Worldwide Experience: Conserving Biodiversity in Mauritius

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Turtle surfacing in the ocean
Turtle surfacing in the ocean

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If you have a special interest in the conservation of rare species and are interested in doing conservation work on the island of Mauritius, you can join us in Conserving Biodiversity in Mauritius! Make a real difference, grow your skills in conservation and have the experience of a lifetime!

Join us at Kestrel Valley, a private nature reserve in the South East of the island dedicated to the preservation of rare Mauritian wildlife species. This is an extraordinary and exciting conservation project, at the forefront of some unique conservation drives. If you want more than just a 'normal beach holiday to Mauritius' and would love to be involved in conservation … join us in our hands-on conservation efforts to keep this tropical island a true paradise!

Highlights
  • Preserving Mauritian Wildlife Species.
  • Marine Conservation.
  • Reforestation Project.
  • Community Outreach.
  • Visit Local Attractions in Mauritius.

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Questions & Answers

Reviews

95%
based on 4 reviews
  • Impact 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.3
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LAURA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A unique volunteering opportunity!

I'm beyond proud to be one of the first Kestrel Valley volunteers. This new project is a truly unique, hands-on land and sea experience, where volunteers enjoy a huge range of activities from coral planting to Hawksbill Turtle observation, Mauritius Kestrel and Fruit Bat monitoring, alien vegetation removal, reforestation and deer counts. I really enjoyed the very-informative presentations by researchers, ecologists and marine biologists too. The site is a spectacular blend of volcanic mountain and tropical vegetation, where hiking promises never-ending discoveries without dangers – no snakes! The accommodation in wood huts is frankly awesome: this is a place where you go to sleep to the sound of giant bats flying overhead and monkeys calling in the distance. Kestrel Valley is a very ambitious and exciting new project where everything remains to be done and volunteers can resolutely make a difference. The staff are friendly and welcoming and our coordinator was briliant. This is definitely a do-able project for mature volunteers with a good level of fitness. I'm delighted to have discovered this incredible new conservation experience after my placements in South Africa.

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Daniel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best way to see the island

A unique experience to go behind the scenes of island conservation. The diversity of the island is translated across in to the diversity of the programme with a holistic approach to conservation. The focus of the programme is protecting biodiversity both in the local forests as well as marine wildlife. The programme not only gives you a unique opportunity to see birdlife, marine ecosystems and native woodland but to have a hands on impact on its preservation and restoration. No day is the same from working on the coral reef minutes from your jungle hideaway to trekking through the forests of Mauritius the programmes enthusiastic staff guide you through the whole process. Not only do you leave with a unique experience but you leave with knowledge of this environment and it’s many inhabitants.

What would you improve about this program?
Would be great to have a small shop nearby however it’s remoteness is what makes it so special.
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Lottie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Marvelous Mauritius

My first time heading out on a volunteer project and what an authentic experience!
Had a fantastic time and returning to the UK with knowledge that I wouldn't have even gained from Google...!
Every moment of the week on the trip had a new experience to partake in. From visiting an island that showcases success in conservation to working with local Eco-Sud organisation to farm coral and monitor local turtles.
I felt the whole time I couldn't take my eyes off trees in the Valley, seeking the Mauritian Kestrels, Fruit Bats and various birds.
The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable, hard working they go above and beyond to support volunteers.
Highly recommend!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep looking! You'll see so much - the rare kestral, the fruit bat, so many birds and other floral and fauna.
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Michaela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Paradise in Mauritius

My trip to Mauritius to help the biodiversity has been amazing. Prior to arriving, world wide experience were brilliant in making sure I had all the information I needed and making sure my arrival was perfect. Once arriving, they met us at the airport swiftly and took us to kestrel valley were we had a tour of the land and taken to our rooms. The rooms/bungalows were so beautiful and comfortable (the beds were perfect which meant I was able to have good night sleeps). The Activities planned were amazing. Some of my highlights included seeing a wild bat for the first time (and then seeing them every day while I ate meals on the decks), swimming with wild turtles during the monitoring sessions, and the top was going to Île Aux Aigrettes were I saw my first wild GIANT Aldabra tortoise and got to give it a chin and neck scratch which has always been a dream of mine (yes I did cry). This whole trip was amazing and I can’t wait to come back and see the development of the place. This trip really has made a lot of my dreams come true. Thank you so much world wide experience and Kestrel valley!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring plenty of mosquito after bites as the mosquitos seem resistant to repellent! But also be confident in yourself and go for it!