Soneva Gives Rooms In Maldives For Community Service

Thursday, 19 March 2009 13:22

Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili by Six Senses are known for operating in harmony with the environment and local communities. In additional to unwavering support of the Six Senses SLOW LIFE philosophy (Sustainable – Local – Organic – Wholesome Learning – Inspiring – Fun – Experiences), the properties now offer guests the opportunity to join in the resort’s very special community projects.

The Sonevas have designated a period of time as their Six Senses 2009 Social Season, in order for guests to have the opportunity to give a little of themselves to the Maldive communities.

The win-win offer will provide 14 complimentary nights to guests who book and pay for 14 nights. That is a total of 28 consecutive nights. In return, guests agree to give a total of four day’s community work, which equals just one day per week.

The various programs available for guests to get involved with include teaching, hospital volunteer work, farming, assisting with the resorts’ waste-to-wealth project and more. Another option even allows the guests to present their own project ideas. All details are listed below.

Guest participation will not only help the community in which the resorts are based, but it will also provide a greater understanding of the local culture and result in a mutually beneficial and enriched experience for all.

Terms & Conditions
The win-win offer is valid June 1 through December 22, for stays booked directly with the resorts or via third parties. The additional 14 complimentary nights refer to accommodations only. For the total of a consecutive four week’s stay, guests must participate in four day’s community work, either on separate days or consecutively. Bookings must be made with a minimum three-month advance notice to allow ample time to create the custom volunteer program.

Program Options at Soneva Fushi
Teaching at a local school (Malhos, Eydhafushi or Dharavandhoo)
Guests may prepare a 30-minute lecture on their home country on subjects that are interesting to teenagers and children, such as local traditions, architecture, recipes, school system, games, handicrafts, etc. The lecture is to be given to at least eight groups of students, with time for discussion afterwards.

Four-day basic language course in the guest’s native language, with handouts prepared by the guest. Other community members welcome to attend.

Lectures on other subjects are possible (as per the guest’s interests, profession and expertise)

Notes: Dates and times allocated for the lectures to be agreed on and integrated into curriculum beforehand with local schools, as well as organization of day-use room, transfer, meals and careful planning with the teachers. Benefits include cross-cultural understanding for both guests and students, as well as language training.

Different community projects
One-day activities that do not require advanced skills or knowledge, such as planting trees at Eydhafushi, supplemented by making posters about climate change.

Early morning beach clean up for four hours.

Making public rubbish bins.

Painting buildings (as needed and agreed with respective owner).

Making cadjan (roof material) or brooms (can be learned in 30-60 minutes).

Notes: Activities must be timed and planned. An escort at Eydhafushi to be assigned to guide and assist the guest throughout their visit. Day-use room, transfers and meals to be provided. Benefits include guests getting to know local environmental challenges, as well as local communities getting assistance in completing these projects.

Helping with the resort’s waste-to-wealth project.
One day per week could be spent at Soneva Fushi’s waste-to-wealth centre, assisting with mulching wood and coconut, ridding cardboard of plastic wrapping, food waste to be turned into biogas.

Notes: Date and time to be confirmed in advance. One resort host to assist and guide the guests. Benefits includes helping gardeners at Eco Centro and proving guests with more insight into the resort’s back-of-house operations.

Guests to present their own ideas and projects, as per their individual profession/expertise and knowledge.

Examples may include doctors providing medical care, engineers help on building sites, chefs cooking nutritious food, etc.

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