Program Details

Dolphin Research Volunteers can take part in two different programmes:Research from the base in Losinj (live on land)and Research along the Dalmatian Coast (live at sea). From the base in Losinj research focuses on dolphin population dynamics, photo – id
Location:
Zagreb, Croatia
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Dolphin research volunteers can take part in two of the following programmes from May to October every year: Dolphin Research from the base in Losinj - at sea during day, return to land at night Dolphin Research along the Dalmatian Coast - on board sailing boat Individuals, groups and students doing research all welcome. Cost includes lodging in volunteer house, 3 meals a day, lectures & training by researchers, internet access, boat fuel costs; from £720

Dolphin Research Volunteers can take part in two different programmes:Research from the base in Losinj (live on land)and Research along the Dalmatian Coast (live at sea). From the base in Losinj research focuses on dolphin population dynamics, photo – identification, behavioural sampling, acoustic monitoring, and the collection of stranding data for genetic, forage ecology and toxicological analysis. Data is used to produce a regular report on the status and ecology of the population and to offer solutions for their effective conservation. From the research station at Veli Lošinj we monitor the daily behaviour of the bottlenose dolphins of the region. Along the Dalmation Coast volunteers will be trained in basic research techniques that include data collection during navigation, searching and dolphin sighting, data storage and analysis. Evening lectures provide theoretical background of research topics, giving volunteers more in depth information about the purpose of the project. Also, simply by living on the boat they learn about basic navigation and sailing skills.

This project is the longest ongoing study of a resident population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Mediterranean Sea.
Setting Description:
Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, with a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. It has an amazing 5,835km of coastline, 4,057km of which belongs to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,185 islands in the Adriatic, but only about 50 are populated. The islands are home to glistening sea winds around rocky coves, lapping at pine-fringed beaches. Ports bustle with fishermen while children dive into the sparkling water. The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters, with 2,600 hours of sunlight on average yearly - it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe!
Cost:
The total cost ranges from £700 to £805 GB pounds for 12 days (depending on course date) for the Research project based in Losinj and from £750 to £920 for the Dalmatian research project (depending on date). This includes a £150 GB pounds application payment with the balance payment to be paid in Euros (£600 to £770 pounds equivalent depending on course date and duration). Discounts are available for students, group bookings and Croatian nationals on the balance payment (£550 to £595 pounds equ

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