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The Hague Youngsters Project

Last year, five yougsters from our home port The Hague got the opportunity to experience life at sea on board Bark EUROPA. Two youngsters left Cape Town and sailed all the way to the Azores, while on their way visiting St. Helena and Ascension Island. From the Azores, 3 others boarded the ship to sail with us to the Netherlands.

The Hague youngsters project 2019

In 2019 we are again looking for youngsters from The Hague who would like to sail with us back North. We are looking for youngsters between the age of 18 and 21 years old, who could benefit greatly from a voyage from Cape Town to Scheveningen. This way you can leave your troubles at home and fully experience the daily rythm at sea. 

You will be actively and personally guided by our crew, you will learn to work together with people from all over the world, you will enlarge your self esteem and you will be living again for 77 days in an offline environment. Experience the structure from daily life on board, work together with our crew every day, enlarge your skillset and discover your talents. Work with your hands outside, with only water and wind around you. Without any influences of your life back home, without a phone or computer you will discover what is important for you and what you need to reach this. Share your space with new friends and learn from each other. On board a sailing ship, you trust and need each other to run the ship. This voyage will be a valuable experience for the rest of your life. 

Two bunks

We are looking for two youngsters from The Hague between the ages of 18 and 21 who dare to take the helm of this more than 100 year old sailing ship. Together we cross the ocean, all the way from Cape Town to our homeport Scheveningen, while we’ll visit two remote islands and the Azores on our way north.

Friends of EUROPA Foundation
This is a unique opportunity for young adventurers who could use this experience to get to know themselves in a new way, but do not have the financial sources to do it. The trip is fully funded and sponsored by the Friends of EUROPA foundation. The only thing you need to pay for are the drinks at the bar. 

Working with the crew
Together with our crew, you will join the watch system, you will help with sailing the ship, maintenance on board and with cleaningjobs. You don't need to have any knowledge of sailing, as you will be trained by our permanent crew. On board you will learn to work together, be flexible, listen, be tough trough wind and weather, but also to have lots of fun! 

Who are we looking for? 

  • Between 18 and 21 years
  • Living in The Hague and /or Scheveningen
  • In possession of your own travel and health insurance
  • Not dependent on addictive substances
  • Self-reliant on daily care
  • Healthy and fit to make the ocean crossing of almost two and a half months
  • Able to travel independently to Cape Town
  • Able to express yourself in English to the rest of the crew and voyage crew?

Make sure to sign up from September 3rd for this beautiful adventure that you will never forget, by sending an email with your personal details, motivation and medical history to: friend@barkeuropa.com stating your first and last name and who knows you will be the one to make this voyage! The deadline is 2nd of January 2019

Kees Gerritse: “A longer sailing voyage with a ship such as the Bark EUROPA is a life-long experience and will change you as a human being. I would like to give young people the opportunity to experience this amazing feeling and after the success of last year I simply have to continue this project in 2019.” 

We think this is a great initiative and we hope that many will follow his example to give even more youngsters the opportunity of a lifetime on board Bark EUROPA in the future!

Why The Hague?

The Hague is the homeport of Dutch Tall Ship Bark EUROPA. However, as a true ocean wanderer, EUROPA visits her homeport only once per two years. The last time that Europa has visited Scheveningen was in July 2016, but after two years of sailing the oceans EUROPA will return home in September 2018! 

By inviting youngsters from The Hague to sail with us, we help them to share their experiences at 'home' to make sure that everyone at home is involved in the adventures of EUROPA and her crew.

Cape Town - Scheveningen 2018

Friends of EUROPA has had two succesful years in a row: Douwe (18) and Maurits (24) have been selected to sail with EUROPA on the ocean crossing from Cape Town to the Azores in 2018. After Douwe and Maurits, the next youngsters started their adventure on board Bark EUROPA sailling from the Azores to Harlingen.

You can follow their adventures on our logbook