Volunteering with Mercy Ships will not only change the lives of those you serve, it will change you. There are many ways to support Mercy Ships in our global medical mission to help the poor. It takes all kinds, with all skills. There is a need for both medical and non-medical volunteers. There are volunteer positions in a variety of areas including: housekeeping, galley, deck crew, doctors and nurses and everything in between.
Our volunteer opportunities are both long and short-term on board the Africa Mercy and Global Mercy hospital ships. Short-term crew can volunteer from two weeks to two years depending on the position and typically fill service roles or very specialised medical or technical positions. Long-term crew make an initial commitment of two years and typically fill positions that require more continuity and training.
All Mercy Ships volunteers are required to provide/raise their own funds to cover crew fees, travel insurance, and transportation to and from the field service location. Mercy Ships will undertake the arrangements for registration in the nation of service on behalf of all medical personnel volunteering with us, as well as visa arrangements for all volunteers.