Amateur animal-lovers have the opportunity of a lifetime ahead of them. Surely not many people in the veterinary business can claim to get their start helping turtles in the Maldives!
But that's exactly what one resort is offering. The Coco Palm Dhuni Klohu resort is looking for interns with a soft spot for sea turtles. This summer, one lucky applicant will spend two weeks in the Maldives working in a turtle rescue center. And don't worry, there are some pretty amazing perks (besides, you know, being in the Maldives with turtles) that come with the internship.
So keep reading for all the details of this offer, and think about what you might bring to the table. Also, check out some of the adorable turtles you could be helping in just a couple of months!
You've probably heard of the Maldives.
via: GettyOr to use the long-form name, the Republic of Maldives. It's a gorgeous archipelago - and unsurprisingly, its biggest industry is tourism.
There are whole resort islands.
via: GettyAs in, small islands dotting the archipelago that became resorts to stay in. It looks pretty dreamy, right?
So what if you got to go for free?You wouldn't have to pay airfare to get yourself across the Indian Ocean and onto an island; you'd just have to care for some rehabilitating turtles!
That's according to the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort.
via: GettyLocated in the Baa Atoll, Dhuni Kolhu is a wonderland of nature with its lagoons and marine life.
And the resort is committed to conservationism.
via: GettyAnd not just in a vague way that most businesses claim to be; the Dhuni Kolhu property is home to a Marine Turtle Rescue Centre.
It's all-expenses-paid.The resort will cover airfare, all of your meals and accommodations, and set up a fair number of recreational activities too!
So here's the deal:The internship will take place for a 2-week period (14 days) in August 2019. It's unpaid--but when you look at all the benefits, there's ample compensation.
Here's what the rescue center boasts.
via: Getty"Our Marine Turtle Rescue Centre is the first and only rescue center in the Maldives to be led by a veterinarian and is fully-equipped with surgical and diagnostic facilities for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine turtles," the resort's webpage reads.
And you'll be learning from a master.
Of course, there's a job description.
via: GettyBecause you'd want to know what they expect, right? Well, feeding the turtles, cleaning holding tanks, and observing surgeries and medical procedures are all examples of day-to-day duties.
Here are a few more.
via: GettyInterns will also go out on rescue missions to collect turtles in need of help, and similarly take part in releasing rehabilitated turtles back into the ocean.
And of course, there are some more social elements.The intern will also be interacting with visitors to the center and giving them information on all of its turtle residents.
Plus, gotta keep up that online presence.The intern will also be responsible for attending any Olive Ridley Project presentation evenings, and posting to the Olive Ridley Project’s social media platforms--with both behind-the-scenes info and personal progress in the program.
So, yeah, it's not JUST a holiday.There's real and important work to be done. But honestly, to the right people, that work is just another perk of the offer!
And that's what the rescue center wants in an intern.According to the guidelines, you don't need any prior experience. All you need is to be over the age of 18, and passionate about that field of work (or some related aspect of marine life).
And some truly nice perks come with the gig.
via: GettyAlong with full board benefits at the resort's Cowrie restaurant, whoever lands this internship will go on a Sunset Cruise, dolphin watching, and on a guided group snorkeling trip in the Baa Atoll.
Altogether, that's a pretty hefty value.I mean, you could spend likely over $6,000 on a trip like that...or you could apply to a super cool internship for free.
Here's what applicants are gonna need.The Olive Ridley Project is looking for a 2 to 3-minute video and a 500-word cover letter, with the applicant's answer as to why they're the perfect fit for the job.
There are a couple of weeks to apply.The deadline for applications is June 31. You can check out the job (and apply to it) on the Coco Collection's website.
Plus, here's a bit about the organization behind this "in-turtle-ship"!
via: GettyThe Olive Ridley Project opened up the turtle rescue center in a partnership with Coco Collection, and the organization is dedicated to helping--you guessed it--olive ridley sea turtles.
Olive ridley turtles are facing a big problem.
via: GettyLarge numbers of olive ridley turtles have been found in the Maldives, tangled up in ghost nets (and often injured or worse).
What are ghost nets?
via: GettyWell, it shouldn't be news that there's a pollution problem in the ocean. Whenever a commercial fishing net gets lost, abandoned, or just discarded into the ocean, that's a ghost net.
And ghost nets are silent killers.
via: GettySharks, rays, bony fish, dolphins, whales, crustaceans, birds, and yes, turtles, all get caught and die inside these drifting nets. They're responsible for millions of marine life deaths by now.
So that's what the ORP is researching.
via: GettyIn addition to saving and rehabilitating turtles, the ORP is also collecting data to build a case on the impact of ghost nets in the Indian ocean, and on turtles in the Maldives in particular.
And yes, there are adorable turtle patients healing up in the ORP's Dhuni Kolhu center.That's a big part of where interns come in, taking care of the turtles alongside the center's resident veterinarian and a team of volunteers.
How can you say no to a face like this?
This little lady is still a juvenile turtle.
And Azura is mostly healed, but still too buoyant.
You can also adopt a sea turtle.
via: GettyThe Olive Ridley Project lets people sponsor their patients (no, you can't really adopt a sea turtle, being wild animals and all). So if the internship thing isn't gonna work out, you can still support these turtles' recovery!
But that's who you'd be supporting.
via: GettyElba, Heidi, Azura, and many others! So if you've been thinking about getting into a profession related to marine life, this may be the perfect introduction for you! Share this crazy awesome opportunity (and these cute turtles) with your friends!