Kanma (Mohamed Ahmed)
"I have always aspired to helping my local community and improving the quality of life here in Naifaru in any way I can. Co-founding Atoll Volunteers has been a difficult but truly worthwhile journey and my dream has become a reality. Volunteers bring interesting and valuable experiences and expertise that have been integral in achieving this dream and making island life even more enjoyable."
Nattu (Abdul Raheem Nashid)
"Having the opportunity to express my creativity through Maldives Originals, while helping my local community is something I find very fulfilling. I am excited to continue this work in the future."
"To me, the ocean with its infinitely bountiful, ever awe inspiring blue, has always held a special place in my heart. But despite the enormous benefits that the ocean brings to us, this most precious of assets is under threat. Therefore, having the opportunity to work with Atoll Volunteers and be part of the solution, has been a remarkable experience. My role as a Volunteer Coordinator has provided me with a fascinating insight into how an international charity is run and has given me an authentic experience of working with the local community of Naifaru and its amazing marine life. It is a pleasure to work for this inspiring charity."
"As the aquarium biologist, I am helping to continue with and expand the clownfish breeding program. I also will be helping schools and the general public to learn about clownfish, aquarium trade and threats to clownfish populations. This will hopefully make a difference and get people involved in more citizen science initiatives such as our Clownfish and Anemone Database. I believe this position will be very rewarding as we will make a difference to create a more sustainable aquarium trade and also by releasing clownfish back onto local reefs to replenish diminished populations."
"I graduated this year with a BSc(Hons) in Wildlife Conservation and I'm so excited for my time as marine biologist with Atoll Volunteers. I love the fact I am going to see a turtle everyday for the next year and contribute to the head start they need to make it in the big blue. I have previous experience with nesting turtles, hatchlings and the negative impacts humans can have on their habitats. Furthermore, I cannot wait to raise awareness in the local community, meet new people and I have so much more to learn."