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

Mark Carew

Electricians and Plumbers

General Surgery Room

IT Support

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:

Hope Centre


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.

Time Comitment

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.

Age Requirements

You must be a minimum of 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English.

Hospital Chaplaincy

Core Values

We are an inclusive faith-based organization. We ask our volunteers to respect the core values of Mercy Ships and our code of conduct.

Regulation Forms

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:

Volunteer Crew Testimonials

“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.”
“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."

"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.