Crew for a Day
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 :: Trinidad & TobagoNineteen local teenagers got to see what serving on board Logos Hope is like by participating in the Crew for a Day event, where they got hands-on experience working in one of the ship’s departments.
The day started with an introduction to the ship, a game, and a short message from Konrad Ullrich (Germany), before the teens’ department assignments were revealed. Konrad used a negative experience from his carpentry apprenticeship in Germany to encourage the youth not to give up when people criticise them and tell them they are not capable of doing something. “Every day at my apprenticeship, my boss would tell me, ‘Konrad, you are a horrible carpenter. I can’t give you anything because you ruin every project!’” Konrad persevered, in spite of the criticism. “Now I am a carpenter on Logos Hope!”
In true Logos Hope ‘department reveal’ style, the teens received a sealed envelope with their department designation written inside. “Three, two, one…open your envelopes!” shouted the event’s coordinator, Nathan Patterson (New Zealand). The youth were assigned to one of six departments: maintenance, catering, engine, housekeeping, book fair and deck.
At the end of the day, the youth and department representatives got together to discuss their experiences. Karsten Hassman (Spain) said, “I work on the maintenance team, and today I worked with Enrie Julien. We did some welding work, and he did a really good job!” “It was amazing,” said Enrie Julien Marbella. “It was the best experience I’ve had so far this year, and I would do it again in the future.”
Another local teenager, Nikolay Kerry, was assigned to work in the engine room. “Today I came to the ship not knowing what I was going to do, but in the end it turned out to be a great experience,” he said. “The highlight of my day was getting to see, meet, and talk to people from all over the world.”
More than just having a good time, Nathan hopes the teens left with a better understanding of what it takes to be a volunteer, and a greater appreciation of the work volunteers do.