Maldives Teaching and Beaches

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1. In Brief

The Maldives is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s flattest and lowest country, with the average height above sea level being only 1.5 metres. Despite this the Maldives is also one of the most mountainous countries in the world courtesy of its volcanic origins. This may not be obvious unless you take the plunge beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean as most of the volcanic mountains are submarine creating an incredibly diverse and thriving marine ecosystem.

The waters around the Maldives are abundant in rare marine species of biological and commercial value, with the tuna fishing industry being one of the main sources of income for the country. The Maldives has an amazing array of sea life, with stunning corals and over 2,000 species of fish, ranging from Reef Sharks, Moray Eels, and a wide variety of rays; Manta Ray, Stingray and Eagle Ray. 

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 but the many islands have not 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 to the capital for health care and other important services such as schools, banks and shops.



PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this island paradise
  • Work in a local school with cheerful friendly kids
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Qualification or previous experience in teaching or working with young people
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Fluent English
  • Applications must be made at least two months in advance of intended departure date
  • A valid up-to-date Criminal background check
  • Copy of University Degree Certificate or proof of current university enrolment

FAST FACTS

Location Maldives
Activities Local island school
Teach English
Extracurricular activities
Relaxing on beaches
Transport Airport pick-up at an extra cost
Accommodation Volunteer house / volunteer guest house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate
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 back-up


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

By participating in the Maldives teaching programme, you’ll be helping your students improve their level of English and bringing a fresh approach to teaching styles and lesson types.

Being a teaching assistant does not just mean transferring knowledge; it is about building confidence and trust and about forging friendships. Before long, you’ll find that your students become more like a family to you and you’ll enjoy attending local festivals and exploring the island paradise.

You will be based in a local school, helping to give the children a sense of confidence, encourage their enthusiasm and ambition, and even improve their opportunities for the future. To assist the teacher productively, you will need to be patient, flexible, a confident communicator and able to use your initiative and imagination.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Teaching is a skill that really makes a difference to lives, equipping children with the abilities they’ll need for the future. As a teacher's assistant you will be assigned a class of pupils of either primary (6-10 years old) or high school age (11-16 years old). In this role you will be responsible for assisting the teacher in various subjects, with focus on developing solid foundations in numeracy and literacy. Lessons will be fun and interactive, developing the children's confidence and conversational skills. The level of responsibility you are given will depend on your own skills, experience and length of stay.

The children are incredibly friendly and eager to learn, making your teaching experience as rewarding for you as it is for them. You will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Volunteers need endeavour to be committed and enthusiastic at all times and always be conscious of how impressionable young minds are.

During your time on this project, there may also be the possibility of linking up with our conservation or sport and fitness coaching programmes which will welcome anyone wishing to get involved!

3. What to expect

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 where volunteers choose from a wide menu, meals also include a variety of soft drinks. Typical dishes on the menu include rice or noodle dishes, sandwiches, traditional foods, chicken and chips, a variety of curries and more.

Traditional Maldivian food can be spicy but milder than the food found in some 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.

4. The reviews

This experience opened my eyes and has definitely made me want to travel more  | 23 Sep 2016
The school staff were very friendly, and all helped to make sure I was happy and had everything I...

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Most amazing experience I have ever had!  | 4 Sep 2016
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Some of the happiest people I have ever met  | 7 Aug 2016
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Not photoshoped at all  | 5 Aug 2016
I am actually half-collapsed in my bed after five hours' work in a local preschool, with bree...

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Worth the long trip to get there!  | 16 Jun 2016
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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Friday and Satruday 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 island or simply relax and soak up island life with you 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.    

It may not always be possible to have every weekend off and you may have to rotate which days you are off duty with other centre staff.

Please be aware that all of our Maldives development projects operate from a local island and are very community focused. 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. In recent times development has been unfairly focused on the capital island Male, forcing islanders to travel to the capital for health care and other important necessities such as schools, banks and shops.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

3 weeks $2,895

4 weeks $3,745

Dates and Costs

You must submit your CV when applying for this project.

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.

Please note this project is unavailable between the following dates due to school holidays:

1st week of January

3rd-4th week of March

from  the 3rd week of May till the end of June

1st week of September

3rd-4th week of October

1st-2nd week of November

from the 4th week of November till the end of December

and during Public holidays:

1 January-  New Year 2017

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

3 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • 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 trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. 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 our 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.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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