Camp Location - Camp Maldives
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Camp Maldives

Duration

3 weeks

Runs from

June to September

Cost

£1499

Who hasn’t dreamed of leaving reality behind and living the laid-back island life?

Camp Maldives is the perfect way to experience the island lifestyle in one of the most tranquil hotspots in the world…

Set in amongst serene surroundings, nestled in a heavenly hub within the Indian Ocean, Camp Maldives participants are treated to a unique, fresh experience, encircled by warm, tropical seas. A tropical retreat into escapism, Camp Maldives is the ideal opportunity to help and support local communities with an avid appetite for education; the program is the crème de la crème for tutors of English language and conservation enthusiasts.

We support the local schools and communities by running language classes, workshops, sports schools, reforestation projects and coral restoration projects– there’s never a dull moment for those keen to make a real difference.

During down time, we run snorkeling trips, island tours, beach BBQ’s and even trips to sandbanks.

So, if you’re on the hunt for a sunbaked cocktail comprising Pacific adventure and charitable work, look no further – you’re bound to fall head over heels in love with the mystique and beauty of the Maldives.

Day 1 - Arrival day

Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Great news: The agonising wait is over and Camp Maldives is finally here! Today, we’ll touch down at Velana International Airport to begin what promises to be a memorable adventure.

Upon arrival, you’ll be provided with a transfer to Hulhumale Center, your accommodation for the first six days of the Camp Maldives program.

NB: Airport pick-up times will vary dependent on your arrival time in Maldives.

Day 2

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner

After a much-needed rest after a long-flight, it’s time for your first full day of the Camp Maldives program!

After breakfast, we’ll be heading for a walking tour of Hulhumale. Located in the south of North Male Atoll, Hulmanale is a reclaimed island promoting sustainable living and is the first urbanised area in the Maldives dubbed the City of Hope.

As the sun sets, we’ll head to the beach and enjoy a delicious meal to cap off a memorable first day in Maldives.

Day 3

Meals included – Breakfast Rise and shine!

Today we have a busy (but fun!) day lined up with a broad set of activities planned for the group to enjoy.

While English is widely used by Maldives in education, commerce and hospitality industries, dhivehi is the official language and the most widely spoken language.

After breakfast we’ll spend the morning getting to grips with the native tongue during a dhivehi crash course – you’ll be saying “kihineh” before you know it! Learning a new language can be tiresome work!

In the afternoon, you’ll take a cooking lesson and learn how to conjure together some of the most local dishes; enjoy the fruits of your labour and replenish your energy ahead of a game of futsal in the evening with the locals!

Day 4

Meals included – Breakfast

Today, we’ll be heading to Male, the capital city of the Maldives. Known for its exquisite mosques and technicolour buildings, this majestic island surrounded by aquatic aesthetics and while it’s one of the world’s smallest capitals, it boasts beauty by the bucket load.

The trip is a fantastic opportunity to meet Maldivians in authentic surroundings, rather than resorts. This micro-capital has an abundance of attractions, with bustling markets, magical palaces and enthralling museums sure to accommodate your needs during your visit.

After spending the day in Male, we’ll board the ferry and head back to Hulhumale to continue our adventure!

Day 5

Meals included – Breakfast

Hot on the heels of a visit to Male, today we’ll be casting our Maldivian net and visiting Villingili, a truly stunning island located in Addu City, a location made up of a cluster of dreamlike islands.

A sun-kissed island beset by looming palm trees, soft sands encircled by sky blue waters, Villingili continues to capture the imagination of visitors; now it’s your turn to be captivated by the splendour of the island – you’ll have the full day to explore the island, before we head back for a relaxing evening back at Hulhumale.

Day 6

Accommodation – Himmafushi Center

Meals included – Breakfast Today, we’ll be continuing our Camp Maldives escapade with a trip to Himmafushi, one of the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll.

A quaint island beset with natural beauty, Himmafushi is home to less than one thousand locals and offers an opportunity to delve into a genuine Maldivian affair.

You and the rest of the group will be given the chance to spend the day in Himmafushi before we head back to your new accommodation at Himmafushi Center.

Days 7 & 8

Meals included – Breakfast

On days 9-12 we’ll be heading to teach English or coach sports to the local children, so take some time to yourself and enjoy some much-needed free time!

Days 9 - 12

Meals included – Breakfast

The Maldives has a functional literacy rate of 98%; this is the highest percentile in the South Asia and Indian Ocean region.

The schools in the Maldives are a joy to visit and you’ll have an amazing time! Across the course of the next four days, you’ll have a choice between teaching English or coaching sports – either way, the children hugely appreciate your time and you’ll have an awesome time stepping out of your comfort zone.

The time working with children fantastic to put on your CV; who knows, you may return from Camp Maldives with an urge to teach English or PE back home!

Day 13

Meals included – Breakfast

Pop on plenty of sunscreen and slip into your swimming gear, today we’ll take part in a full day snorkelling session. All of your equipment is included, so don’t worry about extra costs; just dive in and enjoy the serene, subaquatic sights in the midst of paradise!

When the Maldivian depths have taken their toll, relax on Bikini Beach, snap the ultimate Insta-worthy pic and soak up the sunshine.

Day 14

Meals included – Breakfast Free day to explore Himmafushi.

Day 15

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner

After breakfast, we’ll be preserving the tourist beach, making a telling contribution to the upkeep of this beautiful location.

After working up an appetite, we’ll have a delicious beach BBQ in the sunshine. Moreover, we’ll also have a mini beach volleyball tournament (depending on group size) so be sure to pack your competitive edge! Irrespective of your performance in the tournament, we won’t deprive you of any free time; the rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please! Just be sure not to miss the evening BBQ – the most mouth-watering chicken and fish will be dished up!

Day 16

Meals included – Breakfast

In the morning, we’ll be heading to Picnic Island, a peaceful location near Girifushi, a Maldivian island (and former military base!)

Following our trip to Picnic Island, you’ll have the chance to go snorkelling and we’ll even have a tour of sandbanks – the epitome of luxury…

Day 17

Meals included – Breakfast

This morning, we’ll head on a trip to visit a Resort Island, during which time we’ll take part in games and activities.

The Maldives is widely regarded as one of the most relaxing places on the planet, so this afternoon, we’ll be doing just that! Chill out at the resort, recharge your batteries and prepare yourself for sports day with locals on day 18!

Day 18

Meals included – Breakfast

We’ve all been there at school, but the likelihood is you haven’t taken part in a sports day in the Maldives – we can assure you there’s nothing quite like it!

The locals of Himmafushi are great company and we guarantee that you’ll love every minute of the events – there’s even an awards ceremony in the evening to round off the day!

Day 19

Meals included – Breakfast

After the excitement of sports day, we’ll take a boat to Turtle Reef along the reef islands and take part in an incredible snorkelling session!

The session lasts for the duration of the day and the equipment costs are covered, so get prepped, dive in and enjoy! After a long day swimming, trust us, you’ll be craving a rest!

We’ll head back to the accommodation, where you can enjoy an evening of free time with your Campmates.

Day 20

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner

Would you believe it – today is the last full day of your Camp Maldives adventure!

We’re throwing the ball in your court today with a day of leisure and a visit to the beach; enjoy your final day as you see fit, before we return to reality!

Day 21

Meals included – Breakfast and dinner*

*Depending on time of arrival and departure It’s been an absolute pleasure, we’ve had an incredible time, but unfortunately all good things come to an end – it’s time to head to the airport for your flight home!

Thankfully, we don’t do ‘farewells’ here at Camp Maldives, more ‘cya later’! We have a whole host of amazing Camps to choose from all around the world – why not plan your next trip at the airport?

Personally, we can think of nothing better to do in the departure lounge!

Something to Consider

Camp Maldives is not a typical idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing; at times you may find yourself in testing circumstances, as you would when experiencing any new culture. There may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow Wi-Fi and limited food options.

However, here at Camp Maldives, we thoroughly enjoy stepping out of the comfort zone, embracing new cultures and learning how people live in other countries! Every year, we have a fantastic time, as have thousands of previous Camp Maldives attendees. Though we personally love the experience, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. As such, prior to your application, please make sure that you understand that this is a cultural experience, not a luxury holiday; our aim is to make a positive impact in the community – this is a product of hard work and dedication!

While we cannot guarantee that you will have a relaxing time, we fully recommend that you come to Camp Maldives with a sense of adventure and a willingness to embrace the experience – ultimately, there is only one person who will dictate how much you enjoy camp and that’s you! We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have a genuinely incredible time that many would love to be involved with; the rest of the package comes from you and your commitment to the cause.

It is no coincidence that our best participants on the program immerse themselves in the activities each day; if you work with passion, your enthusiasm will not only be appreciated by us here at Camp Maldives, but the locals who you are helping will be grateful for your help. We present the opportunity to partake in some of the most unbelievable life experiences, including teaching in communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with animals, while making friends for life.

Additional Costs

  • + £52.86 DBS Check
  • Medical Form (Your GP may charge you for completion)
  • Any additional tours or EP elective you wish to join
  • Flights and Insurance

Program Requirements

  • 18+
  • A clear criminal background check completed by Camp Maldives (£52.86)
  • Valid Passport (with at least 6 months left)
  • A basic level of English speaking
  • You have to be enthusiastic, outgoing, friendly, good with kids and ready to experience a totally new and exciting culture!
  • So what are you waiting for? This is a perfect Gap Year job abroad!

FAQs

What airport do I need to fly to?

You will need to fly to Male in the Maldives. Our in-house flight team will be able to help with you with this.

What's the accommodation like?

The accommodation is either the NGO hostel or a homestay in the local community.

Do many people join the program alone?

The majority of our Camp Maldives applicants travel alone; it’s an amazing opportunity to meet incredible people and make friends for life.

What's the currency in the Maldives?

The currency of the Maldives is called the Rufiyah, which is linked to the dollar at around 12.75 Rufiyah to the dollar. However, most resorts and many local islands will accept the US dollar (bring small denominations such as $1, $5 and $10) as payment.

Is there WIFI available?

Wifi at the NGO is limited and can drop off and can be used for emails only, not for downloading. If your phone is unlocked, you can purchase a Data Package on the island.

What are the requirements of the program?

To partake in the program, you must be aged 18+ and have a clear DBS check. Moreover, a passion for adventure and helping less fortunate communities is essential.

Available Dates

19th June 2020 - 10th July 2020
10th July 2020 - 31st July 2020
31st July 2020 - 21st August 2020
21st August 2020 - 11th September 2020

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