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Animal Care Volunteer Project in Croatia - Split

Animal Care Volunteer Project in Croatia - Split

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is Dec 6, 2021

Ready to make some four-legged friends as an Animal Care volunteer in Croatia? International Volunteer HQ’s Animal Care project is a great way for volunteers to help improve life and conditions for abandoned cats and dogs in overcrowded animal shelters in the seaside town of Split. Volunteers gain experience caring for the health and wellbeing of animals while giving them time, love, and the best chance of getting adopted.

  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from $549 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Care for, feed and play with abandoned cats and dogs

  • Enjoy the picturesque beaches of Split, Croatia

  • Stay in a fun, comfortable, modern hostel

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Who is this program suited to?

Volunteers who are passionate about animals and animal rights. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about animal welfare in a different country while being part of a team that shares the same passion as you.
Who is this program suited to?

Key information

Care for & rehome abandoned animals
Based at animal shelters in Split
Dormitory-style hostel accommodation
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Up to 4 hours volunteering per day
Fully hosted experience from $549 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Discover the Mediterranean coast

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Animal shelters play an important role in Croatia, helping to rescue a large number of cats and dogs that are abandoned by their families. These shelters are often overcrowded and volunteers play an important role in caring and playing with the animals, promoting their health, wellbeing, socialization and giving them the best chance of finding a loving home.

As an Animal Care volunteer you’ll help local staff with routine daily tasks and raise community awareness about animal abandonment. Day-to-day duties include:

  • Feeding animals
  • Playing with and walking dogs
  • Cleaning and grooming animals
  • Developing online profiles, recording videos and building an ID book to help promote each animal for adoption

All animals housed in the shelter are fully vaccinated.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #15: Life on Land

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #15: Life on Land

Human activity has altered almost 75% of the earth’s surface and around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. Nature is critical to our survival. We must promote kindness to animals and use regenerative techniques to combat deforestation, conserve biodiversity and protect wildlife.

Why do Animal Care volunteering in Split with IVHQ?

While volunteering with animals in Croatia you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Giving abandoned animals a brighter future
  • Helping animals get along with people
  • Learning or practicing Croatian
  • Gaining animal care experience
  • Immersing yourself fully in Croatian culture
  • Exploring the picturesque coast of Split

Volunteer requirements

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

Volunteers aged under 18 years old can volunteer independently on the Animal Care project in Croatia. They will need to provide IVHQ with two separate parental/guardian consents from each of their parents/guardians and two character reference letters in order to participate on the program. They may also be asked to provide waivers additional documentation which must be completed by a parent or guardian.

”I volunteered for 2 weeks on the Animal Care project and it was such an amazing experience! The staff at the shelter work so hard that it felt really good to be able to assist them. It is a busy shelter with animals being brought in and adopted almost daily. It truly warmed my heart to be there.”

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Volunteer Abroad in Split, Croatia with IVHQ


The IVHQ Croatia volunteer program is based in Split, a vibrant seaside spot on the Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in Croatia. ​This is a golden opportunity to volunteer in Europe in a place high up on every traveler’s bucket list. Split is a popular tourist hub because of its scenic ocean views, rich culture and authentic Croatian feel.

Volunteer placements are located in and around Split. While it is a well developed city, it does have pockets of under-served communities, social and environmental issues and local initiatives that need volunteer help. By choosing to volunteer here, you’ll be supporting community-led projects that focus on providing opportunities to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people that call Split home.

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). 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 20 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 AM Breakfast at the 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 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 volunteer accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers are accommodated in a dormitory-style hostel located in Split, about a 10 minute walk from the city center and from the famous Bačvice beach. You can expect to share a room with up to twenty two other people. Dorms will usually be arranged by gender, however at busy times shared-gender dorms are also utilized.

Every volunteer will have access to their own locker to store valuables and other personal belongings, free WiFi and air conditioning. Volunteers have access to a large indoor common space which has a TV, music system, computers, vending machine, book exchange and board games. There is also a kitchen available that volunteers can use with fridges, microwaves and basic utensils.

The hostel has shared bathrooms, separated by gender, equipped with western toilets and showers. Bedding and towels are provided for each volunteer. Local staff do clean the accommodation throughout the week, though volunteers are required to keep their rooms tidy.


Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Breakfast is self-served at the restaurant below the volunteer accommodation and includes cereals, eggs, butter, marmalade, cream cheese, ham, milk, coffee, juice and bread. Lunch and dinner are also 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.


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.
1 week $549 Equivalent to $79/day
2 weeks $819 Equivalent to $59/day
3 weeks $1,089 Equivalent to $52/day
4 weeks $1,359 Equivalent to $49/day
5 weeks $1,629 Equivalent to $47/day
6 weeks $1,899 Equivalent to $46/day
8 weeks $2,439 Equivalent to $44/day
10 weeks $2,979 Equivalent to $43/day
12 weeks $3,519 Equivalent to $42/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 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
  • Certificate of International Volunteering

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

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of $299 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • 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.
Safety and support with IVHQ

Protecting against COVID-19:

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Greater physical distance between volunteers

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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