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CoCo collection, a luxury resort in the Maldives, is looking for an intern. The internship will span across two weeks in August.
You won’t be stuck on our small, sunny island, though. You’ll be flown to Maldives for this once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunity.
The lucky intern will be working on the Olive Ridley Project (ORP) for those two weeks.
And it’s not just any internship. It’s an internship with a cause.
Olive Ridley Project
The ORP aims to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles, with the most common species being Olive Ridley seat turtles. Hence, the name of the project.
Aside from that, their mission is to remove ghost nets from the ocean, reuse and reduce marine debris, and educate the world about the danger of ghost nets and the unsafe situation the sea turtles are in.
Which is, by the way, very devastating.
And which, by the way, is much more useful than using metal straws for a day.
Their community is made up of volunteers, citizen scientists, environmentalists and Marine Biologists around the Indian Ocean.
In 2017, the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort was opened in partnership with CoCo collection. It is the first fully-equipped marine turtle rescue centre in Maldives.
It has a laboratory and surgical facilities, as well as a full-time resident turtle veterinarian. It can also accommodate up to eight turtle patients at a time.
This is where the lucky intern will be working at.
All expenses, including flight, accommodation, and even meals are all paid for. Other perks such as a snorkelling trip and a sunset cruise will also be free.
It’s an unpaid internship, though. But money can’t buy this experience that you’ll have if you’re selected for this position. And travelling to save
part of the world? Priceless.
Keen to sign up? Here’s the list of responsibilities you’ll have to fulfil while you’re on this internship:
- Feeding the turtles
- Cleaning holding tanks
- Observing surgeries and medical procedures
- Attending rescue missions to collect turtles in need
- Assisting with the release of rehabilitated turtles back into the ocean
- Interacting with guests who visit the centre and giving them information on the turtles staying at the centre
- Attending any Olive Ridley Project presentation evenings
- Posting on the Olive Ridley Project’s social media platforms, to update on your personal progress and show a behind-the-scenes look of the Rescue Centre
You will also work with Dr Claire Petros. Who is she?
She’s one of the UK’s leading specialist turtle veterinary surgeons, and also the lead veterinarian at the Olive Ridley Project. That’s a very important role.
Other Intern Benefits
Besides being flown in from Singapore, you’ll get to stay in a guest villa for the two weeks you’re an intern.
And mind you, the guest villa is something out of one of those travel brochures.
Meals will be provided by the villa’s restaurant as well.
Besides the snorkelling trip and sunset cruise, you can also enjoy a Balinese treatment and beach BBQ for free.
Thinking of applying? You can. This is open to all nationalities, that includes you.
All you have to do is submit a 2- to 3-minute video and a 500-word cover letter explaining why you’re a good fit for this role.
And unlike some other internships, you don’t need any prior experience in this field. But you must be over 18 years old, and keen to work in a related field in the future.
If you want more details, you can refer here.
Keep in mind that only one lucky intern will be chosen, so good luck!
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