WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Currently, there is a strong need for the development and implementation of conservation programmes throughout the Maldives and an even stronger need for volunteers around the world to become educated and involved in promoting more sustainable practices within the communities.
In our marine centre we work on a range of projects such as sea turtle husbandry, collecting fish and coral data, planning and implementing awareness programmes for the community and schools, occasionally extending our coral garden which has been laid around the island of Naifaru and arranging trips to nearby islands where we collect broken corals to bring into our conservation project. This presents a unique opportunity for tackling the direct anthropogenic causes of reef degradation by incorporating local involvement in the transplantation and monitoring process and by running educational sessions for local adults and school children
There also is a large focus on sea turtle conservation in Naifaru, as many surrounding and uninhabited islands serve as hatching sites for various species of sea turtles every year. Sea turtles are currently endangered and sadly face threats both in the ocean and on land by human activities, such as poaching and entanglement in fishing nets. It is our goal to provide each and every sea turtle with the best possible chance of survival in the wild.
Whether you are helping to feed and clean our rescued turtles or watching as we release them back into the ocean, this progromme will give you an unforgettable hands- on experience which you will always treasure!
It is projects like this one, and many others which relate to the beautiful marine habitats surrounding these islands, which we hope to keep running with the help of locals and our wonderful volunteers. Some may say that a small amount of people can’t change the world, but they can change one tiny island at a time.
A big part of the success of our community turtle programme is due to the extra activities that run through our community conservation centre. This includes conservation clubs, environmental awareness campaigns and beach clean ups. Our volunteers play a vital role in each of these activities and we could not do them without help from international volunteers.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Each morning we feed the sea turtles in the centre and also those in our sea station a mixture of fish, tuna fillets and sea grass.
Data collection, research and education are key aspects of our programme so expect to play an active role in all centre activities, including children's marine conservation classes (this may also take place on other islands in the atoll so expect a little island hopping). Qualified volunteers may also involve themselves in helping out with English improvement classes at the center for the islands small children.
Activities like these are vital to our programme as it increases community numbers participating in our centre activities and really helps to educate the islands inhabitants in matters concerning marine conservation and environmental matters.
If you are more drawn towards the community development side of things, then you should consider joining one of our other programmes. We currently run four additional programmes on our islandm including Teaching and Medical placements, Community Development and Sports Coach. These initiatives aim to empower the local population and are a unique opportunity to form international friendships and bonds for everyone involved. You will work closely with the community, lending your skills and enthusiam to where ever it may be needed. Volunteers will have the opportunity to use their experience and knowledge in a variety of ways, which will benefit both the local community and the volunteer themselves.
In order to join the Teaching, Medical or Sports placements, we will need to apply for a business visa on your behalf. In order to do this, volunteers will need to provide the following documents :
· Bachelor’s degree (scanned copy of your degree certificate)
· Police check (less than 12 months old with no convictions)
· Medical (we will provide the forms)
· Colour scan of your passport (minimum 300dpi)
· Passport sized photo with white background (minimum 300dpi)
· Vetting form (we will provide the form)
Itineraries will be varied and should be discussed with your Volunteer Coordinator before arrival, so that we can make the necessary preparations for your trip. For more information on any ot these programmes, get in touch!