Volunteer Service Agreement


Mercy Ships follows the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. Short-term volunteers come to serve, learn, and grow alongside the long-term community of faith that constitutes the core of life on a Mercy Ship.

Living and serving in close community and working cross-culturally in host nations bring great joys and fulfillment, as well as frustrations and disappointments.

All who serve at Mercy Ships locations worldwide are expected to:

  • Respect Mercy Ships Core Values in their service and employment.
  • Mercy Ships Core Values:
  • Desiring to follow the model of Jesus, we seek to:
    • Love God
    • Love and serve others
    • Be people of integrity
    • Be people of excellence in all we say and do
  • Abide by Mercy Ships Code of Conduct.

In keeping in conformity with Mercy Ships Core Values, all are expected to exercise self-control and abide by the attached Code of Conduct, as well as additional instructions, prohibitions, and guidelines pertaining to life on a Mercy Ship as may be communicated verbally, in writing, or electronically prior to service or when aboard a Mercy Ship.

The parties to this agreement are expected to observe Mercy Ships principles which require them to make every effort to live at peace and to resolve disputes with each other. Therefore, the parties agree that any claim or dispute arising from, or related to service with Mercy Ships or this agreement, shall be settled by mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the then-current Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Copies of these rules are available upon request. Judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. The parties understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement and expressively waive their right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision.

This agreement between Mercy Ships and the applicant has been entered into after careful consideration on the part of both parties. There are no promises made by either party to the other regarding anything not mentioned in this agreement unless explicitly made in writing and signed by duly authorized persons.