Meet our volunteers

On board the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, over 400 volunteers from over 40 nations join together to make a difference for the poor in Africa.

Mercy Ships would simply not exist without the 1,200+ volunteers who freely give their time each year on board our hospital ship. The Africa Mercy is home to over 400 short-term and long-term crew members who offer a wide range of skills:

Dr. Gary Parker

Dr. Gary: "Tangible hope"

Early in his surgical career, Dr. Gary joined a Mercy Ships team in Mexico in 1986. He faithfully served for more than 30 years!

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Sarah: "An incredibly special time!"

After each engagement, Sarah comes home full of joy and thankfulness: she has had the privilege of sharing both good and sad times with other people.

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Captain John Borrow

Captain John Borrow on his reason for volunteering

John Borrow is the Captain of our hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.

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I want to volunteer

"I applaud Mercy Ships in their efforts of transformational development as they make a lasting difference in a world of need. Mercy Ships has committed themselves to the vision of an African renaissance in their vision of bringing hope and healing to the continent of Africa. I salute the vision and mission of Mercy Ships and ask that you join me in supporting their noble work and contribute to make this world a better place."

Nelson Mandela (1918–2013)