Handball Coaching and Playing Project in Mauritius

  • Mauritius

Ages18 - 80

Tour ID121215

Arrival LocationSir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport (MRU)

People on trip8 to 20

Handball is played at school and at national level in Mauritius. Teach junior players the fundamental skills to improve their overall game. Coach alongside school teachers and local league clubs delivering focused drills and team tactics. Help identify potential talented players developing  the opportunity for them to play for the national side.

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From beaches to national parks, here are the absolute best things to do in Mauritius:

The Capital Port Louis
Head To Caudan Waterfront Shopping Mall
Check Out China Town
Visit Aapravasi Ghat – Unesco World Heritage Site
See the sights, smells and sounds of Port Luis Bazaar!

South & West Region
Explore Black River Gorges National Park – Endemic Birds
Dolphin Experience
Le Morne Cultural Climb – Unesco World Heritage Site
Enjoy White Sandy Beaches on Le Morne or Flic en Flac

South & East Region
Scuba Dive or Snorkel in Blue Bay Marine Park
Experience Local Culture & History In Mahebourg
Climb Lion Mountain & Kestrel Valley
Ile Aux Cerf Island

Central Region
Holy Temple of Grand Bassin
Kanaka Volcano
Bois Cheri Tea Plantation
Guava Fruit Picking (seasonal)

North Region
Visit Triolet Temple Shivala in Triolet Village
Head to Grand Bay for shops and pristine beaches of
Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens
Visit the Sugercane Factory Museum

Handball in Mauritius
Mauritius has competed on the international stage against some of the best nations in the sport. In addition Mauritius hosted the Youth Beach Handball World Championships in 2017. The sport is played in schools across the island and there is a program to raise the level of the sport played to improve the talent pool for the international youth team. There are numerous indoor and outdoor training facilities and the schools we partner with, all have outdoor training facilities. The Mauritian Handball Association is committed to delivering a progressive sports development structure from grass roots to top level performance.

Your Handball Coaching Placement
The placement is centred within two schools on the island, providing handball coaching within physical education lessons. These sessions will be focused very much on grass roots and mass participation to encourage more students to play the sport. After school camps, will be run for those that wish to continue learning within the sport. Evening sessions will focus with local clubs and the next stage of Handball sports development.

Your Handball Coaching Role
On average you will spend 4 – 5 hours per day coaching children ranging from the ages of 11 through to 17 years. Ideally you will prepare lessons to deliver on key skills such as passing, defending, attacking, finding space and techniques in scoring. You will be expected to be able lead the coaching sessions but will have the support of school teachers and development coaches.

As part of your role you will contribute to the identification of talented individuals for further club development.

Sports Camps
During school holidays a series of handball camps are run daily during the week and your role will be to help organise these and become part of the handball coaching team. During the handball camps there is organised inter-college tournaments where you will be able to see the impact of your handball coaching placement.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) check in order to take part in this project. We can provide this service for you at an additional cost because some people may already have one that is valid (please get in touch for more details).

Handball Gap Year and Career Break, Handball Coaching Project in Mauritius
Mauritius is a top travel destination and for those who enjoy the outdoor life there is a myriad of adventure activities to experience from kite surfing, scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking and exploring the natural environment. Take a gap year, head out in your summer holiday or plan a career break and be part of an exciting handball coaching and playing project in Mauritius, developing handball skills for young people that could have a positive impact on their lives.

You can arrive any 1st and 3rd weekend of the year, with our preference being a Sunday arrival between 6:00 to 18:00 at the airport ready to start projects on the Monday. We will pick you up from the airport. Please note we can be flexible with dates, so contact us to discuss further.

Transfer time to accommodation is approximately 30 to 45 minutes depending on the time of the day you arrive.

British Nationals will not require a visa to enter Mauritius for up to 90 days. If you are travelling over 42 days (6 weeks) then you will have to provide travel details on arrival, to clear customs. All the details of the process will be explained once you have booked your trip.

Equipment Donation for Mauritius
We are dedicated to sustainable development. This is why part of the fee you pay goes towards buying decent equipment for beneficiary organisations in Mauritius. You will often use this equipment during your project and it is always left with the community when you leave. In some cases, an equipment donation may not be appropriate so a financial contribution is made instead.

Social Life in Mauritius
Mauritius is known as paradise island and is spoilt for choice on pristine beaches. On public holidays the locals certainly know how to enjoy themselves at the beach and are so warm and welcoming, they will often ask you to join them! The national music and dance is Sega and you can often here the African skin drums being played by the locals. In the north and west of the island there are several resort towns with plenty of restaurants and bars as well as surf and up market clothing stores. Every weekend you will be free to explore and experience the fun way of life in Mauritius!

Travel and Adventure in Mauritius
Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, as mentioned is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. However the mountainous interior has a lot to offer including Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and rare endangered wildlife like the Fruit Bat, Pink Pigeon and Mauritian Kestrel. The Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Botanical Gardens.

The national sport of Mauritius is football and its most popular sport to date. The national football team is called Club M and represents the country in international matches. Mauritius also has solid teams in volleyball and basketball, all competing to a high standard. If water-sports are you thing then Mauritius will spoil you with an array of aquatic activities from scuba-diving, to kite-surfing to sailing on the crystal seas all over the island.

The highlights of this trip is the climb of Le Morne to see the underwater waterfall and this UNESCO World Heritage Site with significant cultural importance for Mauritian people.

For the duration of your stay in Mauritius, you will be staying in a basic but comfortable house, with dorm style accommodation with all the facilities you need.

Breakfast is included on a help yourself basis. Lunch and dinner can be prepared in groups or individually as there is a supermarket close by and good storage at the accommodation.

Airport Pick-Up
You will be met at the airport by a member of the team and taken back to your accommodation.

Full project induction and orientation will be provided during your intro week.

Pre-departure help and advice; local in country team; 24 hour emergency support.

Transport to and from your sports project and intro week locations will be provided by our in-country team. Transport will include public and private: taxi, bus, boat, bicycle. Participants will be expected to walk to and from locations when travelling short distances

Excursions & Activities
Explore the island on a number of excursions and day experiences. Below is just a small selection.

Swim with Dolphins
Zip line through natural forests
Sail on a catamaran around the Island
Kite Surfing in Le Morne
Climb Le Morne
Scuba Dive on the reefs surrounding Mauritius
Visit the Holy temple of Grand Bassin
Visit the Sugarcane Museum Factory or a Rum Distillery
Hike through the National Park Black River Gorge

Equipment & Medical Discount
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visa; Vaccinations; CRB / DBS Check; Airport Drop-Off (but we will help you get local transport); Spending Money

You will be met on arrival. Full details will be provided once you have booked your trip with us.
Preferred Duration
4 to 6 weeks will give you a good amount of time to settle in and develop the relationships that are important for the programme and you. Anything longer has even more value if you can commit to it.
You need some basic knowledge in the sport you want to be involved with as you will need to run training drills alongside this. You are expected to be friendly, adaptable and creative when working with the kids during their coaching sessions.
Ideal for
Handball Coaching in Mauritius; Gap Year Sports in Mauritius; Career Break Sports Opportunities; Playing handball in Mauritius


- No specific vaccinations are required to enter Mauritius. The country is Malaria free. - Mauritius offers free health care at local hospitals to anyone needing treatment. Whilst standards of cleanliness are maintained at a high level, please bare in mind that this is a small island and the hospitals do not resemble anything like western hospitals. If guests are unhappy to use local hospitals, private clinics can be used for an initial consultation. This is payable in cash immediately. Please consult your own personal travel insurance policy to see if it covers treatment at a private clinic. - Please make sure you bring with you plenty of Paracetamol, re-hydration tablets if you are prone to dehydration, and anti-diarrhea tablets as a precaution. Plenty of high-factor sunscreen is essential, as is tropical strength mosquito repellent.


- Mauritius is a relatively safe county, although petty theft can be a problem, so please be vigilant when out and about, particularly with cameras and purses. - Mauritius is a politically stable country with relatively little terrorist threat. Please consult www.fco.gov.uk for official guidance on personal safety.

Cultural Considerations

- In public areas and religious places please dress conservatively (especially females). Please respect cultural differences in cuisine e.g. pork and beef is not eaten extensively for religious reasons. - Visits to religious sites are welcomed, however customs must be observed e.g. remove shoes in temples and cover shoulders and dresses or skirts should be no shorter than to the knee.

Handball Coaching and Playing Project in Mauritius

  • Mauritius

Ages18 - 80

Tour ID121215

Arrival LocationSir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport (MRU)

People on trip8 to 20

  • Travel dates are flexible

Suitable for ages 18 to 80

Most participants are between 18 and 25, so please be aware of this. We do welcome older people because of the value and experience they bring to the community.

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