Chaplain / Counselor

Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships is a global humanitarian aid organization based on Christian values. Mercy Ships is dedicated to increasing access to healthcare in developing nations.



Through the deployment of the world’s two largest civilian hospital ships, the Africa Mercy and the Global Mercy¸ Mercy Ships offers holistic support to developing nations striving to make healthcare accessible for all.



Thousands of volunteers donate their time and skills each year to come and serve on board our ships in a large variety of positions, ranging from the specialty surgeon, to the maintenance technician to the cleaning teams. With a crew of people from over 60 different nations and various backgrounds, you will experience one of the most diverse and international community on board our ships!



As our Chaplain/Counselor, you will care for the emotional and spiritual well-being of the crew as part of the Chaplaincy team. You will be available in a private office, walk through the ship, or grab a cup of coffee in the café, checking on the Crew and connecting with them.


You will use your counseling skills and creativity to work with the multi-national, multi-cultural crew, from every ship department and with all ages. Provide a safe and confidential harbor for the crew to share their burdens.



What you will contribute:


- Meet with crew individually and in groups to process emotional and spiritual concerns


• Serve as a listener and encourager


• Lead, host, and/or facilitate small groups


• Teach in Community Gatherings and Sunday night services


• Listen and encourage; should be one who is known and trusted by others


• Assess interests, aptitudes, abilities and personality for personal growth


• Counsel and mentor those in spiritual need and comfort the bereaved


• Provide crisis intervention in emergency situations


• Offer critical incident stress debriefing for individuals and teams


• Connect with, visit, and keep up with any Crew who are seriously ill




For this role you will need:


- To be a mature individual who has recognized spiritual maturity


• A Master’s degree and licensure in counseling or social work required.


• Must have traveled internationally for at least two years and/or have extensive experience living in a multicultural Christian community


• Successful completion of Mercy Ships Onboarding program will be required


• Flexibility and creativity in methods of counseling the multi-national, multi-cultural Crew

Organisation Mercy Ships Suisse
Typ Job
Dauer bis 2 Jahre
Zeitraum Datum nach Absprache
Region(en) Afrika
Land/Länder Sierra Leone
Berufsfeld Missionsreise
Sprachkenntnisse English (min. B2-C1), French a +
Anforderungen A Master’s degree and licensure in counseling or social work required
Mindestalter 25
Kosten CHF 200 / monatlich
Finanzierung Self-funding. Eligible for Mercy Ships Financial Aid program
Kontakt Jessica Morey