Volunteer Stories

Surgery performed by a British consultant on board the Global Mercy has helped a four-year-old boy transform his life.    Amadou, from Senegal, was struggling to walk or move due to rickets. Every step was painful for him. His carer, Mariatou, said watching his condition was...

Florence Bangura’s history with Mercy Ships spans 20 years, covering two countries and three ships – and on International Women’s Day, we wanted to share her incredible story. At the age of 29, Florence worked as a welder on board the very first Mercy Ships hospital...

When nine-year-old Maria Kuo went on a Mercy Ships tour in New Zealand, a fire was lit in her heart. Fast forward a few years and she’s now a Ward Clinical Supervisor on board – as well as raising her three children.   “I’ve always had a...

Kevin So says the Global Mercy is the best hospital he’s ever worked for. Why? The answer is easy: “We’re all volunteers, there’s a special energy and drive from everybody. Everyone is extremely humble, and very talented.” From two years as a nurse in the Intensive Care...

A British volunteer is using his skills to bring hope and healing to hundreds of people. Our senior biomedical technician Nick Brown is loving his floating workplace at sea. “On the engineering side, it is very much the same as a modern hospital,” said Nick about the...

The last time Catherine Conteh saw the deeply familiar smile in front of her in Freetown, it was under dramatically different circumstances. Fresh off the plane from Australia on Sunday, Catherine arrived on the dock beside the Global Mercy where she was greeted by Aly Hogarth-Hall...

Dr Charlotte Polle-Kaliti is a pioneer. She was the first person from her community to go into medicine, becoming an obstetrician and gynaecologist, then a fistula surgeon. Out of 11 fistula surgeons in her home country of Kenya, she is the only woman. In the years...

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