How to volunteer

What to do next?

Our crew is full of huge-hearted people volunteering their skills and abilities for weeks, months or even years at a time to help make essential surgery accessible to people in low-income countries.

The first step is finding the opportunity that’s the right fit for your training and availability.

Once your application is complete, bear in mind a physical evaluation and immunisations are required for all crew who must be aged between 18 and 70 years old at the time of service.

All applicants fundraise or self-fund to cover crew fees, insurance and transportation to and from the ship. Mercy Ships can help you to develop your budget and fundraising support. Successful New Zealand applicants can also receive sponsored funding to cover quarantine costs upon returning to NZ (with a two-month minimum service duration).

To help you along the way to volunteering, Mercy Ships hosts MyMercy, an interactive site for prospective or in-process volunteers including FAQ, forums and useful advice for new crew. You can get an idea of what life is like on board, and connect with others who are volunteering. You can also drop us a line with any specific questions, we’d love to hear from you.

Why not check out the possibilities? 



Mercy Ships follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus; bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor, offering free services to people in need regardless of ethnicity, religion or gender.

Shorter term volunteers (those on board for less than 1 year) come to work, learn, and grow alongside the long-term volunteers, the core of life on a Mercy Ship.

Our crew come from over 40 nations and all walks of life. Our diversity is one of our most engaging attributes, and all who serve at Mercy Ships onboard and in locations worldwide are expected to respect Mercy Ships Core Values in their service.

Please contact us for more information – we’d love to hear from you and to answer even the curliest of questions.