Why Serve



A Fleet of Ships

Transcending Borders. Changing Lives.

Each year, 16.9 million people die due to lack of access to surgical care. Mercy Ships is on a mission to help the people behind this staggering statistic.

With 50 percent of the world’s population living near a coast, our hospital ships are able to provide a safe surgical environment that can reach the most people along the shores of Africa’s developing nations.

By providing life-saving surgery and life-changing medical training, we help strengthen Africa’s fragile healthcare systems while leaving a lasting legacy.

You’d be surprised where you can make a difference.

Volunteering onboard a Mercy Ship is one of the most life-changing experiences you’ll ever have. When you join a group of people committed to helping others, you become part of the solution.

Your unique skills and abilities contribute to life-saving transformation. You’ll discover that bringing new hope and new opportunity to others is one of the most satisfying things you’ll ever do.


We follow the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor.


Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to transform lives and serve nations, one at a time.

Core Values

Desiring to follow the model of Jesus, we seek to:

  • love God.
  • love and serve others.
  • be people of integrity.
  • strive for excellence in all we say and do.

A Worldwide Mission

Many Nations. One Mission.

We are grateful to the more than 1,300 volunteers from over 50 nations who serve with Mercy Ships each year. With the variety of skills and abilities of our diverse crew,

we are able to operate a floating hospital ship that provides over 7,000 medical interventions each year—free of charge to our patients! We need people like you to join

our Mercy Ships team and help bring more hope and healing to Africa’s most vulnerable people.

There’s a place for you.

Whether you have lots of training and experience or are just getting started on your career journey, you can make a difference. Doctors, nurses, and medical staff make up about half of the ship’s volunteer

crew, but there are many non-medical openings, too. IT technicians, cooks, photographers, engineers and deck crew, teachers, receptionists, hospitality workers—we have plenty positions available!

We need your special skills to power our ships! Find your place onboard.

Are you ready to use your skills to make a difference?

Join us!
Imagine how far we could go together!