This gap volunteer project in Mauritius aims to foster community development by providing underprivileged children with equal opportunities to education.
Participants engage with, and teach, under-privelaged children in a Kindergarten setting. Games and socialising leads to a lot of fun, while the children learn English as they go along. English itself is not a set part of the curriculum for them to the extent only 54 per cent of youngsters in Mauritius leave school able to go on to further education and college.
The location sits alongside a stunning 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 are all in the vicinity. Added to this is forest walks, such as Le Morne Brabant Trail, providing hiking routes and breathtaking scenery (the Chamarel Waterfalls being a fine example).
Le Morne also offers a rich and remarkable oral history and in 2008 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Monday to Friday
After breakfast you’ll attend either the local kindergarten and primary school where you’ll spend the morning playing board games, making models using dough, colouring in pictures and engaging in outdoor games with the youngsters. After lunch it will be more of the same, including introducing the youngsters to numbers and colours (as well as English).
Towards the end of the afternoon you’ll be reading the youngsters a story and poem or singing a song. You’ll then spend the rest of the time planning the next day’s lessons and keeping feedback files on the youngsters up-to-date (this will be shared at a later date with other gap volunteers in Mauritius who join the programme.).
Regular feedback meetings will be held at the end of each week.