Country: Austrailia. Project: Teaching Assitant
I first became interested in visiting the Maldives from hearing stories from my Mum, who used to live and work there. I looked around and decided the best way to experience the real Maldives would be to do volunteer work and stay on a local island, which is how I found Volunteer Maldives. After months of dreaming and wishing, I found myself touching down in Male on a wonderfully hot day and was greeted by Junan, the airport rep, who took me to my Male accommodation and then showed me around Male for 2 days which was so much fun and I really appreciated having him to show me around. Then it was off to my island, wow. I could never have expected what it was like, the life, the people, the nature, the classes. I was teaching English in a holiday program with a bit of art and craft mixed in, so I had my own classes, which were really scary at the start but a huge learning experience for me. It was lovely to plan my own lessons, and was so rewarding to see how the kids warmed up to me and improved in their speaking skills. And also seeing their faces as they proudly left the classroom with whatever craft piece they’d made during the class was great.