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Earliest start date: 27th of September
Latest finish date: TBC 2019
Location: Bilbao city center (at the Maritime Museum's dock)

Volunteer for ATYLA Foundation and live on the ship for FREE!
*Minimum stay required: 30 days (not applicable if you arrive in April)*

Being a Winter Volunteer for maintenance season in Bilbao, Spain

After the sailing season comes the maintenance period in port. We need help, so this is your chance to experiencing ATYLA without expending any money!

This is not an offer for free sailing; be aware that the ship will not sail during this time.

Your main tasks on board are ship repairs, improvements and maintenance works of different size during the week.
On the weekend, as part of our collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Bilbao volunteers are in charge of opening the deck to visitors and keeping them and the ship safe.

No experience is necessary. But we gladly welcome if you have specific technical skills like woodwork, caulking, electricity, shipbuilding or plumbing. If you stay longer, you might receive a leadership position and responsibility to guide others to do a specific job together. This is a chance for you to develop leadership skills.

During the time on board, the ship will be your home. Your community home where all live together, so apart from the cool ship maintenance jobs, everyone also needs to help with the cooking and the cleaning. If someone likes cooking and/or cleaning can do more of that and less of other works.


- A chance to experience the life onboard a traditional wooden vessel.
- Full board (3 meals a day).
- Meeting and socialising with a team of international volunteers.
- Learning or improving manual crafts and traditional maritime techniques.
- Learning about leadership and experiencing in a controlled environment.
- Important skills that are valuable in your CV.
- Certification of your volunteering for ATYLA Ship Foundation (upon request).

Ensuring your stay to be comfortable, ATYLA is fully equipped* with facilities including a large living room with couches and a 60-inch-TV, heating, bathrooms with showers, deck lighting, awnings, and full safety equipment. Each volunteer will sleep in their own private bunk and three meals a day will be provided free of charge onboard the ship in exchange for their work.
Just 15 minutes walk from Bilbao's city centre volunteers will also be hosted in the perfect location for exploring the sights and culture of this historic city.

*Understand though, that during maintenance, some of these features might be temporarily unavailable, because the idea is to repair or improve them.
This opportunity is not meant to be a vacation, and ATYLA is certainly not a luxury yacht.


Volunteers will be expected to work 40 hours a week in 7-hour shifts. For maintenance and visitor welcoming.

Volunteer positions will be available from September 18th 2017 to April 22nd 2018. We require a minimum stay to be 1 month. This is so that individuals have enough time to learn and then implement the skills they have learnt on board.
However, there is no maximum stay and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to stay onboard up until the start of the summer season.

*A deposit of 200€ is required to secure your position and will be returned at the end of your stay at ATYLA.

We welcome volunteers of all nationalities, ages and backgrounds. Since no experience is necessary, the only requirement is a good attitude and a willingness to learn and engage with the tasks onboard the ship.


1- If you think this is ideal for you and you want to join ATYLA for the 2017/18 winter, please send us an email with the dates you want to join us.

2- Pay the deposit after we confirmed your dates are available.

3- After paying you'll receive an automated email with the link to our embarkation form, which is like your application.

4.- Shortly after we'll be in touch again to confirm your application, and you'll be welcome to join us for the dates agreed (or longer ;).

-> If for any reason we decline your application, your deposit will be immediately refunded in full.

If you have any question or need assistance please contact us at atyla@atylaship.com

Remember: Living onboard ATYLA this winter is free, in exchange for your work. Your €200.00 deposit will be returned in full* after your stay onboard.
After your time on board, send an atyla@atylaship.com asking for your deposit and we'll happily refund it to the same payment method that you used to pay the deposit.

In any case, if you like the experience on board and want to help make it better and help others enjoy it as well, you can also leave the deposit as a donation to the ATYLA ship Foundation.

*Given no inconvenience has happened and we consider that the requirements have been met as greed.

-For all other volunteers, please indicate in the comments box your position on board.

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  • Pay for your deposit as Volunteer - 200.0€
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