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Marine Conservation Volunteer Program in Croatia - Omiš

Marine Conservation Volunteer Program in Croatia - Omiš

Ready to put on your wetsuit and jump into Marine Conservation volunteering in Croatia? International Volunteer HQ’s Marine Conservation project allows volunteers to gain scuba diving experience and certifications while protecting underwater sea and river life on the sparkling Mediterranean coast. Volunteers will be placed with local dive schools that undertake a range of conservation activities to help keep the ocean environment clean and reduce marine pollution.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from AU$1900 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Protect and preserve underwater wildlife

  • Explore the sunny Croatian coast

  • Stay in a fun, modern hostel

Key information

Protect & preserve precious marine life
Based in Omiš on the Dalmatian coast
Dormitory-style hostel accommodation
Volunteers aged 16+
Fully hosted experience from AU$1900 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 8 weeks
Includes SSI diving certifications
Up to 6 hours volunteering per day

This program is ideal for:

Physically fit volunteers who are either experienced scuba divers or beginners who are excited to learn. You'll also want to help keep the sea clean and protect marine life.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

When you think of the Croatian coast, chances are you 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 from dedicated marine conservationists to keep the water clean and reduce sea pollution!

As a Marine Conservation volunteer you will be actively involved in restoring and maintaining the natural state of the marine ecosystem around the Dalmatian region and wider Adriatic Sea area!

This project works with a local diving school, and all volunteers complete an internationally recognized SSI (Scuba Schools International) diving certification. Only once you are qualified to dive, will you then be able to use your scuba diving skills to not only get into the water and make a real difference with sea clean-ups, but also assist in cleaning the river. The ultimate goal is to help the natural ecosystem be as pristine as possible, contributing to healthier seas, thriving ecosystems and a clean coastline, alongside an aware and dedicated community.

Tasks include:

  1. Collect trash from the sea. After collecting the trash you’ll weigh and sort it (will either go to recycling or back to the fishermen).
  2. Be conscious about pollution and the problems it is causing.
  3. Learn about the marine ecosystem and how we can protect it.
  4. Clean up the shore and the beaches.
  5. Walk along the edge of the river and collect trash by foot.
  6. Take a small boat to pick up the trash from the surface of the river and the ends of the canyon using hooks and bags.
  7. Transferring the trash that you collected from the sea to the area where we sort it and combine it with the river trash.

Please note in your application if you have any existing dive certifications. If you do, you will need to send a copy of these along with your diving log book through to the local team in Croatia prior to your program starting. All volunteers are also required to provide a medical certificate which clears them for diving.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #14: Life Below Water

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #14: Life Below Water

The ocean regulates and drives global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Marine biodiversity is critical to the health of people and our planet. Preserving threatened ecosystems, as well as tackling marine pollution and overfishing through conservation activities is key to saving our ocean.

Why do Marine Conservation volunteering in Omiš with IVHQ?

While volunteering on the Marine Conservation project in Croatia you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Repairing and maintaining marine ecosystems
  • Protecting marine biodiversity and reducing pollution
  • Gaining scuba experience and certification
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Immersing yourself fully in the Croatian culture
  • Discovering the incredible natural beauty of Omiš

Volunteer requirements

All volunteers on the Marine Conservation project in Croatia are required to provide a medical certificate which clears them for diving.

Volunteers need to be 16 years or over to participate on this project, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian, in which case the minimum age is 10.

All volunteers must speak fluent English, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a recent criminal background check.

Are you eligible to volunteer?

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Brooke McKenzie
09 Nov 2023

It was an amazing trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Met the coolest like-minded people, gained more experience diving, and helped the environment! I had really bad anxiety going into it as it was my first solo trip ever, but everybody I met was so friendly and welcoming, it took no time at all to feel like it was home away from home.

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Charley Letham
04 Sep 2023

I loved volunteering at the diving centre, it was one of the best experiences of my life! 10/10 recommend the program. The whole crew are so helpful and kind. I wouldn’t want to have done anything else with my summer! I got my diving certification there, learned so much and felt so safe and prepared when diving.

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Elisa Vegas Roldán
30 Aug 2023

I had an unforgettable experience! I was able to meet so many different people from all over the world while also learning more about the Croatian culture. The boat and all the crew were simply amazing, they make you feel part of the family. I strongly recommend this program for anyone who is interested in the sea, helping the planet and making new friends and memories.

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Oliver Scott
11 Aug 2023

I grew as a person. My confidence has never been better and I feel as if I had a great impact on the environment and everyone from the other volunteers to the locals and IVHQ team were amazing.

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Susannah Sieper
08 Aug 2023

A great opportunity to meet new people, learn about different cultures, and make a positive contribution to a community.

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Mia Tikvicki-Lee
19 Jul 2023

I gained a new skill, made amazing new friends, pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and helped the world a little. There is no need to be hesitant, it's an amazing experience if you enter it with an open mind and heart!

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Marine Conservation volunteer abroad project in Croatia with IVHQ

Location

IVHQ’s Marine Conservation project in Croatia is based in Omiš. It’s the first larger town you arrive to as you travel south along the coast from Split, where our other Croatia volutneer projects are based, and is located at the mouth of the Cetina River where it meets the Adriatic Sea. Only 25km away from Split, it’s a quick and easy journey down and a very popular destination to visit when in Croatia.

Arrival and orientation

The Croatia volunteer program begins on the first and third Monday of every month, and you need to arrive in Split on the Sunday before your chosen start date.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Split International Airport (SPU).Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee, however, if you arrive outside of Sunday between 9:00AM - 10:00PM, your pick-up will incur an extra cost of US$100.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation, approximately 40 minutes away. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Croatia prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up from a meeting point in Split on the Sunday before your program start date. You are also free to make your own way to the volunteer accommodation.

On Monday, orientation is hosted by our local team in Croatia and runs for a full day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Croatia – an introduction to Croatia, Croatian customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Croatia, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

Volunteer schedule example

Weekdays:

A volunteer day is subject to change depending on your specific project and placement. ​A typical daily schedule​ might be as follows:

8:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast is served at the restaurant next door to volunteer accommodation.
9:00 AM Volunteers with a morning shift travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project.
12:00 - 2:30 PM Lunch is served at the restaurant next door to volunteer accommodation.
2:30 PM Volunteers with an afternoon or evening shift travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on their project.
7:30 - 9.00 PM Dinner at the restaurant next door to volunteer accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Weekends:

Volunteers have the weekends free and Split and Croatia are full of interesting things to do, see, visit, eat and learn.

Croatia has a wondrous history and culture, paired with beautiful coastline and nature. You can spend a weekend traveling across the country - visit the popular Klis fortress that is only a short drive from Split, or spend the day in nature surrounded by waterfalls in Krka National Park or Plitvice National Park. If you are looking for an adventurous activity, try rafting down the river in Dalmatian hinterlands, or sea-kayaking the beautiful see-through Adriatic Sea. There is so much to see and explore, and nothing is far away in Croatia!

Volunteers can make travel arrangements further afield once in Croatia, with the advice and guidance of our local staff.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project will be accommodated in a hostel in the centre of Omis which is a 10 minute walk from the volunteer placement and the restaurant for meals. Volunteers should expect to share a room with up to 7 other volunteers, depending on the availability the volunteers will be separated by gender. The bathrooms are common but are separated by gender. Bedding and towels are provided by the hostel. Local staff do clean the accommodation throughout the week, though volunteers are required to keep their rooms tidy.

Private rooms for Marine Conservation volunteers can also be arranged at an additional cost. Please contact us or your Program Manager for more information and pricing. All accommodation upgrades are subject to availability.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day in a restaurant which is a 10 minute walk from the accommodation.

Breakfast consists of smoothies, breakfast tortillas, omelets, eggs, cereals, breads, spreads, ham, coffee, and juice. Lunch is prepared in the morning and packed into take-away boxes so you can enjoy a meal while you’re out volunteering. Dinner is provided in the same restaurant that breakfast is served and volunteers have the choice between a meat, fish, or vegetarian, option.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week AU$1900 Equivalent to AU$272/day
2 weeks AU$3200 Equivalent to AU$229/day
3 weeks AU$4499 Equivalent to AU$214/day
4 weeks AU$5799 Equivalent to AU$207/day
5 weeks AU$7098 Equivalent to AU$203/day
6 weeks AU$8397 Equivalent to AU$200/day
8 weeks AU$10996 Equivalent to AU$196/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$527) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in AUD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Croatia generally find US$80 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.
  • Any changes or cancellations within 14 days of your start date are subject to a US$200 late change/cancellation fee.

Free-time experiences & tours in Croatia

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Croatia! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Croatia program.

In-person Language Lessons
In-person Language Lessons

Improve your Croatian language skills at the most affordable rate while volunteering in Croatia.

From AU$49
Online Language Lessons
Online Language Lessons

Improve your Croatian language skills at the most affordable rate while volunteering in Croatia.

From AU$49
In-person Language Lessons
In-person Language Lessons

Improve your Croatian language skills at the most affordable rate while volunteering in Croatia.

From AU$49
Online Language Lessons
Online Language Lessons

Improve your Croatian language skills at the most affordable rate while volunteering in Croatia.

From AU$49

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Capital Zagreb
Population 4.7 million
Languages Croatian
Currency Croatian Kuna (HRK)
Time zone UTC+02:00

Weather and climate

The Adriatic coast of Croatia, where our volunteer program is based, enjoys a Mediterranean climate of cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Temperatures in Split range from 41°F to 50°F (5°C to 10°C) in winter and 79°F to 86°F (26°C to 30°C) in the summer, which runs from June to August.

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