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. Simply fill in the form below to register your interest and one of the team will be in contact with you.


Start your volunteer journey by filling in the form below

What is Unique About Mercy Ships?


Many communities have little to no access to safe surgical care, so we work to answer the call of providing free surgery to those in need.

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

Mercy Ships operate the world’s largest civilian hospital ships and our charity mission is possible thanks to corporate donations of supplies and the gifts of generous supporters.

14 African Nations.

2M+ Lives Impacted.

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has been bringing hope and healing to people without access to medical care. Our hospital ships are filled with volunteer doctors, nurses, mariners, engineers,  IT staff, and more. Together we provide free surgeries and care to thousands of patients each year, like Aminata who was born with a cleft lip that made eating and speaking difficult. Thanks to our volunteers, today she smiles brightly and lives a life full of promise. She’s like one of so many children whose lives you will transform onboard.

Through the faithful support of so many, over 2.8 million lives have been impacted. Our volunteers are the heart of our mission, and everyone has a place onboard. Ready to find yours?


Two Ships.

Twice the Transformations.

The Global Mercy, our newest ship and the world’s largest civilian hospital ship will join the Africa Mercy in providing even more life-changing surgeries and medical training.

Ready to volunteer?

Here are a few things to know:

• 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


Healing Gamai

Gamai suffered severe burns on her upper torso and arms when she was just one year old. The scarring left her unable to use her arms and others made fun of her, Her mother kept her little girl sheltered for years to protect her from the cruelty of others.

Today, after surgery, Gamai and her family are overjoyed and her infectious spirit can now be seen by all.

Your skills could be part of the next transformation!


The Experience of a Lifetime is Calling

Contact us today to start your volunteer journey!