Craftsmanship, knowledge & community


Become a volunteer on Götheborg of Sweden

Götheborg 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 Monday. Sometimes we also arrange work weekends. 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. As registered on our volunteers list, you will receive an email once a month with more information and the option to sign up for specific dates.

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 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 and dinner for free on Saturdays, and breakfast and lunch on Sundays.

Working at heights

Volunteering may involve working at heights. It is an opportunity to experience what it is like climbing and helping with the rigging, which is 40 meters high.

Climbing the rig and working at heights is also a big part of the work done on board while sailing. It is common to initially feel a certain unease when working at such heights, but most people get used to it quickly.

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

Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Lunch is provided during weekdays. 

Lunch and dinner are provided on Saturdays. 

Breakfast and lunch are provided on Sundays. 

18 years

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

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.

Latest news

The Biscayan Adventure

05 May 2022

Join us on the longest and most adventurous of the European sailing legs. Fifteen days of sailing, crossing the Bay of Biscay as we head south towards Lisbon and later the Mediterranean. A sail to cross off the bucket list!

Lisbon stopover announced today

04 May 2022

In September, Götheborg will sail to Lisbon, Portugal. It is the first time that the ship visits Portugal. Götheborg will be in Lisbon 5–8 September 2022 and will be moored at the central location of Cais Rocha Conde de Óbidos. The ship will be open to visitors during its stay. Welcome on board!

The Gotenius shipyard visit – What has been done?

26 April 2022

We have now been at the shipyard for a number of weeks in order to get ready for the Asia Expedition. We've had sunshine, rain and snowstorms during our time at Gotenius, but now it's time to head back to Pier 4 at Eriksberg in Gothenburg. Let us tell you all about it.