Volunteer to conserve turtles and coral reefs whilst supporting the local community in the Maldives.


Maldives Sea Turtle and Marine Conservation

: Frontier

Where: Naifaru Island, Lhaviyani Atoll, the Maldives

Focus:  Green and hawksbill turtle monitoring, coral reef surveying and community involvement and education.

When: March to October | Weekly start dates on a Saturday.
Note: No project activities take place on Maldives public holidays. See project page for dates.

Duration: 2-4 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.

Cost: Available here.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Get involved in a number of community initiatives to help preserve the Maldives marine ecosystem and work with marginalised people on community engagement and development schemes.
  • Help the community-based turtle sanctuary by assisting in the care and maintenance of the juvenile green and hawksbill sea turtles currently living at the centre before their release.
  • Conduct beach patrols, collecting vital data.
  • Help feed and tend to rescued turtles.
  • Monitor the coral rehabilitation efforts and go on trips to nearby islands to collect broken corals to bring back to the conservation project.
  • Learn to identify different marine life and participate in snorkelling surveys to collect fish and coral data to assess the health of the local reefs.
  • Support the community centre with their conservation clubs, eco-cinema, children’s marine conservation classes, environmental awareness campaigns and beach clean ups
  • Help with English improvement classes for children, work as a day care assistant in local island pre-schools, support sports coaching and help run drug awareness workshops.
  • Promote health and fitness schemes to help keep residents active.

The Base

Accommodation: Depending on the time of visit and volunteer numbers, accommodation is either in a shared volunteer house or at a local guest house.

Sleeping: All bedrooms are based on 2-3 volunteers sharing (same sex) and are ensuite with ceiling fans.

Food: Volunteers have breakfast together with a local family. Lunch and dinner are provided at an extra cost at a local café.

Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.

Transport: Volunteers should arrive at Male International Airport on the Friday, and stay for one night before catching the ferry in the morning. Airport pick up, a hotel for the night and transfer to the jetty in the morning can be arranged for an extra fee.

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