Choose to live on a tropical forest reserve in the mountainous region of Chamarel and immerse yourself in a unique and lively culture. This volunteer programme is more flexible to meet your requirements. You can decide to live on site and come only a few days per week. Contact us to learn more about what we offer and how we can work together to make a difference.
3 – 5 months
18 – 50 years old
please note that we do not accept families.
tell us what you would like and we will create a bespoke package.
You will be expected to participate in the following activities following training and assessment:
• Assisting in bird ringing
• Mist-netting of birds
• Surveys of plants, invertebrates, reptiles, birds and mammals
• Bird monitoring
• Giant tortoise monitoring
• GIS mapping
• Native plant propagation
• Forest restoration activities
• Environmental education and community engagement
• Other plant, invertebrate, reptile, bird and mammal work
This list is not exhaustive and should you have a preference for a particular activity, please state so during our Skype chat.
During your volunteer programme you will be working with the conservation team under the direction of Dr Nicolas Zuël and Dr Christine Griffiths. Your colleagues in the team, who will help train you in the different tasks have more than 5 years of experience in conservation in Mauritius. As well as working with a passionate and experienced team of Mauritian conservationists, you will also work alongside volunteers from all corners of the globe.
shared room in a field station at Ebony Forest Reserve
Airport pick up and drop off:
to and from Ebony Forest
in all the activities
Letter of reference:
will be provided for each volunteer
Basic costs covered with accommodation:
such as electricity, water, gas, toilet paper
Flights, visas (required), travel health insurance, personal expenses, food, travel when not working.
In most cases, you will be sharing a room at the field station. Each room accommodates 2 to 4 volunteers in bunk beds. There’s a kitchen, office, laundry room, a western-style toilet, hot shower, living room and veranda. Wifi is available.
The field station is located on site in close proximity to the Visitor Centre, where there is a first aid room.
Please take note of our minimum requirements:
• Basic English or French
• Flexible and open-minded
• Happy to work independently and in a team
• We’re not looking for experts, just a passion for wildlife and conservation!
• Be happy to work in all weather conditions!
If you are keen to join our team, contact us by email. Please include the following in your email:
• Email title: Volunteer
• A letter of motivation / interest
We will then arrange a Skype chat. The aim of this is to clearly describe the work involved, assess your needs and communicate ours. Following our chat, we will send you an email with additional information and arrangements.
• Work alongside professionals and develop a wide range of practical field experience and skills in fauna and flora conservation, which will help you boost your future career, whether it be in conservation or not.
• Experience the island’s amazing wildlife and some of the most threatened species in the world: watch as a Pink Pigeon fledgling leaves its nest or Paradise flycatchers feed their young.
• Live in a forest reserve and watch amazing sunsets.
• Make lifelong friends and have an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.