Rehabilitate and release turtles that have been rescued from the illegal pet trade, while educating Maldives' community about environmental awareness
This programme 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 programme 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.
Our marine programme 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.
Day to day
Morning shift is 7-9am - you will feed the turtles and start to clean tanks.
9am - eat breakfast with all the staff and volunteers.
9.45am - 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 - 6pm - feed the turtles and clean the rest of the tanks.
There will also be excursions, reef monitoring and coral gardening depending on the day.
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 a: resort day trip, 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.
Most volunteers will stay in the volunteer house, where there is a shared boys room and shared girls room.
Single rooms are available at extra cost, $200 for 2-4 weeks, $400 for 5-8 weeks, $600 for 9-12 weeks.
The accommodation is basic but comfortable with a fan and en-suites. There is wi-fi in the volunteer house.
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.