Last week, the MV Logos Hope ship docked in Cape Town.
This is the world’s largest floating book fair which travels the world, selling books at affordable prices and sharing the love of reading and literature, around the globe.
Its crew and staff is comprised of 400 volunteers from 60 countries.
CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to three of the volunteer crew members, Tommy Dyer (US), the ship’s media relations office Ivy Chiu (Taiwan) and Tim Whitson (US).
Our goal is to bring knowledge, help and hope to the world through our books.— Ivy Chiu, media relations officer
Tommy Dyer came to South Africa three months earlier to start preparing for the ship's arrival. He says as part of their humanitarian work they will be helping renovate an orphanage, a clinic on Sir Lowry Pass, and help raise donations for reading classes in different communities.
He says most of their volunteers come with specific skills that are used on and off the ship.
According to the ship’s media relations officer Ivy Chiu, they rely solely on donations, and 30 percent of what they make from selling books goes to the ship's operations.
For all the volunteers on board we have to raise our own support, like all our daily needs to survive on the ship for two years.— Ivy Chiu, media relations officer
Cape Town is the ship's last South African stop before it moves onto Namibia.
Before it sailed to Cape Town MV Logos Hope docked in Port Elizabeth. It visited Durban, Richards Bay and East London earlier this year.
Listen to the full conversation below: