AS A MERCY SHIPS CREWMEMBER, YOU WILL CHANGE LIVES.
You may help transform the life of a malnourished baby born with cleft palate, an individual struggling with a disfiguring tumour, or a crippled child. You may help train local healthcare workers. Or you may be onboard to support those doing this important work.
These aren’t the only lives that will be changed. Count on it. You will also be transformed. You will work hard, long hours. You will be pushed to your limits. Your heart will break with compassion for those you are serving. But you will find tremendous fulfilment working closely with colleagues from around the world to make a difference by showing mercy to the world’s forgotten poor.
Our volunteers come from a range of professions from over 40 different nations. Some offer specialist medical, dental and nursing skills, while others have maritime and other expertise that is essential to running the Africa Mercy. The Africa Mercy is like a small town, and an international crew of more than 400 volunteers make up that community!
“Volunteering with Mercy Ships taught me to be bold; to step out of my comfort zone and do things that challenge me. I enjoyed my time so much – I have been given experiences and memories and friends that I wouldn’t change for the world. I would definitely volunteer with Mercy Ships again” — Sonya Van Hove, Volunteer Dental Assistant, White Rock, BC
“I began volunteering for the Mercy Ships Club on the University of Victoria’s campus. I really enjoyed helping out and fundraising and wanted to actually help on board the ship. I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of people who are unable to access appropriate health care.” — Jesse Spooner, Volunteer Housekeeper, Victoria, BC
“I saw a documentary about 15 years ago in a hotel room and I sat down on the end of the bed and wept and a voice inside me said ‘one day you will serve on that ship’ it never left me and came to mind often in big and small ways.” — Dr. Joan Ross, Volunteer Surgeon, Sarnia, ON
“I love that Mercy Ships brings people from all over the world trained in various places and careers to use their knowledge and abilities to make miracles happen every single day.” — Tara McHardy, Volunteer Nurse, Calgary, AB