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Maldives Community Development and Construction

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The Maldives, home to deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset, it is also a geographical marvel, being one of the flattest countries in the world.  

The sands are as white as the smiles of the locals and fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you in their arms. For centuries, the shores of the Maldives have welcomed lost travellers, providing a tranquil haven for visitors and volunteers alike.

The Maldives consists of approximately 1,190 stunning coral islands and atolls stretching in a north-south direction. The pristine white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters make the country a popular tourist destination. However, many of the islands have not all seen development at the same pace. Local islands still have inadequate infrastructure and poverty is widespread. In the past, infrastructure development was focused on the capital island Male, forcing islanders to travel long distances for important basic needs; such as hospitals, schools, banks and shops. On this project, you can use your practical construction work skills to help those less fortunate! By providing local islands with easier access to basic and necessary community services you will be building a better way of life for islanders, whilst additionally helping these smaller islands become self sufficient, so as to preserve their way of life for future generations to come.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Forge extraordinary memories
  • Immerse yourself in this exceptional island paradise
  • Feel a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment like no other
  • Invaluable and unique work placement

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Previous experience of building and construction
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • All placements are dependent upon the submission of an up-to-date CV
  • You must be a skilled tradesperson (carpentry, masonry, plumbing or something similar)
  • Applications must be received no less than 2 months prior to intended departure date
  • Copy of University Degree Certificate or proof of current university enrolment
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FAST FACTS
Location Maldives
Activities

Assist in community development
Build better lives for local islanders
Daily manual construction work

Transport Airport pick-up at an extra cost
Accommodation Volunteer house / volunteer guest house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on equipment and visas
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 3 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up at an extra cost
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Are you experienced in construction and would you like a break from the daily beat? Why not come to our sunny island in the tropical Maldives and put your skills to good use as a volunteer in one of our construction projects whilst enjoying endless white beaches in the company of a team of dedicated volunteers? Use your construction skills to provide local islands with easier access to basic services and needs, helping these small islands develop the self sufficiency they desperately need. This in turn encourages the preservation of their way of life for future generations!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As a construction volunteer with us, you can expect your tasks to be focussed on one of our construction projects. We are constantly getting funds for our local community to run a number of projects. Projects that often include facilities – that’s where you get into the picture!

There are a number of construction companies on our island and we strive to do projects in collaboration with them. This secures that the funds we are granted are channelled into our community in more ways than just through the construction itself.

Hence, you should expect to work closely with local tradespeople as well as other relevant members of our community, such as council representatives or people directly involved in the construction project. This is a great chance to get involved in cross-cultural community work!

As mentioned, we have many and varied projects that all require their own effort in terms of planning, development and field work. Examples of former projects are; our community park, our office building, and renovations in our marine conservation buildings.

As a volunteer coming from another country your work methods and knowledge of construction might differ from our local tradespeople. We encourage our construction volunteers to share their knowledge with the local construction workers in order to improve their skills, and secure sustainable construction business’ on our island!

Volunteering with this project will offer you fantastic experience in what it is like working in construction in the Maldives. You will also be given the opportunity to assist in a range of different projects, such as marine conservation, eco waste management, various sports programmes as well as great social activities with the other volunteers and locals. Don’t miss out!
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You need to arrive at Male International Airport on the Friday, where you will stay for one night before catching the ferry in the morning. Our local partners will organise for someone to meet you at the airport, a hotel for the night and a transfer to the jetty in the morning (approximately USD$100).

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Depending on the time of your visit and volunteer numbers, you will either be staying in a shared volunteer house or at a friendly local guest house. All bedrooms are based on 2-3 volunteers sharing (same sex) and are ensuite with ceiling fans. The volunteer house also has a small sitting room and kitchen with clothes washing facilities available.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Volunteers have breakfast together with a local family, an ideal opportunity to get to know more about local island life. Lunch and dinner are provided at a local café. Volunteers can choose from a wide menu, whilst meals also include a variety of soft drinks. Typical dishes on the menu include rice or noodle meals, sandwiches, traditional foods, chicken and chips, a variety of curries and more.

Although spicy, traditional Maldivian food is milder than the food found in some of its neighbouring countries. Sweet, sour, hot and spicy savoury dishes are popular including dishes made of smoked fish, grated coconut, lime juice, onion and chilli. Seafood is a major part of the Maldivian diet with local specialities including kulhi boakibaa, a type of fishcake, keemia, fish rolls and masroshi, small pancakes stuffed with fish. Maldivian’s have a sweet tooth and there is no shortage of cakes available throughout the islands such as huni hakuru folhi, a cake made of grated coconut, sugar and flour. A cup of kalhu sai, black tea is the usual choice to wash down these snacks. Should you want to eat something from a little closer to home there are many international restaurants available in the tourist resorts on the main islands.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Friday and Saturday is the weekend here and normally free time, although this may entirely depend on your particular programme. But don't worry you will still have ample time to visit snorkel hot spots and deserted islands, relax and soak up island life with your fellow volunteers, or try out the Maldivian tradition of night fishing and see how satisfying it is to catch your own dinner! Please be aware that you will have to bring your own snorkelling gear as there may not be enough available equipment on-site.    

Occasionally, however, it may not always be possible to have every weekend off and you may have to rotate which days you are off duty with the other centre staff. Please be aware that all of our Maldives development projects operate from a local island and are very community focussed.  During your free time you will have the opportunity to explore the islands and their surroundings but volunteers should be aware that the community islands do not reflect the tourist resort islands and poverty is widespread. Despite large parts of the Maldives portraying the image of an upmarket holiday destination, many local islands still have inadequate infrastructure. Nevertheless, visiting the Maldives is undoubtedly an experience like no other and the destination of a lifetime!
 

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 1,645

3 weeks US$ 2,045

4 weeks US$ 2,645

Dates and Costs

The project start day is Saturday, but you will need to arrive the day before (your Volunteer Coordinator can help you book a hotel for the night). The ferry leaves for the island at 8am Saturday morning. Your project will finish on a Saturday and you should schedule your flight for the Saturday afternoon, or Sunday.

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

This project is not available during following dates:

1 January-  New Year

1 May-  Labour Day

27 May- First of Ramadan

25-26-27 June-  Eid-ul Fithr

26 July-   Indipendence day

27 July-  on the Occasion of Independence Day

1 September- Eid-ul Al'haa;

2-3-4 September-  Hajju Day

21st- Islamic New Year

3 November- Victory Day

11 November- Republic Day

30 November- National Day 

11 December-  Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

20 December- The Day Maldives Embraced Islam

Duration

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Your project payment is financially protected under the UK Package Travel Regs 1992
  • Pre-departure support from dedicated Volunteer Coordinator
  • Travel & medical advice 
  • Access to travel experts and flight partners
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up can be arranged at an extra cost
  • Transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Male (MLE)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.