It takes a village

Mercy Ships is a community of volunteers with all kinds of skills and talents, helping to provide essential surgery for families in Africa who can’t otherwise access the medical care they desperately need.maritime, medical and general volunteer roles with Mercy Ships

It takes a big whānau to operate our hospital ships, and every volunteer role onboard the Africa Mercy and Global Mercy is vital for delivering safe surgical care and medical training to the people we aim to serve. Many people are surprised how their skills can be a part of something so meaningful.

Check out the wide range of volunteer opportunities available in general, maritime, technical, and medical roles, for various lengths of service. There are places for people who just want to help out any way they can – because everyone is a crucial member of the crew. Mercy Ships is a welcoming and loving place that’ll change your life, and you’ll help change other’s lives too!

‘Mercy Ships is unique,’ explains Aisha from Wellington. ‘You live on a ship with 400+ other people, you share rooms with them, you eat meals with them; they become your family. Friendships are accelerated rapidly, and somebody you didn’t know 3 weeks ago is now your best friend – and you can’t imagine your life without them.

Riva from Thames explains, “My role as a volunteer in the Dining Room and Food Services department could be mistaken as unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but when it comes down to it,” she emphasises, “it takes people volunteering in all areas for the ships to run efficiently. By providing crew with meals three times a day, the crew have more time to focus on their own work, more time for patients, outreach and operating the ship itself.”

Many people see Mercy Ships and think that only people in healthcare are able to help. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have crew serve in a myriad of different ways and they are all equally as important. The crew works in common, bringing help and healing to the most vulnerable.

Non-medical volunteer roles onboard include receptionists, information technology specialists, housekeepers, vehicle mechanics, electricians, engineering and deck officers, dining room and galley crew;  the list goes on and on. There is a role for just about anyone that has a desire to serve with Mercy Ships.

You can use your specific skills and experience needed onboard Mercy Ships to help provide essential surgery for Africa’s underserved poor.