You can apply for a dream role saving the coral reefs in the Maldives

Virgin Radio

8 Jun 2022, 14:40

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Getting to work in a dream location and helping the planet at the same time sounds too good to be true.

However, it's a very real opportunity that you can apply for now.

It involves travelling to the Maldives to work on restoring the coral reefs.

The lucky applicant will become a SHEBA®Hope Ambassador in the Maldives on the island of Fulhadhoo. 

So what do you need to enter? You must have a passion for the environment, strong swimming ability and a knack for storytelling.

If successful, you will be teamed up with a Maldivian Hope Ambassador.

The experience will last three weeks.

The three-week role will see you split time between the UK and the Maldives.

It starts with a week of training in Leicestershire, with the Mars Petcare and coral restoration team.

Next, you'll fly out to Fulhadhoo where you’ll participate in active coral reef restoration.

You'll be preparing and planting reef stars and posting regular blog posts on the SHEBA website and capturing content, stories and interviews about life and the community on the island. 

The project plans to restore coral reefs, measuring more than 185,000 square meters at key sites around the world by 2029.

‘Scientists have estimated that if we do nothing, 90% of the world’s tropical reefs will be gone by 2043 – a devastating prospect not just for the reefs’ ecosystems, but for the nearly 500 million people who depend on the reefs for food, income, and coastal protection.’ says Professor David Smith, Chief Marine Scientist at Mars, Inc.

‘We know that coral reefs are the heart of our oceans and the continued work on Hope Reef shows that there really is hope. Our efforts around the world to restore and regenerate these precious ecosystems are showing exciting results and having a positive impact on local communities.’

Applications to be considered for the role as Hope Ambassador close on June 30.