Volunteer with Mercy Ships

It takes a crew to run a hospital ship, both abroad and at home. You do not need any medical training. Only 50% of our volunteers are medics. No matter your skills, we have a place for you. Will you help transform lives?

Get started with volunteering

Volunteer in front of the Africa Mercy

Volunteer on board

Volunteering on board our hospital ships is a transformative experience that enables personal and professional growth, and we’re looking for you to join us.

Volunteers on a Mercy Ships stand at an event

Volunteer in the UK

Our network of speakers and alumni give talks about Mercy Ships to groups and help run stands at conferences, festivals and events.

Three half marathon runners fundraising for Mercy Ships

Fundraise for Mercy Ships

Keeping our hospital ships running would not be possible without the generous donations and fundraising efforts of our supporters.

Find your place on board

Looking for a way to make a real difference?

There is so much hope to give, and so many ways to give it. By volunteering on board one of our hospital ships, you will make a lasting impact to so many lives in sub-Saharan Africa. Join us today and see how you can help transform lives.

Urgent roles

With two ships in operation, the need for volunteers is greater than ever. Can you or someone you know fill one of our urgent roles?

Biomedical Technician

Clinical Dietician

Ophthalmic Surgeon

Palliative Care Nurse

Second Officer

Ward Nurse

Ask about volunteering on board

If you have questions before you would like to apply or there are no open opportunities that are suitable for you to apply for right now, please fill in the form and one of our team will be in touch.

The difference you can make

Our non-emergency hospital ships stay in port for 10-months to help the most people and build long-term medical capacity in the areas we serve.

Volunteers are the heart of our work. Doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers and other from 50 nations pay their own way to give their time, talent and hearts. This helps to ensure your donations have maximum impact

If you’ve always wanted to use your unique talent and skills to transform lives and make your mark on the world, we’ve got a volunteer opportunity for you. The work of Mercy Ships impacts the lives of many – patients, families, and volunteers. It’s a transformative experience that enables personal and professional growth, and we’re looking for you to join us.

Why ships?

Our hospital ships bring free, life-changing surgeries directly to women, men and children who need help most. Every year, we train thousands of healthcare professionals on board our floating hospitals.

Why Africa?

Nine out of ten people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to safe surgery. We partner with African nations to build stronger healthcare services. Together, we make a lasting impact – long after our ships depart.

Why you?

Our hospital ships are powered by you. With your skills, we can bring hope and healing to people who have no one else to turn to.

Life on board

The Global Mercy and the Africa Mercy are the world’s largest charity hospital ships, providing life-changing surgeries and expert medical training.

A few things to know about serving on board:

  • Our crew is made up of volunteers who pay their own way
  • English language proficiency is required for all positions onboard
  • Mercy Ships is a Christian organisation who serves people of all faiths
  • Our recruiters are ready to help you find your ideal position and guide you through the process

Want to know more about life on board? Read stories from some of our volunteers.

Dr Sarah Kwok carrying a patient up the gangway of the hospital ship

Volunteering in the UK

We have an incredible team of volunteers all over the UK ready to spread the word about the life-changing work of Mercy Ships. Could you be part of it?

Conferences and Events

We need your help to run our stands at conferences and events each year. Take a look at the list of conferences and let us know if you could help.

Become a speaker

Our speakers are a vital part of our UK team and speak about Mercy Ships at various events in their local areas. All we ask is that speakers do a minimum of six talks a year. Complete your details below and we will get in touch.