Island Experience

founded in 2014
Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives
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Coordinator | Imad
Coordinator | Imad
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Spend hours in crystal clear waters with sea turtles, eagle ray, dolphins and more
Get first-hand experience at marine conservation recreating coral reefs!!
Snorkel around a sand bank in the middle of the Indian Ocean!! & Spend time on remote islands of the Maldives
Learn about the cultural background of these coral islands with their white sand beaches
Spend a day at a 5 star resort with discounted prices
Sun sHADe Volunteers (Maldives) provide opportunities for responsible and meaningful working holidays in one of the most beautiful places in the world: The Maldives! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Travel beyond the 5 star resorts and spend your summer holidays on the breath-taking remote islands of the Maldives and experience authentic local island life at its best while supporting community based sustainable development projects. Because of the remote location of the islands there is a lack of human resources to move forward with a variety of community initiatives.

You will have an opportunity to assist local NGOs with enabling the local people to work effectively in promoting and advancing the interests of the rural communities. This will encourage sustainable development on the island.

Join Sun sHADe Volunteers led by local NGO, Huvadhoo Aid, on a group tour to this amazing island paradise and explore the islands while giving back to the local communities. There are volunteer opportunities in a variety of different sectors from education, environmental conservation, coral reef conservation, mangrove reforestation and management, tree planting and community development. Sun sHADe volunteers will work with you to coordinate a volunteer program that is suited to your interests and fills a need in the community.

During your stay you will have plenty of time to enjoy the island life and on the weekends you will have time to snorkel, have private island picnics, go fishing, and relax on the pristine beaches.

The group size will be limited so reserve your spot today!

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) Snorkeling, helping EcoKids & have beach diner party 

Day 4 (Tuesday) Beach cleaning, coral gardening & BBQ

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

Day 6 (Thursday) Coral reef surveying & 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 cleaning, coral reef surveying and local language practice 

Day 10 (Monday) Mangrove planting and cleaning & Coral gardening 

Day 11 (Tuesday) Relaxation on unique uninhabited island & coral reef surveying 

Day 12 (Wednesday) Madaveli Island tour & EcoKids program 

Day 13 (Thursday) Coral gardening & Beach 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) Coral reef surveying, tree plantation and sports with locals  

Day 16 (Sunday) Island renovation & Beach cleaning

Day 17 (Monday) Uninhabited island trip & EcoKids program 

Day 18 (Tuesday) Dolphin watch and Movie night 

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

Day 20 (Thursday) Snorkelling & farewell party 

Day 21 (Friday) Coral reef surveying, and getting ready for departure  

Day 22 (Saturday) Goodbye Maldives

Free-time activities

Spend hours in crystal clear waters with sea turtles, eagle ray, dolphins and more

Practice your Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives, with the locals

Experience an entertainment evening with traditional dancers and drummers!

Head off to an uninhabited island for a day of volleyball, snorkeling, exploration and sun!

Water Sports


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 (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School/Deploma in any field level
Required Documents
CV, passport copy and visa applicant information form upon request
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 Sunday from 09:00 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives

Full board (Three meals and accommodation)

Domestic airfare and travel

Volunteer activities & program development

Trip to uninhabited islands, snorkeling trips, fishing trips, and other excursions  

Group leader and local guide

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

Airport transfers  

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 bathroom with hot water available, and rooms are cleaned.You will have cupboard space to store your belongings, we encourage you to bring small padlocks to store your items in the lockable spaces.

Our local team always lives in close proximity to the accommodation and are on-call 24/7 should you need anything

Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Meals will be provided every day in a 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.

Meals are freshly prepared each day. If you fancy some western comforts, make a request to the local team and they can do their best to create a little menu for an evening (these will have a separate cost).

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 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

Starting dates for 2020 are 

 4th January

25th January 

15th February 

7th March 

28th March 

6th June 

27th June 

18th July 

8th August 

29th August 

 19th September

10th October 

31st October  

21st November  

12th December  

This program is paused due to COVID-19

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
$867 /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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Sun sHADe Volunteers (Maldives) provide opportunities for responsible and meaningful working holidays in one of the most beautiful places in the world: The Maldives!


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