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Whale Shark Conservation in the Maldives

Pays d’action: Maldives, Asie
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat, Expéditions
This project gives you the opportunity to make a contribution to species conservation as a voluntary helper and dedicate yourself to vulnerable whale sharks in the Maldives. Living and working on a research vessel, you will get a unique insight into the natural paradise of the Maldives as part of a team of international volunteers, and are bound to have an unforgettable experience.

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

The project:
Located at the heart of the Indian Ocean, the islands of the Maldives are an excellent habitat for the largest fish on earth: the whale shark. The Maldives is almost the only place on earth where they can be observed year round. They face a growing number of threats and are now considered a vulnerable species: Finning, pollution affecting the natural ecosystems of the coral reef, accidents involving boats and uncontrolled tourism are the four main dangers facing the whale shark around the world.

Your tasks:
You will be significantly involved in the whale shark conservation project. Throughout your time as a volunteer, you will live and work on a research vessel, roaming the waters off the Maldivian coast. You will spend at least four days a week on a smaller boat called the Dhoni looking out for whale sharks with other volunteers. Your group will be responsible for checking population levels, taking photos and measuring the whale sharks. Whale sharks may look intimidating, but they pose no danger to humans!

In addition to monitoring the animals, you will also get to grips with data entry. The information that you gather on your excursions have to be sorted and entered into a database.

You will have one day off per week during the project. Spend your free time relaxing on heavenly sandbanks, go snorkelling or diving.

During your time as a volunteer, you will live on a spacious research vessel. Here you will share a cabin with another person. You will be accommodated with someone of your own gender whenever possible. Each cabin has its own bathroom. You will be served meals on the vessel. Some of these can be pretty spicy, but milder alternatives are also available.

• Placement in the project
• Assistance with travel arrangements
• Assistance with selecting travel insurance
• Assistance with booking flights
• Pre-departure information pack
• Island Arrival Tax
• Green Tax
• Airport pick up and drop off
• Accommodation during the project (research vessel)
• All meals during the project
• English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
• 24/7 support throughout the project

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Maldives, Asie
Type d'activité :
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 2300 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
2024 - 11 days: 18.03, 29.03, 21.05, 01.06, 21.06, 01.08, 08.10, 29.10, 01.12, 23.12
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle / Groupe
Maîtrise de langues :
Qualifications particulières :
All applicants must be 18 or over, have a good level of English and be a confident swimmer, as your role will involve swimming with whale sharks. We will also require a doctor's certificate confirming that you are healthy and fit enough to take part in the project, which can be physically demanding. No specialist knowledge is required.
Hébergement & repas :
Accommodation and meals are included.--- International flights are not included in the price ---

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