WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be met upon arrival into Inhambane airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation, which is roughly a 2 hour drive. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
You will be staying in a volunteer house nestled in the sand dunes overlooking the Indian Ocean in the south of the country. From your bedroom window you will often be able to spot dolphins playing in the surf, whales (in season), turtles, whale sharks and various game fish. The accommodation is rustic, comfortable and clean and built in a traditional manner. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers and you will have running water, showers and limited electricity. There are hot and cold drinks available throughout the day and it is an ideal place to relax with fellow volunteers.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
You will be provided with 3 meals a day and tea and coffee will be available at any time. There is plenty of variety in Mozambican cuisine and you should endeavour to sample as much as possible. Cornmeal, millet, rice and hot stews are mainstays in Mozambique as with much of Africa. However, Mozambique has an interesting fusion of tastes left over from Portuguese colonial rule, particularly in the use of wine. One such dish is matata, clams cooked in port wine with finely chopped peanuts and tender young greens or fruits. A favourite dish of the interior is frango a calrial which means "chicken, the African way", which is chicken rubbed down with piri-piri spices and roasted over charcoals. Caril is the name for curries, which are also served very ho" with manga achar, a special mango chutney. Other popular ingredients are peanuts, coconut, cucumber, bananas and seafood. The fish of Mozambique and especially the shellfish, lobster tails, shrimp and prawns, are considered by many to be the most delicious in the world, so that there is plenty to get your taste buds tingling.