Internship posted by: Atoll Volunteers
Posted on: February 1, 2014
Naifaru Juvenile is an NGO running from the local island of Naifaru; Lhaviyani Atoll. The island, and the Maldives in general, has a significant problem with regards to its waste and lacks suitable national and local waste management schemes. Their only practiced procedure is currently dumping and burning. Littering is a commonplace activity with rubbish being thrown into the sea, left on beaches and discarded in the streets. Sewage is not treated and is released into the ocean. Changing their mindset is integral to solving this problem.
At the moment, waste awareness is a part of the work of our two resident marine biologists but with our turtle conservation and marine conservation programmes developing quickly, we are in need of someone who can focus his or her attention solely on environmental education and waste awareness. You will be interacting with local inhabitants, children and international volunteers. These volunteers will assist you in conducting awareness events and classes and this aspect of their programme will be your responsibility.
You must be flexible and willing to work in a culturally diverse team and a setting different to that which you may be accustomed to at home.
We aim to deliver an educational and memorable experience for our volunteers and so it requires us to be friendly and easy going as their immediate points of contact in the programme.
In order to attract locals to our awareness sessions you will have to be able to think out of the box and tailor your outreach efforts to the community you will find here. It will help if you are enthusiastic, outgoing and creative.
To apply for this position it is crucial that you have experience in teaching and interacting with people of all ages.
Your position will require that you be able to research and teach scientific concepts and some theory related to biology, conservation and waste management. An earth sciences degree is desirable. However, if you have a scientific or teaching background to speak for your general knowledge in these areas then please do send us your application.
You must be able to work independently but also in a team. There will be volunteers on-site, but it will be your responsibility to manage, and meet the deadlines of, this aspect of the programme.
The waste management and educational outreach initiatives will require you to be creative and driven. You will be given the freedom to shape the programme as long as it falls within the boundaries of our overall strategies.
We are looking for a candidate who is willing to commit for 3 months, with the possibility of extension.
Preference will also be given to applicants able to start as soon as possible.
What you will get out of it...
Becoming our environmental education and waste awareness coordinator will grant you the unique opportunity to experience life in the 'real' Maldives, outside the crowded and expensive tourist resorts. On our island there are just over 5000 inhabitants so expect to be living in a small island community where everyone knows everyone and where you will be welcomed with open arms and a sense of hospitality which is rare in this world!
You will be making a direct and measureable difference right where it matters. By giving of your time and expertise you will definitely be receiving in more ways than one. It is bound to be a learning experience that will serve you well for the rest of your career.
You will be given freedom to shape a project you will be proud of in years to come. Any work you start will be carried forward and you will be able to witness, from afar, the growth of your ideas.
If nothing else, you will also be situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth boasting white sands, clear water and abundant marine life. We, as staff and volunteers, explore the islands and waters of the Maldives regularly and it never ceases to amaze.
As our Environmental Education and Waste Awareness Coordinator you will receive free accommodation and food.
The accommodation is a shared (single sex) room in our volunteer house with a western style bathroom, wifi, living room with TV, kitchen and washing machine.
Your breakfast will be served at a local family and lunch and dinner at a local restaurant.
Atoll Volunteers will cover all visa costs and transportation from the capital, Male', to our location.
As we are a relatively small and not-for-profit organisation, we cannot cover flight costs to and from the Maldives.
Please submit an application (CV and cover letter) and address your questions to our resident volunteer coordinator on: email@example.com