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Scuba dive into the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea to help clean up pollution that threaten local marine life.


Program Highlights:
  • 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. 
 
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Location of the Project:  Split, Croatia
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Project length:  1 week minimum – 4 weeks maximum
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Arrival Airport:  Split Airport (SPU)
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Volunteer Work:  Volunteers will scuba dive to help clean the seabed of pollution, debris, and help protect the marine ecosystem. 
Age:  Minimum 16 years of age, minors are accepted with additional paperwork.
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Number of Volunteers:  Min 1 – Max 15
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Important Note:  The MC in Split includes an internationally recognized SSI (World Underwater Federation) diving certification. There are three different levels according to the volunteer diving experience, from beginners to people with some prior experience to advanced divers. The diving and volunteer equipment is included.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared rooms in a sustainable hostel, potentially 6 to 8 people of the same gender. There is an option to upgrade.
Food:  3 meals are included per day, prepared by the hostel. Special diets can be accommodated.
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Airport Transfers:  Pickup at the airport (On the Saturday or Sunday prior to an Introduction Day). Airport drop-off can be included for an extra fee.
Orientation:  Held on the first Monday, a local coordinator will provide a detailed orientation on a variety of topics for the volunteers. This includes a responsible guided city tour (2 hours with free maps, city guides, and the best tips to discover the city!
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, daily transportation from the hostel to the volunteer project (around 5 EUR per day), personal expenses.

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.
Note: Travel time from the volunteer accommodation to the project site in Omiš is around 30-45 minutes. 

 
Weekly Diving Plan:
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Internet:  Wi-Fi is included.
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Laundry:  Coin-operated washing machines are located nearby for volunteers
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in a sustainable and social hostel in the center of Split. Accommodation is dorm-style with 6 to 8 people per room, same gender. There is an option to upgrade to a private or double room for an extra fee, based on availabilty.
Food:  Three homemade meals are provided each day. Special diets might be available on request (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, etc). 
  • Minimum 16 years old
  • Basic level of English 
  • Criminal background check 
  • No serious medical issues
We want volunteers to know the natural and cultural surroundings and will provide you with helpful tips and tricks that will help discover Split and Croatia like a local! The shifts will last between 3 and 5 hours per day and take place either in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the evening (depending on the program), which will leave you with plenty of free time to go explore, take a stroll around the surroundings, catch the most important sites, interact with the locals or relax, and of course, weekends off as well! Popular travel options:
  • 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. 
Organized tours can also be arranged for an extra fee.
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