Volunteer on Board

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.

As we prepare to return to Senegal in 2021, you can volunteer for different roles and different time commitments.

maritime, medical and general volunteer roles with Mercy ShipsLong term volunteer positions

  • Opportunities include maritime, medical and operational roles
  • Critical positions for 1-3 years of service
  • Leadership and management volunteer roles that last for 2-5 years,
  • Children of long term on-board volunteers attend the on-ship school

Click here to see available positions

Short term volunteer positions

These vary in duration from 2 weeks to 10 months, depending on the role requirements. You can see the minimum volunteer commitment requested in the available positions summaries.

Areas of volunteer service

We need a wide range of people from many backgrounds to keep the ship and its hospital running smoothly. Which role has your name on it?

Now’s the perfect time to find out more!

  • Check out all the available positions here
  • Get in touch with us via our volunteering form so we can keep you up to date on further on specific opportunities
  • Read the questions most frequently asked by people considering volunteering here
  • Learn about volunteer information specifically for Kiwis
  • Watch  our volunteering webinar
  • Talk about volunteering with Sharon Walls in our Auckland office on 0800 637297 or 09 9504303, or contact by email

There’s a place for you on board!