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 Atoll Marine Centre we rescue illegally kept and injured turtles, rehabilitate them, and release them back into the ocean where they belong. Working alongside our two Marine Biologists, Volunteers experience hand’s on practical turtle husbandry skills and make a real impact in our marine conservation efforts.
We work closely with other ocean enthusiasts, both international and local, at our Atoll Marine Centre. Get involved in a variety of different projects including sea turtle rehabilitation and headstart program, coral gardening, reef monitoring, and community outreach. Hone practical conservation skills to enhance future career prospects. Live in the ‘real’ Maldives in a tight-knit, friendly community who will welcome you with open arms. It’s not all work and no play, weekly excursions include snorkeling, visiting uninhabited islands, camping, BBQs etc. and offer some much-needed rest time.
Organizing and assisting with community beach cleans and 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. This programme is perfect for budding conservationists who want to gain practical skills and field experience, or for volunteers who simply love sea turtles and want to interact with them in a sustainable way
Pre-arrival: – 24/7 support from our volunteer coordinator – Pre-arrival information about your programme, organization and environment – VISA application on your behalf so it is ready for you on arrival (only needed if you are staying for more than 30 days.) – We book local accommodation in Male and organize airport pickup (cost of Male accommodation is not included)
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 – Discount of 20% if you decide to come again
What’s Not Included
• Flights • Travel insurance
• $200 administration fee
• $30 international bank transfer fee
• Boat from the airport to the mainland in Male ($1)
• Taxi to the speedboat to Naifaru (approx. $4)
• Accommodation in Male (approx. $55-65 per night)
Volunteers will work closely with our two resident marine biologists. Daily tasks are varied and may include: Hands-on turtle husbandry experience including cleaning and feeding the rescued turtles Assist with administrating any medical care Conducting reef surveys on atoll islands Practical coral regeneration experience including monitoring coral frames and collecting data
Program And Price
“My time on Naifaru working as a marine volunteer was absolutely amazing and I will always remember it. It was an incredible experience and although I have travelled a lot the Maldives are a special place!” Nina Undvardi-Lakos, Marine Conservation Volunteer, 2014
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