Here you can find testimonials straight from the horses, (or should we say turtles!) mouth. Previous volunteers share their favourite moments from their time at Atoll Volunteers, and how their experiences in Naifaru have changed their perspectives on the world we live!

Meet our new Marine Biologist – Holly

Where are you from? I’m from England. When did you first become interested in marine life? Well I have always been intrigued but I would say during my first year of University my intrigue expanded into fascination, as so much of it is undiscovered. This growing interest lead me to volunteer on a dolphin project […]


Meet our new Aquarium Biologist – Cassie

This week we meet our new Aquarium Biologist, Cassie Hoepner. Cassie will be with us for three months and in that time, will be re-establishing the clownfish breeding programme in association with Saving Nemo. Keep reading to hear about more about Cassie! Where are you from? I am from Adelaide in South Australia, and I […]

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My time with Atoll Volunteers – Karolien Kerbraeken

This week we catch up with Karolien, an Industrial Engineer student from Belgium, with a passion for Marine Biology. Karolien spent three weeks with us in August. Hi! So what’s your name and age? My name is Karolien and I’m 22 years old. What inspired you to come volunteer with us in the beautiful Maldives? […]

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Meet our new Marine Biologist – Alex Stead!

This week we meet our new Marine Biologist, Alex Stead. Alex will be with us for the next 12 months running Atoll Marine Centre and our conservation and outreach projects. Read on to hear about Alex’s background, his dramatic arrival and exciting plans for the next year ahead with Atoll Volunteers! Hi Alex! So lets […]


A day in the life of an Atoll Volunteers volunteer!

This week we follow one of our Marine and Turtle Conservation volunteers to get an insight into what daily life on Naifaru is like! 07:30am Most mornings we wake up around half seven in our room’s, which we share with a fellow volunteer at Aqua Inn, the volunteer house. The sun is usually shining in […]

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My time with Atoll Volunteers – Sam Hawke

This week we speak to Sam Hawke, from Newcastle, Australia. Sam volunteered on the Marine and Turtle Conservation programme for 3 weeks in July 2017. Hi Sam, so what inspired you to come volunteer with us? Because I love the ocean and the marine life within it. I also study Marine Biology, so the experience I had with the […]

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My time with Atoll Volunteers – Harriet Stone

We interview Harri Stone, a medical student from the UK, on her medical placement at Lhaviyani Hospital. Hi! So what’s your name and where are you from? My name is Harri, I’m 24 and I’m originally from Cardiff, Wales. What inspired you to come volunteer with us? I was researching online to carry out some […]