We are a young and vibrant organization of local and international volunteers, based in the Maldives.
We offer a range of local volunteering programmes and we are dedicated to securing the most exciting and beneficial projects for our volunteers while still making sure that as much attention and funding as possible is funnelled directly into our community. Most importantly, we believe that volunteering does not need to be all work and no play, and that the most rewarding of volunteer programmes allow you to enjoy your placement at the same time as giving back to our community.
Our community is desperate for your help in so many ways but in return we promise to welcome you into our lives as a friend, show you the best the "real" Maldives has to offer and be on hand to support you in any way we can. We may not be able to offer you the luxuries of the 5 star hotels but the natural beauty of the Maldives is not limited to 5 star resorts - idyllic beaches, uninhabited islands and some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs teeming with marine life of every colour are yours to explore. We provide accommodation in our volunteer houses which are modern but simple and clean, and similar to what you would expect to find in a European beach resort.
Our mission is to ensure that you leave the Maldives having experienced the warmth and friendliness of our people, explored our islands, been amazed at the beauty of our marine life and hopefully come to love the little island that we call home.
We have extensive experience in placing volunteers in exciting projects that have seen our volunteers partake in activities as varied as turtle conservation, teaching, community organising, various sports programmes and much, much more.
We endeavour to provide the best volunteering experience that the Maldives has to offer and have a range of customized placements which have been planned in cooperation with our schools, hospitals, sporting teams and local community of over 5000 people to offer a wide variety of volunteering options.
We believe in
- Building a stronger community through sustainable projects
- Engaging the community in the work of our volunteers to secure a learning process that is
beneficial for both parties
- Building a better future for our community with special attention on creating a better life for
our youth so that they may have better employment opportunities and the chance to pursue
- Bringing people of all nationalities and cultures together with a common goal
- Low administration costs – to ensure as much funding as possible is given back to our
We actively support our community and run a range of programmes and individual projects at any time, so we are always looking for new volunteers to help us in our work.
It is our vision to build a stronger community, not just on our island of Naifaru, but on all the islands across Lhaviyani Atoll and in the future all of the 1192 islands that make up the Maldives.
We strive to make a difference in a number of areas through community inclusion built on awareness programmes, hiring locally, close cooperation with local schools and community organisations as well as an interest in bringing international volunteers in to teach different views and methods that can help create a more sustainable community.
We are a young organisation which was officially founded in early 2012 after more than 4 years of experience running volunteer programmes on Lhaviyani Atoll on behalf of other international volunteer organisations in the Maldives through our NGO.
We chose to launch our own volunteer programme since the various international partnerships that we were previously involved in all had extremely high administration costs, which meant that only a small fraction of the volunteers' placement fees would actually reach our organisation and the island community - and in some cases the community found themselves needing to subsidise the volunteers stay as the funding that was received was simply not enough to cover basic accommodation and food costs.
Therefore, we decided to make a change for the better. One of the most frequently asked questions by potential volunteers is "Where does my money go?" and we wanted to ensure that it really was reaching the community it was intended for. At Atoll Volunteers we keep our running costs to a minimum, with no international offices or paid international staff, we keep our advertising and administration costs as low as possible and have a transparency policy which means that as our volunteer you will be able to monitor what your funds cover - any funds remaining from your programme fee go directly into local community projects.
Not only are our fees lower and more transparent than most other Maldivian NGOs, but we were also the first NGO in the Maldives registered to bring in foreign volunteers. This means that you can be sure that we know what we are doing and that our visa application process is smooth and quick.
However, as all our full time employees are local Maldivians, please do excuse us if our English, which is our second language, is not always perfect!
So come and join us for the chance to experience the ultimate in island volunteering but do it knowing that you will help make a real difference in our community!
Naifaru balan aadhey!
See you at Naifaru!