Volunteer Experiences

Find out more about some of the amazing ways that our volunteers have helped out in the community.

Whether it’s working with children or painting a house, the volunteers’ benefit is not only from a job well done but also the satisfaction of helping someone. Taking the time to assist others is both greatly appreciated and personally rewarding. In fact, many of our volunteers return to help with additional projects within the community. We are extremely grateful to all our volunteers for the time they spend lending a hand or sharing their expertise and skills to help in Mauritius.

Clearing the Grounds - August 2022

For this experience my group of 10 went to help clean and clear out the site of a school. They help educate and encourage people who are disabled between the ages of 5 to 16 depending on their disability. They work with people with a range of disabilities and have different classes to help organise themselves. 

Our first task was weeding the edges of the yard and cleaning out the unwanted plants that sprouted between the bricks. We then moved on to more clearing out. This included not only picking up trash, including bottles, cards, cloths and plastics, but also cleaning the garden and removing unhealthy parts of growing plants. Although simple, it took quite a few hours to clear out the front area and, by the end of it, we had a very large pile of rubbish and other things that needed to be thrown out. Working with friends made it fun and all the more efficient as we were able to help each other and share techniques that made the work a lot more efficient. Often we would switch tasks, ensuring that no one was always doing the hardest task and also that we each undertook a variety of tasks allowing us to individually build our skills without disregarding the advantages of having a team – LBIS Student

Painting Murals - August 2022​

Thank you to all the Le Bocage students and staff who designed and painted the stunning murals at I Special Needs School. The school is now brighter and more inviting for the children and staff. They just love them and are so grateful for all your time and effort!

For more information about this volunteer, you can click here.

Supporting Literacy at KRN - August 2022

Michael is one of our literacy superstars at Kolektif Rivière Nwar (KRN). Every week he spends an afternoon with the children assisting them with the English Literacy Program, and anything else KRN may need help with. His dedication to the literacy program helping these children grow and learn is very much appreciated. 

For more information about this volunteer, you can click here.

Weekly Volunteering at KRN’s Children’s Literacy Program - July 2022

As a volunteer at Kolektif Rivier Nwar, I had the opportunity to help children living locally with their English reading and writing skills. This included helping them with phonics, reading basic words, reading comprehension and writing stories. It was a very rewarding experience, and I really enjoyed spending time with the children and watching them improve over the weeks I was there. It’s a great project and of real value to the local community – Mae Mcginley

For more information about this volunteer, you can click here.

Oak Helps Out at Kolektif Rivier Nwar - July 2022

The 18th of July is marked as Nelson Mandela Day. This day is to commemorate the 67 years Nelson Mandela fought for justice and equality. It is also to encourage people to embrace these democratic values and work toward a more just and equitable society themselves by donating 67 minutes of their time to a chosen charity or community service.

A team of enthusiastic volunteers from Oak Trust joined the leaders at Kolektief Rivier Nwar (KRN) to assist with the children’s literacy program, administration and provide snacks and meals to those in need.

The project was greatly appreciated by all the children and those involved.

For more information about this volunteer, you can click here.

KRN Literacy Volunteer - September 2021

Ella has been spending time helping the children of Black River village with their English literacy skills. She has been teaching them how to read and write in English, as well as helping them with phonics. Ella enjoys helping others and really enjoyed teaching the children.

This experience has given Ella a chance to use her skills and knowledge to help the children gain a better understanding of the basics of the English language. The children attending the program benefit from these lessons and they will help prepare them for their future.

For more information about this volunteer, you can click here.

Motilakaz - July 2021

After many months of planning and preparation, lots of hard work and many wonderful volunteers, the Motilakaz project has been completed in Case Noyale. The keys have been handed over to two very happy families. 

Thank you to all the volunteers that took the time to lend a hand and make a difference.

For more information about this volunteer, you can click here.

Ti Rayons Soleil - August 2021

For their CAS Project at Le Bocage International School, Hannah, Selma and Faye helped with the Sun Kids Education aftercare program at Ti Rayons Soleil. Going weekly meant they developed a relationship with the teachers and the children, making their time volunteering even more enjoyable.

For more information about this volunteer, you can click here.

The Good Shop - August 2021

The Good Shop was tasked with clearing out a 1000 square meter space in an old textile factory in Floreal in order to save the maximum number of reusable items from ending up in the landfill. Volunteers were kept busy moving furniture and factory items, cleaning out the factory and preparing the space for the new Good Shop workshop.

For more information about this volunteer, you can click here.

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