- Have a meaningful impact on the environment of the Adriatic Sea
- Discover the beautiful Croatian Coast
- Learn how to scuba dive and partake in Ocean cleanups
- Meet like-minded individuals and get to know the locals
- Explore the country in your spare time and weekends off
First Week Itinerary:
Day 1, Sun: Arrival pickup at the airport by the local team, settle down at the volunteer’s accommodation, get to your group of volunteers.
Day 2, Mon: Welcome orientation and city tour.
Day 3-6, Tue-Fri: Placement Day, our coordinator will show volunteers how to reach project location and connect them with the program manager at the organization. Beginners will start scuba diving lessons and get certified. Certified divers with will learn how to scuba dive and clean the ocean floor of debris. Volunteer projects take place in the mornings and afternoons, with the work time around 3-5 hours. Afterwards you will have free time to explore the city and hang around with other volunteers.
Day 7, Sat: Departure Day for volunteers at the end of their stay. Otherwise, volunteers have free weekends to travel around the country.
Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will usually follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free.
What's not Included
Volunteers will stay in the beautiful coastal city of Split. The second largest city in Croatia, Split has maintained a mix of traditional Dalmatic culture and a buzzing night life scene. With popular tourist attractions all around, we encourage volunteers to explore Croatia in their time off. The most popular destinations would be the city of Dubrovnik, Plitvice National Park, Krka National Park, and the capital Zagreb. In addition, the beautiful islands make for a magical day-trip in the summer! The volunteer project takes place in the beautiful town of Omiš, around 25km from Split.
If you think of the Croatian coast, chances are you’ll picture sparkling clear Mediterranean waters, beaches full of swimmers and an abundance of sea life. While this is often the case, it still requires plenty of work of dedicated marine conservationists to keep the water clean and reduce sea pollution. The primary goal is to clean and protect as much of the sea area as possible.
Volunteers are involved in restoring and maintaining the natural state of the marine ecosystem of the Dalmatian region and the wider Adriatic Sea. Volunteers will learn and use scuba diving skills to get into the water and make a real difference with ocean clean-ups and other activities, to help the natural ecosystem remain as pristine as possible. Programs like this are crucial to ensure the long-term stability of the ecosystem for generations to come, volunteers can have a massive impact on the area!
Volunteers will work for approximately 4-5 hours, sometimes more, depending on the work and location where the dive takes place. The principal goal is to take as much trash as possible, especially plastic and remove it from the water. Foremost, volunteers need to feel safe and comfortable underwater, an instructor will lead diving lessons to ensure all volunteers are safe when conducting their volunteer work. Constant local support will be provided to make sure any issues for volunteers are taken care of!
Volunteer duties include:
- Restore and maintain the health of the ecosystem
- Participate in ocean cleanups
- Collect data on different areas of the ecosystem
- Help educate others on issues surrounding the ecosystem in the Dalmatian region
- Collect waste from the surrounding areas and dispose of them efficiently.
- Minimum 16 years old
- Basic level of English
- Criminal background check
- No serious medical issues
- The historic city of Split and a visit to Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO heritage site
- City of Dubrovnik
- National park Plitvice
- National park Krka
- Capital city of Zagreb.
- During the summer is certainly worth visiting one of 1000 islands in Croatia.