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*Volunteering with YWAM
Have you ever wanted to do something exciting with your life?
To give back? To pass on your skills and experience to someone else?
Volunteering on YWAM MSA’s Medical Ship is an adventure filled opportunity where you can make a real difference and experience the beautiful Papua New Guinea culture.
Our vessel is fully equipped with an onboard clinic where we partner with local health care providers to provide quality training and medical care to some of the world’s most remote areas. The mission to see quality of life for the people of PNG in the areas of health, training and community development.
Sign up to volunteer with us for three weeks or longer.
Fully-equipped medical ship
Our vessel has an operating theatre right on board to help facilitate some of the more technical procedures such as dentistry and ophthalmology. To maximise our impact, we also utilise the ship to transport land-based clinics.
Having an Australia-based office, only a two hour flight from Papua New Guinea ensures that we can provide quality, consistent communication with you and our in-country partners as you prepare to come.
Proven track record
YWAM has operated ships in the Pacific nations since 1991. These ships have called on 160 ports in 16 nations including hundreds of island visits. During this time YWAM has provided over $37 million worth of free services to over 200.000 people through dentistry, optometry, primary health care, medical supplies, ophthalmology and housing projects.
We plan your itinerary and take care of all of the details, including food, accommodation, cultural orientation, and program facilitation.
We visit some of the world’s most remote locations, places that most people will never get to hear about or see! You may even have the opportunity to visit hidden waterfalls or visit a family you helped in their village home.
We work collaboratively with the National Department of Health, Provincial Health Workers, and all the way to the village leaders and health workers on the ground, ensuring that we are hitting the most in-need areas and having the most effective long-term outcomes.
Sailing the uncharted waters of Papua New Guinea’s river deltas is the experience of a lifetime! We intentionally sail to some of the most difficult to reach places in the world to meet the people in isolated villages to bring education and health.
We need qualified marine professionals to help us get training and medical care to these remote areas in PNG. Your marine skills can give others a better chance at life! We welcome qualified marine engineers, deck officers and deck hands.
Training & Medical
YWAM MSA facilitates outreaches with its Medical Ship and land-based teams to rural areas of PNG. The clinics include; dentistry, primary health care, immunisations, antenatal checks, malaria testing and treatment, optometry, and ophthalmology In addition, training programs for rural healthcare workers and various health promotion initiatives for school children and the general community run simultaneously to the clinics. YWAM MSA has a strong focus on training and empowering local health care workers and villagers to able to serve themselves.
Wondering if you have anything to offer on board a medical ship? Even if you’re not qualified in marine or medical work, we require a number of people who are willing to do – ANYTHING! From cleaning and cooking, to registering patients and organising children’s programs, there is a lot to be done and many adventures to be had!
We often have church or business teams who apply to work on board the ship together as crew support volunteers or as marine/medical professionals. Please register your interest early as team spots tend to fill very quickly!