Below are some 'frequently asked questions' about GBA Ships and how Logos Hope is operated.
Where does the funding come from?
Half of the funding needed comes from the sponsorship of personnel on board given by friends, family and other supporters. Another quarter comes from the sale of books and non-book items (such as souvenirs) in the onboard book fair. The last quarter comes from gifts and donations given by individuals, trusts, foundations and community groups. GBA Ships is not a government or corporate funded enterprise. Some local corporate sponsorship in the ports of call helps to cover port and publicity expenses.
What do you do with the money?
GBA Ships is a non-profit venture. Income received through donations or sales on board the ships is used to purchase literature, fund port visit costs, and cover vessel expenses, personnel needs and administration.
Who are all the people on board?
Volunteers from over 45 countries serve on board the ships. They are mostly young people who have chosen to dedicate one or two years of their lives to be on board, learning to live and work together, and serving the communities in the ports visited. Additionally, the ships have a full complement of qualified crew, as required by international maritime regulations, and even these crewmembers serve in a voluntarily capacity.
How can I join the ships?
Applicants must be over 18 years of age, and in full agreement with the beliefs and values of GBA Ships. No-one on board is paid, and each individual needs to raise funds to cover the costs of their term of service before they can join. Regrettably, it is not possible for people from some countries to join as systems to process applications are not in place.
How much will I get paid?
All crew and staff are volunteers. No one, including the captain, is paid a salary. Each one on board has to have financial sponsorship to cover the costs of travel to and from the ship as well as the costs of his or her time on board.
Can I just come for a holiday cruise?
The ships are classed as passenger vessels, but in reality there are very few 'passengers'. The crew and staff on board work very hard serving as volunteers, usually for a two-year term of service. Life and work on board is an intensive but very rewarding experience.
What measures does GBA Ships have in place to ensure safety and protection of children?
GBA Ships takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults. We have an agreed commitment to care for children. We endorse work practices and lifestyles that protect GBA Ships staff members, including the children, under the care of GBA Ships.
For this reason, GBA Ships is committed to:
- Ensuring the safety of children and young people in locations and facilities where we are responsible to care for them;
- Striving for excellence in the care and nurture of the children and young people for whom we are responsible;
- Encouraging and supporting parents;
- Ensuring that staff and volunteers are given support and relevant training about child safety;
- Clear understanding and communication of procedures for dealing with concerns about child safety;
- Preserving as best we can the dignity and reputation of each person affected by concerns about child safety, by adhering to defined procedures for maintaining the confidentiality of personal and private information which may be disclosed;
- Complying with legal requirements in reporting;
- Having robust human resource recruitment and screening practices in place.
In our care for children, GBA Ships does not tolerate the abuse or neglect of children in the care of GBA Ships, and it responds to all reports of concern for child safety.
GBA Ships manages its activities to reduce the risk of child endangerment through specific policies and procedures, relevant training of staff and volunteers in child safety and intervening in cases of high-risk behaviours to prevent harm to children, and complying with applicable laws and regulations concerning the safety of children.