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Coordinator | Mariana
Coordinator | Mariana

High­lights

Become part of a worldwide movement of passionate people dealing with the global challenge of litter and the impact human development is having on the marine environment
Collect trash from the sea and learn more about the marine ecosystem
Meet other like-minded volunteers from all over the world
Learn Croatian and practice your language skills
Discover Split and its surroundings
Provide support to underwater clean-up efforts, help reduce sea pollution and enjoy diving in the beautiful Adriatic sea
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Marine Conservation volunteers in Split have the unique opportunity to provide support to underwater clean-up efforts, helping to reduce sea pollution and conserve marine life.


As an ocean conservation volunteer, you’ll be using and improving your scuba diving skills while being actively involved in restoring the natural state of the marine ecosystem of the Dalmatian region and the wider Adriatic Sea.

The program is open to beginners without any diving experience; however, volunteers will have to gain dive certification before engaging in any type of underwater conservation activities. The Program Fee covers the cost of the required online and in-person training, full scuba equipment, and volunteer supervision from an experienced dive instructor.

All volunteers complete internationally recognized SSI (Scuba Schools International) diving certifications. The diving certification you complete will depend on your current diving experience and the length of your stay. The courses range from Suba Diver through to Open Water Diver, and specialties such as Marine Ecology and Fish Identification. The project works with a local diving school, therefore you are always supervised by an experienced dive instructor.


Depending on the time of the year you are coming, after you conclude your certification or during your volunteer period you also can join a scuba diving club on an underwater cleanup weekend on remote places around Split and make a bigger impact helping the local clubs with their mission of cleaning and protecting the sea and marine life.

All volunteer efforts on the project work towards the vision of healthier oceans, thriving ecosystems and a clean coastline - all driven by an aware and inspired community. As part of this, your tasks as a volunteer can include collecting trash from the sea, logging information on items collected, learning more about the marine ecosystem and how to protect it, and observing and identifying fish.

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

Typical day

After the initial orientation day, you will have a morning, afternoon or evening shift at the Marine Conservation placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. 

A typical schedule is as follows:

07:00 - 10:00 a.m. : Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation

10:00 a.m. :  (1) Travel to the Marine Conservation place to join the local staff and begin work on your project or

                       (2) Explore the city, relax, attend Croatian language lessons or enroll other activities if you have an afternoon project.

01:30 p.m. : Lunch is served at the accommodation. In the morning you can grab a “packed lunch” to have in the city or at your placement.

02:00 - 07:00 p.m. : (1) Travel to the Marine Conservation place to join the local staff and begin work on your project or 

                                   (2) Explore the city, relax, attend Croatian language lessons or enroll other activities if you have a morning project.

08:00 - 10:00 p.m. : Dinner at the accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.


Free-time activities

Situated in the middle of Kozjak and Mosor mountains and surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, the small peninsula where Split is located has a lot to offer to every visitor and traveller.

Croatia, as a Balkan nation is a must stop country for anyone who chooses to visit eastern Europe in a meaningful way. On the one hand a rich historical heritage full of monuments classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the other a country that is still recovering from a political war, in the group of countries with the highest number of people living below the poverty line.

With charming old cities and towns, gorgeous beaches and more than thousand islands, its history has resulted in a very rich cultural diversity which was brought from Roman and Turkish, so Mediterranean and eastern European influences. These historical heritages mark the different regions of Croatia. Between Istria, Dalmatia and the center of Croatia, the gastronomy, lifestyle and accents can change a lot, making the country very diverse and interesting. Split, the second biggest city, has a specific Mediterranean influence that makes it especially welcoming, cosy and warmer. With its palace just on the seaside, Split brings a peaceful and fresh atmosphere that invites you to come and stay for a while.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by ImpacTrip

The fees are used to provide food, accommodation, pick-up at the airport, guided city tour, material for the different activities and insurance. Please note that visa and airplane tickets are not included. 


Airport Pickup at Split Airport
Our staff will pick you up at the airport at any hour, with a big sign and a smily face !
Accommodation

You will stay accommodated in a friendly and comfortable hostel, just 20min from the city center. The Hostel has the capacity to accommodate up to 100 travelers who want to visit Split in a relaxed way. With its young and welcoming staff you will feel like home.

There are various common areas such as dining room/restaurant, living room and a spacious outside patio perfect for relaxing and socializing mornings, afternoons or evenings.

The hostel is in a neighborhood where you can find everything you need: local coffee shops, supermarkets, ATMs, utilities you will need just around the corner. The Hostel is 2 minutes walking from the bus stop with few buses running by that can bring you to the city center.

The Hostel has a very connected connotation to the region of Split, Dalmatia, and represents the more than one thousand islands extended along the Croatian coast.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hostel every day. The hostel restaurant offers meals with fresh local ingredients for all volunteers in a very Croatian style and they are prepared to accommodate most diet restrictions such as vegan and vegetarians, gluten-free and lactose intolerant.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Split Airport (SPU) in Split. We assist you to find cheap flights to Croatia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Croatia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Croatia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Croatia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Our programs start generally on Mondays or Tuesdays of the weeks,  from the 15th May to the 15th November.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 1,213
2 weeks
$ 2,115
3 weeks
$ 2,500
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,949
Average fees
$ 975 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. ImpacTrip will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with ImpacTrip during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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Eco Diving

Provide support to underwater clean-up efforts, help reduce sea pollution and enjoy diving in the beautiful Adriatic sea

$975/week

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