Marine and Coral Reef Conservation

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founded in 2014
Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives
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Coordinator | Imad
Coordinator | Imad
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High­lights

Gain experience in marine and environmental conservation
Snorkel in crystal waters to collect data on fish species
Help protect the ecosystems of one of Maldives' most beautiful islands
Discover stunning beaches in your free time
It involves assessing the health of these ecosystems, as well as the gardening and maintenance of them
The program is to protect, conserve, and restore the nation's coral reefs by maintaining healthy ecosystem function. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Marine and Coral reef Conservation volunteering is the perfect way for all ocean lovers to help and protect their surroundings. Coral reefs play a vital part in our marine ecosystems and suffer greatly from water pollution, unsustainable diving, and fishing.

Marine and Coral reef Conservation programme provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn and serve through their involvement in marine conservation projects in with us in Maldives. You will spend most of the work time both under water and in the local community, with minor task of reporting/computer work. You will be expected to work in restoration center in the morning and in the local community in the afternoon, or it could be reversed depends on the appointment and weather and sea condition. 

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 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).

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

  • leaning the coral tree frames to remove the settlement of algae and encrusting organisms
  • Assisting with new installations and maintenance of coral nurseries
  • Propagating coral fragments and out planting corals back into the reef
  • Potentially functioning as a leader in the field
  • Conducting reef surveys and Species monitoring. Data collected from the survey dives will be entered into a database.  
  • Organizing coastal clean-ups and marine awareness sessions

Typical day

Our Volunteer Coordinator sets out a schedule in advance requesting availability on the days required. The days selected are chosen depending on the weather, number of volunteers and other events etc. 

You will usually work 5 to 6 hours per day between Sunday to Thursday. You will be participating in a wide array of coastal and marine conservation activities, both on land and in the water. Activities are based on the community’s current needs, and as such, are subject to change. Days begin bright and early at 9:00 AM, when you participate in your first task until noon. Lunch is served at 12:00 PM. The rest of the day is free time for volunteers to rest, go on excursions, etc. Dinner is served at around 7:00 PM. Weekends are free for volunteers to relax or explore. 

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
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sports

Require­ments

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
Creativity
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.

 

Accommodation

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 Guesthouse
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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

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.

On your second day you will receive an orientation and island tour to introduce you to the local team and island life. It will cover topics such as information on the island, local food, religion, and general information about your stay with us. Any questions can be answered before the program begins to ensure you have a full understanding of what you will be doing in your time here.

 

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$900
5 weeks
$3,200
6 weeks
$3,800
7 weeks
$4,400
12 weeks
$7,600
50 weeks (max. stay)
$8,400
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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Marine and Coral Reef Conservation

The program is to protect, conserve, and restore the nation's coral reefs by maintaining healthy ecosystem function.

$534/week

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