Olive Ridley Project opens for opportunities to volunteer with the organisation's sea turtle conservation projects in the Maldives.
Olive Ridley Project (ORP), together with the Maldivian resort chain Coco Collection, runs a Marine Turtle Rescue Centre at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Resort in Baa Atoll since 2017--a fully-equipped rescue centre with a lab, x-ray, ultrasound and surgical facilities.
According to an announcement by ORP, the organisastion has opened opportunities for 2, 3 and 4 weeks of volunteering with sea turtles. The opportunities are open on first come first serve basis, and ORP promises an unforgetable experience.
"You will help our veterinarian care for the turtle patients at the rescue centre, learn lots about sea turtles, marine conservation and marine life in general, and make many new friends--humans as well as repltiles. All this whilst staying on the tropical island of Dhuni Kolhu and exploring the stunning land and seascapes of Maldives," read the post by the Olive Ridley Project.
The organisation sas that anyone in the Maldives can apply to volunteer--but it is preferred that applicants are over 18 years old, able to swim, speak English, be willing to do physical work and have a passion for sea turtles. ORP is able to accommodate three volunteers at a time.
"This volunteering program ideally suits those wanting to learn more about sea turtle medicine and first aid, and to experience to work with these charismatic animals in the wild,"
Volunteers will be assisting the Rescue Centre's staff with all aspects of turtle rescue and rehabilitation, help routine medical exams, observe surgeries and diet preps, feeding, and cleaning tanks and turtles. Additionally, volunteers shall be helping with data collection, including taking turtle photos for photo-ID programs, measuring foraging turtles, and recording sighting info on ghost net measurements.
For more information, visit Olive Ridley Project's website.