Marine Conservation Program
Every day at the marine centre is different. We can say for certain that we always need help. From scrubbing tanks to taking turtles on sea swims we will have you working hands on with our turtles.
Length: 2-4 weeks, possible up to 12 with extra requirements
Location: Naifaru, Lhaviyani atoll, Maldives
Here in the beautiful Maldives, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by an abundance of tropical marine life, including five species of sea turtles. However sea turtles face many threats such as habitat loss, poaching, the illegal pet trade and injury from ghost nets. 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.
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 rescue and rehabilitation, community outreach and beach cleans.
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 snorkelling, visiting uninhabited islands, BBQs and some much needed rest time.
Naifaru Island. Lhaviyani atoll, Maldives
• The ability to swim and be comfortable in the water
• Hold an interest in marine life and conservation efforts
• Have an open mind towards other cultures
• Be willing to commit yourself to helping our community
• Bring your own snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins)
• Have experience in the field of marine biology or oceanography (beneficial)
• You are minimum 18 years old
"To have played a small part in the work the AMC team do will be a memory I will always cherish."
"I had the most amazing time volunteering at AMC...During my stay I witnessed four turtle releases, each one a highllight."
"This project truly allows you to gain a unique perspective on life.. I will forever be grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity."
"Volunteering... has inspired me to go back to university to study environmental sciences. I applied the day I got back to Aus..."