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Working and volunteering

Volunteering

Montenegro isn't high up on international volunteering agencies' agendas, but there are ways you can get involved in local projects.

  • Responsible Travel (www.responsibletravel.com) runs voluntourism projects in Montenegro; in 2016 they offered an expedition for volunteers to take part in a Balkan lynx-monitoring program in Prokletije National Park.

  • Green Home (www.greenhome.co.me) is a Podgorica-based NGO dedicated to sustainable development, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation; contact it for volunteering opportunities in any of the national parks.

  • Drop the good people at Undiscovered Montenegro an email about volunteer work in the Lake Skadar region.
  • While Montenegro doesn't have a national WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) organisation, there are still opportunities to volunteer in the country. See www.wwoofindependents.org for regularly updated lists of hosts and vacancies.

Work

Montenegro doesn’t issue working visas, and working here is a complicated business that involves a forest’s worth of paperwork and bucketloads of patience. A work permit, permission for permanent or temporary residence and a work contract are all required. The Employment Bureau of Montenegro (www.zzzcg.me, in Montenegrin) ostensibly can assist with the process. The www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-montenegro website has more information.

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