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Maldives Sports Coaching Volunteer

Naifaru and surrounding Island, Maldives
from £1,175 (2 weeks)

Ref: AV094

Share your passion for sports with the communities on Naifaru and the surrounding beautiful tropical Islands in the Maldives!  Help the local people become the best that they can, by passing on your expertise - in whatever field that might be.  Qualified instructors, as well as sports enthusiasts in training, will be equally welcome - particularly those with experience in volleyball, aerobics and zumba, badminton, table tennis, athletics, football and swimming. Take this fantastic opportunity to enrich the lives of the local population, whilst enjoying snorkelling and scuba diving, or just lying on the beautiful beaches.

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

Duration & Fees

2 weeks£1,175
3 weeks£1,595
4 weeks£2,055
6 weeks£2,865
8 weeks£3,695

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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 the swimming coaching does not run 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


  • Pass on your expertise in your favourite sport and leave a lasting mark on this local community
  • Help to develop professional skills - both your own and of others
  • Learn to dive in one of the world's top diving locations
  • Meet and make friends with other like-minded volunteers
  • Take a boat trip to neighbouring islands and see whale sharks in season
  • Live and work amid the island communities and experience the 'real' Maldives

This project will appeal to anyone with a real interest in sport, and the desire to pass on their passion to communities within these beautiful islands.  Qualified instructors, instructors in training, and those with just a real passion for sport are welcome and there is scope for expertise in several areas - from volleyball, swimming, badminton, football, table tennis, football and aerobics.

Football Instructors

Does the chance to live on a tropical island and passing on your skills to the local children sound like a dream come true?  Then read on!  Football coaching volunteers can plan and deliver their own lessons and activities to both primary and secondary school children, working closely with the local teachers, other volunteers and the parents of the children.  There will also be opportunities for after-school coaching within the local community.

All faciliities needed are available, as this is one of the most popular sports in the Maldives, where girls are also keenly encouraged to join in.  Inter-atoll tournaments and competitions are a highlight of the footballing season.

Volunteers should be enthusiastic about their sport and keen to work with children of many ages and abilities.  Volunteers should take their own kit as this is expensive in the Maldives and will return home having made a real difference to this tropical island community through the world's most popular sport - football!.

Sports Enthusiast

If you are more of an all-rounder, rather than specialising in one particular sport, then why not use your knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to teach a range of sports and enrich the lives of the children who live in this tropical paradise.  There are opportunities to teach football, volleyball, aerobics, badminton, athletics, swimming and table tennis, and all facilities and equipment is provided.  

One of the goals of this project is to increase the variety and quality of the physical education in the local schools, as well as increase awareness about the importance of doing sports and tbe benefits it can have in a small community. The project is also very supportive in encouraging all sports for both boys and girls, and has a strong focus on inclusion and fairness for both sexes. 

Volunteers with skills in sports that are not listed above are also very welcome, and encouraged to come with their own equipment to teach their sport to the children and teachers who love to have new ideas and sports and put them into practise.

Sports volunteers will be encouraged to set up tournaments and cups, and might also help in the construction of new sports facilities through helping to obtain international funding. This will require co-operating with the grant writer, community organiser and representatives from the community. The sky's the limit, so think outside of the box and get imaginative to inspire these enthusiastic children. 

Volunteers should be proficient in and be able to teach one or more sports, and enjoy coaching and working with children and young people. 

Fitness Instructors

Ideally qualified in group fitness, aerobics and/or zumba, and with a passion to teach and empower women, volunteers can make a real difference to the lives of women living in the Maldives.  Being a community where women are often expected to stay at home most days, carrying out chores and caring for the children, as well as holding down any job they may have too, these community fitness programmes, offer a welcome break for them.  The fitness centres are a great place for women to break up their day, meet new friends and stay fit and healthy.

There is an established aerobics centre in Lhaviyani Atoll which has run successfully for many years, running daily fitness session, solely for the use of women. These daily classes help the women to feel more empowered and active within their society.  Classes are also run by local volunteers who, although highly enthusiastic, have had no formal training or qualifications. Volunteer instructors are very welcome as they bring with them the latest exercises and work-outs, as well as new variations.  There is also a huge oppportunity to teach these local volunteers to become instructors themselves - and volunteers can have a real impact in this community. 

Classes are of varied abilities and there is plenty of room for growth in providing fun and exercise within the community.  It will be a great chance to take your own practices and techniques from your own country to the Maldives.

Finally, volunteers act as a role model for other women on the island, and subsequently attract more women to the classes.

Volunteers who are currently still training as instructors are also welcome as they will be able to offer plenty of practical and hands-on experience which will be appreciated by all class members. 

Swimming Instructor

What could be better than to teach others to swim in the warm, clear, turquoise-blue waters of the Maldive Islands!  Despite being surrounded by water, most of the locals have never learnt to swim. This project aims to improve the skills of the local women and children through swimming lessons, and volunteers will plan and take lessons for a variety of swimmers in the schools, and in the community.  There will be opportunities to work with local organisations, teachers, parents and other volunteers in this beautiful location.  A designated safe swimming area has been created specially for swimming lessons which also helps to improve the understanding of the importance of water safety. 

Volunteers will need to be some experience in teaching swimming, as well as having a knowledge of sea safety.

Volleyball Instructor

Volleyball is the number one sport in the Maldives, and has many enthusiastic participants. The island already has the necessary basic facilities and equipment that is needed to coach this sport.  Volunteers will design lesson plans and coach a wide range of children, as well as entering teams into tournaments, where they will represent both their school and the islands.

Volleyball attracts men, women and children of all ages and skills, and volunteers will work closely with students, players and other volunteers.  Previous volunteers have helped to secure funding to establish volleyball courts that are available for everyone to play, practise and compete.  Future plans for this programme aim to ensure that the development of the sport is encouraged and successful, and to help talented players to reach their full potential.  It is also aimed to increase the number of girls taking part in the sport.

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.

Naifaru and surrounding Island, Maldives, Maldives Sports Coaching VolunteerNaifaru and surrounding Island, Maldives, Maldives Sports Coaching VolunteerNaifaru and surrounding Island, Maldives, Maldives Sports Coaching VolunteerNaifaru and surrounding Island, Maldives, Maldives Sports Coaching VolunteerNaifaru and surrounding Island, Maldives, Maldives Sports Coaching VolunteerVolunteers will either stay in a 6 bedroom guest house with single sex shared rooms or in the volunteer house.  The guesthouse accommodation has air conditioning and shared bathrooms. Bedding will be provided, but volunteers will need to take their own towel. There is a common rest area for volunteers with a fridge, kettle and TV.

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 Sports Coaching Volunteer

Thank you - I had an absolutely amazing time - I plan on going back next year and bringing a volunteer or two with me.

Stephen, USA (Maldives Sports Coaching Volunteer)

Maldives Sports Coaching Volunteer

I can’t believe my two months as Sports Volunteer have come to an end. The time has flown by and I’ve had such an amazing experience.

During this time I established football coaching sessions for children aged 6-12yrs, started swimming lessons for women three times a week, assisted with PE teaching in the local school, continued running aerobics classes for women, organised a football coaching awards ceremony and helped paint the new youth centre. I ran football coaching camps four times a week where I was greeted with boys and girls eager to develop their skills and always looked forward to a match at the end of each session.

Every Saturday I looked forward to a trip out with the other volunteers to a local uninhabited island. They had the most beautiful beaches in the world and the snorkelling is amazing! I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to local homes for meals and have made some little friends who always enjoy a visit to the park.

At times the language barrier can be difficult and the culture is very different to at home but seeing the children and women enjoying the opportunities to participate in sport that I’ve created for them makes me realise the positive contribution I have made to their quality of life.

Madeline, Australia (Maldives Sports Coaching Volunteer)

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