Summer Volunteer Abroad Maldives

Summer Volunteer Discover Maldives

Quick Overview

Our summer volunteering program takes place in the beautiful islands of the Maldives and will involve a mix of volunteering and travelling, with flexible start dates for our volunteers. Available as a 3 Week program, this summer volunteering experience is great for both career breakers and students who are looking for a meaningful travel experience or a volunteering project that can fit into other travel plans and work or study commitments. If you want a way to give back to communities as you holiday, our summer volunteering program is the perfect mix of charitable work and leisure ‘“ the responsible way of travelling! This particular summer volunteering program will take you to the incredible Huvadhoo Atolls of the Maldives, where you will be living close to the beach and will get a chance to enjoy tours of the islands with a range of organised cultural activities whilst also offering help to local schools and community centres.

Our main island base will be Hoedhdhoo but during your time on this program, you will also have the opportunity to explore other islands such as Thinadhoo. Our program itinerary is carefully curated so that every volunteer can enjoy a culturally immersive experience with some free time available so you can do your own exploring as well as daily meals provided as a part of the package so you can taste the authentic cuisine of the islands. With incredible island locations which resemble paradise, volunteers will soon fall in love with the Maldives and if you love relaxing on white sandy beaches or exploring nature, this summer experience is an ideal career breaker or out of term volunteering program for you. Learn new skills, meet great people and come and enjoy one of the world’s most coveted destinations.

What’s Involved

This summer volunteering program in the Maldives is available as a 20 day experience with flexible start dates available throughout the summer season. Our main flagship island is Hoedhadhoo in the Huvadhoo Atoll and this will act as our main base but other locations within the travel program. This atoll, which is the third most southern in the Maldives, is the largest natural atoll in the world and is located just above the equator. Hoadedhdhoo lies on the western edge of the atoll, around 8 miles north of the equator. The island is home to around 1200 people. Some activities included in the itinerary are beach volleyball and beach football, snorkelling and scuba diving, city tours and sightseeing, island hopping as well as cultural shows.

Volunteering work will involve things such as volunteering at schools and community centres or helping with projects such as community development. If you have any particular skillsets or specialist areas and would like to combine another volunteering program, we will do our best to help you create a tailored travel experience to make your trip as meaningful and as immersive as possible. Examples of some of the general volunteering projects you may be involved in during your 3 week experience with us include English reading session for pre-schoolers, assisting with adult English classes, or helping out with sports activities and healthcare. These small projects will be at local schools so you will be working with young children; no prior experience is needed so this program is suitable for people of all ages.

Please note that we need a minimum of two persons for this 3 week program

All The Details

Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives

2017 Dates

July 29 2017 to August 19, 2017

Program Prices are in GBP £. If you are not from the UK please use the current conversion to your currency.

3 Weeks: £1399

What’s Included?

Price Includes

  1. Pre-departure guide  – to prepare you for your trip
  2. Boat transfer to the island
  3. Pick-up and drop from airport in Male
  4. Home stay accommodation: shared room with  ensuite bathroom. Rooms will have fans
  5. Experienced bilingual local staff team to support you on the island
  6. Breakfast and dinner
  7. Location orientation – a walk around the local island
  8. 24 hour support in your location for emergencies

Whats Not Included in your program fee :

  1. Flights to the program destination
  2. Medical and travel insurance
  3. Visa costs
  4. Vaccinations
  5. Personal shopping on the island
  6. Snorkelling or diving excursions

Local Team


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Getting There

  1. The nearest airport is Male International Airport MAL
  2. If you wish to book flights to any destination you can contact us.
  3. We will provide you with business visas for the Maldives.
  4. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
  5. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
  6. We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel abroad. Visit www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
  7. We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
  8. For support on any of the above email us hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

Your 3 weeks plan:

A sample 3 week itinerary may include:
You will be working from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being your weekend.
Sunday to Thursday volunteer from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

Week 1 :
Sunday – Volunteering and Dhivehi language lesson
Monday – Volunteering and Fishing trip
Tuesday – Volunteering and afternoon snorkeling
Wednesday – Participate in local sports activities
Thursday – Volunteering and Night fishing
Friday – Picnic on an uninhabited island & snorkelling tour
Saturday – Surfing and/or wakeboarding

Week 2:
Sunday to Thursday volunteer from 9:30am – 2:00pm.
Sunday – Island hopping tour to surrounding local communities to meet and learn about other volunteer programs
Monday – Cooking lesson
Tuesday – Afternoon snorkelling
Wednesday – Free Day – Participate in local sports activities
Thursday – International Group Dinner – The volunteers will cook dinner for the local volunteer team
Friday to Saturday – Overnight trip to an uninhabited island

Week 3:
Sunday to Thursday volunteer from 9:30am – 2:00pm.
Activities:Volunteer in Maldives
Sunday – Snorkelling and/or Scuba Diving
Monday – Group BBQ feast
Tuesday – Surfing and/or wakeboarding
Wednesday – Free Day – Participate in local sports activities
Thursday – Special final night dinner! 
Friday & Saturday will be left open to enjoy a final group activity based on the interests of the group.

What Happens When I Arrive?


Living Arrangements:

Your accommodation in the Maldives during your summer volunteer experience will be in a local house either in a twin or triple share room during your first and last night in the capital, and either a shared house with other volunteers or a homestay for the rest of your time on Hoedhadhoo Island where you will be based.

All accommodation details will be provided prior to travelling and in most cases will be a private room with en-suite bathroom or a same sex sharing room with another volunteer on the same program. We encourage community living so that you can make new friends and find someone to share your travel experiences with. If you have specific requirements, please let us know in advance and we will try our best to meet your individual needs. Meals will also be provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during your time with us.


Health and Safety :

When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 support.

Volunteering Journeys Foundation:

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through supporting local charities, local organisations and community projects in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support our programs.


Volunteers Love Us!

  • ‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand.  I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks.  Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’

    Fiona Kirk
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  • ‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
    So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’

    Jemima Kershberg
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  • ‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’

    Glyn Owen
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  • “J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”

    Laura Prigogine
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  • ‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
    I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’


    Katie Parsons
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  • ‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’

    Elidith Cameron
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  • ‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’

    Jane Daniell
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  • ‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
    If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’

    Harminder Athwal
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  • “Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”

    Aimee Chirio
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  • ‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’

    Andrew Davies
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  • ‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’

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    Bob Macauley & Family
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