Make Your Mark
Join the Mercy Ships Crew
Join our global community of volunteers bringing hope and healing. New field service activities, the work of Africa Mercy and the inaugural deployment of a new purpose-built hospital vessel, the Global Mercy, more than doubles our capacity to strengthen healthcare systems in developing nations and leave a lasting impact.
Mercy Ships Canada is recruiting more skilled volunteers than ever before to crew our ships, including electricians, plumbers, deck officers, marine engineers, teachers, surgeons, nurses, galley staff, IT support, and more!
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Volunteer for Mercy Ships
The community onboard our ships are a vibrant mosaic of skills, talents, and life experience. Every year volunteers come from around the world to serve. Contact us to see if there is a place for you.
Ways to Get Involved
Marine Engineers, Deck Officers, and Galley Staff
Electricians and Plumbers
Doctors, Surgeons, Ophthalmologists and Dentists
Nurses and Care Aids
We Need You.
Every year over 1,600 volunteers from over 50 nations join our crew at Mercy Ships
Volunteering for Mercy Ships
What you need to know:
There are a limited number of cabins for families and married couples. Single people share a cabin with between 3 and 6 people.
Onboard, three meals are served each day at specific times. There is also a Starbucks cafe with a snack bar and shop.
The ships are equipped with a self-service laundromat, a small hairdressing salon, a bank, a library, a small gym and pool, various lounge areas, a school for the children of volunteers, and even a medical clinic, specifically for the crew. Wi-Fi is available throughout, including in your cabin.
You may have the opportunity to leave the ships to explore the city and its surroundings, go to the beach, the market or participate in Mercy Ministries.
The ships stay about 10 months (September to June) and then undergo a technical phase of two months (July & August), usually in the Canary Islands.
You must be a minimum of 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English.
We are an inclusive faith-based organization. We ask our volunteers to respect the core values of Mercy Ships and our code of conduct.
Because you will be considered a volunteer crew member on the ships, you will be subject to maritime law. This will involve various codes and regulations to sign on board and it is also for this reason that a medical form must be completed by your doctor to vouch for your good health.
How to Become a Volunteer
Share your skills and talents.
We need all types of volunteers, not just qualified medical professionals.
Fill out an application form.
Once you’ve filled out your application online, a team member will follow up with your references.
Change someone’s life – forever.
You can change someone’s life by bringing them the healthcare they need.
We are urgently looking for qualified workers
in the following fields:
I just want to serve
Volunteer Crew Testimonials
"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.”
The real change comes when we all work together.
It’s an all-hands-on-deck job.
So, partner with us today, and don’t miss the opportunity to help change someone’s life forever.
Your support and volunteer efforts bring hope and healing to so many in great need.