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Marine Conservation Volunteer Program in Croatia - Omiš
Next start date available: Sep 5, 2022

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.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from $925 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

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Key information

Protect & preserve precious marine life
Based in Omiš on the Dalmatian coast
Dormitory-style hostel accommodation
Volunteers aged 16+
Up to 6 hours volunteering per day
Fully hosted experience from $925 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 8 weeks
Includes SSI diving certifications

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’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

Volunteers do around 4 dives per week. This number can vary based on how many people are on the program at the same time and the weather/ sea condition at the time. 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.

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.

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”Our instructor was very friendly, patient, funny and we all had some great times together at the beach. Expect long days, physical work and an exam at the end to become a fully certified diver. It will also be amazing and so rewarding!”

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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 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.

Meals

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.

Pricing

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.
1 week $925 Equivalent to $133/day
2 weeks $1,535 Equivalent to $110/day
3 weeks $2,145 Equivalent to $103/day
4 weeks $2,855 Equivalent to $102/day
5 weeks $3,565 Equivalent to $102/day
6 weeks $4,275 Equivalent to $102/day
8 weeks $5,495 Equivalent to $99/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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