Teachers all at sea

Teaching aboard Mercy Ships in Africa is an adventure of a lifetime. 

Here’s your chance to be part of something amazing! You could teach the crew children on board the surgery ship. The preschool to high school accredited international Christian school has small class sizes and big life experiences. We’re looking for all types of teachers to make it possible for our crew families to serve Africa’s poor. See the volunteer vacancies below.

Nurture growing minds in a variety of subjects. We’re looking for volunteer teachers with at least two years of experience in the classroom to join the Mercy Ships crew, to teach students in kindergarten, primary and secondary classes for one to two years.

To help people serve in many vital roles, a special assistance fund is in place until July 2021 to help volunteers with flights to the ship, and with NZ quarantine costs. Click to get started and see what’s involved.

My favourite thing about being these kids’ teacher is the fact that they already have a wealth of knowledge, and they are so engaged and ready to learn. It makes my job so much easier and much more fun when my students are excited. I love teaching on board in the Academy, it is amazing! The school environment is refreshing, and the parents, administration, and fellow teachers are incredibly supportive. New entrant teacher.


There are urgent vacancies to teach preschool, primary and secondary classes in PE/computers , primary Grades 4 & 5, and high school maths and social studies onboard, for the next academic year.

The Mercy Ships Academy, which operates on a northern hemisphere academic schedule with the school year from August to June, begins for new teachers with an orientation required at the commencement of the two-year volunteer contract.

Preschool to graduation teaching positions include



New entrants and  junior classroom teachers

Intermediate and high school core subject teachers

All ages French



A glimpse into a teacher’s life on board : Read more

Discover more about the Mercy Ships Academy,   and check the application requirements online