Volunteer on the ship

We need your time, energy and skills!

Volunteers are vital to the work of Mercy Ships and we welcome those who have time to devote to the world’s poorest people.

Mercy Ships draws its volunteers 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.

For a list of available positions, and to apply online please click HERE. Thank you for your interest!

Things to Know Before you Apply

Crew Fees

Crew fees are depend upon length of commitment and the nation where you reside. For a full breakdown on crew fees visit Crew Fees.

Health and Age Requirement

Physical Evaluation and Immunizations are required for all applicants. Due to maritime medical regulations and other circumstances, those with certain disabilities and/or health histories may not be eligible to serve with Mercy Ships. All independent applicants must be at least 18 years old at time of service.

Expertise and Time Commitment

A variety of positions are available, including many that require no previous expertise. Medical professionals are required to be licensed and have a minimum of two years’ experience. Mariner applicants should be able to provide copies of current mariner licenses and certificates.

For all positions, Mercy Ships has set a minimum and maximum commitment, ranging from two weeks to five years.

Families and Married Couples On Board

Families and married couples are welcome to server however, housing is very limited and is reserved for those who are serving longer-term and/or in critical positions. An onboard academy provides a well-rounded education from nursery to grade 12 for the children of the ship’s crew. The Mercy Ships Academy uses an international standards based curriculum and follows the educational standards of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Middle states Association.

Community of Faith

Mercy Ships follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor.

Mercy Ships welcomes volunteers who would like to give of their time, efforts and expertise, regardless of religion. We regularly have non-Christians and/or those who are not currently a member of church apply to volunteer. Although the vast majority of staff and volunteers are followers of Jesus, all applicants are considered.

All those who serve with Mercy Ships are expected to respect the Core Values of Mercy Ships and abide to our Code of Conduct.

Want to know more?

Read through the Volunteer FAQs and visit Life On Board available on our international website.