We operate a small community focused tourism business on the UNESCO World Heritage listed island - Ilha De Mozambique. Our business create great employment opportunities for local people within the growing tourism industry. We have been operating for 8 years.
In 2017 our efforts were recognised internationally when we won 'GOLD' in the African Responsible Tourism Awards presented in Cape Town - "Best for engaging people and culture".
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Be a part of something ongoing and meaningful. Your contribution here really will make a difference for years to come.
In addition there's good opportunity for language learning. Portuguese is the official day-to-day language but more local languages are also spoken.
Also learn more about the local culture and way of life through our activities which are all operated from start to finish by local people. Hang out with the crews of traditional dhows , explore the marine environment with people who were born to the sea. And if you are interested in social justice observe close up local politics, issues and empowering strategies and events - Ilha is a hot spot for these things
A lot of people want to learn about our business, how we operate and how we keep it ethical. We are always happy to share this
We would like to hear from IT people, educators, administrators, communicators, fixers and creative types. Specific knowledge of retail, tourism marketing and whale watching/marine biology would be absolutely fantastic but not essential.
IT AND MARKETING
We always need Volunteers who can help with IT and digital marketing support along with Admin improvements. Earlier volunteers Sophie and Jonathan completely set up an online booking system with Bookeo. Matt and Megan did a huge job to integrate everything through Google drive, Calendars etc. Lowan's work on SEO, Instagram and general improvements was priceless, Oscar cataloging all of our media clips so that we can make better movies easier has greatly improved our ability to make promo films, Dani and Henard for sooo much online creativity, enthusiasm and inspiration, Eneida helping everyone get their heads around the retail aspect and right now Lee with story telling - big thanks guys, sorry if I missed any one. If you can build on these earlier efforts then get in touch.
Simply put, the education system here is not good enough, young people deserve better. So providing learning experiences is a huge part of what we do. So far our workers have benefited from Jen's very timely presentation on ocean plastics, this really made an impact at the local level and we continue to see changed attitudes towards plastic bags and other 'disposable' items. Brian's whale workshops inspired our guides and gave them a whole new way to see and describe these magnificent mammals. Kate helped out with customer service and sales techniques but her main contribution was in encouraging our guides to break away from standard historical narratives and introduce contemporary issues and lifestyle stories into their walking and bike tours. Most recently Rosalind worked alongside Atija to develop a new Capalana tour, led by women for women, which is expected to begin next year. Rosalind also contributed her beautiful illustration skills to create groovy menus and other things, Marianna provided our first women's cooking classes. Again a big thanks and a call out for more educators to continue these initiatives.
ALL ROUND GOOD PEOPLE
Of course these are the measurable contributions made by volunteers, in addition but just as important are the intangible things like friendship, inspiration, fun, style and global connectedness that each volunteer has brought to our staff and to the island community. Always at the core must be some specific skill to share, we are choosy because this project and the people who benefit from it deserve the best and we can offer a lot in return
OUR FOCUS FOR 2020
RESPONSIBLE WHALE WATCHING.
We have developed Ilha De Mozambique as a globally significant whale watching destination, but, there are animal welfare issues that we need to address. More and more local operators are taking advantage of this new opportunity, and so they should, but without fully understanding the importance of responsible practice they could impact the whales and also damage the destinations reputation. Education on keeping a safe distance, not disturbing mothers with newborn calves, not chasing the whales and other established protocols would benefit both the whale watch operators and the whales themselves. We need Cetacean/marine biology experts as volunteers and also communication and training professionals to get the messages out to operators and future visitors. In 2019 we had our first whale festival with a focus on conservation education, we'll be doing it again in July 2020
BUILDING UP OUR CAFE AND WOMEN"S TRAINING SPACE
This is the year that we finally develop our shop space as a centre to enable more women to participate in tourism. We now own the space, we have architects drawings and in December 2019 we'll have input from a conservation expert to do the restoring in keeping with UNESCO expectations. We still need creative input of designers, cafe and retail professionals and trainers so that the cafe is not just good but the best.
First we have to understand the barriers that currently exist and devise strategies for overcoming them. In addition to 8 years here on Ilha we have years of experience working on similar challenges with young Indigenous people in Central Australia and many of the strategies we developed there can be adopted here. A volunteer for this project would most likely (but not necessarily) be female, have skills in engaging people through stimulating activities that may or may not be to do with tourism but should be educational, creative and fun. Portuguese speaking would be great but not essential. At the beginning we need somebody who can devote a decent chunk of time to this.
HOW VOLUNTEERING WORKS WITH US
We like discrete projects where we agree in advance some clear objectives and time frame. And it must fit into just 12 hours a week, leaving volunteers with lots of time for play and experiencing this unbelievably wonderful, like nowhere else on Earth, tropical island paradise
IN ADDITION WE HAVE OTHER WORK THAT MIGHT SUIT A PARTNER
We still need help with Bike repair and maintenance - we have 12 Pashley ex Royal Mail bikes that we use for tours around the island. These bikes are top quality but would benefit from some expert love and attention. We also have 14 cheaper bikes which we hire out.
Gardening/ training. People here have a good understanding of how to grow essential food crops. We would like to step things up a little with more herbs and leafy greens that can handle this climate and also ornamental plants for which there could be a small business opportunity in local homes and hotels. We don't have lots of space but creating a dedicated potting shed/shade area to nurture seedlings/cuttings would be good, also help us improve our compost system to make better soil, and other activities that can be scaled up, perhaps creating opportunities for small enterprises.
There's always need for illustrators, somebody who can help create eye catching promo material
Please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering with us or would like to support our initiative in some other way.
English, Portuguese. Macua
We have 2 comfortable rooms in a big house, both with private ensuite bathroom. One room in the main house the other attached but with separate entrance from the garden. The house is old but lovingly restored, with a rooftop terrace, big kitchen and lots of living space. We have a cat
Food provided is healthy breakfast everyday and a big lunch 6 days a week. This is generally enough with perhaps a light snack at own expense in the evening
Because we are a tourism business we can offer unlimited activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, sailing on our traditional dhow, bike riding etc Volunteers could also immerse themselves in the local culture, the island has a very lively social scene that centres around the streets in the evening and regular events like festivals, sports and cultural ceremonies. Also because we provide activities for visitors from all over the world you will never be short of opportunities to make new friends.
Note: we haven't got a hotel and we never ask volunteers to do the kind of work that local people can be paid to do
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
3hrs 4 days a week
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