After arriving and settling in it is time to venture out to explore
your new environment and to start a new lifestyle, not only for yourself
but also for your children.
We call this section Living and Loving it because we have seen
so many people arrive in Mauritius and do just that. It might take some
time to get yourself rooted into the new environment where you find
yourself but no one said that any change is easy.
Our advice is:
Keep a check on your attitude. You will not be able to change
any of the aspects around you that might cause upset or frustration
BUT the one thing you have absolute control over is your attitude.
Once you get that right you are ready to fly!
As an expat in Mauritius, Facebook groups have become
invaluable! There are several popular ones that are very active
on the island:
Protection of Animals Welfare Society strives to
improve animal welfare in Mauritius. PAWS is a Non Governmental
Organisation and relies totally on donations and fund-raisings
events to finance its activities.
Health information for consumers on accidents and injuries,
symptoms and treatment of diseases and health conditions,
first aid for medical emergencies, and the physical and emotional
well-being that contribute to general wellness.
The website contains information about Mauritius, including
hotels, activities, sightseeing, shopping, eating out and
much more. The website also features the monthly magazine
that is distributed free of charge.
The operas and concerts produced by Opera Mauritius
have been hailed by the national and international press and
have attracted a wider and wider public. 7000 persons attended.
The Pearl Fishers in 2009 and the following year Carmen
attracted 10 000 spectators. In 2011 after rigourous training,
Mauritian artists performed the academy production of Hansel
and Gretel, a family event. For 2012: La Traviata...
This site offers up-to-date information on restaurants,
bars, clubs, cafes, catering services, food shops and related
businesses in Mauritius. Users can find a big selection of
discount coupons, restaurant reviews, restaurant guides, food
articles and tips, a recipe centre, a business directory,
club promotions and many more.
It was incorporated in Mauritius on 30 March 1989 under
the Stock Exchange Act 1988, as a private limited company
responsible for the operation and promotion of an efficient
and regulated securities market in Mauritius.
Tales from a Small Planet's mission is to enrich and share
the experience of living abroad through literature, humour
and the arts, as well as by providing information and education
on what it is really like to live in a foreign country and
how to cope with the challenges that may come along.
There are a number of these groups
in Mauritius, offering the opportunity to meet other
expats and locals. Such groups may also raise money
for charities or go on visits to different parts of
the island, whereas others are based around a particular
activity (such as walking/rambling).
Corona Worldwide is a UK based
organisation with branches and contacts in over 100 countries.
The prime purpose of these branches is to provide friendship
and understanding to women of all nationalities, creeds, beliefs
and backgrounds. Mauritius is indeed blessed with three branches
all of which offer a warm welcome to women on the island whether
they are here on a temporary or permanent basis. All branches
are non-registered, non-profit making associations with no
affiliation to any political, ethnic or religious group.
Corona Central (predominantly
French speaking) meets at Jean Paul II Hall, St
Jean church grounds, Royal Road, Belle Rose on
the first Tuesday of each month and meetings
normally include a guest speaker with refreshments
Corona North meets at
Hotel Le Palmiste, Trou aux Biches on the second
Tuesday of each month from 9.15 until noon. Meetings
have a guest speaker, refreshments, books on sale
etc. Other activities held regularly include Bridge,
Mah-Jong, Scrabble, play reading, creative writing,
visits to factory outlets, places of interest, coffee
Plateau Branchmeets on the
third Friday of the month, from 10:00 till 12:00
at Gymkhana Club, Vacoas, for coffee, social
chats, guest speakers or activities. Offers friendship,
support and the chance to stay ab0reast of local issues
visitors? Here are some suggestions
on what to do whilst they are here. Compilation and recommendations
by Nicolette van der Merwe.
Spotlight: Making it work in Mauritius
Is your glass half full or half
empty? Expat spotlight asks different people their
points of view on how you can adapt to life in Mauritius. How
do you adjust to being away from the security of family and life-long
friends? How can you find ways to 'feed your soul'? Please be
inspired by expat success stories in our Expat spotlight.
Face to face on expat life by Hillie Odendaal
It is easy for the outsider to get the wrong idea of expatriate
life: a conception that combines romanticism and leisure, adventure
and pleasure, a better life, a hope, a future. It is seen as a privileged
lifestyle and envied by those who stayed behind. These qualities
may, in some way or another, be present in this lifestyle, but with
them also come the sacrifices that no one knows about. It is only
through energy, focus, determination, self-discipline and connectedness
that you keep yourself together. Many have done this journey before
and many will follow. The richness of this experience is only determined
by one thing: your own choice. Follow this series of articles that
cover some of the realities of expat life. Read