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kyliebestkyliebest Posts: 11

Hello all!

I was on the phone with a potential volunteer earlier this morning, and she had a question about completing online school while serving long-term. Has anyone continued with their education while serving on ship? What was your experience? Looking to give her useful information quickly.

I appreciate any feedback on this subject.



Kylie Best

General Recruiter


  • purser-afmpurser-afm Posts: 11
    edited April 20

    Hello Kylie,

    Technology wise, we only have satellite communication when underway/sailing at sea, and it's also very limited when in dry dock during the summer. However, for most of the academic year we would be at a port during field service and have relatively stable internet - with the caveat that it can vary country to country.

    Then there is the consideration of synchronous vs. asynchronous. The former is like being in a classroom, but you meet online at a specific time. This might be challenging due to the time difference, being courteous to your roommates, and also due to the plethora of unexpected things that can interrupt life on board. Also, the bandwidth required for a video classroom would be an issue.

    I actually considered an asynchronous course program for myself, and that seems to be a viable option as lessons can downloaded, and it's possible to work ahead of the schedule a bit as well. In the end I decided to table/postpone the online course idea, in order to take advantage of all the learning opportunities on board and from within the communities we serve.

    Hope that helps!


    Purser, AFM

  • kyliebestkyliebest Posts: 11

    Hi Julianne,

    Hope you're doing great, it seems like forever since OnBoarding! Your answer has been super helpful and will help me answer potential volunteers with this question. I appreciate you taking the time to respond to me. Tell the girls I said hello!


  • purser-afmpurser-afm Posts: 11

    Hi Kylie,

    So true, I think we've both been putting a lot of energy into our new roles since On Boarding! Yes, the gang is doing great - and we even have a short timer on board who was in the FMS class! We've discussed more than once how grateful we are for the On Boarding experience.

    I won't lie - during the application process I didn't see the value of the time and expense for On Boarding. The value was clear after arriving in Texas and then even more so after arriving on the ship. Now I encourage everyone to go and embrace the experience. How's that for a 180 change? LOL

    Hope you're still drawing!

    Warm regards from Guinea,


  • BrendaBraxtonBrendaBraxton Posts: 24

    I was in a Bachelor's program the first time I went to the ship and took an online course with no problem.


  • kyliebestkyliebest Posts: 11

    Thank you @BrendaBraxton!

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