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founded in 2014
Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives
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Coordinator | Imad
Coordinator | Imad
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Gain expert knowledge about a variety of eco systems in the Maldives including mangroves
Increase community awareness of current issues to create a sustainable environment
Learn about what local life is like in the Maldives
Visit local stakeholders such as schools, health care centers and council members to improve conditions on the island
Our volunteers will be introduced to a variety of different environmental conservation projects including mangrove reforestation and management, coastal cleaning and tree This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The welfare of the environment in the Maldives is a supremely important issue, although it is often one that little is done about. Community awareness is generally low, with local people having no real knowledge of the dangers they face through issues such as climate change and waste management. 

Working as an environmentalist in the Maldives, your main duties will involve helping to improve and sustain the local eco system. Major tasks include mangrove reforestation and management, cleaning the mangrove systems to remove waste such as plastic bottles, beach cleans to remove accumulated waste, and finally spreading awareness to the local community.

Other activities may involve the liaising with councils on environmental matters and offering advice and guidance on the environmental effects of new developments and projects. A basic knowledge of the environment is required for this placement, but more important are a love for it and a passion for helping a community that is very much in danger from environmental problems. Some form of educational background in environment is desired but not necessary.

Typical day

Day 1 (Saturday) Arrive in the Maldives

Day 2 (Sunday) Orientation, tour around the island, and visit to uninhabited island

Day 3 (Monday) Mangrove conservation, helping EcoKids & have beach diner party 

Day 4 (Tuesday) Beach cleaning, tree plantation & BBQ

Day 5 (Wednesday) Trip to sandbank/uninhabited island & EcoKids program 

Day 6 (Thursday) Tree plantation & Night fishing 

Day 7 (Friday) Trip to uninhabited island, mangrove cleaning & & BBQ 

Day 8 (Saturday) Mangrove planting and cleaning, and sports with locals 

Day 9 (Sunday) Beach/coastal  cleaning, mangrove conservation and local language practice 

Day 10 (Monday) Mangrove planting and cleaning & beach/coastal cleaning

Day 11 (Tuesday) Relaxation on unique uninhabited island & mangrove conservation 

Day 12 (Wednesday) Madaveli Island tour & EcoKids program 

Day 13 (Thursday) Beach/coastal cleaning & Beach dinner party 

Day 14 (Friday) Free day, Optional activity; Day visit to tourists resorts with a minimum fee to cover transport and access. Discounts available on food and other services 

Day 15 (Saturday) Mangrove Conservation, tree plantation and sports with locals  

Day 16 (Sunday) Island renovation & Beach cleaning

Day 17 (Monday) Uninhabited island trip & EcoKids program or home gardening

Day 18 (Tuesday) Mangrove Conservation, Dolphin watch and Movie night 

Day 19 (Wednesday)Mangrove planting & planting & home gardening 

Day 20 (Thursday) Snorkeling & farewell party 

Day 21 (Friday) mangrove conservation, and getting ready for departure  

Day 22 (Saturday) Goodbye Maldives

Free-time activities

As it is a small island there are limited activities to do in your spare time, however, you can go to local café designated or take a walk to the beach and watch the breathtaking sunsets. You can also spend your spare time enjoying some of the many activities on the island. Locals are huge fans of football, volleyball and Bashi – a traditional Maldivian women’s sport. If you are a person who loves water activities, then you are in the right place. The ocean plays the role of a big playground.


We can go on a variety of exciting excursions around the Huvadhoo Atoll and always take into account what you as a volunteer would like to do with your time. Examples of some of the excursions include snorkeling trips, night fishing trips and visits to uninhabited islands. There is an opportunity to take a day trip to a resort or go on an overnight stay at an uninhabited island; however these are optional excursions as they require an extra payment to cover transport and necessities. Volunteers may also get the chance to go on reef surveys of the neighboring islands with our marine team. During your free time on the island, we encourage volunteers to get in the sea as much as possible and take photos of the marine life and islands. We have a wonderful little community here and there is some fantastic sights and scenery to take in as you walk around our island.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
E at At least High school diploma level
Required Documents
Passport copy and CV with academic certificate and visa applicant information form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good Communication Skills
Friendly and Playful Personality
Experience in Teaching Kid
Open minded
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 09:00 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives
All meals, accommodations, domestic travel, volunteer activities & program development, local sim card, trips to an uninhabited islands, snorkeling trips, fishing trips, Group Leader and a local guide, BBQ and dinner parties.

·         2GB of WiFi will be provided, additional data requires a fee

Airport Pickup at Male International Airport

Airport transfers are included in the cost of the program. At Male international airport you will either be taken to the domestic flight terminal or if necessary, to stay overnight in Male, taxi fare to and from the hotel will be paid for. However, if you require an overnight stay in Male you must stay on your own in a hotel which we can help arrange upon request, but you will be charged extra for your stay. You will be taken by speedboat from the local airport to the island and from the island to the airport on departure. 


Campus accommodation based on rooms of three to six-person occupancy. Volunteers need to share a room (same sex only) and the rooms are air conditioned and big enough to accommodate three or six volunteers if necessary. All rooms have a shared en suite with hot water available, and rooms are cleaned.

Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast will be provided every day in a local café. Lunch and dinner will also be provided at the local café as per itinerary and menu agreed. If individual meals sum greater than USD 7, then you will be required to pay the extra amount. Drinks:
When visiting Maldives, it is best to stick with bottled water as this is safer and when in doubt, always ask. As the islands are an Islamic nation, the population does not drink alcohol, however, it is available in most resorts. Locals instead prefer to drink fresh juice, tea or coffee.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Male International Airport (MLE) in Male. We assist you to find cheap flights to Maldives.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Maldives provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Maldives you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Maldives.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$783 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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