Marine Conservation

Rehabilitate and release turtles that have been rescued from the illegal pet trade, while educating Maldives' community about environmental awareness.

Details

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, these turtles will then be 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.  You will also take part in coral gardening in an attempt to restore the degraded reefs.  There is an opportunity to 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 Atoll Marine Centre. 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.

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
• Conducting reef surveys on atoll islands
• Cleaning the coral frames/assessing coral health
• Organizing community beach cleans/marine awareness sessions.

Volunteers will receive training in fish/coral species identification and gain first-hand practical experience in international marine conservation for a local run NGO.




Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

Usual working days are Monday - Sunday.
  • Morning shift is from 7:00 - 9:00 AM - You will feed the turtles and start to clean tanks.
  • 9:00 AM - Eat breakfast with all the staff and volunteers.
  • 9:45 AM - Most days tourists from nearby resorts will come to visit the centre, you can answer questions and engage the visitors
  • Afternoon - Activities vary, you are encouraged to snorkel as much as possible! Learn about the fish, coral and invertebrates in the Indian ocean. Twice a week we will teach at local schools, here we educate them about marine conservation and the importance of a healthy ocean.
  • 4:00 - 6:00 PM - Feed the turtles and clean the rest of the tanks. 

  • There will also be excursions, reef monitoring and coral gardening depending on the day.  

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
n/a at University Degree or Enrollment level
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

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

Marine Conservation Environmental Education Sea cage to hold turtles before release Environmental Education Turtle Working with the turtles Volunteer House Beach Clean Ups Working with the turtles Volunteer House Reef Monitoring Marine Centre Marine Centre Excursions

Free-time activities

We organize one excursion per week, normally on a Saturday but the day may vary depending on weather/availability. 

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

Services

What's included?

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

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

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

You'll get more info on airport pickup 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, $200 for 2-4 weeks, $400 for 5-8 weeks, $600 for 9-12 weeks.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We have breakfast at a local house, giving you the chance to experience Maldivian breakfasts!
We eat lunch and dinner at a choice of 3 restaurants.
We also cook for ourselves once a week and have lovely bbq's with fresh fish.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1320
3 weeks
$1831
4 weeks
$2342
5 weeks
$2854
6 weeks
$3365
7 weeks
$3876
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6432

You can volunteer at the project site in Naifaru/Maldives between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Atoll Volunteers will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$598/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 Atoll Volunteers 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

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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.
Jalaaludheen Magu, 07020 Naifaru, Maldives