In the Maldives, we are lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of tropical marine life, including five species of sea turtle. Unfortunately, due to threats such as habitat loss, poaching, the illegal pet trade, and injury from ghost net entanglement, most sea turtle species are now endangered. At the Marine Centre, we work to combat this by rescuing, rehabilitating and ultimately releasing sea turtles back into the wild where they belong.
As a volunteer, you will be an integral part of our team, working alongside our Marine Biologists to gain practical turtle husbandry skills from cleaning and feeding, to assisting with administrating medical treatment. Volunteers also have the opportunity to gain experience in marine surveying and community outreach. This programme is perfect for budding conservationists who want to gain practical skills and field experience, or for volunteers who simply love sea turtles and want to interact with them in a sustainable way.
The Sea Turtle Conservation Programme is available for 2-week durations but we strongly recommend at least 3 weeks to get the full experience. Furthermore, weather conditions also play a factor in what you will be able to do and bad weather may prevent you from going in the water for several days.
What to expect
Before you sign up for volunteering in our Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, you should take note of the few requirements listed below. To volunteer on this programme, you should:
What’s in it for you?
Whether you are a student, have a degree in marine biology or are just an ocean lover, we guarantee that volunteering in this programme will be both a learning experience and a lot of fun! By joining our programme, you will be able to make a difference where it matters. We have a lot of experience in this field and joining us means that you will gain practical experience and a lifetime of memories.
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