Marine Mammals Research Internship

opgericht in 2016
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Learning key field knowledge on cetacean research
Conducting weekly land and boat based systematic surveys
Leading a conservation actions that promotes marine wildlife protection
Taking a part on a scientific article and increasing your abilities on public speaking
Discovering the country that is known with its wild beauties
Join us to gain valuable technical and practical skills on marine mammals in the beautiful Balkan country of Montenegro while joining public outreach actions. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Montenegro Dolphin Research (MDR) provides a unique internship where you are beyond a data entry assistant and took an active predominant role on sound research and conservation actions in a country where you are needed the most. After you go through training days on the field protocol, you will be one of the research associate to take part in our dedicated land survey (through theodolite operation) and boat surveys (photo-identification and acoustic) in weekly basis. This will take min 2 days of your work while the other 2 days will be dedicated to data analysis skills from photo-identification to GIS mapping. Final day will be your day to plan your public outreach actions which could be anything from organising an art galery to beach clean ups or school talks.
It is a valuable opportunity for graduates, that wish to gain experience in the marine mammal research field, and undergraduates, that would like to obtain internship academic credits. It could be used to develop a scientific project for a BSc or MSc thesis. However, we are also open to accept applications from anyone whose passion for marine mammals and willingness to learn are strong and sincere. We recommend a minimum stay of 2 months to complete the basic training.
In addition to the days at MDR, we are aware the importance of being a traveler in an amazing country as this is. The nature in Montenegro is wild and still uncontaminated: running from the majestic black mountains, to the crystal-clear lakes and rivers and from the historic towns to the national parks, this small country offers an incredible variety of landscapes and outdoor activities. Montenegrin coastal waters are extremely rich in marine life, but yet barely explored. So here you go, dive in to the adventure of unexplored wildlife of Montenegro
By choosing to study the Montenegrin dolphins with us, you can be part of the change for the good of our blue planet!

Dagelijkse activiteiten

- Every week (depending on the weather) we do land and boat-based surveys

- Every week you can get training in:
  • GIS mapping;
  • Theodolite operation and Pythagoras software;
  • Photo-identification;
  • Discovery software and Logger 2010 software;
  • Population size estimations through Mark and Distance
  • Survey design
  • Efficient usage of Excel;
  • R for statistical analysis;
  • Systematic data collection and data analysis;
- When we are not on surveys, we are busy with office work. Together we all work in the office on the projects and training. Most of us study on different projects either individually or in small groups. Office hours are from 9AM until 5PM with a 1-hour lunch break. Upon arrival we will have a meeting together and decide which projects you would like to work on. The choice of the project will be determined by your interests, duration of stay and any academic requirements of your university.


Montenegro is a country full with natural wonders with crystal clear waters that is open for scuba and snorkel diving for three seasons while you can go for a ski trip in two hours from the volunteer base. We are placed in a location with uncountable nature walks from mountains to cave. So if you are a person who loves wondering in wild, this is your place. Historically, the country holds many UNESCO sites-where our office is based in- and vintage houses where even an evening walk becomes a miracle of nature and history. 



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)
Vereiste documenten
Motivation letter - CV
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are willing to create a change for the good for our blue planet. S/he should be ready to learn new skills. The work includes both scientific research and public outreach activities where the volunteer may do some public talks. It is beneficial that the volunteer has previous field experience on biology but not necessary as long as s/he is ready to learn and like to get new challenges.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 09:00 - 16:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door DMAD
  • Accommodation and expenses (excluding self-quarantine and special requests);
  • Transportation between the project sites within and between Montenegro and Albania;
  • Training and lectures with all training materials provided in PDF format;
  • Fieldwork (land- and boat surveys);
  • Use of the equipment;
  • *And for Interns this also includes:
  • Scientific support, average 30 hours supervision per month;
  • Additional courses related to the selected subject;
The fee does not include:
  • Transportation to/from Montenegro or transfer to accommodation
  • Health and/or travel insurance which is a mandatory requirement
  • Meals

The base is located in Old Town of Kotor. The accommodation is included in the participation fee. Volunteers will have a bed in a shared room with access to a communal kitchen and bathroom. The accommodation itself is basic, but there is everything you need including WI-FI, hot water and a washing machine. The supermarkets, restaurants and beach are only five minutes’ walk from the house.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose such as hiking, diving and rock climbing.

Slaapzaal Slaapkamer (Enkel) Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Eten, tussendoortjes en drankjes zijn bijkomende kosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Tivat Airport (TIV) in Tivat. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Montenegro.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Montenegro biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Montenegro dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Montenegro.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

We accept interns' whole year round. Starting from the beginning of January 2022.

Here you will find the logistical information you’ll need to know before your arrival in Montenegro;

There are two airports in Montenegro:

  • Tivat Airport (TIV) is on the north coast of Montenegro and it includes certain destinations and charter flights.
  • Podgorica Airport (TGD) is located in the capital city of Montenegro and has the most frequent routes due to the number of international flights.

Tivat is relatively close to the boarders of Croatia and Serbia, and there is also the possibility of using other airports outside of Montenegro such as Dubrovnik or Belgrade. From any of these airports, it is possible to get to Tivat by bus or taxi.

How to get to from Tivat Airport to Kotor;

  • Taxi: Travel time 20 minutes - Costs 15 euro 
  • You can take a taxi from Tivat Airport directly to Kotor.

How to get to from Podgorica Airport to Kotor;

  • Taxi: Travel time 1,5 hours - Costs around 75 euro
  • Private transfer: Travel time 1,5hours - Costs 60 euro

We have a driver that can take you from Podgorica Airport directly to the Kotor. If you would prefer this option, please let us know beforehand.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
8 - 24 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
8 weken (min. verblijf)
12 weken
16 weken
20 weken
24 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$272 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in EUR. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. DMAD zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door DMAD gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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