WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
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).
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
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.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
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. Volunteers can choose from a wide menu, whilst meals also include a variety of soft drinks. Typical dishes on the menu include rice or noodle meals, sandwiches, traditional foods, chicken and chips, a variety of curries and more.
Although spicy, traditional Maldivian food is milder than the food found in some of its 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.