you packing some recreational items like books or board/card games.

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    1. Kestrel Valley

    Kestrel Valley, formerly known as Domaine du Chasseur, is a beautiful nature reserve spread over an area of around 200 ha just off the bay of Anse Jonchée in the Southeast of Mauritius.

    While exploring the area’s hiking trails on foot or mountain bike, visitors can enjoy beautiful views of green sugarcane fields, the rocky mountains in the surroundings and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. Another fascinating feature of this stunning region is doubtlessly its diverse indigenous vegetation and rich animal life: monkeys, boars, geese, hares, deer as well as numerous bird species – including the endangered Mauritius Kestrel – are at home in the green depths of Kestrel Valley.

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Background of the species conser­va­tion project in Mauritius

Due to its biological uniqueness and high level of endemism, Mauritius is considered a biodiversity hotspot in the Indian Ocean. In fact, the island is recognised by the IUCN as a “Centre of Plant Diversity”. The island’s (isolated) location, age, and varied landscape lead to remarkable numbers of endemic species:

39% of plants, 40% of bat species, 80% of non-marine birds and another 80% of reptiles are reported as endemic. Mauritian forests are home to almost 700 species of indigenous flowering plants, more than 50 native species of vertebrates and 30 species of land birds. Comprising almost 17,000 km², Mauritius’ marine environment is another ecosystem of great importance. Around 1,700 species, including 786 species of fish, 17 species of marine mammals, and 2 species of marine turtles can be found in the waters surrounding the island.

But due to habitat loss and degradation this natural paradise is at risk. In order to address conservation challenges and thus to preserve the island’s awe-inspiring flora and fauna, different conservation initiatives have been established which rely on the help of dedicated volunteers.

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