Volunteering on Board



Why not you?

Mercy Ships is a faith-based hospital ship charity providing free essential surgery for some of Africa’s most marginalised people. We offer amazing volunteer opportunities for people with a passion to change the world.

Each crew member is an integral part of providing life-changing operations to children who have been ostracised, and adults who have experienced a lifetime of needless suffering.

You can volunteer for different roles and different time commitments.

Long term volunteer positions

  • Leadership and management volunteer roles that last for 1-5 years
  • Areas include maritime, medical and operational
  • Children of long term on-board volunteers attend the on-ship school

Click here to see available positions

Short term volunteer positions

These vary in duration from 2 weeks to 10 months, depending on the role requirements. You can see the minimum volunteer commitment requested in the available positions summaries.

Areas of volunteer service

We need a wide range of people from many backgrounds to keep the ship and its hospital running smoothly. The areas we need volunteer support include

Now’s the perfect time to find out more!
You can see currently available positions here, then get in touch with us via our volunteering form so we can keep you up to date on further opportunities.