Volunteer Programs

Aerobics Instructor

Overview

Here in the Maldives, it can be difficult for women to get into a regular pattern of exercise. With constant housework and the looking after of children, many women relish the prospect of having some form of daily exercise routine. This is where you, as a trained aerobics instructor, will come in! Increased fitness, confidence, and community participation are just some of the benefits you’ll be providing to the local women. We require our aerobics volunteers to have some form of basic training in the area, a passion for meeting and empowering women and an energetic attitude.

Volunteer Requirements

Basic knowledge of aerobics

Good organizational skills

Able to run own classes

Location

Hoadedhoo

Volunteer Duties

Leading classes

Structuring work-out plans

Providing individual plans for locals

Accommodation

Home-stay

Computer Instructor

Overview

Many Maldivians want to know more about IT and are willing to commit and learn in order to broaden their horizons, but often the lack of human resources provides a significant boundary. A better knowledge of computers greatly increases peoples, in particular youths, ability to find themselves jobs and advance in the world. Volunteering as a computer in the Maldives, you will not only be living and working in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, you will also be providing a significant helping hand to many locals who would greatly benefit from it. To work as a computer instructor, we require applicants to have a fundamental knowledge of computer processes and programs (such as Microsoft office, Corel Draw and Adobe). This knowledge, combined with a passion for helping others and a desire to live on a tropical island, will make you an ideal applicant for this role.

Volunteer Requirements

Educational qualification in IT preferred (eg. O-Level, A-Level, Bachelors)

Ability to organize and run classes

Location

Thinadhoo

Volunteer Duties

Lead computer classes

Accomodation

Home-stay

Conservation

Overview

Conservation is a matter of paramount importance in the Maldives. Many species such as endangered turtles and fish suffer from a lack of protection from both locals and tourists, and, without substantial action, there is a good chance that some of these species may become extinct. Working on a conservation placement, not only will you get to see many of these fascinating species on an up-close and regular basis, you’ll also be able to play a major role in enhancing their lives. Living on a tropical island and helping with the conservation of tropical species… Don’t pass up the opportunity to take up this dream role! Requirements for this role majorly revolve around having a passion for conservation. Previous experience is preferable but not essential.

Volunteer Requirements

Background in conservation preferred (eg. Previous work experience, educational certificates)

Passion for conservation

Ability to work both in a team and independently

Location

Hoadedhoo

Volunteer Duties

Coral gardening

Turtle conservation

Raising awareness on conservation in the community

Accommodation

Home-stay

Counseling

Overview

Although a tropical island with the stereotypical ‘sun, sea and sand’, the Maldives is troubled by many personal issues amongst its communities. Working as a counselor, you’ll get the chance to help alleviate family issues, political dilemmas, and drug and alcohol addiction. Giving one-to-one sessions with individual clients, you’ll be able to make a real impact on people’s lives. As a human rights-oriented NGO, you’ll also get the chance to work with some of Huvadhoo Aids workshops, providing awareness and aid to the community. A counseling qualification is necessary for this role, alongside a passion for aiding the community. Expertise in human rights subjects such as drugs prevention and equality are preferable but not essential.

Volunteer Requirements

Educational/working background in counseling essential

Passion for working with and helping local people

Ability to organize own timetable for sessions and contact patients

Location

Fuvamalah

Volunteer Duties

Holding individual (or group) counseling sessions

Liaising with local authorities over community issues

(Optional) Aiding with drug prevention projects

Accomodation

Home-stay

Environmental Awareness

Overview

The welfare of the environment in the Maldives is a supremely important issue, although it is often one that little is done about. Community awareness is generally low, with local people having no real knowledge of the dangers they face through issues such as climate change and waste management. Working as an environmentalist in the Maldives, your main duties will be the raising of the awareness of the local community. This may include giving presentations and designing materials such as leaflets and posters. Other activities may involve the liaising with councils on environmental matters and offering advice and guidance on the environmental effects of new developments and projects. A basic knowledge of the environment is required for this placement, but more important are a love for it and a passion for helping a community that is very much in danger from environmental problems. Some form of educational background in environment is desired but not necessary.

Volunteer Requirements

Background in environmental studies preferred

Passion for environmental conservation

Good inter-personal skills

Location

Hoadedhoo

Volunteer Duties

Raising community awareness through presentations, workshops and youth camps

Participating in environmental activities and ongoing projects

Proposal writing

Accomodation

Home-stay

Grant Writer

Overview

With little financial aid from the Government, NGOs based in the Maldives rely on external funders to provide financial backing. To obtain this, proposals must be written and sent to convince these funding organizations why they should give their money. Many of the NGOs applying for funding are not completely competent or comfortable with writing proposals, largely because English is a second language here. As a grant writer, you will write proposals and assist with the application process at all levels. Grammatical and spell-checks will be required often, and help with the phrasing of sentences would be a great benefit to the NGOs. A passion for helping NGOs in less-developed countries in a must, and a good level of written and spoke English is necessary.

Volunteer Requirements

Proof of ability to speak and write English

Strong educational background

Experience with writing preferred but not essential

Location

Hoadedhoo

Volunteer Duties

Writing proposals for prospective projects

Contacting and researching funding organizations

Accomodation

Home-stay

Medical Placements

Overview

Medical aid is not always readily available in the Maldives; many of the smaller islands often have only one doctor. This placement is ideal for medical students taking time out from their studies to gain practical experience abroad, or for qualified medics wishing to experience something different. Helping out at one of the local hospitals or health centers, you’ll be providing tangible and much-needed help to vulnerable communities. Medical experience is necessary for this placement, along with a desire to live on a tropical island whilst making a difference to people’s lives.

Volunteer Requirements

Medical background essential (formal training)

Experience working in a hospital

Location

Thinadhoo

Volunteer Duties

Assisting doctors with procedures, diagnoses and prescriptions

Minor duties such as taking blood pressure

Administrative work

Accommodation

Home-stay

Sports Instructor

Overview

Sport plays a large role in many Maldivian’s lives; particularly football and volleyball, and the traditional sports of baibala and bashi. Volunteering in the Maldives as a sports instructor, you will be bringing your passion and expertise to a community with a huge love for sports. You will be providing the local community with more activities to benefit their lives. Fitness, happiness, and a distraction from the disadvantages of local life will be your primary gifts to the community. Knowledge of sports coaching is necessary, and formal qualifications are desired. You must also be passionate about sport!

Volunteer Requirements

Sports qualifications preferred but not essential

Passion for helping the community and playing sports

Knowledge of sporting rules and regulations

Ability to organize games and tournaments

Location

Hoadedhoo

Volunteer Duties

Organize games and tournaments on a daily/weekly basis

Liaise with sporting NGOs

Introduce new sports to the community

Accommodation

Home-stay

Teaching Assistant

Overview

Working as an aid to teachers in either the pre-school or the secondary school, teaching assistant volunteers will be providing children in the Maldives with a chance at an improved education. Support with English will be one of the main duties of these volunteers, but support will also be given in whichever subject the volunteer has an interest or expertise in. This may include help with sporting events or classes on science or mathematics. A teaching qualification is required to work in the main school, but none is necessary for the pre-school. Passion for helping a tropical community, as always, is a must. This placement is ideal for those who either plan to become teachers in later life and want to experience something different first, and for those who simply want to make an impact on the lives of children.

Volunteer Requirements

Teaching experience preferred but not essential

Sometimes a CRB check may be required

Passion for working with children

Location

Thinadhoo, Hoadedhoo

Volunteer Duties

Creating lesson plans

Aiding teachers in the classroom

Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL)

Supervising children

Accommodation

Home-stay

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