OM Ships STEP (Short Term Exposure Programme)
Short Term Exposure Programme (STEP) On Board
If you are interested in short-term work with OM Ships International, then take the next STEP! Usually around two to four months, this programme gives participants a taste of world-wide service in a multicultural environment.
Living in a community of 400 from around 60 different countries is both a rewarding experience and a challenge. You may be sharing a cabin with up to nine other people, and will have limited space and privacy. However, you will find great opportunities within this to build deep friendships, and, as well, to interact with local people in port communities, both informally and through organised programmes and teams.
You will work eight hours a day, five days a week in one of our work departments, such as the galley (kitchen), cleaning or book fair teams. While work clothes and training will be provided on board, you will need to bring along willing hands to serve wherever you are needed! Along with a five day work week, a sixth day is designated for ministry or training opportunities.
Our hope is that every person on board deepens their relationship with God, and learns how to apply and share their faith in a relevant way. Community activities, such as morning devotions, study groups and prayer times, are all designed with this goal in mind. As well, you will have access to training and resources such as teaching mp3s and DVDs.
Upcoming STEP On Board Opportunities
(Details in italics are unconfirmed)
2019 Logos Hope STEP III: 15th August - 30th October 2019 (fully subscribed; there is a waiting list)
2019 Logos Hope STEP IV: 31st October 2019 – 15th January 2020
2020 Logos Hope STEP I 2020: 16th January - April 2020
2020 Logos Hope STEP II: May - August 2020
How to apply
Please Note: Applicants must be ages 18-39 and this opportunity it only available for singles. It is not possible to do more than one STEP On Board.
After reading through all the information on this page, please fill in the pre-application form and let us know of your interest and please indicate any specific skills you have as well.
Short Term Exposure Programme (STEP) On Shore
Serve on shore at the OM Ships Ministry Center in Florence, South Carolina, USA
During this 2-3 month program participants will:
This STEP opportunity is ideal for those with little or no prior mission exposure and provides a unique insight into the ministry of OM Ships from a shore-based, support environment.
STEP participants receive orientation and training to serve alongside the volunteers at the Literature Ministry Center – receiving, sorting and packing Bibles and other literature for Logos Hope’s book fair, for sale on the internet or for shipping in bulk to book stores around the world.
The time in Florence will be both enriching and challenging. Ministry Center activities take place Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Lunch is provided each weekday, but you will be responsible for other meals. You will also participate in devotions, prayer times and other team events.
The Florence campus has two guest houses, well equipped with living areas, kitchen and laundry facilities, internet access, and bedrooms shared by guests of the same gender. Evenings and weekends are times off for participants, but there are often invitations from team members or others in the community for fellowship, meals, and activities.
How to apply
Please Note: This opportunity is only available at our Florence, South Carolina location.
Some quotes from participants in our STEP programme:
"I've never really done ministry like that at home and I was so blessed to see God work through me and use me to touch people's lives."
"Working alongside people of different nationalities in the crew was a real highlight."
"Joining the STEP was a wonderful experience for me. I feel very blessed to have been a part of this team and feel I have grown in my faith through it. I was very sad to leave the ship and the many friends made there."
"One of my main highlights was the wonderful sense of Christian unity among those on board. I really felt part of a 'family' and this was very special."