Logos Hope is a charitable ship which travels around the world to share knowledge, help and hope. With a volunteer crew of 400 people from over 60 nationalities, the ship is a unique example of unity in cultural diversity. We’re known as the world’s largest floating book fair and sell over 5,000 different titles of books at discounted rates in all the ports we visit. We also have an International Café and theatre onboard. Teams from the ship go into the community to provide practical aid and help. We are operated by GBA Ships, a German charitable organisation.
Logos Hope is funded from three different sources. The first is generous donors who believe in our vision of sharing knowledge, help and hope to the world. The second is through the volunteer crewmembers raising sponsorship to live onboard and work for free. The third is through book sales in the bookfair; we are a non-profit organisation, and profits in the book fair are used to keep the ship running (fuel, food, etc.)
Applicants must be over 18 years of age, and in full agreement with the beliefs and values of Logos Hope. No one on board is paid, and each individual needs to raise funds to cover the costs of their term of service before they can join. Regrettably, it is not possible for people from some countries to join as systems to process applications are not in place.
Volunteers from over 60 countries serve on board the ships. They are mostly young people who have chosen to dedicate one or two years of their lives to be on board, learning to live and work together, and serving the communities in the ports visited. Additionally, the ships have a full complement of qualified crew, as required by international maritime regulations, and even these crewmembers serve in a voluntarily capacity.
Half of the funding needed comes from the sponsorship of personnel on board given by friends, family and other supporters. Another quarter comes from the sale of books and non-book items (such as souvenirs) in the onboard book fair. The last quarter comes from gifts and donations given by individuals, trusts, foundations and community groups. Logos Hope is not a government or corporate funded enterprise. Some local corporate sponsorship in the ports of call helps to cover port and publicity expenses.
Logos Hope is a non-profit venture. Income received through donations or sales on board the ships is used to purchase literature, fund port visit costs, and cover vessel expenses, personnel needs and administration.
Please contact the advance preparation team in the port you’re located in. Contact can be found on their Facebook port page.
Click here: https://www.facebook.com/logoshopejamaica/
You can apply through your local representatives. Contact information for each local field is available here www.om.org/us/en/content/contact-om-0
All crewmembers on Logos Hope are volunteers and receive no salary. You are welcome to apply as a volunteer but will need to raise support to work with us.