Lonely Planet Writer

A luxury hotel in the Maldives is hiring an intern to care for rescue turtles

If you would like to combine a luxury holiday with gaining some invaluable experience in the area of turtle rescue, we have come across what sounds like a dream internship in the Maldives.

A Hawksbill Turtle in the sea.
An internship combines a luxury holiday with gaining invaluable experience in the area of turtle rescue. Image: Coco Collection

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.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is a luxury Maldives hotel
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is a luxury Maldives hotel that has a turtle rescue centre. Image: Coco Collection

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.

A woman holding a turtle at a rescue centre in the Maldives.
The intern’s daily duties will include feeding the turtles and cleaning holding tanks. Image: Coco Collection

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.

An aerial view of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.
The intern will stay in a guest villa at the tropical paradise. Image: Coco Collection

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.

A turtle swimming in the sea.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is a luxury Maldives hotel that has a turtle rescue centre. Image: Coco Collection

For further information, please see the Coco Collection here.