Volunteer Experience | Community Development

Croatia: Construction and Renovation Project for Autistic Children

Split, Croatia


Location: Split, Croatia

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €650 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • Help make a difference to the autistic children of Croatia
  • Gain practical experience in light renovation work
  • Keywords: Croatia construction, Croatia renovation, Autistic children, Construction and renovation, construction project, Croatia placement
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This construction and renovation project gives you the opportunity to make a real difference to autistic children. You will be helping to renovate an autistic children’s centre, improving its conditions and facilities to better fit their needs.

Situated in Split, the centre desperately needs to be expanded in order to accommodate more children expected to join. It is part of a long-term project to help house autistic children when they’re older, as well as provide them with education throughout their life. By partaking in the program, you will be making a real contribution to enhance life for one of the most deserving groups of children in Croatia.

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia, balancing a modern and traditional vibe. It is home to the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your time off, you can explore this buzzing city, getting to know the locals and immersing yourself in the rich culture of the city.

The work you will be carrying out during the placement, will vary from light renovation and construction jobs, to hard physical tasks. Therefore, you will need to be fit, healthy and not afraid of hard work in order to carry out the placement. Construction and renovation efforts are largely carried out in organised teams of volunteers. It gives you great practical light renovation experience while working for a worthwhile cause.

This placement would best suit those looking to make a difference to autistic children while putting their existing skills to good use. You also have the opportunity to revisit the centre in the future to see how your work has helped the children and to see the progression of the project.

Daily Life

The placement takes place Monday to Friday and your tasks may change slightly on a daily basis. For the most part, you will be cleaning areas which are due to be renovated, carrying out construction and renovation work alongside the locals and under supervision of your coordinator and building treks and play areas according to advice provided by the staff at the centre.

After finishing for the day, you have the opportunity to explore Split and interact with the locals. You could even choose to learn Croatian to better communicate, and to show your commitment to immersing yourself in the way of life throughout your placement.

As this is a construction and renovation project, it is important to remember that it will be hard work. Although a lot of tasks will only involve light renovation work, there may be particularly strenuous tasks you need to carry out. Therefore, you will need to be fit, healthy and strong to participate in the daily activities of the placement.

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Travel and Accommodation

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and picked up from the airport, before being taken to your accommodation.

You will be staying in shared accommodation of 4-6 people per room. All bed linen, hot showers and fan will be provided. Your room is lockable and there is free wifi in the public areas.

You will be provided with Western style meals three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for construction and community development
  •  Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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€650 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit, minimum 2 weeks booking

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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