Coral Farming Supporter

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founded in 2014
Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives
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Coordinator | Imad
Coordinator | Imad
Why not come take a dip in our conservation team to help build, clean and maintain new coral frames on our coral nursery. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The project

On our conservation volunteer program you will be focusing mainly on water based activities such as coral farming, reef clean ups or survey dives. This is important to save coral around the island and help to prevent it from fading away.

When the coral farm has new coral fragments (nubbins) in it, then regular cleaning is required to keep the algae off them. Once they are healthy enough, then new frames can be made and new broken corals that we find from the reef can be added. We are taking already broken coral fragments and giving them a second chance to survive.

Role of the volunteer

Reef cleans are important as well to clear off any rubbish off the natural reefs. You will also do some dry land cleaning to help educate and also reduce how much rubbish and man made items make their way into the ocean. This will help to prolong any coral that you are creating in the future!

Volunteers have the most important role to help keep the project alive and also to help keep the coral alive. It is incredible to see what huge impact the coral nursery has already done.  

What you can expect

Every volunteer has an amazing experience & leave us with some amazing memories. Why not come join us on this project and take a dip in the ocean. You won't regret it.

Apart from all the conservation work that you will be taking part in, you will also get to relax and enjoy the relaxed life that the maldives has to offer. You will get to interact with the local villagers who are very kind and friendly. new friends will come your way while on the island and even after you leave the project.

Typical day

During your stay at SunShade Volunteers you will be involved in all aspects of coral conservation. There will be several parts of marine conservation that you will become a part of and learn how to take part in: 

  • A regular and exciting activity will be reef cleaning, where you will take an empty bag and enjoy a fun dive on one of the many reefs collecting any refuse that you come across.
  • we also build and maintain our own coral nursery to rehabilitate damaged reefs and start to build our own artificial reef, you will help us to build new coral frames, maintain our current ones and also help to transplant frames that are ready to be moved.
  • Regular beach cleans, village cleans and recycling are an important part on dry land to help ensure that the rubbish does not end up in the ocean so these are done on a regular basis too.

Volunteer working hours may vary from time to time depending on the tasks on that day but minimum will be 3 hours a day.

Free-time activities

The ocean is great for swimming and snorkeling. You can go on a trek around the island and meet the locals. 

You can just relax and socialize or spend time out on the beach. It is a quite island however there is a youth center and café to relax at. There is limited shops and sim cards to get internet access. if you bring a smart phone please make sure that it is unlocked ready for a Maldivian sim.

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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)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
If you are coming for less than 30 days and madical report and criminal background report is nor required.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You must be about to swim, and diving skills would be useful.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives

Our volunteer program is ran entirely by Huvadhoo Aid, an NGO based on island of Huvadhoo Atoll. This not-for-profit set up ensures that the entirety of your fee is spent on the costs of your placement. This means that your entire fee goes back into aiding the community.

Our volunteering fees include all your food and accommodation, a local sim-card for your phone, visa costs, local transportation both to and within the atoll, weekly activities and anything else you will require specific to your placement. Weekly activities may involve fishing trips, snorkeling round the coral reefs or picnics to uninhabited islands. Locals will more often than not be used for transport within the atoll, and as much of our food as possible is locally sourced. Our transparent policy ensures that our volunteers know exactly where their money goes. You will be able to see precisely what your money is being spent on and if you have any questions or issues at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Airport Pickup at Male International Airport
Our official will receive you at Male International Airport, and will take you to hotel in Male' where you will be transited over night. Next day local you will fly to the atoll where you volunteer. You will be received by our officials in local airport too.

Hostel or Homestay accommodations in a clean, modern home with a private ensuite. Based on double or triple occupancy.

rooms are a good size which are very clean and have enough space for two single beds and a bunk bed, vanity case and a wardrobe to put clothes away. one big bathroom with a shower and toilet which turns into a wet room.

Dorm Room Guest Family Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
Maldives is almost 99% sea, it is not surprising that fish (mainly tuna) is the most important staple of the Maldivian diet. The cuisine found in the island nation is a mix of Arabic, Indian, Sri Lankan and Oriental influences. The ninety tourist resorts scattered throughout the islands host diverse international menus as well as traditional Maldivian dishes. Eating in Malé affords tourists the best opportunity to try real, local food and visitors should make sure to eat in the cafés, known locally as hotau.

Coconuts are a major part of many dishes in Maldives and can be served in grated form, as milk or as coconut oil which is used to deep fry foods. Favorite fish include skipjack tuna, little tunney, yellowfin tuna, frigate tuna, bigeye scad, wahoo and mahi-mahi.

Rice: While an essential part of a local meal, it is not grown here and must be imported.

Popular dishes include:

Garudhiya: a fish broth served with rice, lime, chili and onions.

Mas huni: shredded smoked fish with grated coconuts and onions. This is considered the most popular breakfast food in the country.

Fihunu mas: barbecued fish that has been basted with chili.

Hedhikaa is the local word for snacks in the islands and some of the favorites are:
• bajiya: pastry that is stuffed with fish, coconuts and onion.
• gulha: pastry balls that are stuffed with smoked fish.
• keemia: deep fried fish rolls.
• kulhi boakiba: a spicy fish cake.
• masroshi: mas huni that has been wrapped in roshi bread and is then baked.
• thelui mas: fried fish cooked with chili and garlic.

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 sai or tea. Raa is a traditional drink and is a toddy that has been tapped from palm trees. It is sometimes left to ferment.
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

With our coral conservation project you are more than welcome to join us anytime during the year! we can fit around you and your busy schedule!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,600
3 weeks
$ 2,000
4 weeks
$ 2,600
5 weeks
$ 3,200
6 weeks
$ 3,800
7 weeks
$ 4,400
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 7,600
Average fees
$ 717 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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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