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."
"Since starting university I have had a passion for conservation and wildlife, gearing my degree in that direction. The opportunity to work with a local NGO and gain real experience in coordinating a project with so many different aspects is a dream come true. The Maldives has quickly become a second home and exploring the island, the atoll and the ocean is truly a wonderful part of the job. All of the volunteers and permanent staff are people that I will forever call friends, and lets not forget about all of the rehabilitating turtles in the marine centre."
"After first coming to the Maldives with Flinders University, I have returned to Naifaru to be the new Aquarium Biologist and establish a clownfish breeding program here at the Atoll Marine Center. My research background is in anemones, who form an important symbiosis with anemonefish and how they will both be affected by future climate scenarios. I am extremely excited about this unique opportunity and am very passionate about breeding of marine ornamentals to create a more sustainable aquarium trade. We've found Nemo now it's time to save him!"
"Working with Atoll Volunteers allows me to work closely with marine life whilst experiencing new cultures. The Maldives has amazing marine life which is under threat from both climate change and anthropogenic influences. Seeing the effects of this first hand is shocking, yet motivating, to ensure I help to make a difference on my short stay here."