Volunteer in the Maldives


Dates: Year Round Opportunities

Prices: Starting at $1750 USD for a 3 week adventure

Customized Durations Available throughout the Year

Travel beyond the 5 star resorts to the breath-taking remote islands of the Maldives and experience authentic local island life at its best while supporting community development projects. Because of the remote location of the islands there is a lack of human resources to move forward with a variety of community initiatives. You will have an opportunity to assist local NGOs with enabling the local people to work effectively in promoting and advancing the interests of the rural communities to attain basic needs and to create a solid foundation for sustainable development. Your participation in this unique opportunity will assist with poverty alleviation in the community by promoting equity and equality.

There are volunteer opportunities in a variety of different sectors from education, environmental conservation, healthcare, climate change prevention & awareness, grant writing, and various research opportunities. Travel Roots will work with you to coordinate a volunteer program that is suited to your interests and fills a need in the community.

During your stay you will have plenty of time to enjoy the island life and on the weekends you will have time to snorkel or SCUBA dive, try surfing and wake boarding, have private island picnics, go fishing, and relax on the pristine beaches.


  • Enjoy the laid back culture on the island
  • Assist with a variety of community development projects such as a Teacher's Assistant, environmental conservation, sustainable tourism, mangrove reforestation, coral gardening, marine conservation and more!
  • Travel to uninhabited islands for a picnics and snorkel excursions
  • Opportunities for SCUBA diving, surfing & wake boarding
  • Relax on the pristine beaches

What’s included:

All meals, accommodations, domestic travel, volunteer activities & program development, local sim card, picnics to an uninhabited islands, snorkelling trips, fishing trips, surfing / wake boarding (optional), and Local Group Leader.

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 – Dinner at a Luxury Resort (own expense)
Friday & Saturday will be left open to enjoy a final group activity based on the interests of the group.

*Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change based on group interests and local realities.

All volunteers will stay in a volunteer guesthouse which will be the main area for everyone in the program to hangout. It is located in the middle of the community. Each volunteer will share a room with one other person of the same sex that is equipped with a private bathroom. All the meals will also be served here cooked by the volunteer staff.

What is the dress code?
Since it is a Muslim nation, you must dress conservatively when in the local communities. Meaning that women have to cover their shoulders and wear longer skirts or pants (cotton / linen will be cooler). A typical outfit can be a t-shirt (no v-necks or cleavage showing) and a long skirt. Flips flops and sandals are fine.
For men - cover your shoulders (t-shirts) and long shorts at or below knee level.
When you leave the local island for excursions to uninhabited islands, which will be often throughout your experience, then you are free to wear your bikinis, swimwear, sun dresses, etc. I will send a packing list on what to bring if you decide to book.
When is the Tour Deposit Due?
For the next upcoming small group tour the deposit is due any time starting now until end of September 2018. Early commitment helps with planning and logistics of the trip. Travel Roots' Booking Terms and Conditions are found here - http://www.travelroots.ca/booking-terms-and-conditions
If you book as an individual the deposit is due at the time of booking.

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