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Marine Conservation Volunteer Program in Croatia - Omiš

Marine Conservation Volunteer Program in Croatia - Omiš

Protect & preserve precious marine life
Start dates
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Choose from 1-8 weeks
Volunteer hours
Up to 6 hours per day
Volunteers aged 16+
Dormitory-style hostel
Program fees
From $1185 for 1 week
What's included
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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.

Project details

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.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

When you envision the Croatian coast, you probably picture sparkling clear Mediterranean waters, vibrant beaches filled with swimmers, and an abundance of sea life. While this picturesque scene is often a reality, it takes the dedication and hard work of marine conservationists to keep these waters clean and reduce sea pollution.

As a Marine Conservation volunteer, you’ll dive into an exhilarating mission to restore and maintain the natural state of the marine ecosystem around the Dalmatian region and the wider Adriatic Sea. Partnering with a local diving school, you’ll earn an internationally recognized SSI (Scuba Schools International) diving certification. Once certified, you’ll use your scuba skills to make a tangible impact through sea and river clean-ups.

Imagine yourself:

  • Diving for a Cause: Plunge into the crystal-clear waters to collect trash, then weigh and sort it for recycling or return it to fishermen.
  • Raising Awareness:- Learn about pollution issues and spread consciousness about protecting our precious marine environment.
  • Exploring Marine Life: Gain in-depth knowledge of the marine ecosystem and discover ways to safeguard it.
  • Shoreline Hero: Participate in shoreline and beach clean-ups, ensuring these areas remain pristine for everyone to enjoy.
  • River Adventures: Walk along riverbanks to collect trash by foot, or take small boat trips to retrieve debris from the river and canyon using hooks and bags.
  • Collaborative Efforts: Combine sea and river trash in sorting areas, working together to maximize environmental impact.

Your efforts will help achieve the ultimate goal of pristine natural ecosystems, healthier seas, thriving wildlife, and a cleaner coastline.

If you have any existing dive certifications, please note this in your application and send a copy along with your diving logbook to the local team in Croatia before your program start date.

All volunteers are also required to provide a medical certificate clearing 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.
  • Volunteers aged 16 or 17 on their program start date are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional document to the local team.
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a recent criminal background check.
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

Amina Sajadi
04 Jul 2024

I feel that I gained an immense amount of knowledge and experience about different cultures and also scuba diving. I would 100% recommend this program to others and it is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture while also making an impact by volunteering!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Marine Conservation volunteer abroad project in Croatia with IVHQ


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 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.


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

Experience the charm of Omis while making a meaningful impact on our Marine Conservation project. Our centrally located hostel serves as a warm and inviting home, just a 10-minute walk from both your volunteer placement and the restaurant where delicious meals are provided. This hostel offers the perfect blend of convenience and comfort.

Expect to share a room with up to seven other enthusiastic volunteers, with gender-separated rooms whenever possible. Shared bathrooms are also separated by gender, and fresh bedding and towels are provided for every volunteer, adding to the comfort of your stay.

The local staff ensure that the accommodation is cleaned throughout the week, maintaining a pleasant living space. However, volunteers are expected to keep their rooms tidy to contribute to a clean and welcoming atmosphere.

For those desiring more privacy, private rooms can be arranged at an additional cost. Please contact us or your Program Manager for more details and pricing. Please note that 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 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.


  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately $329) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

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 $1,185 Equivalent to $169/day
2 weeks $1,995 Equivalent to $143/day
3 weeks $2,805 Equivalent to $134/day
4 weeks $3,615 Equivalent to $129/day
5 weeks $4,425 Equivalent to $126/day
6 weeks $5,235 Equivalent to $125/day
8 weeks $6,855 Equivalent to $122/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately $329) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • 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.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized 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.

  • Transport to and from your placement each day
  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

Free-time experiences & tours in Omiš

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

In-person Language Lessons
In-person Language Lessons

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

From $31
Online Language Lessons
Online Language Lessons

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

From $31

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Safety and support

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

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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