Craftsmanship, knowledge & community


Join Götheborg of Sweden in Barcelona
during the maintenance stopover!

We offer a limited amount of volunteer positions for people of 18 years and older. We need you to volunteer for approximately a week (minimum of 5 days) with start on Mondays.

There will be a lot of different jobs going on during our winter stay in Barcelona. The main job will be caulking outside of the hull, above the water line. We will also be re-tightening the wooldings of the bowsprit and other jobs will also be taking place. And of course, a lot of taring of the standing rigging to preserve it from rain and sun is a necessary and important job that has to be done, and is very relaxing and fun in the company of fellow shipmates. 

If you don't get the answers to your questions here, don't hesitate to send an email to: [email protected]

Would you like to volunteer?

As a volunteer, you get the chance to pick up knowledge about traditional materials 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 a lashing made? The tasks varied and can revolve around anything from taring ropes, scraping the hull, to working in the rigging. But also help in the galley (kitchen) and so on. 

Volunteers are essential for the maintenance of the ship and keeping her in shape. Being a volunteer on board is an excellent way to get to know the ship and learn from others. The practical work gives you hands-on experience in a delightful kinship together with our permanent crew and other volunteers.

What does it mean to volunteer?

As a volunteer on board the Götheborg you work with maintenance while we are in port in Barcelona. Unlike sailing along as a deckhand, you don’t pay to volunteer. The work as a volunteer is unpaid, but you get full board and, not to forget, a great and friendly group of people to hang out with.  

Photo: Linda Åkerberg/Wilderness Stories

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.

Work schedule

  • Arrival on Mondays at 08:00 (not on Sunday afternoon). This day will be a day to get to know the ship and get rig training.
  • Work hours are Monday – Friday 08:00–17:00, breaks included. Saturday and Sundays we work a little less, roughly half days. The work on these days also includes helping out when we are open to visitors. 
  • Everyone that sleep on board are expected to help out with ship duties (galley/kitchen duties or other upcoming work).
  • Being part of the crew on board also means sometimes being part of the night watch. 

Photo: Linda Åkerberg/Wilderness Stories

We offer

  • All meals are included. This also includes morning and afternoon fika.
  • A bunk or hammock to sleep in on board (note that you won't have a separate cabin, but sleep in a space together with other people).
  • Washing machines and driers.
  • Guitars and board games for the evenings, film nights can be arranged.
  • A great group of people and a nice and welcoming atmosphere. 

Photo: Linda Åkerberg/Wilderness Stories

Bring with you

  • Your own bedlinen and towel.
  • Work clothes and work shoes. (When work is really dirty, work clothes will be available on board).
  • A music instrument (if you want to).
  • Use only soft bags when coming to the ship.

Photo: Linda Åkerberg/Wilderness Stories


  • Be prepared to do whatever maintenance that is going on at the moment.
  • Maintenance can happen inside the ship, outside of the hull and in the rig, high aloft.
  • Ship life includes galley- and cleaning work.
  • Be able to enter the rig at high heights.

How to apply

Create an account in Paam by clicking the button. 
Make sure to fill in all your personal details before you apply.

To keep updated on volunteering on board the Götheborg, also join our Facebook group. 

Where to find us

Götheborg of Sweden will be moored at Moll de Bosch i Alsina, at Rambla de Mar where La Rambla meet the sea. Come and see us from the quayside or visit us during our opening hours. Welcome!

Approximate coordinates: 41.379145, 2.182009

+46 31-779 34 50

[email protected]

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