Rehabilitate and release turtles that have been rescued from the illegal pet trade, while educating Maldives' community about environmental awareness.
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).
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.
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.
You'll get more info on airport pickup pickup during your application process.
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.
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.