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 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.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from CA$1313 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
This program is ideal for:
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
When you think of the Croatian coast, chances are you’ll picture clear Mediterranean waters, beaches full of swimmers and an abundance of beautiful sea life. While this is often the reality, it requires plenty of work from dedicated marine conservationists and volunteers to keep the water clean and reduce sea pollution.
As a Marine Conservation volunteer, you’ll be helping a local diving school to restore and maintain the natural state of the marine ecosystem around the Croatian coast. In this program, you will first learn how to scuba dive and then use your scuba diving skills to collect marine debris from the bottom of the seabed that piles up due to high human activity and winds. You will work within a team on collecting waste, sorting it out and handing it to the recycling center.
When you’re qualified to dive you can take part in a range of conservation activities including:
- Collecting marine debris from the sea
- Logging information about items collected
- Learning about the marine environment and how to protect it
- Observing and identifying fish and other marine life
Depending on the time of the year, and after you earn your certification, you can also join a local scuba diving center on underwater clean-up weekends in more remote areas around Omiš.
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. You can choose to support this project for 1-4 weeks between the months of May to November.
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
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.
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Scuba diving certifications
On the Marine Conservation project in Croatia all volunteers complete the internationally-recognized Scuba Schools International (SSI) diving certifications. Your Program Fee covers the cost of the required online and in-person training, full scuba equipment hire and volunteer supervision from an experienced dive instructor. The specific certification you complete will depend on your diving experience and the length of your stay. Courses range from Scuba Diver through to Open Water Diver, and can include specialty courses such as Marine Ecology and Fish Identification. These are suitable for complete beginners to experienced divers.
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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 every Monday, 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). The cost of your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. 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 traveling 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 socializing.
Volunteer schedule example
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.|
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.
Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day in a restaurant which is a 10 minute walk from the accommodation. Breakfast will alternate between choices of cereals, butter, marmalade, cream cheese, ham, milk, coffee, juice and bread. Lunch is prepared in the morning and packed into take-away boxes so the volunteers can have a meal on the boat. Dinner is provided in the restaurant and volunteers have the choice between a meat, fish, vegetarian and pizza option.
Tap water is safe to drink in Croatia and while we encourage volunteers to bring a reusable drink bottle to minimize the consumption of single-use plastics, bottled water is readily available if you prefer. You should budget approximately $5 per week for this.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||CA$1313 Equivalent to CA$188/day|
|2 weeks||CA$2179 Equivalent to CA$156/day|
|3 weeks||CA$3046 Equivalent to CA$145/day|
|4 weeks||CA$4054 Equivalent to CA$145/day|
|5 weeks||CA$5062 Equivalent to CA$145/day|
|6 weeks||CA$6070 Equivalent to CA$145/day|
|8 weeks||CA$7803 Equivalent to CA$139/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Discounts on language lessons
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of CA$424 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 CAD.
- 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.
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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.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 upon arrival
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Currency||Croatian Kuna (HRK)|
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.