Working in a Maldivian hospital was highly different from its NHS counterparts and it was interesting to see the differences and the similarities of this. I feel I learned a lot about social problems that are usually rare in the UK and therefore I think I will be a more round healthcare professional in the future due to this. Continue reading
During my time volunteering for Huvadhoo aid I feel like I gained a new insight for working abroad and working outside of the NHS. Although spending time in the local hospital was a valuable experience I felt the most valuable was giving health care presentations to the local children on subjects such as germs and blood pressure. Continue reading
This year we went volunteered for Huvadhoo Aid at the local hospital on Thinadhoo. We spent 3 weeks shadowing the doctors there, doing presentations for the local school children on healthcare and seeing what social and health problems there were in the Maldives. Continue reading
“I have just returned after 1 month working with Open Hand on Fuvahmulah Island in the Maldives and I want to go back. I worked closely with Open Hand, leading workshops and helping out at the Drop in Centre. Open Hand is a brilliant charity / NGO with amazing staff, they are so dedicated and motivated to making a positive change on the island and in the Maldives, they are constantly trying to help those around them and strive to become better. Continue reading
After graduating from University, I had no real idea about what I wanted to do with my career. After doing some research into taking a year abroad, I decided to work with Huvadhoo Aid for 9 months doing environmental work and gaining some credible work experience which would hopefully help me in the future. Continue reading
During my time within Hoadedhdhoo I was given the opportunity to work within the pre-school as part of their English Language Enrichment programme. As part of this programme I spent time within all classes in the school including baby nursery, Nursery A & B, LKG and UKG working on their English speaking. The sessions were devised around the class themes of that week and included subjects such as shapes, personal hygiene, animals that live in the sea, air and on land, flowers, trees plus a number of other areas. Working with the children has been a great and fulfilling experience, seeing the development in their English and their interactions with me throughout my time in the school made it a worthwhile time.
Initially, the children were very new to interacting with someone that didn’t speak their language so were very quiet and shy, however as the weeks developed so did there confidence and soon the children were shouting my name as I walked around the island and interacting more openly with me in lessons. Continue reading
On May 2009, I responded to an advert issued by “Hoadedhoo Association for Development” (now Huvadhoo Aid) with a view to fill a position that consisted of teaching English to adults and carrying out some administrative duties at the headquarters of the association in G. Dh Hoadedhoo.
Being granted the position, I arrived in Male’ on November 7th, 2009. I recall that it was a rainy day and the airport was flagged by Maldivian red and green flags. I was welcomed by Huvadhoo Aid and really we didn’t have any problem meeting through the crowd of tourists and travelers. After being introduced to many friends in Male’ and having some “roshi massoni” (a delicious Maldivian meal made of bread and tuna fish) I joined Huvadhoo Association for National Development (HAND) in G. Dh Thinadhoo. Continue reading
My collaborative partnership with Huvadhoo Aid began in 2009 working as an International Consultant. I intensively studied the Maldives in my global affairs Master’s thesis, so transforming my initial volunteer position into working for Huvadhoo Aid (HAD) was an extraordinary opportunity. I quickly discovered they exemplify the innovative approach taken by youth-led NGOs nationwide; holistically leveraging peacebuilding, human rights, sustainable development, environmental conservation, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation tools. They are also incredibly successful because they blend tireless professionalism and caring for each other like a family to achieve their mission. Over the past 3 years I have seen HAD exceed their mission; growing from a nationally lauded community-based organization, to regional NGO, and now they provide capacity building assistance to organizations nationwide. Continue reading