Heroes of Mercy
Our volunteers are an integral part of our mission, offering their time and talent to deliver the highest quality medical care to those in desperate need.
The Africa Mercy is like a floating city, a hospital ship full of dedicated volunteers willing to give of their time and skills to serve those in need. We know that without these Heroes of Mercy, our mission of bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor would be impossible, and are so thankful for their commitment.
Meet a Few of Our Heroes
“People come from all over the world and from many backgrounds and we are still able to communicate with each other as seafarers. It’s very exciting and I enjoy it!”
— Riku, Japan
Volunteer Third Officer
“It’s a blessing to be able to utilize my professional skills in an environment like this. It’s rewarding knowing that God has been preparing me for this role long before I ever applied!”
— Whitney, USA
Volunteer HR Director
“I love teaching on the Africa Mercy because I get to be with my students all of the time. I get a fuller picture of who they are as people and how I can best teach them!
— Beth, USA
Volunteer Kindergarten Teacher
Mercy Ships was the best place for me to share my talents, in a way that suits my personality. We live in a community… we share our talents, our energy, and our space as much as we can with others — the crew, the patients, and the surrounding country.
— Guido, Netherlands
Volunteer Biomedical Technician
“I found a cozy little place onboard and I like it a lot! I really enjoy making coffee for all the different crew members. You get to meet people from all over the world, and we have a lot of fun together!”
— Lovisa, Sweden
Volunteer Barista & Ship Shop
This is just a taste of the heroes involved in the Mercy Ships mission. More than 1,300 volunteers from over 50 nations serve each year. From surgeons and medical staff to the captain, cooks, technicians, teachers, and more, our crew makes up a plethora of skills and specialties needed to make a difference in the countries we serve.
You can learn more about how to join the crew or support our team of heroes at by clicking the button below.