The Mercy Ships team needs volunteers like you. With your help, we can bring life-saving medical care to some of the world’s poorest people.

The Africa Mercy is like a small city, and the crew of more than 400 volunteers from over 40 nations keeps it running. We need medical and dental professionals, but we also need volunteers in areas ranging from cooks and teachers to receptionists, mechanics, engineers and information technology specialists. You can volunteer on a short-term basis, from two weeks to two years, depending on the position. Or you can make a longer-term commitment, initially of two years, for positions that require more continuity and training. As volunteers, we contribute towards the cost of living on board by way of monthly crew fees. Because we pay our way like this, we are able to deliver life-saving medical care free of charge to some of the world’s poorest people.

Volunteer with us

Mercy Ships needs volunteer surgeons, nurses, administrative assistants, accountants, deck hands, and more. 

How to apply

Volunteer crew needed

We urgently need medical and non-medical volunteers to help us achieve our mission. To find out more, please click here. 

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Life-changing stories

Volunteering for Mercy Ships is a life-changing experience for both patients and volunteers. You can read our true-life stories here. 

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