The Maldives is home to some of the most enchanting and diverse coral reefs in the world, yet these marine ecosystems are suffering at the hands of climate change; including increasing sea temperatures and subsequent coral bleaching, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and changing rainfall patterns. Protection and regeneration of these reefs is imperative as they play a fundamental role in providing aquatic habitats, food provisions and wider shoreline protection - something which Coco Collection has been working to conserve for a number of years.
The lucky winner of this competition will be flown out to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, where they will take up their three-week placement in September, assisting the Marine Educator on managing and fostering coral growth in the surrounding house reefs. Maintaining and restoring coral is vital for marine conservation and aquatic life as a whole, and the intern will support the Marine Educator in their replanting schemes to strengthen these vital ecosystems. From developing coral around man-made frames and planting coral through to fish identification within the reefs and working with neighbouring local islands on their coral reef regeneration programmes - this role is ideal for the eco and marine enthusiast.
The winner will receive:
• Roundtrip flights to the Maldives
• Roundtrip seaplane transfers to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
• 3 weeks accommodation in a Deluxe Beach Villa including Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
• A Sunset Cruise
• A Spa Treatment
To enter, fill out the form below with a 500-word cover letter and a 2-3 minute video explaining why you would be the best coral gardener. Please share the video as a link— this can be a file sharing link or posted on a public social media account such as TikTok, Instagram, or Facebook.
Competition closes on 12th May 2022 at 12 noon Maldives Time.