Dolphin Conservation

In water monitoring and community conservation in Northern Croatia.

Conservation and research volunteers are needed right now to help protect the last resident Bottlenose Dolphins in the north-eastern Adriatic Sea. By working closely with marine biologists, volunteers become “citizen scientists” directly involved with dolphin monitoring. Monitoring the number of dolphins remaining in this area will let people learn more about the plight of the dolphins. The important scientific data that you help collect will mean research teams can do more to protect these pods. Without this baseline information scientist will not know what changes to make - or even where to start. This will be a learning experience for everyone! Our mornings will be spent learning about data collection and dolphin identification and our afternoon have us out in the field - which in this case is the sea! Bottlenose Dolphins are at risk due to an increase in human activities. The global population trend of Bottlenose Dolphins is not completely understood, but the Mediterranean subpopulation is vulnerable and continues to decrease according to the IUCN red list of threatened species. Studies are showing that the subpopulation’s numbers in the Adriatic Sea have declined by more than fifty percent in the last five decades! This huge reduction in the dolphin population was caused in large part by planned killings that took place in the second half of the nineteenth century, when dolphins were perceived as pests. But further declines are a direct result of increased pressure from people, including fishing (over-fishing and accidental trappings in nets as bi-catch), loss of habitat quality, water pollution (plastics and heavy metals in the water) and rising underwater sound. Many of these problems will be observed directly by volunteers when collecting data about the dolphins in the research area.

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Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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).
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, Friday and Saturday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Animal Experience International (AEI) are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

You are living right on the sea side, during your time off you can take part in any activities in this small town-- swimming, snorkelling or even visiting a dinosaur park!

Water Sports


What's included?
This is an all inclusive experience! Everything is covered from airport pick up to drop off! Also: Accommodation, On-site training, Membership in Partner Organization, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, Emergency support while at Placement, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts, 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

We pick up all our volunteers from the local airport!


Everyone lives together as friends and dolphin family!
We are a short walk from the sea so make sure you bring a snorkel for your off time!
Rooms are shared and linens are not provided so bring your own sleeping bag!

Food & Beverages

All groceries are included and volunteers cook together every day!
This is breakfast, lunch and dinner every day-- also some snacks while on the ocean and all you drink coffee!

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
1 week (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Funtana/Croatia between 1 week and 1 week. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Animal Experience International (AEI) will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Animal Experience International (AEI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Croatia

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Croatia. Please check the visa regulations for Croatia.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Croatia.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Pula (PUY) in Pula. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Croatia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Croatia.
field site, no postal code, we are at a field site on the coast! Funtana, Croatia

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