Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, will bring its international crew with their life-changing stories to Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Dec. 14 to 28. The ship will celebrate Christmas time in this amazing port before continuing to other Caribbean nations. After two years away from this region, crewmembers are excited to return and anticipate an unforgettable time.
Fiyah King from St. Vincent is one of the volunteer crewmembers onboard. Her first experience serving in Logos Hope was as a volunteer.
“I knew that they were looking for locals to help for two weeks that the ship would be there, and it was such a special time that I decide to join later on.”
Until now she had worked in two different departments: galley and business services. In the kitchen, she served for one year. When she talks about her best moments onboard, she has no doubt about it.
“My favourite experience since I joined the ship was in the galley because I had never done so much physical job in my entire life and working with this unique and diverse cultural team was really special for me.”
Besides her job, King has the opportunity to act in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. When she was a volunteer, she dreamed about it and now she’s acting as the white witch. “It’s something that I’ve dreamed about since the ship was in my country and never thought I would have the chance to actually be a part in this drama.”
King is one of the ship’s 400 volunteers who come from over 60 nations, leaving behind families, jobs, and homes. The crew offers a unique example of unity in cultural diversity. Some come with qualifications to fill specific roles such as engineering officers, plumbers, carpenters, bookkeepers, cooks, and other professionals; many young people come with no qualifications except a willingness to serve. Although they have different backgrounds, the crewmembers agree on a common goal: serving people through social service projects and good literature.
MV Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships e.V., an international, charitable organisation registered in Germany. Since 1970, the organisation has welcomed over 45 million visitors up the gangways in over 150 countries and territories around the world.
Opening hours are: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 14 and Sundays 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The ship will be closed on Mondays and on Dec. 24 and 25. Entrance fee is EC$2 per person.
Adults 65 and over enter for free. Children under 12 years old enter for free but must be accompanied by an adult.