Glavic Clinic Thanks Jan de Jong with Free Brain Injury Therapy for Dutch National

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November 22, 2020 – A very generous gesture from Glavic Clinic to thank Dutch entrepreneur Jan de Jong for his efforts to promote Croatia. 

How cool is this?

Last month in Dubrovnik, the first-ever digital nomad conference was held in Croatia. The last presentation on the first day of Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads was from the deputy director of Glavic Clinic, Nikolina Kurtela. 

After a stimulating first day, I don’t think I was the only one with an eye on the wine which awaited after Nikolina’s 10-minute presentation. I decided to stay and listen out of politeness. 


I am very glad I did. Apart from being the funniest speaker of the day, Nikolina made the announcement of the first day – that Glavic Clinic would offer all medical services for free for a year for digital nomads in Dubrovnik. 


My first inkling was that this was just a marketing stunt from the clinic, and I followed up with Nikolina over that glass (ok, three) of wine after the conference. She kindly agreed to an email interview about Glavic Clinic and digital nomads, which you can read here

During that interview and my subsequent research, I learned that, far from being a publicity stunt, Glavic Clinic has arguably the strongest humanitarian medical treatment programme in the region, and it regularly takes on patients for free. Impressive stuff. 

And then last night, a LinkedIn post from Dutch entrepreneur and poster child of the Croatian digital nomad visa, Jan de Jong, caught my eye. When not planning to turn Croatia into a net food exporter once more, initially with his tomato project in northern Croatia, Jan has been instrumental in pushing the digital nomad visa forward. A bundle of Dutch positivity trying to Make Croatia Great Again. 

His efforts have earned him much well-deserved praise, thanks and media attention, but perhaps nothing quite like the response from Glavic Clinic, as his LinkedIn update explained:

A few weeks ago, something completely unexpected & extraordinary happened – so amazing that I felt my eyes starting to get wet. A few weeks ago, something completely unexpected & extraordinary happened – so amazing that I felt my eyes starting to get wet. 

I was invited to visit Glavic Clinic in Zagreb, where I met the owner Josko Glavic. It was amazing to see how his clinic is using robots to help patients recover from terrible injuries.

After Joško showed me his clinic he said:

Jan, you have been doing so much to help Croatia ?? move forward…we from Glavic Clinic would like to do something in return for somebody from the country where you were born – the Netherlands.

He continues…

You can choose somebody from the Netherlands who we will give a complete rehabilitation treatment for free as part of our charity program.

This was the moment I had to bite my lip and pretend I had something in my eye. ?

Right after the meeting, I called my mom. She right away told me about a young women from my home town, Bodegraven, who had suffered brain injury as a result of a horrific accident.

Her name is Shannen Bulk and she will come to Zagreb on 14.12. to receive 8 full weeks of rehabilitation treatment from Glavic Clinic – 100% free of charge. 

Give this post a ❤ to show some love to Josko Glavic and his team.

Follow Glavic Clinic on #LinkedIn.


Fabulous stuff. We will continue to follow this story and Shannen’s progress during her time in Croatia. 

You can learn more about Glavic Clinic on the official website.

For the latest news on the digital nomad visa, follow the dedicated TCN nomad section


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