Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is a luxury Maldives hotel that has a turtle rescue centre, and it is seeking an intern to work there for two weeks this August. The Olive Ridley Project Marine Turtle Rescue Centre is led by specialist turtle veterinarian, Dr Claire Petros, and is fully equipped with surgical and diagnostic facilities for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine turtles in the surrounding Baa Atoll, a Unesco biosphere reserve.
The intern’s daily duties will include feeding the turtles, cleaning holding tanks, and observing surgeries and medical procedures. There will also be the opportunity to attend rescue missions to collect turtles in need, and assisting with the release of rehabilitated turtles back into the ocean. The intern will interact with visitors, post on the centre’s social media platforms, and show a behind-the-scenes look of the work being done there.
The internship is open to all nationalities, and while the intern won’t be paid, their flights will be covered from anywhere in the world, and they will stay in a guest villa at the tropical paradise. They will have full board benefits at Cowrie restaurant, and will be gifted some of the hotel’s signature experiences, including a sunset cruise and a guided group snorkelling trip.
Those wishing to be considered must submit a short video and a 500-word cover letter explaining why they think they would be a good fit for the role. They don’t need to have previous experience, but they must be over the age of 18 years and keen to work in a related field.