Finances for Volunteers

Volunteers with Mercy Ships are responsible for paying all costs associated with their service, including Crew Fees, travel expenses, passports, immunisations, insurance and personal expenses. Because of this commitment, Mercy Ships is able to use direct contributions from its supporters to bring hope and healing to those who need it most.

The two largest expenses you can expect to incur while serving with Mercy Ships are your travel to and from the ship and your Crew Fee (room and board). Crew Fees are paid monthly by every adult crew member. The current Crew Fee chart is listed below.

Monthly Crew Fee Chart

LevelCommitmentTier ITier II
1 & 22 weeks to 12 months$400 USD$200 USD
3 & 412+ months$200 USD$200 USD

Discounts are given to crew who:

  • Make longer commitments
  • Have completed the On Boarding training program previously
  • Those from Tier II countries (countries with an average income of lower than 25K annually)


Tier I Countries

Any nation not on this list is considered Tier II.

Europe AsiaAmericas / Africa / South Pacific
DenmarkNetherlandsHong KongNew Zealand
FinlandSan MarinoJapanUnited states
LithuaniaUnited KingdomTaiwan
United Arab Emirates
Who pays Crew Fees?

Every adult crewmember is required to pay Crew Fees. Minors (ages 0-18) on board with their families are not charged Crew Fees.

How often do Crew Fees change?

We are committed to keeping Crew Fees as low as possible, but crew can expect fees to increase 2-5% each year.

Budgets & Fundraising

Are you trying to wrap your head around budgeting, Crew Fees, and fundraising? We have a special team dedicated to helping you sort through these details.

The goal of our Financial Support Team is to ensure each volunteer is financially prepared for their service on board. If you have any questions as you think through volunteering, or if you’ve already applied, please contact our Financial Support Team at [email protected]

Keeping Our Crew Safe

A couple of common questions that we get from those interested in volunteering with us focuses on the safety of our crew. Specifically, “is it safe to live on board ships in African nations? What security measures are in place?”

We think these are great questions!

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