Marine Conservation

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founded in 2012
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Coordinator | Mohamed
Coordinator | Mohamed
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Rehabilitate turtles that have been rescued from ghost net entanglement & the illegal pet trade, while educating the Maldives' community about environmental awareness. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
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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 marine centre after being kept as pets, or rescued from the ocean where they get trapped in ghost nets and rehabilitated and kept in the centre until they are ready to be released. The program is run by our two resident marine biologists, allowing you to learn from and work with other ocean enthusiasts. If weather conditions are suitable and you are a competent swimmer and free diver, you will also take part in coral gardening in an attempt to restore the degraded reefs. There is also 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 have the opportunity 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 Atoll Marine Centre. 

Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers will work closely with our 2 resident marine biologists. Daily tasks are varied and may include:

• Cleaning and feeding the rescued turtles

• Cleaning the turtles tanks

• Assisting our marine biologists in the lab with injured turtles

• Organizing beach cleans/marine awareness sessions.

Typical day

Usual working days are Tuesday - Sunday.
  • Morning shifts begin at 8:30AM - You will feed the turtles and start to clean tanks before heading to breakfast.
  • 9:00 AM - Eat breakfast with all the staff and volunteers.
  • 9:45 AM - Shift work varies day to day but typically include cleaning the tanks, engaging with locals and resort guests that come visit the marine centre for a tour 
  • 1:00PM - Lunch with the staff and volunteers 
  • 2:00PM - Afternoon activities varies depending on the weather but include snorkels, beach clean ups, turtle swims, documentary viewing, crafts, games, cooking night, watching sunset on the beach, bon fires, etc.
  • 7:00PM - Dinner with the staff and volunteers followed by rest/relax time

  • Monday is our day off and we reserve this day to go on an off-island excursion in the afternoon after lunch. Excursions vary, depending on volunteer preference and weather, but include snorkeling, exploring uninhabited islands, dolphin watching, night fishing, a day trip to a nearby resort

Free-time activities

We organize one excursion per week, normally on Monday. 

We can go on a variety of exciting excursions around the Lhaviyani 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: resort day trips, snorkeling trips, overnight camping trips, night fishing trips, BBQs or visits to uninhabited islands. 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.

Swimming
Diving/
Snorkling
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 (fluently)
Education Requirements
n/a at University Degree or Enrollment level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
An interest in marine conservation.
The ability to swim.
Bring your own snorkeling gear.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Atoll Volunteers

Pre-arrival:

  • 24/7 support from our volunteer coordinator
  • Pre-arrival information about your program, organization and environment
  • We book local accommodation and organize airport pickup (cost of accommodation not included in program fee)

During:

  • In-country transportation between Male and Naifaru either via ferry or speedboat
  • Accommodation on Naifaru
  • 3 meals a day
  • 1 excursion/week
  • 24/7 support from our volunteer coordinator

Post-departure:

  • In-country transportation from Naifaru to Male either via ferry or speedboat
  • Certificate of competency
  • Lifetime of memories

Airport Pickup at Male International Airport

You'll get more info on airport pickup during your application process.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in our local guesthouse, Aqua stay. We have single-sex shared bedrooms with 2/3 people/room. All rooms are en-suite and comes equipped with own bathroom. The house has free WiFi and a communal living area equipt with sofas, TV, books, a fridge and a kettle. Rooms all have air-condition. 

Single rooms are available at extra cost of $100 per week.

Food & Beverages

We eat all our meals at a local restaurant right next door to the marine centre. They can accommodate vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets. 

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

There is a speedboat that runs twice a week (Thursday and Saturday) between Male (capital/airport) and Naifaru (our island). As the speedboat only runs on these days, our programmes start and finish on a Thursday or Saturday. The boat leaves Male at 8am (on both days) and therefore it is recommended that you stay in Male the night before. We recommend you book your flight to arrive in Male on either a Wednesday or a Friday.

We recommend you book your flight to leave Male on either a Friday or Sunday, again spending one night in Male, as the speedboat from Naifaru can easily be delayed due to adverse weather. You may book flights on a Thursday or Saturday but please make sure your flight does NOT depart Male before 9pm.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,600
3 weeks
$2,185
4 weeks
$2,880
5 weeks
$3,595
6 weeks
$4,160
7 weeks
$4,850
12 weeks (max. stay)
$7,765
Average fees
$724 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Atoll Volunteers 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 Atoll Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Marine Conservation

Rehabilitate turtles that have been rescued from ghost net entanglement & the illegal pet trade, while educating the Maldives' community about environmental awareness.

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