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Maldives Pre-School Teaching Volunteer

Naifaru and Surrounding Islands, Maldives
from £1,095 (2 weeks)

Ref: AV077

An incredible opportunity to teach and support these young children on this stunning tropical island in the Maldvies.  Volunteers help to shape the lives of the eager and enthusiastic young children as well as experiencing a new and different culture on this friendly and welcoming Maldivian Island. An ideal opportunity for a qualified teacher; teacher in training or just someone with a real passion to teach these young children.

Who can join: 18 years of age and over
Accommodation: Volunteer House/Apartments
Transfer time: approximately 3 hours
Pick up Point: Ibrahim Nassir International Airport (Male)
Meals: Meals Included
Volunteer numbers: approx. 8

Duration & Fees

2 weeks£1,095
3 weeks£1,445
4 weeks£1,849
6 weeks£2,595
8 weeks£3,295

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Start Dates

Volunteers can join the project on any date during the year, however we recommend that volunteers join on a Thursday or a Saturday so that we can arrange the speedboat to Naifaru Island rather than the slower night ferry.

This project is open throughout the year however it does close from mid November to mid January.


£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Accommodation 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Boat transfers from Male to Naifaru and back
  • Orientation and support from project staff
  • Local SIM card
  • Visa (full details of the requirments are in your pre-departure pack and the visa is arranged for you)

What's not included

  • Flights to Ibrahim Nassir International Airport (Male)
  • Travel Insurance including cover for repatriation
  • Overnight accommodation in Male on arrival (we will pre-arrange this for you)
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Optional excursions


  • Work with and get to know the young children in the pre-schools on this beautiful tropical island
  • Plan and deliver fun excurions and events in addition to standard classroom learning
  • Live and work with island communities in a multi-cultured environment
  • Meet other like-minded volunteers and collaborate with the local teachers
  • Learn to dive in one of the world's top dive locations and enjoy weekly boat trips to neighbouring islands
  • Experience the 'real' Maldives and make friends for life

Volunteers joining this friendly project will help to set out appropriate learning plans for the children who already have a fair to good command of the English language and are so eager to learn. There are three pre-schools on the tropical island of Naifaru and volunteers teach English, Maths and Environmental Studies and although much of the work is classroom based the volunteers also organise outings, excursions and public events to help the children learn through fun as well as traditional methods.    it is easy to arrange exciting outside activities on this beautiufl Island.

The project aims to create and maintain close-knit relationships between the volunteers, teachers, administrators and parents to ensure that the children get the best education possible and that volunteers are well integrated from the day they arrive in the school. 

This project welcomes qualified teachers who can influcence the curriculum and teaching practices and bring new ideas to the staff and children.  We also welcome volunteers who are just enthusiastic and have a passion to help teach these eager young children and we can guarantee you a rewarding and incredible experience.  For those thinking of becoming a teacher this is an ideal project that will give you some great experience as well as be something good for your curriculum vitae.

If there is a particular subject or area you would like to work in please do get in touch so that we ca discuss this in more details and see if we can accommodate this.  We do however ask volunteers to remain flexible and help with the activities that are taking place whilst you are on the project. 

Volunteer wishing to join this project will have to enter on a businesss visa.  Amanzi Travel will arrange this for you however it does take at least 5 weeks to arrange and we will require documents from you at least 5 weeks before you join (as detailed in your pre-depature pack that you receive upon booking).  

Naifaru Island

The beautiful island of Naifaru is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Northern Maldives. The island lies approximately 142 kilometers (88 miles) north of the capital, Malé and is approximately 53 hectares (53 km²) in size.  It is the fifth most populated island in the Maldives yet small enough to enjoy seeing everything on foot. Naifaru is a bustling little community, with a beautifully friendly and welcoming community,  many restaurants, coffee shops, a hospital, post office and a bank.  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 have a amazing volunteer experience.

Given the relatively small size of the island, everything is within easy reach – From the volunteer house you can walk to any of our projects in less than ten minutes. Or you might walk down to one of the island's four restaurants and enjoy the cool evening breeze with a cup of coffee and a view of the Indian Ocean and the Naifaru ‘skyline’.

This volunteer project also extends to the surrounding small Isands and depending on the needs of the proejct and your skills you may be placed on one of these Islands also for your adventure. 

Extra Information

Volunteers enjoy a free excursion once a week. This is usually to an uninhabited island or a fishing or snorkelling trip.  There are also some great snorkelling sites around Naifaru and you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy these whilst on the project.

Water sports

The Maldives are full of corals and marine life making snorkelling a must-do activity during volunteers' free time, no matter if a beginner or a seasoned expert. Snorkelling and swimming trips are arranged for volunteers led by local guides who know the best places to snorkel and where an array of colourful corals can be seen through crystal clear waters that are home also to an abundance of fish.

Fishing is the islands' main trade, and the harbour is full of fishing boats and fishermen alike. Project staff have excellent relationships with local fishermen and can organise the hiring or a dhoni (local) boat for anyone keen to try their hand.   Preparing and cooking the catch on a beach barbeque is a great experience and will impress fellow fishermen and volunteers alike.

The Maldives is undoubtedly one of the best places to scuba dive in the world. Learn to dive here with one of the 15 dive schools, or for those already qualified, tick off some of the best dive locations from the list  - from natural locations to shipwrecks.  Unfortunately diving is not part of the Marine Conservation Project but if you want to take part in diving activiteis the proejct staff will be happy to offer advice and help arrange this with one of the local diving centres. 

Island excursions

Although it will not be possible to visit all 1,192 of the islands that make up the Maldives, there are trips to many of them. Choose from picnics on remote uninhabited islands where the the reefs and jungle can be explored, to overnight stays on the capital of Malé.

Luxury resort

The Maldives are often synonymous with luxury, and volunteers can experience this luxury too, located on the resort specific islands. Perhaps take a day trip to the Lhaviyani Atoll or arrange a longer stay either before or after the volunteer placement at a discounted price, giving the chance to see the best of both Maldivian worlds.

Visa Requirment

To join this project we need to arrange a work visa for you prior to arrival.   In order to arrange this visa we need a letter of enrollment into a University or College or a copy of your degree or diploma.  If you do not have this, please do contact Amanzi Travel so that we can discuss the documents that you may have that will allow us to arrnage this visa for you. 

Getting There

Volunteers should fly into the Ibrahim Nassir International Airport, which is located on an island next to the capital Malé. From here, volunteers can take either the speedboat to reach Naifaru – which takes three hours – or the ten hour night ferry, depending on their international travel arrival time. 

We recommend that volunteers join this project on a Thursday or a Saturday so that we can arrange the speedboat to Naifaru on these days.  Volunteers should aim to arrive in Male Airport on any Wednesday or Friday, as this leaves you with one day in  Male and we will then arrange your transport by speedboat to Naifaru the following day.  We will provide overnight accommodaiton options in your pre-departure pack upon booking. 

The only fixed transport between Male and Naifaru is the speedboat, which goes between the islands every Thursday and Saturday, leaving from Male' in the morning at 9:00am and leaving Naifaru around 1:30pm.
In case you cannot plan your arrival according to the above, we will try to get you on a night ferry instead, but these do not run on a fixed schedule, and thus may leave you in Male' a few days before you can depart for Naifaru.
On departure, we recommend that you plan your departing flight for any given Friday or Sunday. You can then depart from Naifaru by speedboat either Thursday or Saturday. Alternatively, if possible, you can book your departing flight late Thursday or Saturday night (no earlier than 9:00pm) so that you will not have to spend a night in Male.

Volunteers can book a seaplane transfer back to the airport for a return flight, which is the best way to see the Maldives and a real experience.  These cannot be arranged for arrivals as the reduced rates offered can only be used on standby seats.   This is something you can discuss with the project staff whilst on the project and is highly recommended at the end of your stay on the Maldives.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and can make any flight arrangements required.  Please contact Amanzi Travel for information.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your proejct fee. For any volunteers who do not eat fish or meat, vegetarian meals can easily be arranged. Please let Amanzi Travel know about any dietary requirements before you join.

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Maldives Overview

The Maldives is comprised of an archipelago of islands with a double chain of 26 atolls, sitting in the Laccadive Sea, approximately 700 kilometres from Sri Lanka. There are 1,192 coral islands. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country by population and land area, and one of the most dispersed countries as it covers almost 90,000 square kilometres. The Maldives is also the lowest country in the world where the highest point is only 2.4 metres (or 7 ft 10 inches).

The islands are home to some of the world’s best beaches, boasting the pure white sands that are softly lapped at by the clear azure waters of the ocean. The Maldives are well known as an Indian Ocean paradise, and attract plenty of keen scuba divers, beach worshipping tourists and honeymooners. There are over 100 private island resorts in the Maldives, some being top luxury retreats while others have simpler hotels specially designed for families or scuba diving groups, as well as eco resorts and budget choices.

The ocean surrounding the Maldives is home to several ecosystems; colourful coral reefs, more than 1100 species of fish, five types of sea turtles and over 20 species of whales and dolphins ranging from planktonic organisms to the huge graceful whale sharks. All of this underwater life makes the Maldives one of the best dive locations in the world with huge coral walls, caves, manta rays and where the water is so warm no-one needs to wear a wetsuit.

Highlights of country

    • Stunning white sandy beaches
    • Fascinating underwater world
    • Warm temperatures all year round
    • No need for a wetsuit when diving
    • Chance to see whale sharks


Summer 35 °C 27 °C
Winter 30 °C 27 °C

The Maldives benefit from a tropical monsoon climate that is affected by the area of South Asia to the north of the Maldives. There are two main seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season is during the months of April and May, while the rainy season is from June until the end of August.

The hottest month of the year is usually March, but temperatures are pretty steady throughout the year. The coldest month of the year is often January. Most rainfall is in September with an average of 243 mm. More rain usually falls between September and December, while the least is usually between January and April.

Key Facts

Population – 333,400 inhabitants
Capital - Male
Currency – Maldivian rufiyaa
Official languages – Dhivehi
Time difference – GMT + 5 hours
Telephone - + 960

Maldives Pre-School Teaching Volunteer

I am actually half-collapsed on my bed after five hours' work in a local preschool, with breeze coming through the windows and a dragonfly struggling to find its way out. 

Only one week left in Naifaru, I am already regretting leaving this tiny paradise three months later. Well-prepared accommodation, hospitable neighbourhood, pleasant working hours, exciting weekend activities...this place will fulfill all your fantasies about a never-shall-I-forget-it volunteer experience. 

Oh, free advice! Bring a huge hat and long-sleeves if you don't enjoy sunburns - only three hours in the sun, and people can tell where my watch was for the rest of my life. 

Chichi (Maldives Pre-School Teaching Volunteer)

Maldives Pre-School Teaching Volunteer

During my 4 week stay as a teaching assistant, I primarily lead and assisted Physics classes in Higher Secondary (Grades 11 & 12) as well as leading the odd secondary class and taking the occasional substitution. The school staff were extremely helpful and flexible allowing me to choose the workload I wished to undertake. The school is very professional and is instituting a high standard of education.

The friendships you will make with the students are priceless. Being such a small community, I would see many of the students I taught and their friends in the street, so before long you become familiar with quite a few of the locals. It was fascinating to interact to with the students, learning of their remarkable and intriguing culture.

The small moments with the students were by far the highlight of the trip, taking into account the natural and exotic beauty of the Maldives that we experienced through excursions on the project. The people of Naifaru are warm and hospitable; experiencing their culture and way of life is an incredibly enriching experience.

Sven, Australia (Maldives Pre-School Teaching Volunteer, Maldives Teaching Assistant)

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