First time seeing the ship was unreal. Naturally, I cried at my first sight of the ship (sappy person alert). Here's this dream, four years in the making, finally coming to fruition. I still remember hearing Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, explaining his time with Mercy Ships, and instantly knew this was where I'd end up. Honestly, I couldn't have done it without the support and love of all my supporters, so because of that, I say THANK YOU. Because of you, these stories are being told, inspiring others to volunteer and give. Here are some pictures of my first time on the dock in Durban, South Africa.
The sail to Cape Town was intense! I recall a specific instance when I was eating in the dining room, my seat slid all the way to the right, and my avocado flew in the air. I think we recorded 18° rolls at one point. Cape Town was beautiful (refer to another post on that), and the sail from Cape Town to Benin was pretty calm!
However, the day of arrival to Benin was the fun part. I was able to board the pilot boat and film the ship coming in! See some pre-boarding pics below.
Arrival day is a big celebration, with people singing, dancing, and welcoming the ship to their country. The communications team had a big task at hand by documenting it all, but boy was it worth the work. It's truly an honor to be the eyes and ears of the organization.