Nothing worth doing is easy
The lives you help save aren’t the only ones that will be changed. You will also be transformed. You will work hard, long hours. You will be pushed to your limits. Your heart will break with compassion for those you are serving. But it will be tremendously fulfilling every single day.
An adventure like no other
Volunteering with Mercy Ships allows you to live and work with people from all around the world. Living onboard, you’ll enjoy modern amenities, as well as see the wonderful beauty and incredible warmth of the people of Africa.
Your personal space
Each cabin is designed to maximize space, and most have a private bathroom, small closet and desk area for each person, and Internet access. If you’re a single crew member, you’ll bunk in a multi-berth cabin. A limited number of double-berth cabins are reserved for married couples (pictured).
Tasty and healthy fare
Our Food Services Department serves delicious and nutritious meals three times a day in the onboard dining room. There’s a snack bar and even a Starbucks Café on board. And when the occasional craving for homemade treats strikes, cook up whatever strikes your fancy in the crew galley. Limited groceries can be purchased at local markets or in the Ship Shop, our onboard convenience store.
The comforts of home
Each ship is like a small city, and includes everything you might need. There’s a laundry room, hair salon, bank, post office, weight room, Internet café and Wi-Fi, a lending library with movies and board games, a swimming pool, a movie room, and even a clinic for crew medical and dental care.
Work hard, play hard
You can’t help but form deep and lasting friendships with the mosaic of talented people on board, and a spirit of playfulness permeates the ship. And the moment you step foot on land, you’re in a whole new world. Relax on a beach, try local cuisine, explore a market, and even participate in a ministry at nearby orphanages, schools, or prisons.