Community Development Volunteer Programme

For many, the Maldives is a dream holiday destination, with pristine white beaches, blue skies and all inclusive luxury. However, the real Maldives is still very much a developing country. We lack resources, infrastructure and opportunities, particularly for our youth. But what we lack in opportunities, we make up for with our community spirit. Our community is vibrant and warm, and we care for each other as one big family, and we will welcome you with open arms into our lives. By contributing to our community development programme, volunteers have the unique opportunity to use your unique set of skills and expertise to make a difference to a community that will truly benefit from your time and effort.

  • This program will give you free reign to create new ideas and design new projects.
  • Fully integrate yourself with the community and work with both local & international volunteers.
  • Make a real difference to the lives of our people using your international skills and experience.
  • It’s not all work and no play, weekly excursions snorkelling, visiting uninhabited islands, camping, BBQs etc. offer some much needed rest time.
Location Naifaru Island, Maldives
Start Dates Thursdays or Saturdays every week
Duration 2 - 12 weeks
We recommend at least 3 weeks
Requirements • Have a good mind for and are passionate about organising
• Enjoy working with children, youth, and people from different cultures
• Are solution oriented
• Are open-minded and willing to embrace the views of others
• Can commit yourself to helping our community build a better future!
• You are minimum 18 years old

Volunteer Role: What will I be doing?

  • Volunteers will have a lot of free reign to develop new ideas and propose projects for improving our community.
  • Volunteers will have the opportunity to work closely with other international volunteers and local Naifaru Juvenile volunteers
  • We offer a range of different placements, but also welcome any ideas you may have. Placements include: eco-waste management, youth counselling, botany and gardening, construction, grant writer and community organiser. 

Volunteer Testimonials

“My time on Naifaru working as a marine volunteer was absolutely amazing and I will always remember it. It was an incredible experience and although I have travelled a lot the Maldives are a special place!”

Nina Undvardi-Lakos, Marine Conservation Volunteer, 2014

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Why are volunteers needed on this project?

Volunteers provide international expertise and a fresh perspective into our community, coming up with vital new ideas as to how we can develop and improve our local community. Recent projects have included ‘Gardens for Life’, and awareness events to promote understanding of waste management issues. Without international volunteers, we cannot accomplish all the projects our community needs. It cannot be understated the value of community volunteers to our people!
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Where will I be living?

Accomodation is provided in our local guesthouse; Aqua Inn. We have single-sex shared bedrooms, usually with 2 people per room, although private accommodation is also available for additional cost. All rooms are en-suite and come equipped with a private bathroom. The house has free WiFi and a communal living area with sofas, TV, books, a fridge and a kettle, and soon feels like home, a great place to relax after a rewarding day in the community! Your accommodation is included in the programme fee. More information about Aqua Inn can be found here.

Free Time & Excursions

We organize one excursion off the island per week, normally on a Saturday, but the day may vary depending on weather/availability. We go on a variety of exciting excursions around the Lhaviyani Atoll, and always take into account what you as a volunteer would like to do with your time. Examples of some of the excursions include a: resort day trip, snorkeling trips, overnight camping trips, night fishing trips, BBQs or visits to uninhabited islands. Volunteers may also get the chance to go on reef surveys of the neighboring islands with our marine team.

During your free time on the island, we encourage volunteers to get in the sea as much as possible and take photos of the marine life and islands. We snorkel around our island's reefs most afternoons, play cards, play volleyball, go crab catching, have movie nights, and through it all, make life long friends. We have a wonderful little community here and there is some fantastic sights and scenery to take in as you walk around our island.

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What’s included?

- 24/7 support from our volunteer coordinator
- Pre-arrival information about your programme, organization and environment
- VISA application on your behalf so it is ready for you on arrival (Only needed if you are staying for more than 30 days.)
- We book local accommodation and organize airport pickup

- In-country transportation between Male and Naifaru either via ferry or speedboat
- Accommodation on Naifaru
- 3 meals a day
- 1 excursion/week
- 24/7 support from our volunteer coordinator

- In-country transportation from Naifaru to Male either via ferry or speedboat
- Certificate of competency
- Lifetime of memories
- Discount of 20% if you decide to come again


Coming to the Maldives as a volunteer, the duration of time staying here will have an impact on the kind of visa you will get, and therefore which requirements needed.

Up to 30 days:

Being a volunteer for no longer than 30 days, you need to provide:

  • A color scan of your passport.
  • Flight itinerary.

Over 30 days (up to three months):

Staying for more than 30 days you will be needing a Business Visa. This type of visa allows you to stay and work in the Maldives for 3 months.

In order to qualify for a Business you would need to provide:

  • A prove of degree in a related field
  • A color scan copy of your passport
  • A passport sized photo (less than 3 months old)
  • A medical report (we will provide the necessary forms to be completed by your doctor)
  • A police report (less than 6 months old)
  • A completed and signed vetting form (we will provide the form to be filled out.)


2 weeks $1062
2 weeks $1468
4 weeks $1974
6 weeks $2786
8 weeks $3548
10 weeks $4310
12 weeks $5122
Become a volunteer in the Maldives, immerse yourself in a different culture, help the community develop, while learning skills and collecting unforgettable memories.

You can check out where your money goes in the fees section and check out special offers in the discount section.

All fees are shown in USD and are exclusive of the administration fee of $200.00, Bank Transfer fee $25 and Insurance fee $40 (business visa only). Your fee covers in country transfers, accommodation in Naifaru, 3 meals a day, activities and a weekly excursion. We find volunteers spend very little additional money whilst with us. Without these funds, we would not be able to conduct these vital projects and community outreach projects. 

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Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information or if you have any specific questions. We aim to reply within 24 hours.

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"There are very few places and people I actively miss - this however, is top of my list and I don’t want to leave!"

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10% off in the programme if you confirm 3 months in advance

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