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Mercy Ships Canada

Mercy Ships Canada

Mercy Ships is the world's leading non-governmental ship-based medical organization.

Our goal is to transform the lives of the world's poor. One by one. Our hospital ship and land-based teams provide primary medical care, relief aid and community support to the most impoverished people on earth, free of charge.

The Africa Mercy, the world's largest charity hospital ship, is crewed by 450 volunteers from around the world, delivering medical excellence and developmental programs with integrity and compassion.

Following the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, Mercy Ships seeks to be the face of love in action, bringing hope and healing to the world's forgotten poor.

Keywords: International , Health and Medicine



Mercy Ships Canada
5 - 3318 Oak St., Victoria, BC V8X1R1

Mercy Ships Canada url http://www.mercyships.ca/

Mercy Ships Canada Phone Number 866-900-7447

Mercy Ships Canada Email address msca@mercyships.ca



Volunteer Information for Mercy Ships Canada

What services does your organization provide?
Access to good medical care is the key to providing desperately needed hope and healing. Our hospital ship is a self-contained instrument of mercy that takes highly qualified volunteers to the people who need them most. But how can that be accomplished in countries without basic supporting infrastructure-including a clean water supply, a reliable source of electricity and trained medical professionals.

Through free, basic health care and transformative surgeries, Mercy Ships becomes the face of love in action. The hospital ship, Africa Mercy, provides first-rate medical professionals, state-of-the-art medical and surgical facilities, health-care and agricultural training to communities in West Africa that lack those critical services.

Our programs:
Maxillofacial
Plastic Reconstructive
Orthopaedic
Women's Health
General Surgeries
Eye Care
Oral Health
Mental Health
Palliative Care
Capacity Building


Do you have any age requirements?
The minimum age requirement is 18 years-old


Do you require language proficiency other than in English?
French is extremely helpful as many of the countries the Africa Mercy visits are French speaking.


What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer?
There is a two week minimum time commitment however some positions require a 1 year minimum commitment.


Are there any specific skills and experience required?
Skills and experience vary for each position.


What type of volunteer positions are typically available?
Our urgent staffing forecasts for the next field service in Cotonou, Benin 2014-2015 are:

Technical:
various positions
Motormen
Head Receptionist
Electricians

General:
Communications Manager
Program Support Director (CBSP)
Maintenance Coordinator
Hair Stylist
Head Hostess

Hospital:
Ophthalmic Surgeons
Lead Dentist
Hospital Ancillary Services Supervisor
Rehab Team Leader
OR Nurse Ophthalmic Team Leader
Hand Therapist OT/PT
General Surgeons


Do you provide training for volunteers?
The On Boarding Program is required for all those accepted to serve with Mercy Ships for nine months or more, including those who have completed a DTS or Gateway with Mercy Ships in the past or served with us long-term before but have been away for more than 3 years.

The On Boarding Program is designed to better educate, equip and empower our staff and crew for long-term service with Mercy Ships. It is 8 weeks in duration - 5 weeks of interactive classroom instruction and 3 weeks of field service/application in West Africa. At the end of field service, the participants will join the ship on location.

The On Boarding Program is comprised of the following courses:

Foundations of Mercy Ships (FMS)
Gateway (including Field Service)
Basic Safety Training
Crowd Management
Management training
Job Orientation/Departmental Training


What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization?
The Africa Mercy is like a small city, the crew of more than 400 volunteers keeps it running. We need medical and dental professionals, but we also need volunteers in areas ranging from cooks and teachers to receptionists, mechanics, engineers and information technology specialists.


How will a person benefit from volunteering with Mercy Ships Canada?
Mercy Ships volunteers change lives, but the lives of the volunteers are also changed. They work hard, long hours. They are pushed to their limits, but find tremendous fulfillment working closely with colleagues from around the world to make a difference by showing mercy to the world's forgotten poor.

Volunteers learn new skills working in such a unique environment, benefiting them for when they return home and re-renter the work force.


Do you accept high school students?
We do not accept high school students at this time.




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