Sports Development Internship in Mauritius
Support our sports development coaching and playing programmes on the Indian Ocean paradise island of Mauritius. Contribute to community sports development whilst gaining relevant sports experience for your own career progression. Help to introduce new sports on the island and formulate organised playing and coaching structures with the long term aim of establishing these new sports in local communities .
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
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
Holy Temple of Grand Bassin
Bois Cheri Tea Plantation
Guava Fruit Picking (seasonal)
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
Mauritius is renowned across the world as Paradise island and people jet set to this tropical island to relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise warms seas. The island has so much more to offer than just its idyllic coastline. This Indian Ocean island has a rich melting pot of cultures and its people are a sea of smiles. It’s people love sports wherever you go on the island you will see locals, sporting football t-shirts from the Premiership. Yes, it’s an island mad about football, with basketball and volleyball being the other two main participatory sports in Mauritius.
There is an emphasis with the Ministry of Youth and Sport to introduce new sports in Hockey, Rugby, Cricket and Netball, as well as developing existing sports such as Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Handball.
Sport in Mauritius
Mauritian sport is marginalised in competition with the demands of academic subjects within schools. Our sports project work is to re-prioritise the importance of physical activity both within the curriculum and in the community. A national concern of the country is the overall health and well being of the next generation with few role models in sport to aspire to. By providing valuable coaching lessons within the school structure you will be key to re-establishing sports at a mass participation level.
Sports that you are all familiar with in your own country, such as hockey, rugby, netball, and cricket are not that well known or played in Mauritius. The potential to develop these sports on the island could lead to establishing participation and developing competitions. Your role as a Sports Development Intern will be to introduce grass roots coaching in these sports in order to assess the potential of these sports to become established in Mauritius
Your Sports Development Internship in Mauritius
Your role along with a small team of sports coaches, will be to deliver a fun experience encompassing multi-sports sessions. The children will be from a selection of secondary schools and special needs schools providing you with a wide group of participation levels and ages. Coaching will cover a range of sports from football, basketball, and volleyball all played to a decent national level. The secondary aim will be to introduce new sports such as netball, cricket, hockey and rugby.
Sport can play a vital role to help young people to achieve a higher academic level by providing key learning skills such as listening, following instructions. motivation and trusting others to support their personal development.
In the afternoon we will head out to a community centre delivering sports sessions to children who normally would not get much access to sports coaches providing fun training drills to help with interest and engagement,. The emphasis here is less structured but will have as much of an impact on these young children.
The aim of the sports internship is to continually assess the success of delivering sports coaching lessons into the community with the hope of developing a long-term sustainable sports development programme in Mauritius.
Your sports experience with us will provide you with unique access to contributing to sports development in Mauritius whilst supporting our work which is the first of its kind on the island, helping you appreciate sports management and development on an international level.
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).
Gap Year and Career Break Sports 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 sports coaching and playing project in Mauritius, developing sporting opportunities 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.
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
Flights; Travel Insurance; Visa; Vaccinations; CRB / DBS Check; Airport Drop-Off (but we will help you get local transport); Spending Money
Health- 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.
Safety- 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.
Sports Development Internship in Mauritius
People on trip8
- Travel dates are flexible
Suitable for ages 18 to 60
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.