Craftsmanship, knowledge & community


Become a volunteer on Götheborg of Sweden

Götheborg of Sweden is a living ship, brimming with history to be told. Since the construction of the ship, we have rediscovered knowledge and expertise on how an 18th-century ship is built, sailed, and maintained. We are extremely pleased that the ship will now sail again for the coming two years, so if you are interested in becoming part of our voyage and the caring of our ship we really would like to hear from you.

As a volunteer, you get the chance to share our knowledge and learn craftsmanship on board. What is required to keep an 18th-century ship in good shape? What materials were used at that time, and what is used today? How is lashing conducted? The tasks are varied and can revolve around anything from taring ropes, scraping the hull, to working on the rigging.

Would you like to volunteer?

Volunteers are essential for the maintenance of the ship and keeping it in shape. Being a volunteer on board is an excellent way to get to know the ship and learn from others who have worked on the ship for many years. Everyone is welcome, regardless of previous experience. We will teach you everything you need to know!

Volunteers are received every workday, with some exceptions. The practical work gives you hands-on experience in a delightful kinship together with our permanent crew and other volunteers.

If you are interested to join as a volunteer, you can register below. After you have registered, you will receive an email with additional information and the option to sign up for specific dates.

In addition to regular volunteer work, we sometimes organise special work weekends and work weeks. They are announced on our website and on our Facebook page.

Working week & working weekend

Working week (Monday to Friday)

During the weeks we have the possibility to take on volunteers to help out with the maintenance on the ship. The volunteers needs to be here for a whole week (Monday to Friday) in order to get proper knowledge to achieve work on the ship. When being here as a volunteer we provide working pants, a bussarong, coffee and lunch. The volunteer needs to bring additional clothes depending on the weather. We also have the possibility for volunteers to sleep on board the ship. In that case the volunteer also needs to bring bed sheets, towels ect, and organise for breakfast and dinner.

The working hours are from 08.00-16.00 and include two coffee breaks and a lunch break.

Working weekend

During the planned working weekends, we work Saturday 08-16 and Sunday 08-15. There is the possibility to sleep on board the ship and we offer lunch for free.

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

18 years

Working clothes will be provided, except for shoes! Bring your own rugged/durable shoes, preferably working shoes.

Lunch is provided.

It is possible to sleep aboard Götheborg. Please notify us upon arrival. Bring your own bedsheets; sleeping bag/duvets, pillowcase, and bedlinen. Blankets and pillows are provided.

Please note! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the options for sleeping on board are limited. We hope to be able to offer this again as soon as possible.

Latest news

Thank you Stockholm!

24 September 2021

Now back in Gothenburg, we want to direct a big thank you to Stockholm – the city, our partners and guests, and everyone who came to visit us on board or from the quay. It was a week with fantastic events and great meetings, and we were overwhelmed by the warm and enthusiastic welcome from all our guests and the citizens of Stockholm.

Götheborg is arriving to Gothenburg tomorrow

11 September 2021

Tomorrow, Sunday 12 September, at 2 pm, Götheborg is coming back to Gothenburg and Pir 4 on Eriksberg. It's been nearly a month since she left Gothenburg to sail to Stockholm and back.  

Leaving Stockholm tomorrow!

03 September 2021

Tomorrow, Saturday, 4 September, at 2pm (14:00) the ship Götheborg will leave Stockholm. We want to thank Stockholm, all of you that have come to look at the ship from shore, and all our guests that have been on board for a wonderful ten days.