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Volunteer Naifaru

Our beautiful island of Naifaru is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll in the northern Maldives.

Being the fifth most populated island in the Maldives, Naifaru is a bustling little community, spotted with stores selling everything from hardware to tailoring services. There is a post office and a bank (with an ATM) at your disposal as well as number of restaurants and coffee shops. Naifaru has just over 5,000 people currently registered on the island with the majority being Maldivian whilst there are a small number of expatriate workers from countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Naifaru has a few main streets which form a grid within which you will find a maze of intricate side streets and alleys. Both the main streets and side streets are always filled with people of all ages, sitting around talking, playing local card games or even playing maldivian music in the street – Naifaru is an island full of life and friendly people, a great place to make new friends and meet new faces.

Naifaru

Within the various islands of Lhivayani Atoll, there are numerous schools. In Naifaru Island alone there are currently three pre-schools, two community schools, and one private school. The schools cater to children from grade 1 through 12. Needless to say, there are a range of different teaching positions available for our teaching volunteers!

As there are children of all ages on our island the range of subjects and their level differ quite a bit. Depending on your level of experience we can offer volunteering positions in subjects such as English, art, math, biology, chemistry, and/or physics. Of course, the scope of your tasks and your responsibilities will reflect your experience in the field.

The programme focuses on including you in the entire process through planning of classes with other teachers, school administration and parents. This offers you a great opportunity to experience our local Maldivian community and get an inside view of life in the Maldives!

As our computer instructor, you can expect to find a community that uses computers and IT technology to an increasing degree. To meet this development this programme seeks to educate the community in the use of computers to equip them with the knowledge needed in our increasingly computerised world.

Our focus is mainly on kids and youths, but we offer our services to all members of our community where needed. As our volunteer computer instructor, most of your work will take place at our fully equipped ICT centre where the island’s youth come to use our computers. However, as we are working closely with the various schools throughout the island, expect to work hand in hand with teachers and parents both at our office and at the schools.

Your tasks as our computer instructor span from planning and organizing curricula for different age groups to teaching youth, kids, and government officials in a range of software and applications. The subjects taught will vary from training in Ms Office software to internet security and website building, as well as any other specialised training you may be able to offer in graphic design software such as Adobe packages or AutoCAD. There are likely to be more areas on which to concentrate your attention, and you will be given the opportunity to discuss and implement this as you go along.

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Are you a sports enthusiast who enjoys coaching and working with children and youth? And would you like to leave your dull life at home and live and coach in a beautiful island community where visitors are warmly welcomed and appreciated?

Then this volunteering programme is just what you need! Give some of your time to come and help our youth and children and we guarantee you that you will have an experience you will never forget!

As a sports volunteer on our island, Naifaru Island you will get a great opportunity to work closely together with children and youth in one of the following sports for which we have equipment:

  • Football/soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Aerobics
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • Swimming
  • Athletics

We welcome volunteers who can work specifically with one or more of these sports as well as enthusiasts who can apply their skills across the board.

One of the goals of this programme is to increase the variety and quality of our physical education offers in our local schools as well as increasing awareness about the importance of doing sports and the benefits it can have to a small community!

Naifaru

e constantly have several projects going on in our different programmes. As the volunteers assigned to those programmes will have their hands full with helping the community with what they’ve been tasked with, there is great need for you, as our community organizer, to step in and assist whenever the various programmes require events to be established. The community organizer programme seeks to act as a bridge between the various programs of Travel to Teach and the relevant representatives from the local community.

The aim of the programme is to give the community a valuable person who can focus his or her attention solely to the implementation of the various projects and programmes so that our work here sees completion. Also we wish to give our international volunteer an insight into our local community so that the implementation of current and future projects will go smoothly.

Be our community organizer and you will also be someone who the other volunteers can turn to for assistance when they are working on establishing community events etc, effectively giving you a broad insight into all of our ongoing projects!

Prices are available for any period between 2 weeks and 6 months, except for teaching assisants who are required to stay for at least 4 weeks.

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$1060 $1678 $2751 $3710 $6588 $240

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What you receive
    • Orientation upon arrival to Naifaru, including welcome briefing and tour of the island.
    • 24hour volunteer support from staff living on the same island.
    • Accommodation in either our Volunteer House or a Guest House close-by.
    • 3 Meals a day (breakfast with a local family, lunch and dinner at a local restaurant).
    • Local Sim-card for your phone.
    • Visa
    • Transport between Naifaru and Male.
    • Weekly recreational activities (ranging from snorkeling, fishing and excursions to other islands, some uninhabited, and more!).

Apart from our fees, you must pay for:
    • Airport pickup (5 USD)
    • Hotel in Male*
    • Vaccinations
    • Travel & Health insurance

    *We will automatically organize for you to stay at a local hotel where we get a cheaper rate for our volunteers unless you wish to organize this yourself.

Our application process typically takes two or three weeks, but can be speeded up if there is a need for that. When we receive the initial application from you, we will send you our full application form.

(1) Complete the Initial Application Form:
The first stage of the application process is to fill out the brief initial application form. Upon receiving this we will send you the full application form.

(2) Complete the Full Application Form:
Fill out the application form. After receiving this we will assess your suitability and place you on one of our programs.

(3) Placement info:
We will return detailed placement information and an invoice. If you accept the placement you should clikc the link to say so. The fee can be paid with credit card through PayPal or by bank transfer.

(4) Communication:
Once you have made your traveling arrangements you should mail your time of arrival and the means of transportation and we will confirm pickup.

We generally recommend that volunteers aim to arrive at any given Wednesday or Friday, and depart on any given Friday or Sunday. This is due to the fact that the only fixed transports between the capitol Male and Naifaru is speedboats going between the two islands every Thursday and Saturday.

The best day to arrive is Wednesday, as it gives you a "soft" start at your programme. You arrive Wednesday and spend a day in the capitol Male. Thursday you will take a speedboat to Naifaru, being welcomed by our staff on arrival, given lunch, a welcome presentation and then a guided island tour. Friday is a day off, and you can spend it settling in. Saturday is our weekly excursion day, so you will get a fun and amazing experience before you start at your programme on Sunday.

In case your arrival/departure cannot match our recommendations, then we can make other arrangements for you to get from Male to Naifaru. There is often night ferries or speedboats going, but these do not have a fixed schedule, so you may have to spend more than one day in Male.


Dates for the Year 2017:
April: Wed 5, Wed 12, Wed 19, Wed 26
May: Wed 3, Wed 10, Wed 17, Wed 24, Wed 31
June: Wed 7, Wed 14, Wed 21, Wed 28
July: Wed 5, Wed 12, Wed 19, Wed 26
August: Wed 2, Wed 9, Wed 16, Wed 23, Wed 30
September: Wed 6, Wed 13, Wed 20, Wed 27
October: Wed 4, Wed 11, Wed 18, Wed 25
November: Wed 1, Wed 8, Wed 15, Wed 22, Wed 29
December: Wed 6, Wed 13, Wed 20, Wed 27
Dates for the Year 2018:
January: Wed 3, Wed 10, Wed 17, Wed 24, Wed 31
February: Wed 7, Wed 14, Wed 21, Wed 28
March: Wed 7, Wed 14, Wed 21, Wed 28
April: Wed 4, Wed 11, Wed 18, Wed 25
May: Wed 2, Wed 9, Wed 16, Wed 23, Wed 30
June: Wed 6, Wed 13, Wed 20, Wed 27
July: Wed 4, Wed 11, Wed 18, Wed 25
August: Wed 1, Wed 8, Wed 15, Wed 22, Wed 29
September: Wed 5, Wed 12, Wed 19, Wed 26
October: Wed 3, Wed 10, Wed 17, Wed 24, Wed 31
November: Wed 7, Wed 14, Wed 21, Wed 28
December: Wed 5, Wed 12, Wed 19, Wed 26

When doing a programme with us we offer two types of accommodation.

The standard accommodation is 2-3 person single-sex bedrooms, each with their own bathroom in our Volunteer House or a nearby Guest House. Each room has fans.

The Volunteer House comes with communal kitchen, dining room, fans, walled backyard, living room with comfortable furniture, laundry facilities, TV and a large bookshelf as well as free WIFI.

If you prefer single or couple’s accommodation we can set you up at a local house at an additional rate of 150 USD per month. The rooms are quite large and come with their own bathroom. The local house is situated 10 minutes away from the Volunteer House, and you will be given a house key for the Volunteer House as well so you can enjoy the facilities we offer here.

Naifaru

Whether you enjoy the thrill of exploring a reef wall with the deep blue vastness on one side and the bustling life of the reef on the other, or you would rather stay in shallower waters and enjoy basking in the sun - Naifaru has it all!

The young people on our island love to go to nearby islands and snorkel and can show you some of the best spots in the atoll.

Whether you enjoy the thrill of exploring a reef wall with the deep blue vastness on one side and the bustling life of the reef on the other, or you would rather stay in shallower waters and enjoy basking in the sun - Naifaru has it all!

The young people on our island love to go to nearby islands and snorkel and can show you some of the best spots in the atoll.

Major travelling in Maldives is by sea using speed boats, ferries or dhoni’s and sea planes. Inter Atoll travelling, from Airport to Malé, Malé to Naifaru and return, is done by speedboat. To travel around the atoll there are inter island ferries or you can book a dhoni or speedboat to take you anywhere you want to go.

Within the island everything is within walking distance and everything is within 10 minutes walk of the volunteer accomodation so you don't need to worry about local transportation to get around to your placements.

Most volunteers will be placed amidst Island communities, each island has its own culture and most people know each other, you will find that island life is very different from the capital Malé.

On the islands the majority of people, both young and old, are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Many of the friends you make may invite you into their houses for coffee or even dinner and will be happy to spend hours passing the time with you in the evenings, chatting, playing games or walking around the island meeting other friends.

Volunteers will need to adapt to living on the islands with the community, showing respect for their culture and beliefs not only in the way that you dress but also in your communication with local people. Most people will be very aware of your presence here and happy to welcome you to their island, so in return please be sensitive to their beliefs and accepting of the fact that their way of life may be very different to your own.

There is a wide variety of local food available on the island and a fair amount of international dishes. Local cuisine can be prepared either spicy or very mild, and includes dishes such as Masuni (tuna with coconut, sliced onions and light spices) and Roshi (thin tissue like bread made of baking flour) for breakfast and steamed white rice and curry (chicken/ fish/veg) for lunch or dinner.

For those wanting a little taste of home, continental breakfasts of toast with jam or omelettes and fried eggs are available for breakfasts, with dishes such as club sandwiches, pizza or chicken & chips on the menu for lunch & dinner.

You can also stock up on cereals and milk at the house if you would like a change occasionally, or maybe even cook up a few of your own meals for your Maldivian friends to sample. As it is a muslim country Pork is not served anywhere in the Maldives.

For those who don’t eat fish or meat it is very easy to arrange suitable food for any vegetarian volunteers.

There are two seasons: The dry season and the wet season. Throughout the year the sun shines bright for most of the day, even during the wet season.

The dry season is starts in November and finishes in April. During the dry season, days are warm and sunny and average from 25-29 degrees Celsius (C) or 77-84 degrees Fahrenheit (F).

The wet season starts in May and ends in October, in the wet season one can expect heavy rains and high winds and there is a small chance of tropical storms. However, despite the rainfall there are still plenty of hours of sunshine to enjoy the splendours of our beaches and reefs. Average monthly hours of sunshine range from 170-230 hours.

We generally recommend that volunteers aim to arrive at any given Wednesday or Friday, and depart on any given Friday or Sunday. This is due to the fact that the only fixed transports between the capitol Male and Naifaru is speedboats going between the two islands every Thursday and Saturday.

The best day to arrive is Wednesday, as it gives you a "soft" start at your programme. You arrive Wednesday and spend a day in the capitol Male. Thursday you will take a speedboat to Naifaru, being welcomed by our staff on arrival, given lunch, a welcome presentation and then a guided island tour. Friday is a day off, and you can spend it settling in. Saturday is our weekly excursion day, so you will get a fun and amazing experience before you start at your programme on Sunday.

In case your arrival/departure cannot match our recommendations, then we can make other arrangements for you to get from Male to Naifaru. There is often night ferries or speedboats going, but these do not have a fixed schedule, so you may have to spend more than one day in Male.

Morten

Morten is the Volunteer Coordinator, taking care of all communication, planning and management of the international volunteers coming to Naifaru. Morten is from Denmark, and will be your "go-to" guy about anything before, during and after your stay. Morten Will help you getting set up at the local institution where you are going to teach, and you will be in daily contact with him.


Kanma

Kanma is the local manager of Atoll Volunteers, and he is a very enthusiastic person when it comes to developing the local community. He is hard working, and is always looking for new inputs to improve the local educational system.


We need the following documents to secure visas on behalf of the volunteer as well as secure a placement at the teaching institution:

  • Passport Copy
  • Flight ticket Copy
  • Education Certificate and/or Reference Letter from employer or Travel to Teach*
  • Police Check (CRB)

*Required by Maldivian Law.

If you are planning to work in Cambodia then you will need to obtain a police records background check before starting your placement. For details on the application procedure in your home country please take a look at: www.travel-to-teach.org/CRB-information.php

At all other locations you will be required to abide by the Travel to Teach Child Protection Policy.

We recommend travellers to check the site http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/asia/maldives.html

One of the conditions of entry onto our programs is that volunteers have travel insurance. Most importantly the insurance needs to include medical treatment and repatriation in case of unforeseen accidents or illnesses. Volunteers should purchase insurance independently and bring a copy of their insurance certificate with them for their local co-ordinator to check before starting their program. Read our terms and conditions.

You will get a Travel to Teach certificate stating the time and place you have been teaching.

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