Find your place on board!

If you’ve always wanted to use your unique talent and skills to transform lives and make your mark on the world, we’ve got an opportunity for you. Come find your place on board.

The experience of a lifetime is calling.

You always said “One day…” Make that day today.
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Find a New Purpose

When you volunteer with Mercy Ships, your skills are key to our lifesaving work. Every job on board our hospital ships comes together to change the lives of those we serve.

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A Platform for Hope

“Volunteering has given me a bigger platform to help people. Working with Mercy Ships has brought a lot of positive things.”
- Dorcas Nutsuga, volunteer

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A Committed Community

Both the Global Mercy and the Africa Mercy are home to hundreds of volunteers, who dedicate their time and skills to ensuring that those we serve receive the best care and support.

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The Role of A Lifetime

“Everyone has a role to play. It takes all kinds of people with all kinds of skills to run our hospital ships.”
- Ropa, Volunteer

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Make a Lasting Impact

Change your life while changing the lives of others. Volunteer and join us in improving access to healthcare in the countries we serve.

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Volunteering can change your life

“I can't imagine what my life would be like if I hadn't come.”
-Caroline Mallory, Volunteer

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45+ Years of
Hope and Healing.

Why serve?

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Why a ship?

Because 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, our floating hospitals are the best way to reach and treat people in need.

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Why Africa?

Because there are only two physicians per 10,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, many people suffer and die from treatable conditions.

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Why you?

It takes a wide range of people and skills to run a hospital ship, and our all-volunteer crew makes it happen. If you want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others — including yours — volunteer with us today.

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Life Onboard Edward Carew, Diving Team Leader | Canary Islands

Life on board.

A community dedicated to hope.

Compassionate volunteers from all over the world join together for a common mission: bringing surgical care to those in need.

Serving with Mercy Ships offers the chance to build friendships and create memories that will last a lifetime all while changing lives for the better.

When you volunteer with Mercy Ships you not only make a difference in the lives of others, but you'll find your own life changed as well!

Life Onboard
  • Housing
  • Dining
  • Amenities
  • Adventure
  • Education
  • Family
  • Training
  • Safety


Your personal Space

Our cabins become a home away from home for our volunteers on board. A comfortable bunk and small closet in our group cabins allow for single volunteers to create a space for themselves away from the hustle and bustle of the ship. Couples and families are assigned their own cabins, and single cabins are reserved for our Maritime Officers. Each cabin is equipped with wifi and A/C to ensure the comfort of our volunteers during their stay.

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“I think you get lifelong friends in a different way than I’ve done back home. I like the variety of people, cultures, and views.” “
Maria Ekstrand — Dining Room Team Leader
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“What may seem like a crazy decision, will be one of the most rewarding and most memorable experiences of your life. I still remember our patients faces, I still remember their stories, and I know there’s so many more people like that who still need help.” “
Dr. Joe Park (Anesthesiologist, Africa Mercy, Senegal)
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“The more I’m seeing [people’s lives being transformed], I realize this isn’t me giving away two years, it’s me gaining two years. For me, it’s more like a gift. “
Eugene Ampadu (Videographer, Africa Mercy, Senegal)
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“Many of us are away from our families or away from our friends, but it creates an environment where you start to lean on one another. We have a community here. You work with the same people as you eat, as you play, as you worship. So, we become each other's community." “
Joff Williams (Managing Director of the Global Mercy)

How to apply.

Just five simple steps.

Mercy Ships needs volunteer medical professionals, maritime officers, teachers, administrators, I.T. specialists, accountants, cooks, and so much more. Find your place on board! Applying is easy and secure, and it’s only together that we are able to bring hope and healing.

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Apply with us

Are you ready? Start your application today! Be sure to include any relevant details or documentation — CV, resume, licensure, certificates, etc. — to ensure a smooth process.

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Application under review

As soon as you submit your application, the review process begins. We utilize a multi-step evaluation to ensure that Mercy Ships is the perfect fit for you so that your time and skills will be used to bring hope to all those involved.

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Waiting period

There may be a bit of a waiting period if the position you’re applying for is not immediately available. During this time, we’ll keep in touch to ensure you have the most up-to-date information for your future time on board.

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Acceptance letter

Once the position and your availability align, you will receive an acceptance letter full of additional volunteer information unique to your position. At this point, our application team will work with you to tie up any loose ends and outline your next steps.

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Get on board!

This is the most exciting step in the process! Nothing beats the feeling you get from walking up the gangway of one of our ships for the first time, and we're excited to take this journey with you!

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So much hope to give and so many ways to give it. Get involved with Mercy Ships to start spreading hope.