Atoll Volunteers is a young and vibrant organisation run by local and international volunteers on Naifaru island in the Maldives. We are run through our parent NGO Naifaru Juvenile, which was founded in 2000 by three local Maldivians and has grown over the years to include a number of volunteer programmes, including Marine Conservation, teaching and medical placements. We are dedicated to securing the most exciting and beneficial projects for our volunteers while still making sure that as much attention and funding as possible is funneled directly into our community. Most importantly, we believe that volunteering does not need to be all work and no play and that the most rewarding of volunteer programmes allow you to enjoy your placement, at the same time as giving back to our community.
Our community is desperate for your help in so many ways, but in return, we promise to welcome you into our lives as a friend, show you the best that the “real” Maldives has to offer and be on hand to support you in any way we can. We may not be able to offer you the luxuries of the 5-star hotels, but the natural beauty of the Maldives is not limited to resorts – idyllic beaches, uninhabited islands and some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs teeming with marine life of every colour are yours to explore. We provide accommodation in our volunteer house, Aqua Inn, which is simple, but modern and clean, similar to what you would expect to find in a European beach resort. Our mission is to ensure that you leave the Maldives having experienced the warmth and friendliness of our people, explored our islands, been amazed at the beauty of our marine life, made a real difference to our community, and hopefully come to love the little island that we call home.
We endeavour to provide the best volunteering experience that the Maldives has to offer, and have a range of customised placements which have been planned in cooperation with our Marine Centre, schools, hospitals, sporting teams and the local community of over 6000 people. So come and join us for the chance to live the ultimate experience in island volunteering, knowing that you will help make a real difference in our community!
ORGANISED TOURS AND PROGRAMS
Medical Placement Program in the Maldives
As in any country, our community depends on receiving high quality healthcare. However, living on a remote island in a developing country means we are faced with numerous challenges. Volunteers are placed within Lhaviyani Atoll Hospital, and get hands on experience in a variety of departments, shado...
Teaching Placement in the Maldives
Our children are at the heart of our community, and we know that education is their best chance to better themselves and their community, in our still developing country. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with children of all ages across a range of subjects including Math, English, and Science...
Community Development Programme with Atoll Volunteers
For many, the Maldives is a dream holiday destination, with pristine white beaches, blue skies and all inclusive luxury. However, the real Maldives is still very much a developing country. We lack resources, infrastructure and opportunities, particularly for our youth. But what we lack in opportunit...
Marine Conservation Program
Here in the beautiful Maldives, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by an abundance of tropical marine life, including five species of sea turtle. However, due to threats such as habitat loss, poaching, the illegal pet trade and injury from ghost nets, sea turtles are an endangered species. At Atol...