Botany and Gardening Volunteers
Do you enjoy working with plants and gardening? Would you like an opportunity to work with tropical plants whilst meeting a lot of new and exciting people? We are working on improving the beauty of Naifaru island by establishing public green areas. Areas where people can meet and socialize. People of the community are currently forced to meet in uninviting areas such as open squares or sports areas like football or volleyball courts.
Of course, creating green spaces requires someone to plan, plant and care for the plants, and to educate the island community on future care and management. As a resident botanist/gardener, you will be tasked with doing trips to nearby uninhabited islands to collect and bring home trees and samples to be planted throughout the island. Your main focus will be on public parks. You will be working closely with community representatives as well as other volunteers such as those in construction, grant writing/fundraising and community organizing projects. The exact projects you will be working on will be determined prior to and upon your arrival, in collaboration with staff and local community representatives. Once a project is worked out you will be given relatively free reigns to plan and execute it. Finally, the botanist/gardener programme also has a branch which focuses on building awareness within the community in terms of growing and treating household vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce and spinach etc.
Project unavailable in July
Eco Waste Management/Beach Cleanup Volunteers
If you are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference, then this is your chance to combine your passion for environmental issues with life on a tropical island and make a real difference to a community in need! On Naifaru island (and in the Maldives in general) there are serious waste management issues. These issues stem from a lack of capacity, awareness and knowledge about waste management and environmental protection.
This programme focuses on the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive waste management plan to help the island in the fight to control the waste and pollution. As a volunteer on the Eco Waste Management Programme, you will be involved significantly in community organizing efforts and awareness campaigns to increase attention towards this issue. These campaigns often focus on schools and community centres. You will also be closely involved with representatives from the local authorities, community leaders, and youth in the various steps of planning, developing, and implementation of the waste management plan. Volunteers engage in every step of the process to best utilise the skills they bring to the community.
Project unavailable in November and December