Ship and Building Guides
Copeland Maritime Center
Ship and Building Guides-November through April
Volunteer tour guides show guests around the education exhibit hall and the tallship Kalmar Nyckel on Saturdays from November through April while the ship is laid up in winter maintenance mode at the shipyard in Wilmington, DE. Guides are taught the history of both the original Kalmar Nyckel, and the newly-built ship as well as the history of the colony of New Sweden. Shifts are typically 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm. All guides are required to fill out the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation volunteer application, and do a back ground check (at your expense, of $18.82). Guides are also subject to United States Coast Guard random drug testing program, as they handle passengers on the USCG certified vessel (one time expense of $42.50). Once registered, volunteers sign up on our electronic calendar, as their schedules allow. If you want to get a feel for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, we do offer volunteer open houses periodically to give you a glimpse of what kind of volunteer opportunities might be a good fit for you! To get started, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Guides-May through October
During the time the ship is sailing, we can not offer ship tours, so the volunteer guides show guests the building only. There are some sophisticated exhibits that are self-guided, with some introduction provided by the guides. For this duty, the volunteer application and background check are needed, but the drug test is not required, as you will not be working on the ship. On the job training is provided.
Did you know: That Dutch sailors made up a majority of the crew on Kalmar Nyckel's first voyage to Delaware?