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How to apply

Everything you need to know before applying

You've decided to take the leap but you're not quite sure how or where to start?

We’ve been there and this is the reason why we want to inform you about the application process. We also have created a “guide” to help you and walk you through each step of the application and validation process, from beginning to end.

Before you go any further, make sure you have read our “General Info and FAQ” page which explains the requirements for serving with us. Mercy Ships is subject to maritime laws which require, for safety reasons, that any volunteer who wants to serve on board needs to be healthy and have an appropriate level of English. Because of that, please note that poor health or inadequate level of English can disqualify you.

Your Swiss office is naturally at your disposal to help, guide and support you during the entire process, so don’t hesitate to contact us anytime and sign up for one of our information evenings!

What is our recruitment process?

Go to, choose the position you are interested in, start with clicking on “Apply” and create an account. Provide as much information as possible up front, such as your English resume, diplomas and certifications. You can still edit your data afterwards. When you’re done, click on “Submit” to send your application.

Application review
The Mercy Ships HR team based in Texas will review your application and contact you for further information. You may be required to complete an online interview to test your English level or a video conference interview for long-term positions. To keep track of communications and tasks, we recommend that you log into your account regularly.

Waiting period
If service dates are not immediately available for the position you’ve applied for, Mercy Ships will pre-qualify you for the “Talent Community”, our network of qualified volunteers waiting for the next opportunity. The waiting time may extend over several months. During this time, you will be informed of any urgent needs, service opportunities and the latest news about the ship. Remain proactive by asking your volunteer coordinator for regular updates!

Service dates confirmed
Once the service dates match your availability, you will receive a written confirmation with the preparatory steps. This includes a medical check-up, immunizations, references, internal training, confirmation of crew fees, etc. Your volunteer coordinator will guide you step by step to prepare you for your service on board. Your Swiss office is at your disposal at all times.

Welcome on board!
This is the most exciting part of the process as you travel to the ship and walk up the gangway to discover your new living and working place! This is where you will actively participate in bringing hope and healing by offering your talents and skills. We wish you an unforgettable and rewarding experience. Thank you for your commitment!

Application guide

Don’t wait any longer and follow the guide!


“I chose to serve with Mercy Ships to follow Jesus’ example in serving others. It’s been great to work with people from all over the world with the same goal. My favorite part of the role is getting things that don’t work up and running again. It gives me satisfaction that a job is well done.”
Jurie Jacob – Third engineer