The toughest job you’ll ever love
Are you tired of the ordinary?
Roll up your sleeves for the adventure of a lifetime with Mercy Ships. Volunteer your skills and bring lasting, transformational change for people living in abject poverty in West Africa. Whatever your experience and availability, there’s a part for you to play in providing essential surgery on this vessel of mercy.
Why not you?
Mercy Ships is a faith-based hospital ship charity providing free essential surgery for some of Africa’s most marginalised people. We offer amazing volunteer opportunities for people with a passion to change the world.
Each crew member is an integral part of providing life-changing operations to children who have been ostracised, and adults who have experienced a lifetime of needless suffering. You can find a video of a previous field service here, and catch a glimpse of how our patients’ lives are transformed.
Long term positions are available for 1-5 years in key roles including management and leadership across the maritime, medical and operational departments. Some of these positions have family cabins allocated to the role, and crew children attend the onboard school.
Short term opportunities vary in duration from 2 weeks to 10 months, depending on the role requirements.
Medical, maritime and operational professionals all play vital roles in our crew. Electricians Tradies Mariners Teachers Computer and IT specialists Photographers, videographers and writers Cooks, Cleaners, Surgeons, Nurses , and many more can volunteer from a couple of months to years at a time (depending on the position).