Volunteer Abroad in Croatia

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Volunteering Abroad in Croatia


9 Volunteer Abroad Programs in Croatia


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In this program, you will get to live in Funtana, Croatia. Located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Funtana has several water activities to offer, such as swimming, sailing, diving, and water skiing. Other activities include playing sports, going camping, or even riding horses! You will also be able to learn about the history, culture, and indulge in Croatian food and wine. Volunteers on th...


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Croatia is a beautiful country that is emerging as a popular European tourist destination. Croatia is a former Yugoslav republic on the Adriatic Sea. It is about the size of West Virginia. Part of Croatia is a barren, rocky region lying in the Dinaric Alps. The Zagorje region north of the capital, Zagreb, is a land of rolling hills, and the fertile agricultural region of the Pannonian Plain is ...


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Help Vivamar Society in the conservation work of the close-to-endangered local Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the heart of the Mediterranean, the blue Adriatic Sea. Get richer for a wonderful lifetime experience and enjoy the most stunning creatures on earth together with Vivamar. Participants will spent 11 days on a research boat and on land for scientifically oriented work wit...


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Soak up the warm Croatian sun through this international volunteering opportunity offered by Working Abroad Projects. Available in two locations – Cres and Losinj – this incredible program allows participants to work on a dolphin research project in the Mediterranean Sea. The dolphin research in Losinj is currently monitoring more than 450 individual dolphins. Volunteers can assist in invest...


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Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organization, working alongside university and college academics to build long term data sets to put towards various conservation management goals. We recruit volunteers to help out with the data collection, and train them in the skills and background that's needed to help effectively. Our Croatia project gives volunteers the opportunity to ...


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Join Gap Medics in Croatia to get your feet wet in your future health career! If you want to be a doctor, nurse, dentist, or PA, this is your chance to observe in the wards and operating rooms and receive mentorship from the professionals. You will stay in the exclusive Gap Medics house and have access to excellent support services.

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Volunteering Abroad in Croatia

A beautiful Mediterranean country dotted with over 1,000 islands along the Adriatic coast, Croatia has become one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. The country provides an interesting volunteer abroad location, as it moves at the relaxed pace of a small fishing town while thriving from a rich national history due to its central location caught between Eastern and Western Europe. Many volunteering opportunities in Croatia involve natural preservation efforts, community building, and infrastructural development. If you are looking for an adventurous and rewarding experience, then try out this pearl of Southeastern Europe and volunteer in Croatia.


The capital city of Zagreb is by far the largest city in Croatia with over 700,000 inhabitants. Along with volunteer placements in Zagreb, there are opportunities to volunteer in Croatia in smaller cities, such as Split, Rijeka, and Osijek, which each have populations of over 100,000 people. Life in Croatian cities is fairly laid back, as suggested by the relatively remote populations. This relaxed feeling is enhanced by the beauty of the coastal location and medieval architecture that still lines many city streets.

Volunteers in Croatia outside of the cities can engage in preservation efforts along the Dalmatian coast or in the mountains of the Slovenian Alps. About 50 of the thousands of islands off the coast of Croatia are permanently inhabited, making “island hopping” a popular activity for Croatians and travellers alike. Croatia also is bordered by Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro allowing for easily accessible travel throughout Eastern Europe while volunteering abroad.

Projects & Placements

Within cities most volunteer opportunities in Croatia are rooted primarily in education, childcare, and community development. While Croatia remains a highly developed country by international standards, the brief but devastating war for independence in the 1990’s has left its mark on the country to this day. Infrastructural development is accordingly another area of potential volunteer placement.

Outside of the cities there are a variety of volunteer projects in Croatia targeted at the preservation of natural habitats and native species. There is a particularly concentrated effort in the eastern mountains to protect the native brown bear population, which has been dwindling in past years. 

Many of the available volunteer opportunities in Croatia combine local work in a variety of locations with adventure opportunities, such as kayaking, hiking, and exploration throughout Eastern Europe. Volunteering in Croatia is a great way to explore the beautiful region of the continent while also giving back to the local communities. These volunteer-adventure programs typically last a few weeks and move around from place to place.

Costs & Affordability

Do not come to Croatia expecting it to be as cheap as most Eastern European countries. Croats tend to identify as Western European, and their high-performing economy reflects this in the general cost of living. While the national currency of Croatia is the Kuna (5.8 HRK to $1 U.S), they are slowly moving to the Euro and the affordability of the country is rising to reflect the Western standard of living. Prices remain on par with most other Western European countries.

Check out GoAbroad’s Scholarships Directory for more information on how to apply for funding to volunteer abroad in Croatia.

Accommodation & Visas

Most programs will offer the standard opportunities for apartment, dorm style living, or homestays. Accommodations for those who volunteer in Croatia are generally up to the Western standard of living, but this may change if you plan to visit other parts of nearby Eastern Europe. Costs will vary depending on location, and it may be best to consult your attending program for the type of housing available to you.

Depending on your home country, you may also need a visa to volunteer abroad in Croatia for an extended period of time. This is not a difficult process for Westerners as Croatia is part of the European Union. For more information consult your specific program and also check GoAbroad’s Foreign Embassy Directory for Croatia.

Benefits & Challenges

Croatia is a wonderfully accessible gateway to the world of Eastern Europe. Some tension with neighboring countries remains from the war for independence in the 1990’s, but there has not been any conflict for quite some time and the country is safe for foreign travellers.

It is a beautifully laid back culture that will sweep any foreign traveller off their feet. Be careful - after volunteering in Croatia you may fall in love with the Adriatic lifestyle and never want to leave!

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