The new academic year in the Maldives starts early January, and each year we have many requests from islands hoping to be able to host a volunteer for a month or two to help out in the schools and give the kids a huge boost! We've been very happy to welcome Amy, Kianna, Catherine and Doris this month! Thanks so much ladies!

Friday saw the arrival of this year's BUiLD group from UTS.. a big warm welcome was extended to Briana, Jenna, Khaulah, Nicki, Ryu and Frances as soon as they landed in Male', and a sweet welcome from the island children when the volunteers finally reached the island of Maroshi in the Shaviyani atoll, after a couple of days traveling from Australia.

The group will be kept very busy this year, and have been working on several presentations on excellent topics, and will this year again be involved with the Debating team offering support and encouragement to the school participants!
It will all be a great mix of work and play as usual ... full report to follow!

Jenny and Astrid from Hong Kong were very warmly received down in Rekawa, to assist with the amazing Turtle Conservation program; Two wonderful volunteers who have kept us entertained with numrous emails and hundreds of (colourful :) ) questions over the last couple of months leading up to their arrival!
The two ladies have got stuck into things straight away, and we're delighted they were, on the first night of the Turtle watching, they were able to withness a Greenback laying her eggs :)

The surrounding wetlands and beach provide a haven for a variety of wildlife and we've seen a hundred + photos already from the ladies in little more than a week of their stay!
Thanks so much Jenny and Astrid - fantastic attitudes ;) the ladies are also helping out with teaching basic English to the local village children which is brilliant.

THANK YOU's go to team Rekawa.. lovely hosts to the volunteers and to the
volunteers themselves.... mmmwah! xx