PHONE: 1300 739 899

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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

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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Volunteer Opportunites

See the current volunteer opportunities on board the Africa Mercy and apply.  (External Link)

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Current Field Service

Mercy Ships served in the Republic of Senegal from August 2019 until March 2020. Here thousands of suffering children and adults were 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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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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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

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]

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What Our Volunteers Say

Leonard Ong, WA
Radiology Tech

This was my first time travelling to that part of the world, and although I had heard about the poverty and seen it on media coverage, the stark reality of it did not really hit me until I arrived. Yet these patients, coming from a background of suffering and poverty, still have such immense joy and appreciation for life. It is a truly humbling experience.

It was incredible meeting people from around the world who have the same values and yearning to serve the world’s poor and marginalised. Together, 450 crew from 40 nations can bring hope and healing to the patients of the Africa Mercy.