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Maldives Island Sports and Fitness Coaching Internship

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Maldives Island Sports and Fitness Coaching Internship

Exercise your coaching skills to promote health and fitness within the community. Share your enthusiasm and you'll soon be more than a mentor, you'll be a friend.

Prices from US$1,745

The Maldives is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s flattest and lowest country, with the average height above sea level being only 1.5 metres. Despite this the Maldives is also one of the most mountainous countries in the world courtesy of its volcanic origins. This may not be obvious unless you take the plunge beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean as most of the volcanic mountains are submarine creating an incredibly diverse and thriving marine ecosystem.

The waters around the Maldives are abundant in rare marine species of biological and commercial value, with the tuna fishing industry being one of the main sources of income for the country. The Maldives has an amazing array of sea life, with stunning corals and over 2,000 species of fish, ranging from Reef Sharks, Moray Eels, and a wide variety of rays; Manta Ray, Stingray and Eagle Ray. 

The Maldives consists of approximately 1,190 stunning coral islands and atolls stretching in a north-south direction. The pristine white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters make the country a popular tourist destination but the many islands have not all seen development at the same pace. Local islands still have inadequate infrastructure and poverty is widespread. In the past infrastructure development was focused on the capital island Male, forcing islanders to travel to the capital for health care and other important services such as schools, banks and shops.


  • Discover this island paradise
  • Make lifelong friends and forge incredible memories


  • Qualification in or previous experience working with young people and sports
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • All placements are dependent upon the submission of an up-to-date CV
  • Applications must be received no less than 2 months prior to indended departure date
  • A valid up-to-date Criminal background check
  • Copy of University Degree Certificate or proof of current university enrolment


Location Maldives
Activities Coach sports / fitness classes
Community health promotion
Relax on the beach
Transport Airport pick-up at an extra cost
Accommodation Volunteer house / volunteer guest house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 3 meals per day
Airport pick-up at an extra cost
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Get involved in helping to brighten the lives of the island’s young population through sport. Extra curricular activities often take the back burner to other subjects such as English and maths; in this project you will inject much needed enthusiasm and creativity into the children's lives. You will be much more than a coach to them and will be both their mentor and friend. Whilst working on this project, you will promote health and fitness through recreational games and friendly competition. Sports are vitally important for the islands’ youth to keep children active and avoid anti-social behaviour.


During your placement you will have the opportunity to get involved in a large variety of sports activities. Just let us know what sport you are interested in coaching and we will find out where you are needed the most. You will also have the opportunity to introduce other games and sports, although you might need to be innovative as the equipment may not be available. Popular sports in the Maldives include; volleyball and table tennis. Most sport sessions are in the morning and late afternoon to fit in with school and avoid the incredibly hot midday sun. 

Aerobics instructors are particularly welcome as we’ve found the fitness classes are hugely successful with the local women of the island. The classes provide a great social outlet and the island will certainly make you feel incredibly welcome. Classes take place in the evenings and will normally involve about two forty five minute sessions 6 days a week.

 Don’t worry if you are not naturally talented with sport, an enthusiasm for being active is all that’s required. The daily contact with fluent English speakers and the chance to experience an exchange of cultures is just as valuable. This is a deeply rewarding project in which you will make life long friends from amongst the local community.


You need to arrive at Male International Airport on the Friday, where you will stay for one night before catching the ferry in the morning. Our local partners will organise for someone to meet you at the airport, a hotel for the night and a transfer to the jetty in the morning (approximately USD$100).


Depending on the time of your visit and volunteer numbers, you will either be staying in a shared volunteer house or at a friendly local guest house. All bedrooms are based on 2-3 volunteers sharing (same sex) and are ensuite with ceiling fans. The volunteer house also has a small sitting room and kitchen with clothes washing facilities available. 


Volunteers have breakfast together with a local family, an ideal opportunity to get to know more about local island life. Lunch and dinner are provided at a local café where volunteers choose from a wide menu, meals also include a variety of soft drinks. Typical dishes on the menu include rice or noodle dishes, sandwiches, traditional foods, chicken and chips, a variety of curries and more. 

Traditional Maldivian food can be spicy but milder than the food found in some neighbouring countries. Sweet, sour, hot and spicy savoury dishes are popular including dishes made of smoked fish, grated coconut, lime juice, onion and chilli. Seafood is a major part of the Maldivian diet with local specialities including kulhi boakibaa, a type of fishcake, keemia, fish rolls and masroshi, small pancakes stuffed with fish. Maldivian’s have a sweet tooth and there is no shortage of cakes available throughout the islands such as huni hakuru folhi, a cake made of grated coconut, sugar and flour. A cup of kalhu sai, black tea is the usual choice to wash down these snacks. Should you want to eat something from a little closer to home there are many international restaurants available in the tourist resorts on the main islands.

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Friday and Saturday is the weekend here and normally free time, although this may entirely depend on your particular programme. But don't worry you will still have ample time to visit snorkel hot spots and deserted islands or simply relax and soak up island life with your fellow volunteers or try out the Maldivian tradition of night fishing and see how satisfying it is to catch your own dinner! Please be aware that you will have to bring your own snorkelling gear as there may not be enough available equipment on-site.      

It may not always be possible to have every weekend off and you may have to rotate which days you are off duty with the other centre staff.

Please be aware that all of our Maldives development projects operate from a local island and are very community focussed.  During your free time you will have the opportunity to explore the islands and their surroundings but volunteers should be aware that the community islands do not reflect the tourist resort islands and poverty is widespread.   

Despite large parts of the Maldives portraying the image of an upmarket holiday destination, many local islands still have inadequate infrastructure. In recent times development has been unfairly focused on the capital island Male, forcing islanders to travel to the capital for health care and other important necessities such as schools, banks and shops. 


2 weeks US$1,745

3 weeks US$2,295

4 weeks US$3,095

Dates and Costs

The project start day is Saturday, but you will need to arrive the day before (your Volunteer Coordinator can help you book a hotel for the night). The ferry leaves for the island at 8am Saturday morning. Your project will finish on a Saturday and you should schedule your flight for the Saturday afternoon, or Sunday.

This project is not available during following dates:

1 January-  New Year

1 May-  Labour Day

27 May- First of Ramadan

25-26-27 June-  Eid-ul Fithr

26 July-   Indipendence day

27 July-  on the Occasion of Independence Day

1 September- Eid-ul Al'haa; 2-3-4 September-  Hajju Day

21st- Islamic New Year

3 November- Victory Day

11 November- Republic Day

30 November- National Day 

11 December-  Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

20 December- The Day Maldives Embraced Islam


2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Your project payment is financially protected under the UK Package Travel Regs 1992
  • Pre-departure support from dedicated Volunteer Coordinator
  • Travel & medical advice 
  • Access to travel experts and flight partners
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt



  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up can be arranged at an extra cost
  • Transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Male (MLE)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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