Volunteers Needed for The Olive Ridley Project (ORP)

Sea Turtle

 

The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) is looking for veterinary volunteers “hungry for adventure” to participate in its Sea Turtle Research Expedition project in the Maldives.

Researcg volunteers will spend four weeks on an expedition in Haa Alif Atoll searching for and collecting data on sea turtles, which will inform the Turtlewatch Maldives programme.

Volunteers may find themselves involved in freeing the reptiles from nets, so will be given basic turtle first aid training. There will also be the opportunity to work on marine conservation community projects, aimed at reducing the threats of marine debris to sea turtles in the area.

A charity spokeman said: “Since this is a remote part of the Maldives, where very little scientific work has been done, part of the adventure is not knowing exactly what we will encounter. We have had reports of manta ray sightings in the area and during our pilot survey, we saw lots of dolphins, sharks and stingrays, in addition to turtles. 

“The lack of data in this region is what scientists call a ‘black hole’. We want to fill this gap so we can accurately interpret sea turtle population and movements in the Maldives.

“Due to its remote location, Haa Alif Atoll has very few resources to conduct dedicated sea turtle research or run marine conservation projects. Part of the ORP’s charitable objective is to advance the knowledge on sea turtle habitats and their threats”

Participants are asked to make a donation of US $2,995 (£2,300) to help the charity sustain its research and cover expenses.

The donation covers:

  • Return domestic flights and boat transfer from Male to Ha Kelaa in Haa Alif Atoll
  • Accommodation 
  • All meals for the duration of the stay

For more information email volunteer@oliverridleyproject.org or visit Olive Ridley Project