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Multi-Sports Coaching Project

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Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
Sports Coaching Project in Mauritius
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Trip Code: MUVFB1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £395 for 2 Weeks
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Support our sports development coaching and playing programmes on the African paradise island of Mauritius. Contribute to community sports development whilst gaining relevant sports experience for your own career progression.

*** We are running a pilot project from Sun 19th May to Sat 1st Jun 2019. Be part of this exciting new opportunity. ***

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. The 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 and 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.

Opportunities in Football/Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Cricket and Volleyball.

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 used to 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 Sports Coaching Project 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 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, whilst progressing community club level sport along. The emphasis here is less structured but will have as much of an impact on these young children. 

The aim of the sports project 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
To be eligible for this project participants must complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, or provide a valid CRB certificate. Sporting Opportunities can provide this service for you at an additional cost of GBP £30. For more information about the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On Tab.

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.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Multi-Sports Coaching Project
Trip Code
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
Trip Type
Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Union, Volleyball
From £395 for 2 Weeks
£ 195.00
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
Sports Coaching in Mauritius; Rugby Coaching in Mauritius; Football Coaching in Mauritius; Netball Coaching in Mauritius; Gap Year Sports in Mauritius; Career Break Sports Opportunities; Playing Sport in Mauritius.
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Arrival Dates

Note that from Sun 19th May to Sat 1st Jun 2019 we are running a pilot project with a view to opening this up from Jan 2019 on a weekly arrival basis.

You can arrive on any weekend of the year with our preference being that you arrive at the airport on a Sunday between 06:00 and 18:00 in order to receive a free airport transfer to the accommodation in Quatre Bornes.

If you fly into Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU). Transfer time is around 30 mins to 45 mins depending on the time of the day you arrive.

British Nationals will not require a visa for the first 60 days of their visit in Mauritius. It's very important that on arrival you state on the immigration card that you are visiting Mauritius as a tourist.

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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 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 Black River Gorge
Equipment & Medical Discount
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visa; Vaccinations; CRB / DBS Check; Airport Drop-Off (but we will help you get local transport); Spending Money
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Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.

The national sport of Mauritius is football and its most popular sport to date. The national football team is called the 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.

Quick Facts
East Africa
Bordering Countries
Capital City
Port Louis
Unitary parliamentary republic
1.3 millon
86.5% Creole, 5.3% Bhojpuri, 4.1% French, 2.6% Others (including English)
Mauritian Rupee
Mauritius does not have an official national poverty line.
Main Exports
Mauritius exports clothing, textiles, sugar, cut flowers, molasses and fish and radio transmission equipment. Sugarcane occupies 90% of the country's cultivated land and represents 15% of its exports.
Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical maritime climate throughout the year. The country has two seasons: a warm humid summer extending from November to April and a relatively cool dry winter from June to September.
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From beaches to safaris, here are the absolute best things to do in Mauritius.
• Visit Port Louis
• Try Deep Sea Fishing
• Explore Black River Gorges National Park
• Scuba Dive in Blue Bay Marine Park
• Head To Caudan Waterfront
• Check Out China Town
• Experience Local Culture In Mahebourg
• Head to Grand Bay
• Check out Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne Cultural Landscape
• Spend a day at Casela Wildlife Park and Yemen Reserve
• Visit Triolet Shivala in Triolet Village
• Enjoy Beach Time in Flic en Flac

Fun Facts
• The main island of Mauritius is only 28 miles wide and 40 miles long. 
• The colorful national flag of Mauritius, also known as the “Four Bands, was adopted upon independence in 1968.
• Mauritius is the only African country to have a Hindu majority.

Le Morne View Point Dodo Mauritian Markets

Where is Mauritius?
Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean about 900 Kilometres off the east coast of Madagascar. Its neighbours are Reunion, Rodrigues and St Brandon and they form part of a group known as the Mascarene Islands. The Archipelago was formed by volcanic eruptions between 8-10 million years ago and the landscape is dominated by dramatic mountain ranges formed by volcanoes.

What’s the history of Mauritius?
Arab sailors first discovered the island some time in the 10th century but they did not inhabit it, instead they used it as drop anchor on their trade routes. The Portuguese also found Mauritius very useful as a refuelling stop for their fleet, but it was not until 1638 that a Dutch fleet officially established a settlement on the Island, naming it ‘Maurice’ after the Dutch Prince of Nassau. The Dutch however were unable to maintain the settlement and abandoned it in 1710. It was during this period, that Mauritius became famous for a flightless bird, which was rather slow and easy prey, known as the Dodo. The ill-fated bird inspired the well known saying ‘dead as a Dodo’ after being hunted to extinction.
It was the French who then took over the Island in 1715, creating a thriving economy, implementing laws, and ultimately developing a capital named Port Louis. The French introduced sugarcane, which quickly developed into the main agriculture and large areas of the island were deforested to make way for this new lucrative product. Sugarcane is still an important part of the Mauritian economy today.
The French ruled the island until the Napoleonic Wars, where the British endeavoured to take control from the French. The famous ‘Battle of Grand Port’ was a rare victory for Napoleon’s fleet, but 3 months later the British returned on the 3rd of December 1810 and defeated the French on the Northern Coastline at Cap Malheureux. The British continued to develop the islands infrastructure until 1968, when Mauritius was granted independence. It formed its new flag - four striped colours representing the following:
Red – the people of Mauritius
Blue – the ocean that surrounds the island
Yellow – the year round sunshine
Green – the land that rises from the sea

What is Mauritian culture like?
Mauritius is a melting pot of different cultures originating from India, Africa, Indo-China and Europe. The population of Mauritius is 1.3 million people who live mainly in urban areas.
Today Mauritius has blossomed into a tropical paradise with a coral reef that surrounds the island, creating calm, warm, turquoise seas and beautiful white sandy beaches. Add to this the friendly warm hospitality of the Mauritian people and you will understand why so many people fall in love with this special place.
What is the weather like in Mauritius?
The island has year round sunshine with temperatures averaging 21C to 30C. Mauritius has a hot, wet, and humid summer from November to May and a warm, dry winter from June to October. Anticyclones affect the country during May to September. Cyclones affect the country during November to April. Cyclones can pass nearby to the island but it is rare that a cyclone passes directly over Mauritius.

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your sports placement is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
Project Assessment
Before you see a sports placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is a well-structured and great opportunity to gain some sporting experience overseas.
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which sports placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively, all love sport and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the people you will be living with.
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while you are abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our sports placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.  
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your sports placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ongoing Volunteer Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support our registered sports charity, United Through Sport. This donation funds future initiatives in many countries around the worlds, and helps to support the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop in their chosen sport.
Giving Others the Same Amazing Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our overseas sports placements, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
Le Morne Aerial View Air Mauritius Palm Trees
There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your trip or tour with us.

Flights and Insurance
Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic, this is simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – StudentUniverse, part of Flight Centre. They will guide you every step of the way.

Please only use this service here and do not go into one of their branches as this can complicate things for us.

Browse or book flights using our search engine. Click here to access it.

They will also be able to provide you with adequate travel insurance.

Travelling after your trip with us? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem... just discuss this with them too.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner.

What happens when flights and insurance are booked?
When you book any trip with us, you will gain access to our online Travel Centre, personalised for you. In here you will have all the information about your trip and how to plan for it, including the contact details for our in-country team and address you will be staying at.

There are also some forms we need you to complete before you depart, covering areas like your dietary requirements, next-of-kin, medical information, flight arrivals details and more.

Do I really need travel insurance?
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

Some of the countries where we work will require you to have a visa. We provide guidance for this against the Trip Summary tab so you can check whether your nationality requires it. If a visa is required we will provide a letter of invitation, if the embassy requests this, as well as all the relevant information you will need to complete the visa application process. This information is provided after you book with us. With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Please note we have no control over the issuing of visas and this is at the embassies discretion. We will help wherever possible though.

At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to be a volunteer sports coach overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project fee in easy-to-manage instalments.
Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, your chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.
Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best volunteer experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous coaching you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your project. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project. 
- 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.

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