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!
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My time with Atoll Volunteers – Paris Bates

We interview Paris Bates, a University Student from Australia, on her turtle-packed time at the Atoll Marine Centre! Hi! So what’s your name and where are you from? My name is Paris Bates and I come from Adelaide, Australia! What inspired you to come volunteer with us? The chance to come and experience the ‘real’ […]

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Andy’s Time in The Maldives

Andy Meyer was a gift from the Idaho gods. One marine biologist down and with a sudden dry spell of volunteers, he came just when the Atoll Marine Centre needed him most. He had been travelling around the land of Oz, writing and having a marvellous time, but also wondering how he could do something […]

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Meal times in The Maldives

Volunteer Jessie gives you the lowdown on the highlights of eating your meals with Atoll Volunteers…   The options for breakfast are western style or traditional Maldivian style. The newbie option is usually the continental breakfast, consisting of two chicken sausages, a sunny side up egg and three pieces of toasts, with a serving of […]


Julia’s 2 weeks

I just finished my two weeks of volunteering at the Marine Center and It was fantastic! Two weeks was definitely not enough time and I am very sad that it’s over. I have done volunteer projects before, but was a little hesitant about this one because I am not a strong swimmer and havnt snorkeled […]


Hannah Davidson (Australia) – Marine and Turtle Conservation

February-March 2016 Volunteering with Atoll volunteers was everything I could have ever imagined, but the biggest surprise to me was how much I gained from the program. Working with the turtles in its self was incredible. To watch them grow, get to know their personalities and then release them back into the ocean. To know […]

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Harshdeep Garcha (UK) – Teaching Assistant

Teaching has never been something I have ever thought of as a career, but because of my experience on Naifaru I hope that in the future I will be able to teach in some capacity. I was only there for three short weeks, but in that time I was able to have hands on experience […]

Matt Hill - Marine Conservation Volunteer

Matt Hill (UK) – Marine Conservation

I’m not entirely sure where to begin, or how much fun and contentment I have found in my time here. For me seeing a coral reef has been a long-time coming, however with life getting in the way, each trip had taken a backseat. I’m glad I waited so I was able to share this […]

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Rupert Stacy (UK) – Marine and Turtle Conservation

The past six weeks have undoubtedly been the best six weeks of my life. The time it takes to feel settled and integrate is almost immediate. There is so little not to be content with. From humble beginnings this organisation has come so far, helping not only the people and families that live on this […]