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🇭🇷 VOLUNTEER IN CROATIA 🇭🇷

Volunteer in Croatia with Plan My Gap Year – an award-winning, international volunteer abroad organisation with programs based in Split. PMGY provides safe, trusted and affordable programs, with a range of volunteer projects in Croatia, including Animal ShelterChildcare & English Teaching opportunities.

PMGY Croatia have projects located in the country’s second-largest city of Split situated on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. The Croatia volunteer programs start on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Our projects in Croatia run throughout the year and participants can join the program for 1-12 weeks. Volunteers in Croatia are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, in-country orientation, meals, volunteer accommodation and local support.

KEY FEATURES

PROGRAM FEE FROM 645 USD

PROGRAMS FOR 18+ YEAR OLDS

✓ PRE-DEPARTURE BUDDY LISTS


✓ MEET LIKE-MINDED SOLO TRAVELLERS


✓ VOLUNTEER MON-FRI & TRAVEL SAT-SUN


✓ AVAILABLE TO WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEERS


✓ IDEAL FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELLERS

   

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN SPLIT

1ST & 3RD SUNDAY EVERY MONTH

✓ AIRPORT PICKUP


✓ ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & WI-FI


✓ SAFE, SECURE & TRUSTED COUNTRY SETUP


✓ CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION


✓ 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY, UK & US SUPPORT

CROATIA ANIMAL SHELTER VOLUNTEERS

Give up your time to help dozens of abandoned cats and dogs helping to combat the number of strays in the city of Split.

FROM 645 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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CROATIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Work in disadvantaged local communities on an after-school project and become a role model volunteering with Croatian children.

FROM 645 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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CROATIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Inspire others through education as you teach English at a local NGO. Increase access to learning for those who need it most.

FROM 645 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER IN CROATIA WITH PMGY?

Most Affordable – PMGY’s programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects.

 

Best Support – Our international and local teams provide extensive around the clock services to assist you every step of your PMGY adventure.

 

Safety Prioritised – With safety a PMGY number-1 priority, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe and structured as possible.

 

Extraordinary Experiences – With PMGY, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in amazing cultural and travel experiences, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories.

 

Friendships for Life – Your PMGY experience not only opens up a doorway for new experiences and exciting memories, but also life-long friendships when meeting new people from around the world.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

CROATIA ANIMAL SHELTER VOLUNTEERS

If you’re an animal lover, then you have no choice but to join us as a Croatia animal shelter volunteer! Play an important role in bettering the life of Split’s stray animal population when you volunteer in Croatia. In other words, work alongside a team to provide a sanctuary for cats and dogs at a local shelter. As an animal shelter volunteer in Croatia, you will raise awareness in the community around the issues of animal neglect.

 

Background to the Animal Shelter Program

 

Over 60% of Croatian families have at least one pet. Typically, this is usually dogs and/or cats. Sadly, many animals in Croatia are not treated well by their owners. A lack of education on how to treat animals and what is prohibited is a big problem. Additionally, the sterilisation of pets is not mandatory in Croatia. As a result, cats and dogs rapidly reproduce generating many unwanted pets. Unfortunately, many of these end up abandoned, poisoned or strangled.

 

Therefore, many places in Croatia suffer from a relaxed attitude towards pets in Croatia. That is to say, many pet owners do not have their pets sterilised. In the same vein, an affordable or subsidised program for the spaying and neutering of both pets and stray animals is lacking. Such idleness leads to a handful of cats or dogs quickly turn into hundreds of cats and dogs. Consequently, diseases, infections and parasites quickly ensue.

 

A continually rising number of stray dogs and cats coupled with the health issues that comes with this is alarming. Where possible, many of these abandoned animals are transferred to local animal shelters. However, many of these animal shelters are often overcrowded because of the influx in numbers they can receive.

 

In the short term, these cats and dog shelters provide some sort of haven for Croatia’s stray animal problem. For instance, these animals receive the love, care and enrichment they deserve. Moreover, the shelters work hard to help find homes for the strays. However, it must be remembered that these shelters have limited capacity and finite resources.

 

Therefore, a more proactive strategy will be required long term to help address Croatia’s stray dog and cat population. With this purpose in mind, some towns in Croatia have begun introducing drastic proposals regarding the ‘mandatory sterilisation of pets’. In the hope that uncontrolled animal protection and the spread of disease can be controlled. Not only this, such measures should help reduce the burdens placed on animal shelters.
Whilst many believe this to be the responsible thing to do, some do not agree with the spaying and neutering of their animals. Similarly, only a handful of towns have plans to make this animal care obligation for owners enforceable. A further question exists regarding funding. Where will the money come from to sterilise stray animals and thus reduce the stray population?

 

In Split particularly, there remains a lack of responsibility by the pet owners to be vigilant about neutering their own pets. Furthermore, animal protection organisations and shelters are limited across the city. Those that are available, receive minimal funding and are often reliant on the selflessness of volunteers. Therefore, international volunteers who donate their time and skills working on our wildlife volunteer project in Croatia make a big difference.

 

Volunteer Placement Example

 

Animal Shelter Project – Located in the heart of Split, our animal care project provides a safe refuge for dozens of abandoned cats and dogs. Not only this, the shelter coordinates a range of welfare awareness campaigns. The aim of which is to educate the Split community around issues regarding animal neglection. In the hope that it will reduce abandoned animal numbers in the future.

 

As a Croatia animal shelter volunteer, you will work alongside local staff who share your passion and values for animal protection. There are many reasons why families abandon cats and dogs. Nevertheless, it is pet shelters like ours that plays an important role in tackling the issues of stray populations that arise. Complete volunteer work in Croatia at our shelter and be at the forefront of animal care in Split.

 

The aim of the shelter is to provide the best possible care and support to the forsaken animals the project houses. In turn, the shelter is giving these animals the best chance of being adopted into a new home. Because the shelter is often overcrowded, adoption is a preferential outcome for all concerned. Likewise, the love and enrichment participants show the cats and dogs will go a long way! Keep the animals active and prove your worth to the local team at the pet shelter!

 

Croatia animal shelter projects typically receive little to no government funding or assistance. Therefore volunteer support and contributions are a big help to the project that otherwise can receive limited help. Older clothing for the project is recommended as are shoes that you do not mind getting dirty! It is important to note that all animals at the shelter have been vaccinated.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Work Day

 

As an animal shelter volunteer in Croatia, your tasks will be varied. For instance, one day you will bath the dogs and the next you will support maintenance jobs. Alternatively, get hands-on with cleaning and feeding activities. Other aspects of your volunteer role will include a range of enrichment activities with the cats and dogs. For example, playing and walking with them and carrying out measurement and weight checks.

 

Another key point to note is that you can promote animal adoption by developing social media profiles for each animal. In short, this project is a great opportunity for any person looking to work in a team and volunteer with animals. Not only does the project allow for lots of hands-on involvement, but you will engage in outreach campaigns. As a result, you will raise community awareness about animal abandonment.

 

The typical working hours can be either morning or afternoon. For instance, you could be working from 10am-1pm or 2pm-6pm Monday-Friday. As a Croatia animal shelter volunteer, you will get involved in all aspects of the animal shelter project. As previously mentioned, Croatia volunteer programs do not run at weekends. Therefore, this is your own free time and you are encouraged to make the most of it by exploring Croatia.

 

CROATIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Become a childcare volunteer in Croatia and make a positive impact within the Split community. As a volunteer with children in Croatia, you will adopt a role model role. That is to say, you will help young people achieve new life skills. In turn, children will have their prospects enhanced and new possibilities opened up to them. All of this and more is possible when you volunteer in Croatia on this youth support project.

 

Background to the Childcare Program

 

Despite being recognised as a developed country, Croatia still suffers from high poverty rates. That is to say, about one-third of Croatians live in conditions of extreme material needs. To put it another way, many cannot afford the basic necessities required to live comfortably. Moreover, families will struggle to afford the necessary supplies for their impoverished children. For example, they cannot afford the costs involved for children to attend basic levels of education.

 

With this in mind, it must be remembered that children are disproportionately affected by poverty. Physically, this vulnerable segment of the population lacks the necessary supplements to help them develop. Furthermore, they do not have access to adequate government infrastructure to improve their future prospects. In other words, their rights are limited and state provisions of education and health services are not up to standard.

 

There is also an increasing number of children in Croatia living in homes without parental care. This is worrying when you consider there is an insufficient number of community-based services available. Therefore, the establishment of this Youth Support project provides a safe space for young people to go in the evenings. Children from underprivileged backgrounds benefit from additional educational assistance and a robust social support structure.

 

Volunteer opportunities in Croatia provided by PMGY will provide you with a platform to make a positive impact. When working at our childcare volunteer abroad projects in Croatia, it is important to maintain energy, enthusiasm and creativity. For the reason that many of these children will be seeking the care and attention that you as a childcare volunteer in Croatia can bring. To volunteer with children in Croatia, you will need to donate your time and skills effectively. This is to ensure you can maximise your impact on the local people.

 

Childcare Volunteer Placement Example

 

Youth Support Centre – Open to both primary and secondary school-aged children, the centre provides an essential resource for disadvantaged children. Not only do children benefit from educational support, but they also improve their social skills. To rephrase it, they spend their time at the centre interacting and socialising with other children of a similar age. In short, the opportunities the centre provides is a great platform for deprived local communities to benefit from.

 

The after school centre has been established in the heart of disadvantaged local communities. For the reason that Croatian children who need additional social and educational support can receive this at the project. They do not have to travel far making the project highly accessible for them. Furthermore, the project runs in the evening. As a result, the children can still attend school as normal in the morning and afternoon.

 

When you complete volunteer work in Croatia, your role will be varied. It is important to realize that the children at the project will look up to you. Therefore, you must set a good example in everything you do and come to the project with lots of enthusiasm. Moreover, you can bring new perspectives and ideas to the centre for the children and local staff to enjoy. By the same token, you are encouraged to integrate your culture and learnings with the children.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Childcare Day

 

As a childcare volunteer in Croatia, you can expect to participate in a range of activities. Whether it be helping with homework or arranging sports activities, your presence at the volunteer project will be valued hugely. In a similar fashion, you may lead arts and crafts lessons when you volunteer with children in Croatia. Additionally, you are encouraged to teach basic English in a fun and engaging manner. Many children at the project are keen to improve their English skills. As a native speaker, you are well placed to take a lead role with this.

 

A point often overlooked is that it is essential for international volunteers to support stretched local staff with their daily duties. Whether it be cleaning tasks or admin work, it’s important for participants to get involved in these aspects. Similarly, you may have to adopt a supervising role during games and free play.

 

The typical working hours are 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday. As a childcare volunteer in Croatia, you are encouraged to spend your mornings planning and preparing activities for the project. As previously mentioned, Croatia volunteer programs do not run at weekends. Therefore, this is your own free time and you are encouraged to make the most of it by exploring Croatia.

 

CROATIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Work within a local NGO and inspire the next generation as a volunteer teaching English in Croatia. Become a key player in increasing access to education for communities otherwise left behind. Volunteer in Croatia to bridge the education gap for students from these disadvantaged communities. In other words, help improve their English skills to facilitate better job prospects. Immerse yourself in a new culture and demonstrate your passion for learning when you teach English in Croatia.

 

Background to the Teaching Program

 

In comparison with neighbouring countries, Croatia’s literacy rate stands tall. However, this does not spread equally amongst the population. That is to say, Croatia faces a range of equity challenges within its education system. Disadvantaged groups are marginalised in early childhood education. For example, government policy bases financial support on merit over need. Moreover, early childhood education and care are prioritised for children of employed parents. Consequently, deprived children perform less well in basic education and are more likely to drop out of school early.

 

It is important to note that many children coming from underprivileged communities. Therefore, they do not have the chance to attend even basic levels of education. To explain further, their families cannot afford the basic supplies required to be proficient. Moreso, 37% of those who can attend primary school in Croatia are at risk of poverty. Coincidently, this number drops to 16% for those who attend secondary school. To put it differently, those who benefit from enhanced education prospects are likely to gain better job opportunities.

 

As recently as 2019, statistics showed Croatia’s youth unemployment rate to be at 23%. To put it another way, nearly one in four 15-24-year-olds in Croatia do not have a job. This is the fourth highest youth unemployment rate inside the EU. Furthermore, many educated Croatian youths often seek jobs in wealthier European countries that have more stable job opportunities. Whether it is accessing better job opportunities domestically or abroad, access to education is key. In the same vein, being able to speak and converse in English will be of huge benefit.

 

Volunteer opportunities provided by PMGY offer a platform to make a positive impact when you teach English in Croatia. When working at our English teaching volunteer projects in Croatia, it is important to maintain energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Many of these students will benefit from having someone who is fluent in the English language teaching them in Croatia. As a volunteer teaching English in Croatia, you will need to donate your time and skills effectively. This is to ensure you can maximise your impact on the local people.

 

Teaching Volunteer Placement Example

 

NGO Education Project – Established in disadvantaged communities, our local NGO education project directly supports those in need. To rephrase it, the project provides additional access to education and English learning to young adults who would otherwise go without it. English is the most common language taught at the project. Whilst this may be true, you are welcome and encouraged to teach another language that you may be fluent in. For instance, students learning French or Spanish can be beneficial for their future prospects.

 

The students who attend the NGO Education Project come from nearby surroundings. Often, they come from families who have suffered a life of hardship. As a result, they are very motivated to learn and improve their English and education. In turn, they improve their future prospects for both themselves and their families. For instance, many go on to work in tourism or achieve government jobs in Croatia. The project provides these students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a platform to enable these kinds of prospects.

 

When you complete volunteer work in Croatia, you will also enjoy the cultural exchange. Utilise teaching opportunities at the project to guide young adults into achieving their ambitions. As an English teacher in Croatia, help bridge the nation’s class divide that has developed. That is to say, volunteer at this project to help equalise the opportunities in communities across all of Croatia. If you are aspiring to improve your teaching skills, then the NGO Education Project is a great place to start.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Teaching Day

 

As a volunteer teaching English in Croatia, you will share your time, knowledge and skills with those who need it most. Prepare, deliver and lead English lessons for young adults in Croatia. You have the autonomy to develop your own learning environment with the students and to lead lessons independently. By the same token, local staff will be present to support you wherever necessary. For instance, helping to plan lessons alongside you or facilitating with any language barriers.

 

At times, you may find your volunteer role a little challenging. However, seeing the progress of your students will be hugely rewarding as you help them overcome their language difficulties. When you teach English in Croatia, you will engage with students of a range of ages and abilities. Some students require more advanced language skills and others require beginner English lessons. Therefore, you will need to plan and adapt accordingly as you make each English lesson your own.

 

The typical working hours can be either morning or afternoon. For instance, you could be working from 10am-1pm or 2pm-6pm Monday-Friday. As a volunteer teaching English in Croatia, you are encouraged to spend time planning and preparing activities. As previously mentioned, Croatia volunteer programs do not run at weekends. Therefore, this is your own free time and you are encouraged to make the most of it by exploring Croatia.

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Flights

 

After confirming your place on a PMGY volunteer program, we strongly advise that you book your flights as early as possible. This will help ensure that you get the lowest airfare. You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you with arranging them. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries. This means that we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use. PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority. If you would therefore like any assistance booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during your online application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.

 

For your volunteer trip to Croatia, you should book your flights to Split International Airport. Volunteers in Croatia should arrive on the Sunday start date. The airport code is SPU.

 

Travel Insurance

 

Having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. It is therefore mandatory for all of our international volunteers to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. Although most of our participants experience a smooth ride during their time overseas, occasionally things may go wrong. Having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.

 

Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have partnered up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional policy. This has been designed with our international volunteers in mind, to cover our participants for all of their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone across the globe, up to the age of 65 years. The document will cover you for your time on any PMGY destination and any onward travel (excluding the US and Canada).

 

If you’d like to purchase PMGY travel insurance, you can add this option on during your online application. You can also add this to any upcoming trips with us by getting in contact via telephone or email.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Our International Team will work hard to provide extensive levels of support in the build-up to your trip. From our online chat service to email support and telephone conversations, our team are always ready to help. All international volunteers with PMGY will receive a Volunteer Handbook. This detailed hand guide will provide you with all you need to know in the build-up to your trip. From visa guidance to suggested packing lists, this will be the ultimate guide, helping you plan for your volunteer trip abroad.

 

We have Facebook groups for each of our destinations. Here you can find members of our international and local teams, as well as past, present and future volunteers. These pages, therefore, provide a great forum for participants to network, share experiences and community updates year-on-year.

 

Sometimes it can be difficult to picture yourself abroad without yet being there. We, therefore, do our best to further manage expectations before you arrive through a variety of informative and action-packed videos on our PMGY Vimeo channel. These clips help provide you with a visual perspective of what you can expect during your time with us. Our webinars are not to be missed either. Running on selected Tuesdays, at 4pm UK time, our International Team provides invaluable advice for your upcoming trip. Each webinar covers something different. Our pre-departure webinar covers all of the essentials you need to know and do before joining us abroad. Our program preparation webinar is more project-specific, with advice and information for the time you will spend on placement. Finally, our safety webinar offers you some top tips on how to manage your safety and wellbeing across the pond. For those who are simply interested in learning more about PMGY, our team also run an introductory webinar. This provides an introduction to the volunteer organisation, our background, goals and volunteer opportunities overseas.

 

Teaching and childcare volunteers may wish to take their program preparation even further, through a 60 hour online TEFL course. This is the perfect introductory course for working with children and teaching English abroad. Participation in this course enables international volunteers to acquire key skills whilst working towards an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DURATION

Our projects are based in Split, around 40 minutes away from Split International Airport. A typical Mediterranean city, Split is the largest town in the Dalmatia region. Its historic old town dates back to Roman times and is often referred to as a living museum.

 

Based in the southern region of Croatia, Split lies on a small peninsula on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. The vibrant port city is best known for its ancient centre, special cuisine and unique architecture. Its laid-back city vibe makes it easy to enjoy downtime at the range of shops, restaurants and bars. Enjoy the Dalmation coffee culture and get lost in the maze of the historic old town. Stepping outside the intricate streets and passages of the old town, there are spectacular views of the Marjan Hills and Mount Kozjak to be enjoyed. In addition, relax by some of the city’s sweeping sandy beaches and rocky coves.

 

Our programs in Split run from 1-12 weeks beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month.

PMGY CROATIA LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s volunteer opportunities in Croatia are run by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams.

 

All staff have been fully vetted by our International Team. The committed local community networks provide the structure for your stay with us as a volunteer in Croatia. Our local team will arrange your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support. Whether you are working at the animal shelter, volunteering with children at the youth support centre or teaching English at a local NGO, our local team will support you. Our team provides a great framework for you to enjoy a unique volunteering experience with us in Croatia.

ORIENTATION

Your orientation for your affordable volunteer program in Croatia will begin on Monday. The local team will start the day by teaching you about life in Croatia, the “dos and don’ts” and the local culture.

 

Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the local language and safety advice whilst you volunteer in Croatia. Our team will also talk through all the projects we support in the community. In the afternoon, our team will take you on a walking tour of Croatia. This will be your chance to explore the local area and get your first glimpses of this amazing city. The historic old town featuring Diocletian’s Palace, Saint Domnius Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple are just some of the things you may explore.

 

Use your free time to acclimatise to the neighbourhood. For instance, visit the supermarket, withdraw money at the ATM and pick up a cup of coffee from the local café. Your evening is free to relax, catch up on sleep, and get to know your fellow volunteers. You may even start preparing for your volunteer in Croatia placement.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Split International Airport, Croatia (SPU) on Sunday.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) Arrival

 

Welcome to Croatia! You will be met at Split International Airport by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. The journey to the accommodation will take up to 40 minutes, depending on traffic. You will have the rest of the day to relax and get to know your fellow travellers.

 

Day 2 (Monday) Orientation

 

Your orientation for your affordable volunteer program in Croatia will begin on Monday. The local team will start the day by teaching you about life in Croatia, the “dos and don’ts” and the local culture.

 

Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the local language and safety advice whilst you volunteer in Croatia. Our team will also talk through all the projects we support in the community. In the afternoon, our team will take you on a walking tour of Croatia. This will be your chance to explore the local area and get your first glimpses of this amazing city. The historic old town featuring Diocletian’s Palace, Saint Domnius Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple are just some of the things you may explore.

 

Use your free time to acclimatise to the neighbourhood. For instance, visit the supermarket, withdraw money at the ATM and pick up a cup of coffee from the local café. Your evening is free to relax, catch up on sleep, and get to know your fellow volunteers. You may even start preparing for your volunteer in Croatia placement.

 

Days 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work in Croatia on Tuesday. This may be in the morning or the afternoon depending on your volunteer project. The local staff at the project will become your main points of contact during your volunteer schedule. Should you need anything extra, remember our local team are only a phone call away. You will see our coordinator throughout the day at the Volunteer House and they are always happy to help.

 

Days 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend

 

The weekend is your time to explore the wonders of Croatia. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend in Hvar Island, some adventure in Plitvice Lakes National Park, or a more cultural experience in Dubrovnik – Croatia has it all. As a volunteer in Croatia, our team both welcomes and encourages participants to explore the country’s wonderful treasures. They will be very happy to help you plan your weekend opportunities and outline any travel tips.

 

The Following Weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday-Friday. Weekends will be free to travel. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your phone, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last Day (Saturday)

 

Saturday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Program Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect. When anticipating their time overseas, many international volunteers (and their loved ones) are often concerned about safety and security. Although we can never guarantee your experience to be 100% trouble-free, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe as possible. Every program that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a director of PMGY. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation and worked on the projects. Through our frequent visits and daily communications, we have built strong, trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, volunteers have various layers of support available to them:

 

• Volunteer in Croatia Local Team
• Project Staff
• PMGY International Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences. With the help of feedback, we are able to continually improve our placements and volunteer opportunities. Security and safety are frequently assessed as part of this. We ask our participants to raise any concerns with our local or International Team. This ensures that these can be addressed and/or resolved as readily and appropriately as possible.

 

Through pre-departure and in-country guidance, we do our best to prepare our international volunteers for their time in Croatia. All participants are provided with a comprehensive safety briefing during their orientation period. Our local teams will go through everything from project introductions, to emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. During this period, our team also provide participants with a full list of the important contact numbers.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips:

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery worn in public
• Do not drink tap water
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents can occur when is confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night
• Use reputable transport only. Our local staff will be able to recommend some during orientation
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high-risk areas for pickpockets and thieves
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers

WEATHER

Croatia enjoys two climates, one along the coastline and the other within the interior of the country. Split lies on the Croatian coastline. The coast adopts a typically Mediterranean climate whereby summers are hot and sunny and winters are relatively mild albeit sometimes a little wet. Temperatures can regularly exceed 30°C in the peak summer months. Temperatures generally remain high into the autumn and the cool climate returns back in the spring. The continental climate in the interior of Croatia still generates scorching temperatures in the summer. However, winters are pretty cold and snow can be a common occurrence.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time on the Croatia volunteer program, you will live in our Volunteer House in Split. This is located outside of the city centre, but you will still find it very easy to get around. Similarly, you will find many local restaurants, supermarkets and ATMs at your convenience in the local area. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is a dormitory-style hostel and is basic but comfortable. Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room. They are usually same-sex rooms, but in busier periods they may be mixed gender. You will have cupboard space to store clothes and accessories as well as a personal locker to store your valuables. However, volunteers are still encouraged to only bring essential items during their volunteer work in Croatia.

 

WiFi is usually available in the accommodation, but it can be intermittent. Bedding is provided for volunteers when they arrive. Bathrooms are shared, with a shower and western style toilet. International volunteers have several communal spaces to relax, hang out with new friends or prepare for the project. Communal areas are regularly cleaned, but volunteers are expected to keep their personal spaces as tidy as possible.

 

Most of the projects are not within walking distance of our Volunteer House. Therefore, you will need to budget for transportation costs to get to and from your volunteer placement each day. It is important to note that project transport costs are not included in your Program Fee.

MEALS

During your volunteer trip to Croatia, you will be provided with breakfast and dinner at the accommodation. Lunch is not usually included and should be budgeted accordingly. There are plenty of places in the city to choose from. For example, tickle those tastebuds with some traditional Brodetto seafood and rich pastries. Alternatively, volunteers are welcome to prepare a packed lunch for the day at the accommodation.

 

Breakfast operates in a self-service format. Volunteers just help themselves and all cutlery and crockery are provided. Most dinners are traditional Croatian dishes that can include lots of seafood, stews, soups and pasta. Traditional Croatian cuisine is wide and varied and influenced heavily by the tastes of its neighbouring countries. As a result, the food varies from region to region and Split fits within Dalmatian food. This is similar to a typical Mediterranean cuisine and based heavily on fish, green vegetables and a range of seasoning. If you are looking to mix things up, head to the restaurants and cafés in central Split to sample some of this.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed. This means that there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

Transport to and from your volunteer project is not included in your Program Fee. Some projects may be within walking distance from the Volunteer House, but many are further afield. In these latter cases, you will be required to take either public or private transport to placement. It can take up to 45 minutes to travel to your volunteer work in Croatia. Our local team will guide you through the local transport methods during your in-country orientation. You can also always ask them if you are unsure about anything.

VOLUNTEER IN CROATIA REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome participants of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 18 years and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Croatian. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Croatian will go a long way!

 

All participants must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of travelling with us abroad. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation! Medical and healthcare projects usually require additional documentation before participation begins in-country.

 

Your deposit must be paid within 7 days of the application being successful to confirm your place. Your remaining fee will be due in full at least 60 days before the program start date.

 

Please check out our Application Process for more info on how to join our volunteer projects overseas.