How to volunteer

What to do next?

So, you’ve taken a look around the site and are thinking that volunteering for Mercy Ships might be the right thing for you? That’s great, because Mercy Ships NZ always has need of volunteers – both on board and here at home. Whatever your level of experience and availability there is likely to be something for you. As we are a hospital ship, doctors and nurses are obviously needed but it takes a whole range of people and their skills to keep the ship afloat, so volunteer positions range from receptionists and sales staff, to engineers, chefs, accountants, teachers, mechanics and housekeepers. Whatever you do, you will find it is a life-changing experience serving on Mercy Ships.

Take a look at the list of upcoming opportunities here, and if you want to take the next step, details on how to apply can be found here.

Remember Mercy Ships is a Community of Faith* and our crew are volunteers, so all applicants are required to provide or raise their own funds to cover crew fees, insurance, transportation to and from the ship, and personal expenses. If you are accepted, Mercy Ships will contact you to help develop your budget and fundraising support. All volunteers must have a minimum of 75% of the necessary funds pledged before their start date.

There is a physical evaluation and immunisations are required for all applicants and all applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of service. We are a faith-based not-for-profit and all crew members

For all positions, Mercy Ships has set a minimum and maximum commitment, ranging from two weeks to five years. Successful applicants undergo training and to help you along the way to volunteering, Mercy Ships runs a dedicated website for volunteers and alumni, including FAQ, forums and useful advice, as an extra tool for orientation for new crew: the place to connect with others and find information.

If you do not find the information you seek on myMercy, Mercy Ships team members are available to answer about applications questions by email at

Delve in and check out the possibilities!


A Community of Faith (COF) is a group of individuals who choose to live, work, and worship together in community, sacrificially serving common values and purposes.

Mercy Ships follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. Shorter-term volunteers (those on board for less than 1 year) come to serve, learn, and grow alongside the long-term “community of faith” that constitutes the core of life on a Mercy Ship.

All who serve at Mercy Ships locations worldwide are expected to respect Mercy Ships Core Values in their service.


In New Zealand, we actively encourage volunteers to come forward for on board work, but also have need of other helpers including:

  • Digital media projects
  • Speakers Network Coordinators
  • Fundraising and Trust Coordinators

Contact us for an informal chat, either by phone or email – we’d love to hear from you.