Island Adventure

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

Volunteering on the Maldives

Travel beyond the 5 star resorts and spend your winter holidays on the breath-taking remote islands of the Maldives and experience authentic local island life at its best while supporting community 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 to attain basic needs and to create a solid foundation for sustainable development.

Your participation in this unique opportunity will assist with poverty alleviation in the community by promoting equity and equality.

Join Sun sHADe Volunteers on a group tour to this amazing island paradise and explore the islands while giving back to the local communities.

Activities

There are volunteer opportunities in a variety of different sectors from education, environmental conservation, healthcare, climate change prevention & awareness, grant writing, and various research opportunities.

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 or SCUBA dive, try wake boarding, have private island picnics, go fishing, and relax on the pristine beaches.

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

Highlights:

  • Enjoy the laid back culture on the island
  • Assist with a variety of community development projects related to education, healthcare, environmental conservation, sustainable tourism, climate change research, marine conservation and more!
  • Travel to uninhabited islands for a picnics and snorkel excursions
  • Opportunities for snorkeling & wake boarding
  • Day visit to nearby tourist resort where discount is available for volunteers.
  • Relax on the pristine beaches

What’s included? 

All meals, accommodations, domestic travel, volunteer activities & program development, local sim card, picnics to an uninhabited islands, snorkeling trips, fishing trips, surfing, wake boarding, Group Leader and a local guide.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

You will be working from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being your weekend.

Sunday to Thursday volunteer from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

Week 1 :

Day 1 – Volunteering and Dhivehi language lesson

Day 2 – Volunteering and Fishing trip

Day 3 – Volunteering and afternoon snorkeling

Day 4 – Participate in local sports activities

Day 5 – Volunteering and Night fishing

Day 6 – Picnic on an uninhabited island & snorkelling tour

Day 7 – Surfing or wakeboarding or picnic to local island

Week 2:

Sunday to Thursday volunteer from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

Activities:

Day 1 – Island hopping tour to surrounding local communities to meet and learn about other volunteer programs

Day 2 – Cooking lesson

Day 3 – Afternoon snorkelling

Day 4 – Free Day – Participate in local sports activities

Day 5 – International Group Dinner – The volunteers will cook dinner for the local volunteer team

Day 6 to Day 7 – Overnight trip to an uninhabited island

Week 3:

Sunday to Thursday volunteer from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

Activities: Volunteer in Maldives

Day 1 – Snorkelling and/or Scuba Diving

Day 2 – Group BBQ feast

Day 3 – Surfing and/or wakeboarding

Day 4 – Free Day – Participate in local sports activities

Day 5 – Day Visit to a Luxury Resort

Day 6 & Day 7 will be left open to enjoy a final group activity based on the interests of the group.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and passport copy
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 and Sunday from 09:00 - 15:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Maldives? Volunteer World directly connects you with Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives

Island Adventure Relaxing on the beach vising uninhabited islands Visiting local island Day visit to tourist resort Experience beauty of sand banks Sunny side of life having a walk on white beaches Enjoy beauty of Maldives Beautiful beaches White beaches and blue sea Relaxing on the beach Working with locals enjoying local life

Free-time activities

We offer several incredible opportunities to try and make our volunteers stays as memorable as possible:

Desert-island excursions – A real desert island experience! We drop our volunteers and local guides off on an uninhabited island in the morning, and leave you there all day! We provide everything you will need, including food, beverages, sports and snorkeling equipment to make it the perfect day out for you. Picnics on such islands are great fun, and offer volunteers an opportunity to explore, sunbathe and relax in a tropical paradise. Picnics and barbeques on an uninhabited beach, with a few good friends, are truly one of the greatest things the Maldives has to offer. The idea of exploring a completely wild island should also appeal to the adventurous side of our volunteers!
Swimming and Snorkeling – With temperatures lingering often around 30°C and humidity often surpassing the 80% mark, even murky water would look tempting… But here in the Maldives our pristine oceans are one of our proudest and most beautiful assets. Azure-blue, crystal clear water and coral reefs teeming with fish visible just below the surface of the water are trademarks of our nation. It is undeniably tempting to plunge into the ocean on a daily basis. We offer some of the best snorkeling in the world – for free! Simply grab some flippers and a mask and you’re set to go, simply step off the edge of the island. When snorkeling you will frequently find yourself staring face to face with rare tropical species such as manta rays, reef sharks, turtles or even dolphins if you are lucky. The reefs themselves are beautiful and truly are a wonder of nature!

Tours to different islands – Most islands in the Maldives are unique and are host to different customs and sights to see. We offer tours to different islands and this really does give you a better view of what the Maldives is really like.

Fishing – Fishing, besides making up a large percentage of the country’s economy, is a favorite past-time of many of the inhabitants and most of the islanders have a passion for that! Locals and local volunteers will offer to take you fishing in the beautiful waters surrounding our island. Night fishing usually begins with a burning sunset turning into a starry sky. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Catching such a wide variety of exotic fish is an experience of a life-time!

Barbeques - Any fish caught can also be prepared and eaten locally, with evening beach barbeques (or at private houses) -almost as common as the fishing trips that precede them!

Over Night party at one of the uninhabited islands.

Day visit to nearby tourist resort where discount is available for volunteers.

Relax on the pristine beaches.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
All meals, accommodations, domestic travel, volunteer activities & program development, local sim card, Wifi/internet, picnics to an uninhabited islands, snorkeling trips, fishing trips, surfing, Group Leader and a local guide.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

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.

Accommodation

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

Guesthouse
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. Favourite 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 favourites 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.

Drinks:
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
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1400
3 weeks (max. stay)
$1799

You can volunteer at the project site in Hoandedhdhoo/Maldives between 2 weeks and 3 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Sun sHADe Volunteers Maldives will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$650/week
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Maldives

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Maldives. Please check the visa regulations for Maldives.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Maldives.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Malé 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Maldives you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Maldives.
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Maldives upfront.
Malas, Hoandedhdhoo, Maldives