Cultural Introduction Week in Mauritius
The best possible way to enjoy your stay in Mauritius is to get to know its people and their culture. During this week you will make new friends and learn a little more about this stunning part of Africa. You’ll find yourself picking up the local language, learning a few cooking tips and find out more about your forthcoming project and why it’s so important to the community.
The Introduction Week is designed specially for you to get a clear understanding about the culture of Mauritius, find out the do’s and don’ts during your stay while visiting several beautiful locations in La Goulette where the projects will be held! This week would come in handy for you to prepare yourself for the big adventures coming your way in this country.
Aims & Objectives
- To introduce you to diverse geographical and cultural environment of Mauritius by fostering a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences through experiential learning in Mauritius and to help you develop awareness and deeper understanding of culture.
Your week in Mauritius will start with the introduction to the House Rules, Do’s and Don’ts including informative session on fascinating Mauritian History and Culture on Monday morning. After lunch, find yourself feeling relaxed in the impressive Le Morne Public Beach admiring nature’s beauty and posing for some cheesy photographs.
After breakfast take a local bus to grab this moment to explore the town Quatre-Bornes popularly known as La Ville des Fleurs (The City of Flowers). Discover the shopping centre with restaurants, food, supermarket, Banks, money exchange and a lot of shops selling textiles and accessory brands at competitive rates. This shopping centre specially is famous among youths for a meet up. After lunch in Quatre-Bornes, you will take a bus to Port Louis, the capital city of the Mauritius known for its French colonial architecture and the 19th-century Champ de Mars horse-racing track.
Time to get closer with nature to be soothed and healed. After Breakfast you will leave for hiking to Le Morne Trail. 60% of hiking is easier and the rest 40% requires some challenging effort leaving your shoes dirty.
After 3 hours of hike, complete the rest of your day by relaxing into Tamarin public beach in the afternoon to create some fond memories and enjoy the evening with sea breeze.
After Breakfast, leave for Chamarel- home of the Chamarel Waterfall, seven coloured earth and the most beautiful views over the Indian ocean. You will have best time of your trip in Chamarel- Waterfall, one of the highest and best in Mauritius. Get ready to get thrilled by the wonder of Mauritius,Seven Colored Earth- sand dunes packed in strange rainbow of colors. After that, you will drive through Black River Gorge National Park to Ganga Talao.
Experience the Mauritian Cooking lesson in the morning and spend the afternoon at the exotic seaside town Flic-en-Flac beach where you can feel old dutch vibes and take part in some crazy water activities or simply relax at one of the longest sandy beaches in Mauritius.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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.
Accommodation & Food
You will be staying at our centre 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.
- Standard Room
- All meals included
- Free beverages (Water,Coffee,Tea)
- Persons per room 4-6
- Lockable rooms
Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner would be a mix of western and typical Creole style food.
Three meals on weekdays, Two on weekends
ATMs, supermarkets, and medical facilities are available within 5km radius from the accommodation.
Sights & Surroundings
- Le Morne Brabant trail
- Chamarel Seven Colored Earth
- Black River George National Park
- Chamarel Waterfalls
Trip Country Info
Population: 1,348,242 (July 2016)
Capital: Port Louis
Language: Mauritian creole, Bhojpuri, French, English
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
Time zone: MUT (UTC+4)
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.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent is Required|
|Over 65, Medical Clearance is Required|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance