Use your skills to impact a nation

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 Guinean culture.

We partner with local health care providers to offer quality training and medical care to some of the world’s most remote areas.

OUTREACH DATES

Join us in 2018

To apply as a volunteer, complete the online registration or download the Volunteer Registration Pack by clicking below.

Placements are made on the basis of best fit and skill-mix for forming field teams, rather than on a first-in-first-serve basis. We look forward to receiving your application!

VOLUNTEERING POSITIONS

We have volunteering positions for medical and marine professionals, media personnel, cooks, housekeepers and general volunteers. Our volunteers are all ages – we even have families! The Medical Ship is made up of all generations and multiple nationalities – that’s what makes it so special!

Primary Health Care

General Practitioners
Nurses
Nursing Assistants
Physiotherapists
Midwives
Primary health care workers
Paramedics
Students in all above fields



Marine

Master – A-II/2 <3,000GT
Chief Mate – A-II/2 <3,000GT
Second/Third Mate – A-II/1 <3,000GT
Able Seafarer – Deck A-II/5
Chief Engineer – A-III/3 (<3,000kw)
Second Engineer – A-III/3 (<3,000kw)
Electro-technical Officer – A-III/6
Electro-technical Rating – A-III/7
Able Seafarer – Engine A-III/5
(higher qualifications or qualifications with Near Coastal limitations accepted)

Dentistry

Dentists
Dental Assistants
Dental Hygienists
Dental Specialists
Dental Therapist
Oral Health Therapist





Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologists
Orthoptists
Ophthalmic Scrub Nurses

Media

Photographers
Videographers
Writers

Optometry

Optometrists
Refraction workers

General Volunteers

Don’t have a qualification or skill in the above areas? No worries! We require a number of people who are willing to do – anything! From cleaning and cooking, to registering patients and providing practical support to clinical teams, there is a lot to be done and many adventures to be had!

Clinical Laboratory

A basic clinical laboratory is being established aboard. The main focus is on major target diseases in rural PNG, including especially sputum microscopy for tuberculosis. Where appropriate, getting alongside rural health facility staff and strengthening their lab skills is also a focus. We welcome volunteers with suitable medical laboratory experience to join in!

Hospitality

Cooks
Housekeepers

WHY VOLUNTEER WITH YWAM MEDICAL SHIPS?

EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS

We work collaboratively with PNG’s National Department of Health, Provinces and Districts as well as village leaders and health workers on the ground. Together we strive for effective and sustainable outcomes.

PROVEN TRACK RECORD

YWAM has operated ships in the Pacific since 1991. These ships have called on 160 ports in 16 nations including hundreds of island visits. YWAM Medical Ships – Australia has been operating in PNG since 2010 – delivering healthcare and training to over 100,000 patients.

FULLY EQUIPPED

The MV YWAM PNG is equipped with an onboard dentistry clinic, day procedure unit (currently used for ophthalmology and minor surgical procedures) and a laboratory. The vessel also operates as a mother ship – patrol tenders are launched from the vessel to reach extremely remote areas with essential healthcare for maximum impact.

ADVENTURE

PNG is affectionately known as the land of the unexpected. You’ll experience this first-hand during your volunteering experience! We visit some of the country’s most remote locations where sometimes a person’s only mode of transport is a canoe and a paddle.

HEADQUARTERED IN TOWNSVILLE

The city of Townsville (Sister City to Port Moresby, PNG) is a proud host for the headquarters of YWAM MSA. The main office of YWAM MSA engages a committed and diverse team that supports the ship operations in PNG – including our volunteer registration team who can answer your questions and assist you with the application process.

FULLY SERVICED OUTREACH

We plan your itinerary and take care of all of the details, including food, accommodation, cultural orientation, and program facilitation.

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