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.
Join us in 2019 & 2020
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!
Total Outreach Fee $750 AUD
(with the exception of 2019 OR7 & 2020 OR1 – $450 AUD)
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!
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.
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.
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.