Working and living on-site
It’s a challenging environment to work in with low humidity placing a great physical demand on employees. Everyone who works on-site – both local employees and expats has to acclimatize to the hot and dusty conditions. The expat camp contains pool tables, darts, Internet access, a movie theatre, football field, gym, small pool, small library and TV room, so they can have sufficient time to enjoy themselves after work.
It’s been said that if you can survive in the harsh kind of desert environment found at Guelb Moghrein, you can survive anywhere. Therefore working at Guelb Moghrein requires a particular mindset. Employees who settle in best are those who are motivated by what they can achieve professionally, who enjoy integrating with employees from all over the world, and get great satisfaction from the results the team achieves.
Expat employees have a half-day off each week during their working rotation, which is usually spent resting in camp accommodation.
After a period of usually 42 or 63 working days, expat employees fly out and return home for 14 or 21 days of rest and relaxation. Expatriates travelling to see families in their home countries benefit from good connections into Johannesburg, Paris and Casablanca, giving them access to the rest of the world. Flights depart from Nouakchott, the capital, which is around 250 kilometres (a three-hour car journey) away.
Mauritania is a safe country to live and work in and, for resilient, self-motivated people, working at Guelb Moghrein can be a fulfilling professional experience. Employees who are willing to learn either Arabic and/or French – the official languages of Mauritania – will find it easier to experience and learn about the local culture. We value employees who take the time to develop their language skills, as they contribute to good communications across the mine.
Local employees like all Mauritanian citizens celebrate the feasts and holidays observed by other Muslim countries, such as ʿĪd al-Fiṭr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and ʿĪd al-Aḍḥā, which marks the culmination of the hajj. In addition to these, Labour Day is observed on May 1, Africa Day on May 25 and Independence Day on November 28.