Education Comes Alive in the Maldives – 8 Days
The Maldives is a nation unlike any other. This stunningly beautiful archipelago located atop a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean has over 1,190 islands, countless atolls and shimmering blue lagoons rimmed by pure white sand banks. The Maldives is not only the smallest Asian country… it is the worlds lowest country with an average ground level elevation of 1.5 meters.
With a population of only 330,000 inhabitants spread over 90,000 sq. km the Maldives face special challenges as one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries, and one that could be impacted more than any other by rising sea levels from climate change.
Unlike most international tourists isolated in the bubble of a Maldives luxury resort, students on this trip will live in a real Maldivian village and have a rare opportunity to see the world through local eyes. They will learn the folklore of their host community, teach children in the local school, engage in service projects with a village-based NGO, learn to hand line with fishermen, cook traditional cuisine, discover the secrets of navigating by the stars, learn boat building techniques, traditional sand massage, sand sculpturing and share in the joy of traditional dancing and drumming.
But this trip does not confine itself to culture and community… there are world-class adventures awaiting in the sea. Dhangheti Island in the south Ari Atoll is the best place in the Maldives to encounter whale sharks, giant manta rays, sea turtles and porpoise in every season. Ten of the best dive sites in the Maldives are located here and coral reefs are world-class.
This trip offers students a rare opportunity to bring their studies to life in comfort, safety and never-to-be forgotten experiences.