Your place onboard

HR on board Mercy Ships is all about supporting our ships’ crews of passionate people.

Our general, medical and technical volunteers use their life skills, career experience and specialised training to help make a life-transforming difference for people in Africa in enormous need.maritime, medical and general volunteer roles with Mercy Ships

Human Resources teams on board our hospital ships serve volunteers from Aotearoa and across the globe, who are sharing their skills, training and experience to change the future for the vulnerable. The HR team on board each ship looks after all crew arriving and departing, living and working, extending commitments and transferring departments, forth over 1,200 crew annually from over 40 different nations on each of the hospital ships Africa Mercy and Global Mercy located in Africa.

Our volunteers in medical, maritime and general roles work together to make essential surgical services and healthcare training available in African nations – where it’s simply out of reach for most. Did you know 93% of people in Sub-Saharan African don’t have access to safe surgery when they need it? That’s where the Mercy Ships hospital ship communities come in.

It ‘takes a village’ to provide a child a life-changing surgery. A surgeon can’t operate without a nurse, the nurse can’t work if the electrician doesn’t keep the lights functioning. The sparky won’t work on an empty stomach. The cook preparing the crew meals is as valued onboard Mercy Ships as the surgeon performing the operation. And no one would be there at all if not for the HR teams working to bring them all together for one purpose – to serve sub-Saharan Africa’s poor.

We know it takes a big whānau to make mercy happen.


Do you have a huge heart and the HR experience to help us change the world for our patients?

Volunteer Human Resource roles on our hospital ships

HR Facilitator (min 12 months)

HR Director (min 2 years)

or check out the full range of volunteer  opportunities