Why you should do an internship in Mauritius?
If you have ever dreamt to live in a paradise and enjoy its white sandy beaches, in Mauritius your dream will come true!
Before anything else, you have to be aware of the main characteristics of your destination. So, here we go!
The island country of a total area of 2,040 km2 is located at the southeast cost of the African continent. 1.3 million inhabitants from many different communities live in the island, the majority of whom are Hindu or Creole origin.
The island’s capital is Port-Louis, located in the northwest of the island and it’s the most populous city in the country with 150 000 inhabitants.
Mauritius is a parliamentary republic, one of its particularities is that it does not have an official language but several. English is the main language, used in administration and education. On the other hand, French is also widely used in the media. In addition, numerous other languages are spoken throughout the island, such as Mauritian Creole and Asian languages such as Hindi.
With its communities of varied origins, Mauritius is characterized by an impressive mix of cultures. This paradise will never cease to amaze you!
When is the best time to go to Mauritius?
The answer is all year round! Thanks to its location, this small island in the Indian Ocean enjoys a good climate during the whole year.
In Mauritius, the summer season is between November and April. During these months, the climate is warm and humid. The highest temperatures occur between December and February reaching a temperature of up to 30ºC with a humidity of more than 80%. Throughout these months the precipitations are quite abundant, especially in the center of the island during February and March.
For diving lovers, the best time to practice this sport is from December to March. However, on the west coast of the island you can enjoy the crystal-clear waters and the best areas for diving and discover some of the most important spots for diving lovers.
Between May and October is considered the “Winter” in Mauritius being the lowest temperature reaching 20ºC.
During the “coldest” months, July and August, the west coast is the best place to stay as it is more protected and enjoys a good temperature all year round.
Where can I live if I am going to do my internship in Mauritius?
We always recommend that participants stay as close as possible to the work place. However, the best areas to live in are usually located on the west coast and the north of the country. Why? Mainly because they are residential areas with good transport communications, leisure areas and the accommodation is usually better in coastal areas.
In which cities is it easier to find accommodation? Here is a list of the main cities to find accommodation easily and quickly.
Coastal cities more recommended to live in are:
- Black River
- Flic en Flac
- Grand Baie
- Grand Gaube
- Grand Riviere Noire
- La Gaulette
- Le Morne
- Trou d’eau Douce
- Trou Aux Biches
- Pointe aux Piments
Disadvantages of the places? Basically, the price. As they are coastal areas the prices of the accommodations tend to be more expensive than in the inland cities. How much will the accommodation can cost? It depends on the city. In Albion, Flic in Flac or Tamarin the prices for a basic apartment cost an average of 300 – 350 EUR. In Grand Baie, Grand Gaube or Trou Aux Biches the prices are a little more expensive.
On the other hand, if you want to save some money every month, you can stay in the inland part of the island or in cities a few kilometers away from the coast. The main recommended cities to live in are:
- Quatre bones
- Vacoas- Phoenix
What do you need to know before arriving at Dodoland?
Here is some basic information that will help you to prepare your trip so that your stay and your internship in Mauritius will be much easier than ever!
The official currency in Mauritius is the Rupiah of Mauritius, being its symbol Rs and its international code MUR. Each rupee is divided into 100 cents.
There are 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 rupees in circulation in Mauritius, as well as coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1, 5 and 10 rupees.
To save money, we always recommend paying by credit card. However, to pay taxis, markets or local shops, you will need Mauritian rupees to pay in cash.
In general, it is easy to withdraw money if necessary. In the main cities, there are ATMs as well as in bank offices.
Most shops and shopping centers open from 9 am to 7 pm and some centers extend their opening hours until 8 pm.
It is not necessary to be vaccinated to travel to Mauritius but it is never too much to prevent with the yellow fever vaccine.
As in any tropical country, there are insects and mosquitoes that can turn your stay on the island into a nightmare. Don’t be afraid! We recommend you to wear a repellent bracelet as they are usually more effective than sprays. In addition, the smell is less strong and they are more comfortable to wear on a day-to-day basis.
The Mauritians drive with the steering wheel on the right side as in England. The road network of Mauritius, especially those covering the main routes, is relatively good, although they are narrow and almost unmarked. If your idea is to hire a car, we do not recommend rental companies, as they ask for many requirements. The International Driving License is not mandatory, but we recommend you to bring it with you.
Buses connect all points of the island but offer a limited schedule and sometimes you have to take more than 1 bus to get to a single place. All an adventure!
Why is Mauritius the ideal country for an internship?
Despite its postcard appearance, Mauritius is an ideal destination for an internship, and beyond that, your first work experience abroad.
Today, the country is considered an emerging country. In fact, it represents a world-renowned financial center, and the World Bank classifies it as the most attractive country on the African continent for business.
The island’s multicultural population is always very positive and supportive. This has made Mauritius one of the most peaceful and politically stable countries in the world.
As we have said before, English is the official language in terms of education. Thus, the children of the country follow a school system based on the English one. That will undoubtedly allow you to improve your English!
As an island and an emerging country, Mauritius offers a wide range of work fields in which you can register:
- Financial services, Insurances, offshore banking
- Marketing, events, public relations
- Hospitality and Leisure
- IT development
- Research and technology
- Fishing and Marine Industry
- Freeport and Wharehousing
- Food processing
Finally, and most importantly, having the opportunity to live and work in Mauritius for a while is ideal because you will be able to enjoy the many outdoor activities that this African paradise will offer you. You will get to know the island during your free time as a local and you will be able to enjoy its incredible landscapes all year round. You will make this paradisiacal place your home!
Don’t wait more, take the leap and enjoy an enriching work experience while living an exciting, rich and very human adventure.
At Go Dodoland we advise you and take care of the whole process. Contact us to discover the different offers we have!