Project Details

Code: SIW-1801
Start date: 12 ago 2018
End date: 26 ago 2018
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Category: SOCIAL
Theme: SOCI
Country: Netherlands
State: Den Helder, province of Noord Holland
Airport: Ámsterdam-Schiphol
Cost: 25
Currency: EUR
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99


Our partner, Fairtransport Shipping and Trading, is situated in Den Helder at the most northern point of the province of Noord-Holland, which is surrounded by water on the north and west side. In 2007, three friends began a shipping company here. They wanted to create the world’s first modern “emission free” shipping company, based in the Netherlands. The prime goal of Fairtransport is to sail cargo in an emission-free way. They try to focus on special products, such as olive oil, wine and rum, which are produced or crafted in a traditional manner. By setting up this company they wanted to raise awareness about the huge amounts of pollution that is created by the modern shipping industry and to impact the way in which goods are transported around the world in a positive way.

Work And Activities

This project is specially put together for the rough and the tough. In cooperation with the Dutch crew of Fairtransport, the volunteers will work on the maintenance of the 32-meter schooner Tres Hombres. This type of ship was first used in the early 20th century. During the maintenance, we use tar which gives a persistent smell that the volunteers will carry with them. The work for this project will be hard and the volunteers should expect long working days. However, in the end it will all be worth it because the volunteers are given the opportunity to work on a secular ship and
imagine themselves to be part of the Dutch Golden Age.

Accommodation And Food

Volunteers will stay in basic accommodation near the Fairtransport grounds or on the ship itself. Participants need to bring their own sleeping bags.


• Due to the nature of the work a motivation letter is required
• Safety boots (Obligatory! Every person working on the ship is required to wear them, therefore you will NOT be allowed to work on the ship when you fail to take them with you
• Old/working clothes
• Sleeping bag
• Towel, bathing/suit
• Rubber boots
• High top sneakers
• Rain is spread out over the year, so bring warm clothes




Leisure activities: Together with the camp leaders the volunteers will discuss the recreational program. Den Helder historically is home to the country’s main naval base and, additionally, it has a beautiful dune landscape with low dune tops, a dune lake, dune valleys and forests, which form an ideal environment for special plants and birds.