Everything you need to know before applying


You’ve decided to take the leap but you’re not quite sure how or where to start?

We’ve been there and this is the reason why we have created a “guide” to help you and walk you through each step of the application and validation process, from beginning to end. You will also find some advice to give you a better chance of serving as soon as possible. This “guide” is available for downloading at the bottom of this page.

First of all, here is some important information about your application:

– The entire process takes place online.

– You need to apply in English (recommended level: B1).

– In order to apply, you need to create an account, which will serve you as a communication platform during the entire process.

– Once you’ve applied,  you will be assigned a “volunteer coordinator” by our Operations centre in Texas, whose role is to communicate with you and assign tasks. This person will be your main contact the whole time.

– The entire process can take up to several weeks, which is why we recommend that you apply as much in advance as possible (min. 6 months).

– Mercy Ships is subject to maritime laws which require each volunteer who wants to serve on board to be healthy and have an appropriate level of English. Because of that, please note that poor health or inadequate level of English can disqualify you.

– In addition to the positions available aboard the ship during a Field service, there is an opportunity to serve during the annual technical maintenance of the ship (Shipyard) that takes place every summer. During that period, the hospital is closed, but most other departments are open. We specifically need people with technical skills but also “handy” people to serve during shipyard. The minimum commitment time is 2 weeks. The job title is “Project Assistant”.


Your Swiss office is naturally at your disposal to help, guide and support you during the entire process, so don’t hesitate to contact us anytime!

Application guide

Don’t wait any longer and follow the guide!

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