The Sea Turtle Conservation project in the Maldives focuses on turtles in the area. Be a part of a project that recuses, rehabilitates and releases turtles back into the ocean. Also focusing on taking them away from the illegal pet trade. As well as educating the local community about environmental awareness and how they can do their own part.
The Sea Turtle Conservation Maldives project is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a marine conservation program. Which works closely with the sea turtles in the Maldives. Sea turtles that were originally pets are brought to the marine centre, these turtles will then be rehabilitated and kept in the centre until they are fully healthy and ready to be released back into the ocean. The project is run by two resident marine biologists which gives you the opportunity to learn from and work with other ocean enthusiasts. You will also take part in coral restoration. Reef monitoring is another task the volunteers love to help us with, to record the health of the surrounding reefs.
Experience what life is like amongst a different cultural experience and experience the ‘real’ Maldives. The Maldives is far more than just luxury resorts (however you will get the opportunity to experience the luxurious resorts too).
Our marine program is non – stop and relies on volunteer assistance to help us achieve all the project goals. In other words, without volunteers the centre would not be able to guarantee the continued operation of the marine centre. Monitoring work is time consuming so all the help we can get in maintaining our coral frames and surveying local reefs is needed.
Volunteers will work closely with our 2 resident marine biologists. Daily duties vary but some tasks include:
- Cleaning and feeding the rescued turtles
- Creating reef surveys on surrounding islands
- Maintaining and cleaning the coral frames/assessing coral health
- Beach cleans/marine awareness classes
All volunteers will get training on fish/coral species identification and receive the chance to practice in an international marine conservation for a local run NGO.
Usual working days are Monday – Sunday.
Morning shift is from 7:00 – 9:00 AM – volunteers feed the turtles and begin to clean tanks.
9:00 AM – Enjoy breakfast with all the staff and volunteers.
9:45 AM – Some days tourists from resorts nearby will come visit the centre, volunteers can answer questions and engage with the visitors
Afternoon – Activities vary, Volunteers are encouraged to snorkel as much as possible! Observe and learn about the fish, coral and invertebrates in the Indian ocean. We will teach lessons at schools twice a week, here we educate them about marine conservation and the importance of a clean and healthy ocean.
4:00 – 6:00 PM – Feed the turtles and clean the rest of the tanks.
There will also be excursions, reef monitoring and coral gardening depending on the day.
Excursions are organised once a week, normally on a Saturday but the day may vary depending on weather/availability.
Volunteers can go on a variety of exciting adventures around the surrounding islands and the coordinators always take into account what you as a volunteer would like to do with your time. Examples of some of the excursions include: snorkeling trips, resort day trips, camping trips, night fishing, BBQs or visits to islands that are uninhabitated. Volunteers may also get the chance to assist our marine team by assisting on reef surveys of the neighboring islands. 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. There is an amazing and friendly little community here and there is some beautiful sights and scenery to observe as walk around our island.