Volunteer with Vivamar, Bottlenose Dolphin Research

Vivamar, Bottlenose Dolphin Research

A true ambassador of dolphins to people, we work to preserve the whole marine ecosystem.

Savudrija, Croatia, Europe
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Vivamar, established in 2002, is a non-profit research organisation taking care of the conservation of the last resident Bottlenose Dolphins in the NE Adriatic. Join us and help dolphins!

Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Conservation Work
Web Work

What We Need

Your work is important in helping to protect the dolphin population that lives in this sensitive marine ecosystem. In your first week, you will attend morning lectures about marine mammals and marine ecology on both a local and global level locally. As a volunteer, you will learn how to understand valuable research data and actively help with dolphin conservation. You will also learn to distinguish between different dolphin species. Some of your tasks may include:

- Dolphin observation.
- Data analyzing.
- Entering data directly into the catalogue, including observation notes.
- Educating the local public on bottlenose and their importance for the entire marine ecosystem.

When & Who

Contact us about dates!
Maximum stay is 11 days.

What we Provide

You will stay in an apartment with at least one project coordinator. An apartment has a beautiful terrace with the open seaview and plenty of relaxation possibilities as it is situated right next to the meadow and above the sea. There are only two shared rooms available, with max. 3 more volunteers per room. Each room is equipped with bunk beds. There is also an air conditioner with cooling and heating capabilities in the apartment along with a western style bathroom. The apartment’s entrance extends to a spacious terrace overlooking the surrounding area, which is a great place to hang out. In addition, there is a common room with a TV and computers for your use and enjoyment.

WiFi is available for free at the research base until 10 pm each night. There is a washing machine available at 5 Euro per wash.


Three meals a day are included. Meals are mostly vegetarian. There will be one night grilling behind the house, like a party-like dinner. Regular visits to a supermarket allow you to purchase snacks and other personal items, if required.

Wifi & Satellite
Air Conditioning

Our Fees


The costs are all covered with the fee. 11 days of full board, all inclusive, boat rides while researching, a local excursion. The costs do not cover transportation cost to the base and health insurance.

Contact Person

Darja Ribaric
Istarska 23, Zambratija, Croatia, Savudrija, Croatia.
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Other Ways to Help


One of the important missions is to create a DEC (Dolph Education Centre). Why? Please see: http://vivamar.org/dolphin-education-center/
and help us to keep the dolphins in the area. You can simply share, share, share on the social media or can directly HELP us getting more donations with the small amounts (starting with 10US$). Donators always get something in return - that's the MOST fun! Please help us spread the word also. The most active helpers can then get gadgets themselves! :) THANK YOU in the name of dolphins!

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

Contact us on info@vivamar.org to agther more information how to rich us to our research base, what are best flight options and other needed details. Your woek and support is crucial for our dolphin conservation. So you are warmly welcome.

We offer once in a lifetime hands on experinece directly by going out to the sea and research bottlenose dolphins! Our mission is to research, educate, and inspire for the conservation of the threatened local dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the northeast Adriatic, within the European Unioun -- in Slovenia and off the west coast of Istria, Croatia. It is truly amazing experience within an international team.

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