Marine and Sea Turtle Conservation

founded in 2014
Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives
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Coordinator | Imad
Coordinator | Imad
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Gain hands on experience in a marine environment with incredible animals such as sea turtles! Gain knowledge and experience in a variety of eco systems for example coral This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This program is a great chance to get involved in marine conservation and work closely with the amazing sea turtles.  Sea turtles are brought to the turtle rehabilitation center after being kept as pets or after being found in the wild injured/sick, these turtles will then be rehabilitated and kept in the center until they are ready to be released.  The program is run by our resident marine biologist, allowing you to learn from and work with other ocean enthusiasts.  You will also take part in coral gardening in an attempt to restore the degraded reefs.  There is an opportunity to learn and take part in reef monitoring, to record the health of the surrounding reefs.

You will be given the chance to immerse yourself in a different culture and experience the 'real' Maldives. The Maldives is far more than just luxury resorts (although you will get chance to experience the luxurious resorts too).

Our marine program is extensive and relies on volunteer support to help us achieve all our project aims. Simply put, without volunteers we would not be able to ensure the upkeep and continued operation of our turtle rehabilitation center. Monitoring work is time consuming and extensive so we require all the help we can get in maintaining our coral frames and surveying local reefs.

Volunteers will work closely with our resident marine biologist. Daily tasks are varied and may include:

Cleaning and feeding the rescued turtles
Conducting reef surveys on atoll islands
Cleaning the coral frames/assessing coral health
Organizing community beach cleans/marine awareness sessions

Typical day

Morning shift is from 7:00 - 9:00 AM - You will start to clean tanks.

9:00 AM - Eat breakfast with all the staff and volunteers.
9:45 AM - Sometimes tourists from nearby resorts & locals will come to visit the center, you can answer questions and engage the visitors.
10:00 AM – First feeding of the day.
Afternoon - Activities vary, you are encouraged to snorkel, coral reef surviving, coral gardening as much as possible! Learn about the fish, coral and invertebrates in the Indian ocean. 
4:00 - 6:00 PM - Feed the turtles and clean the rest of the tanks. 

There will also be excursions on weekend and week days depending on the situation.

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.

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 (basic level)
Education Requirements
English Language at High School/ Diploma in any field level
Required Documents
CV, Certificate and passport copy & 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, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives

Three meals, accommodations, domestic travel, volunteer activities & program development, local sim card, Wifi/internet (2GB data ), trips to an uninhabited islands, snorkeling trips, fishing trips,, Group Leader and a local guide.

With very special rates offered to those who wish to stay longer than 6 months. These prices can be negotiated directly through Sun sHADe Volunteers 

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.

Dorm Room 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. 

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

O your arrival you will be received by one of our officials and then your transfer from International Airport to domestic airport will be guided. Most of the time on the same day you arrive, you will be flying to project site

 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.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$534 /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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