Teaching Volunteer in Maldives

Volunteer Teaching in Maldives

Quick Overview

Our program for teaching in the Maldives is committed to working with non-profit, non-governmental organisations to help improve the lives and inspire the people of small island communities. Based in the beautiful Huvadhoo Atolls, volunteers will get the unique opportunity of experiencing the humble, laidback Maldivian island lifestyle, whilst teaming up with island schools and community leaders to tackle the issues facing young people today. Whilst in recent years, the nation’s literacy rate has improved dramatically and new schools have been built across all atolls over recent decades, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Teaching volunteers who come and join our mission will get to take part in teaching or assisting other teachers, community development programs, evening classes or workshops. The work that you do will not only help to improve teaching and learning for the next generation, but you will also get the chance to help other teachers and people in the local community.

From sharing your knowledge of the English language to imparting inspiration and ideas as well as building true friendships, our volunteer teaching program in the Maldives will touch and change so many lives. This particular program also has a strong dedication to responsible and sustainable travel, nature and animal conservation, and being conscientious to the Maldivian way of life which has a very unique culture and fragile environment.

What’s Involved

The volunteer teaching program will be between 2 to 12 weeks, depending on your available timescales and will take place during the Maldives Academic Year, which is from January to the end of October. During your time as a volunteer teacher or volunteer teaching assist, you will work with local children of all ages and you will spend your time either assisting or teaching English and other subjects. This experience can also accommodate teachers qualified in other areas, such as sports coaches and P.E teachers who can get involved in various sporting activities with schools and youth groups. Whilst volunteering as a teacher in the Maldives, it is also not unusual for schools to ask volunteers to help conduct workshops and training classes for teachers or to ask volunteers to run evening English classes for the staff. Whilst untrained teachers may find this to be daunting, we can assure you that no matter what your skills are yet, the time and effort you put into this project will be very much appreciated by the local schools and organisations; and even if English is not your first language, any help you can give will also make a difference as local Maldivian teachers will have had little to no English training at all.

You will be staying in the Huvadhoo Atolls, which include the islands of Hoedhadhoo or Thinadhoo. Located just 1 hours from the capital by flight, getting around will be easy and you will have plenty of free time during the weekends. We also ask our volunteers to respect the conservative culture and the very modest dress code required of men and women in the Maldives.

All The Details

Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives

This program will not be running in the month of the muslim festival Ramadan.

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

1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks 7 Weeks 8 Weeks
N/A £1099 £1399 £1499 £1749 £1999 £2249 £2499

TEFL Course rates: 

50-hour Online TEFL course : You pay  £100 (Regular cost is £169) 

100-hour Online TEFL course: You pay £199 (Regular Cost is £249)

For details on the courses and how to get these rates mail hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

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 Male airport
  4. Home stay accommodation: private 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 tour of the local area
  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

Getting There

  1. The nearest airport is Male International Airport MAL
  2. If you wish to book flights to Maldives fill in this form
  3. Our Maldives Volunteer Guide will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
  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

What to expect:

Arrival: We will pick you up from your hotel in Male and take you to the placement island by flight. The journey from Male to the islands is 1.5 hours. Once you reach the islands you will be taken to your homestay and meet the local team.

Islands: The placement islands are remote ‘“ this gives a much more unique experience for you, and the islands have strong communities that lend a safe and nurturing environment to volunteers. The islands are also in an uncommercialised area of the Maldives ‘“ and surrounded by deserted islands, sand spits, lagoons and reefs. As the island is Muslim dominated it is conservative and you are not allowed to swim. You can goto nearby uninhabited islands for snorkelling and swimming. 

Teaching:  Class sizes are an average of 15-25 children. Working week is Sunday’s to Thursday, with Fridays and Saturdays being the weekend. Volunteers will be assisting existing teachers initially ‘“ those capable may be given their own classes. Working day is usually 08:00AM to 14:00PM 

Free Time:

The Maldives is best known for its paradisiacal beaches, untouched ocean scenery, and its awesome dive spots. So if you’re a fan of scuba, snorkel or any underwater exploration, you will fall in love with the islands of Huvadhoo Atoll. For the most pristine underwater environments and thriving reef life, take an excursion to the nearby uninhabited islands  or to explore the country’s busiest hub of historic mosques, museums and galleries, tasty food markets and colourful skyscrapers, journey to the capital of Male.

What Happens When I Arrive?


Living Arrangements:

Teaching volunteers will be placed in clean and spacious private rooms within our carefully selected homestay accommodation. Each room will include a fan for your own personal comfort plus and en-suite bathroom for your own privacy, and you will be staying with a local host or a local host family who will make you feel at home as soon as you arrive. Two meals will be provided for you during each day that you volunteer and this will include breakfast and lunch, cooked with local ingredients and served in the most authentic way. Maldivian cuisine is always fresh and the islands are famed for their loved of great seafood ‘“ so you won’t want to miss out on the delicious meals which are a part of your package.

Hotel pick up / drop off from Male plus boat transfers will be arranged on your behalf and the Volunteering Journeys team will also be here to help you settle in properly with a full induction and any necessary training.


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 emergency numbers to all participants. Please read our Health and Safety pages for more details.

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 or fundraise 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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