All applicants are required to provide or raise their own funds to cover crew fees, insurance, transportation to and from the ship, and personal expenses. After acceptance, you will be contacted by our FinACE (Financial Accountability, Coaching & Encouragement) department, which will assist you in developing your budget and support raising. All volunteers must have a minimum of 75% of the necessary funds pledged at least 30 days before their start date.
Click here to learn more about Mercy Ships Crew Fees.
Below is a sample budget that should help you forecast your finances during your time onboard.
You can utilize our budget calculator in your own home by downloading the SAMPLE BUDGET (Microsoft Excel file).
Minimum Monthly Budget Calculator
|CREW FEES||MONTHLY BUDGET CALCULATOR|
|Commitment Length:||Per Adult:||ADULT CREW FEES:|
|24+ months||$250.00||$ -|
|12 to 24 months||$350.00|
|3 to 12 months||$650.00|
|< 3 months||$700|
|Age:||Per Child:||CHILD CREW FEES:
|Below 2 years old||No Charge||$ -|
|>2 & 18 years old||$50.00|
|TRAVEL||YOUR TRAVEL COSTS:|
|Compute the cost of travel to / . from the vessel and divide it by the number of months you will be serving:|
Example: $1500.00 + 12 months = $150.00 per month.
All holiday travel should be budgeted under Personal Expenses. Your travel for support raising and business may also be included in the Personal Expenses category.
|Personal expenses might include toiletries, clothes, entertainment, outings, hobbies, prescriptions, meals, snacks, and souvenirs. Remember to budget for donor relations, tithes/offerings, Christmas and birthdays. We recommend budgeting around $250.00 per month per person, but this is dependent on your needs and spending habits.||$ -|
|Estimate between $75.00-$200.00 depending on health insurance provider and coverage selection.||$ -|
|ACADEMY FEES||ACADEMY FEES:
|This only applies to families bringing children, paid monthly while the Academy is in session:||$ -|
|Kindergarten through Grade 5||$50.00|
|Grades 6 through 12||$60.00|
|ESTIMATED MONTHLY BUDGET TOTAL:||$ -|