The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is currently seeking volunteers for 2018. Volunteers can learn how to sail a Tall Ship, help teach Delaware’s school children and assist with ship maintenance.
Kalmar Nyckel is a replica of the ship that brought Swedish settlers to what is now Wilmington.
Once trained and ready, volunteers will have the chance to sail in Wilmington and other ports in Delaware, as well as along the Eastern Seaboard.
Those interested in staying on dry-land are welcome to participate in the foundation’s education programs, assisting with field trips at the Copeland Maritime Center and with programs in the classroom. Additionally, volunteers can help preserve and maintain the ship, help with community events, and greet visitors to the museum.
Perhaps the biggest draw to the volunteer program is the unique community created amongst the volunteers. “We offer so many interesting opportunities,” says Executive Director Cathy Parsells. “We have volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and locations from around the Delaware Valley and for that matter, the world! We have an exceptionally interesting community.”
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation welcomes volunteers ages 14 and older. No experience is needed. Those specifically interested in sailing must complete a 10-week crew training program. Those 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more by attending a Volunteer Open House, held on December 16th and again on January 6th from 10.am. – 12 p.m. or by visiting kalmarnyckel.org.