Meet our volunteers

On board the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, over 400 volunteers from over 40 nations join together to make a difference for the poor in Africa.

Each year 100+ Canadians volunteer onboard. The Africa Mercy is home to over 400 short-term and long-term crew members who offer a wide range of skills: surgeons, teachers, nurses, engineers, cooks, photographers and more. Mercy Ships would not exist without our amazing volunteers!

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Larry and Sandy Hewitt

Crew Stories

Larry and Sandy are long-term Canadian crew and having been serving onboard the Africa Mercy since 2015.

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Carmen and Brenda Yirka

Carmen and Brenda Yirka

Brenda followed her daughter Carmen to Africa where they both became part of a life-changing story

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Dr. Sherif Emil

Dr. Sherif Emil

Dr. Emil has been volunteering with Mercy Ships till 2016 and plans to continue for the foreseeable future

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I want to volunteer

"On behalf of the Liberian people, I wish to thank all the volunteers on the ship who come from all over the world for their sacrifice and the comfort they have given to so many poor and needy Liberians. Their work goes beyond compassion and healing the sick. It shows that the world is a global village, with no racial and social boundaries. The Liberian people are grateful."

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - President, Liberia