Embark on an Adventure: Exploring the Unseen Beauty of Croatia

Navigating Waves of Change: Empowering Youth Through Maritime Adventures

In our pursuit of a simple yet fulfilling life, serendipity led us to cross paths with Jim back in 2010.  Jim reached out with a proposition that resonated deeply with our values—an opportunity to collaborate on programs aimed at making a tangible difference in the lives of others.

Dr. James Bender, the visionary founder of the Adriatic Maritime Institute (AMI), has dedicated his life's work to preserving maritime heritage while leveraging traditional watercraft as a transformative platform for youth development. The mission of AMI struck a chord with us, particularly the focus on supporting children facing challenges in integrating into their local communities. Often, these children, under state care, lack the social capital and support networks necessary for healthy growth and development.


Our involvement in AMI's programs goes beyond mere participation; it is a commitment to providing resources, expertise, and guidance to empower these children to embrace life's adventures. By offering kayaks, logistical support, and experienced guides, we facilitate unforgettable experiences of sea kayaking—an activity that not only fosters physical health but also cultivates resilience, teamwork, and a sense of accomplishment.

However, the impact of AMI extends far beyond the realm of kayaking. The institute's initiatives span a diverse range of projects, including boat-building endeavors where children learn valuable skills and craftsmanship. Notably, AMI spearheaded the restoration of a traditional Falkuša boat dating back to 1937—a testament to their dedication to preserving maritime heritage.


One of the most memorable experiences facilitated by AMI is the "watermelon voyage," during which children embark on a journey along the picturesque Croatian coastline aboard a traditional boat selling watermelons picked in Neretva Valley. This unique adventure not only exposes them to the beauty of their surroundings but also instills a sense of pride and connection to their maritime heritage.

It is challenging to capture the full extent of AMI's impact in mere words. The joy and fulfillment we derive from our involvement in their programs are immeasurable. None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of sponsors and donors, whose generosity fuels our mission to make a positive difference in the lives of these children. We extend a heartfelt invitation to you to join us in this meaningful endeavor, knowing that your contribution, no matter how small, has the power to transform lives and shape futures.

It is important to emphasize that our involvement in this project is driven solely by our passion for the cause; we do not seek or accept any form of payment. We give wholeheartedly because we believe in the transformative power of compassion, community, and collective action. Together, let us continue to be the catalysts for change and the champions of hope for the children who need it most.

Please click on the link provided HERE for further details, or feel free to reach out to us directly to inquire about getting involved








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