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That's it - pack in your day job, bin your spreadsheets, burn your suits and head to the Maldives to look after some turtles... Then hastily reapply for your job, print out fresh spreadsheets and buy a new suit when you realise the turtle gig is only for two weeks and is unpaid.
Yep, sorry guys, the world isn't that perfect.
Still, despite the lack of payment and longevity, this opportunity does sound great if you love turtles and chilling on the beach.
The 'inturtleship' is being offered by luxury resort Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, which is home to Olive Ridley Project Marine Turtle Rescue Centre.
They're after someone who is up to the following daily duties:
- 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
I can think of worse ways to spend a fortnight.
All the while, the successful applicant will be housed in 'a beautiful guest villa and have full board benefits at Cowrie restaurant'. They will also cover your flights and throw in some additional perks just for shits, such as a 'Sunset Cruise and a guided group snorkelling trip in the stunning Baa Atoll'.
... Lack of payment is starting to sound less and less like an issue.
Better still, 'applicants do not need to have previous experience', which is just as well, because who the shit has previous experience looking after turtles?
But while chilling with some turtles in the Maldives no doubt appeals to most of us, the internship is probably most beneficial for someone who is interested in being a vet. That's because the successful applicant will get the chance to work alongside one of the UK's leading specialist turtle veterinary surgeons, Dr Claire Petros, the lead veterinarian at the Olive Ridley Project.
In fact, the advert expressly says that applicants should be interested in working in related fields/oceans, so don't bother applying if you're not.
Other than that, the internship is on offer to anyone from any country who is over the age of 18, with a negotiable start date in August. You can find out more and apply here.
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