Volunteer as a crew member
- It’s not only about sailing the ship: It’s about guiding others and letting them do things (even if it takes longer than doing them yourself). People come to Atyla to participate, so you’ll have to get used to delegating.
- You don’t need to spend the whole summer sailing with us: If you have other professional or working commitments we can try to organize your embarkment around them. Still, having more time available increases your chances, especially if it’s your first time.
- Laidback doesn’t mean unprofessional: The good vibes on board is one of Atyla’s signature traits. But that never comes at the expense of safety, professionality or hard work.
- Communication is key: It’s impossible to do your job on Atyla without communicating and collaborating with other people at all levels (with your peers, with the people in charge of you, and with the people you’re in charge of). We (literally) need to “pull together” if we want to sail it to the next port.
- Proposing challenges: We run a program based on challenges that help make adventure better for everyone. The tasks of the participants are frames into challenges that help them reflect and develop one of more life skills. You need to be part of proposing those challenges, and eventually participating in them.
- If you’re here for the money, you’re in the wrong place: Atyla is a charity without any big donor behind (yet). We’re trying to do something good for the world and accessible to people without money. That means that most of our crew are volunteers, and those who have a salary have a very small one.
Positions on board
You need to have some sailing experience and as a group leader. If you lack sailing experience, you can join us first as a participant. If you lack leadership experience you better be a great sailor so that you can learn the rest on board.
You need to have experience cooking and planning meals for big groups (we’re up to 24 on board). You need to be clean and tidy, and be sure that you don’t get seasick on ships.
You need to have experience with mentorship, training, coaching or some sort of group leadership role. You also need to be good at listening, at reading people’s emotional state, and at communicating efficiently and empathically.
You need to have experience with ship’s machinery, and preferably also with electricity and woodwork. You need to either have experience on sailing ships or be eager quickly learn about on board.
You need to have a good amount of sailing experience, preferably as an officer, and preferably on sailing ships. You need to be good at organising and planning.
You need to have a lot of experience, including sailing on Atyla. You need to be responsible and empathetic. You need to have a humble and inspiring leadership style that generates trust.
*Of course, for some of these positions a number of certificates are required, but the list changes depending on several factors, so just list your certificates in the application.*
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