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Mercy Ships deploys hospital ships to transform lives and serve nations, and a crew of volunteers from around the world makes our mission possible.
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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 Apply

Ready to help transform lives? Mercy Ships needs volunteer medical professionals, maritime officers, teachers, administrators, IT specialists, accountants, cooks, and so much more. Find your place on board! Applying is easy and secure, and it’s only together that we are able to bring hope and healing.

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Volunteer Opportunites

Volunteers with many skill sets – including maritime, operational, and medical – make our mission possible every day. Are you ready to start your next adventure? Find out about our available volunteer opportunities by clicking the button below.


Meet Our Crew

Whether you’re performing surgery to remove a tumour, cleaning the deck, or teaching the children of our crew, it takes skills of all kinds to bring hope and healing. Meet even more of our crew of volunteers from around the world on our YouTube channel.

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


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

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Watch Our Webinar

Ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer with Mercy Ships? In this volunteering webinar recorded on 9 November 2020, discover how your skills can bring hope and healing, and have a lasting impact to the people we serve. You’ll hear from current crew on board the Africa Mercy and alumni now home in Australia as we take a look at what volunteering with Mercy Ships looks like from lots of different perspectives!

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Volunteer Guidebooks

In these guidebooks, you’ll learn more about what to expect, how to get ready for your time with Mercy Ships, travel information and costs involved – all the information you need to volunteer with Mercy Ships including:

  •  Ship Life
  • What To Expect
  • What To Bring
  • Immunisations & Medication
  • Money Matters
  • Insurance
  • Flights & Travel
  • Before You Go
  • Support From Our Office

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

Volunteer Guidebook

Shipyard Volunteer Guidebook
for those joining us during the 2020 shipyard period in Canary Islands

Contact Us

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

To start your journey now, please provide the details below to receive more information about becoming a Mercy Ships volunteer.


What Our Volunteers Say

David Forrest, NSW

One of the big differences about being educated at the Mercy Ships Academy is that the students can walk downstairs and meet face to face the people whose lives are being changed on the Mercy Ship. Daily they see how the international crew responds to the needs of the people in the developing world.

Education is about leading and responding. Students on the Mercy Ship are surrounded by many servant leaders working to bring hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. What an incredible place to grow and develop a world view.