PHONE: 1300 739 899

[email protected]


About Volunteering

Volunteering with Mercy Ships will not only change the lives of those you serve, it will change you. There are many ways to support Mercy Ships in our global medical mission to help the poor. It takes all kinds, with all skills. There is a need for both medical and non-medical volunteers. There are volunteer positions in a variety of areas including: housekeeping, galley, deck crew, doctors and nurses and everything in between.

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How to Volunteer

You’re ready to take the next step and apply for a volunteer position at Mercy Ships. The process is comprehensive, but we’re here to help. Here’s what you need to do.

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Current Field Service

Mercy Ships will serve in the Republic of Guinea until June 2019 before sailing to the Republic of Senegal in August 2019 for our 2019/20 field service. Here thousands of suffering children and adults will be seen by our amazing medical volunteers. Our big white hospital ship is their only hope. The situation is truly heart-wrenching, and we rely on your continued help.

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Volunteer Opportunites

See the current needs on board the Africa Mercy.  (External Link)

Volunteer Opportunities

Australian Crew Stories

Want to find out what volunteering with Mercy Ships is really like from someone who has been there and done that? Australian volunteers have served in a variety of areas including housekeeping, galley, administration, IT, deck crew, surgeons and nurses, and everything in between. Here are their stories.

Australian Crew Stories

Accepted Crew

If you’ve received your Mercy Ships offer letter and are starting to plan your adventure, here you’ll find all the information you need to get ready including:

  1.  What to Expect
  2. Preparing to Serve
  3. Position Commitments
  4. Finances
  5. Insurance
  6. Travel Information

This information is available in PDF form by clicking the links below.

Volunteer Guidebook

Guinea Travel Information
for those joining us during the 2018/19 Guinea Field Service

Shipyard Volunteer Guidebook
for those joining us during the 2019 Shipyard period in the Canary Islands

Senegal Travel Information
for those joining us during the 2019/20 Guinea Field Service


Have more questions about volunteering with Mercy Ships? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions.

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Contact Us

For more information about volunteering with Mercy Ships, please call our National Office on 1300 739 899 or email [email protected]


What Our Volunteers Say

Susan Moore, NSW

While I might not have been directly involved in the life-changing surgeries, I made up beds for and embarked those who were. We each had our role to play to get the ship up and running and it’s fascinating to see people from all over the world, from such difference backgrounds, experiences and skill sets come together and serve the people of West Africa.

The best thing was meeting the amazing crew on board, getting to know some on a deeper level and hearing their stories of coming on board. I also really enjoyed getting to know the different aspects of the ship and the various roles on board.