Serving Onboard
a Mercy Ship

Serving onboard a Mercy Ship is a unique way to use your skills and talents to bring hope to many. Whether you work directly with patients or not, every position is crucial to providing safe, life-changing surgery, and world-class medical training. As we work together, supporting one another, the transformation is tangible in the patients, the trainees, and our local and volunteer crew.

Below are several resources to help you as you consider serving with us.

Volunteer Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions people have before volunteering. Find the answers here!


If you’ve received your offer letter and are wondering what to do next – check out our guidebooks full of helpful information.

Life Onboard

Learn more about everyday life serving onboard a Mercy Ships vessel.

“As a PICU nurse onboard, I get to be a part of rebuilding broken hearts with love and laughter and the light of Jesus. This is why I volunteer. “

Meggin Tallman, USA

Ward Nurse

“I feel I’m part of something really good, and being a deck officer onboard is a way I can use the skills I have to  help people. I don’t often have the opportunity to be of service in the way that I am on Mercy Ships.”

Eric Baliantz, USA

Second Officer

“The thought that our collective roles could service the needs of others urges a spark of joy — because loving is serving, and serving brings inner satisfaction and strength.”

Denise Ngum, Cameroon


Join the Community

Have more questions about life and work onboard?
Join our online volunteer community, myMercy, to connect with current crew and alumni.