Thank you for your interest in wanting to learn more about becoming an Assistant Research volunteer with MWSRP.
By helping us collect baseline data on whale sharks and the marine environment, volunteers are a crucial part of the success of our research and organisation.
Volunteering with MWSRP is a life-changing experience. Our programme offers you the opportunity to gets hands-on with the research and data collection, increase your knowledge on marine conservation, learn about local Maldivian culture, and have a great time doing it. We look for enthusiastic people with a love of nature who are not afraid of hard work.
Not a marine biologist? Not a problem! We welcome people of all ages, talents, and nationalities. We find that it is the diverse skills that our volunteers bring that make a huge impact on the Programme.
Download our Information Pack to get the full details on how to apply and other useful information including the volunteer experience, requirements, past volunteer testimonials, and frequently asked questions.
Based on the local island of Mandhoo in the South Ari atoll, we offer 2 and 4 week in-field Assistant Research positions from October through April, and May and June of each year.
Please submit an application to be considered for a volunteer position. We host a maximum of 6 Research Assistant volunteers at any one time. This ensures a low ratio of volunteers to researchers for maximum interaction and guidance. You will be notified within 2 weeks of submitting the application whether or not you have been selected to participate in our research projects.
We are currently accepting applications for our October 2013 – April 2014 research period. Volunteer fees are an important part in helping to keep MWSRP in operation conducting research and conservation initiatives. These fees go towards covering the rental of the research dhoni (boat), accommodation, food, fuel, and project related expenses.
To see the research period schedule and the cost of volunteering click on the thumbnail to your left. Please note that the prices shown do not include your international or domestic flights.
MWSRP research projects are located in environmentally and culturally sensitive parts of the Maldives. We are privileged guests in the Maldives and ask that all volunteers be mindful of that. Volunteers naturally represent and serve as ambassadors of the MWSRP and we insist that they recognise local cultural sensitivities and adapt their behaviour accordingly.
MWSRP has a responsibility to minimise negative impacts on local environments and communities where we work. We work hard to ensure just and sustainable practices when conducting research, working within the communities and during down-time. It is ultimately the volunteer’s responsibility to bring their best self.