YWAM Ships Kona places physicians, dentists, eye doctors, and other medical professionals in short-term service on our vessels on deployment. We coordinate all the details of the assignment, including:
Matching interests, abilities, and time frame with our vessels and locations
Providing orientation and resources before and during the assignment
Assisting with necessary visas, permits, and other field requirements
Coordinating field housing and transportation
Assisting volunteers in handling financial details related to overseas service
Where do you fit?
Mobile teams leave the vessel each morning on inflatable zodiacs and conduct clinic activity ashore returning to the vessel for dinner and overnight stay. Depending on the location, the clinics may be running medical, optical, dental, community health education (CHE), and midwife clinics.
We have a dental chair on board the ship and there are mobile dental units that we take ashore. The most common procedure is extracting teeth relieving people of pain and infection.
Patients with cataracts are brought to the vessel for surgery via our inflatable zodiacs.
Optical clinics are held ashore as well. Thousands of pairs of collated glasses that are collected throughout the year are dispensed at the optical clinic. These enable children to read the black board at school and continue their education. Simple glasses that were previously sitting in drawers or discarded become an amazing gift for many.
I learned a lot about medicine, myself, and God. I met so many believers in PNG that were kind servants working hard to improve their community and country. I felt extremely lucky and blessed. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and want to return.
- Marianna Duncan, Nurse, USA
We are so excited you are joining us for an outreach in Papua New Guinea! The following information will give you an understanding of outreaches onboard our vessel.
All outreaches to Papua New Guinea (PNG) hub through the capital city of Port Moresby. Our Registrar will let you know your specific outreach destination and airport before you book your flights. When you land, a YWAM representative will meet you and drive you to the ship. Once on board, you will receive a comprehensive orientation about the ship and the nation of PNG.
Your accommodations on board will be in cabins shared with other volunteers. Whenever possible, married couples and families will have private cabins. If you have the opportunity to join a small team in a remote inland location overnight, you may stay in a guest house or with a local family.
Before clinics begin, you will receive thorough training such as on board safety and national medical standards.
After each outreach cycle, you will finish with a time of reflection and celebration with the ship community to remember all the hard work, fun and adventures that have taken place.
While on board, you will also participate with regular housekeeping duties (e.g. dinner preparation or clean up). Clinic days are usually five days per week. Sundays are often a day off, with opportunities to be involved in a local church service. We work very closely with the local churches who are often the main healthcare providers. Several evenings a week you will have the opportunity to join social activities for everyone. There may also be opportunities in the evening to visit with the locals.
We enjoy working with teams of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds on board the ship. Our diverse lives and experience brings richness into our midst and the bonds of friendship made, often go deep and last a lifetime. Although we may be culturally different, we soon become family and have many fun times.
You will need to fly in and out of Port Moresby and then connect to your destination. Our registrar will inform you of the outreach destination and the airport you will need yo fly into before you book your flights. Upon arrival you will be picked up by a YWAM representative and driven to the ship. Once on board, volunteers receive a comprehensive orientation about the ship and PNG.
Volunteers will sleep on board the ship in a cabin shared with several others. We will try our best to accommodate married couples and families. There may be the opportunity to be a part of a small team that travels to a remote village overnight. In this case, you may stay in a guest house or with a local family.
All volunteers will be trained in their respective roles prior to clinics beginning. On board, safety training will be conducted and the national standards of health care in PNG reviewed.
After each outreach cycle you will finish with a time of reflection and celebration with the ship community, remembering all the hard work, fun and the adventures that have taken place.
While on board, you will also participate with regular housekeeping duties (e.g. dinner preparation or clean up). Clinic days are usually five days per week. Sundays are often a day off, with opportunities to be involved in a local church service. We work very closely with the local churches who are often the main healthcare providers. Several evenings a week you will have the opportunity to join social activities for all those living on board. There may also be opportunities in the evening to visit with the locals.
We enjoy working with teams of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds on board the ship. Our diverse lives and experience brings richness into our midst and the bonds made, often go deep and last a lifetime. Although we may be culturally different, we soon become family and have many fun times.
Living on board
Life on board a ship is a lot of fun. Living in close community will be a new experience for some and we invite everyone to work together to make it an enjoyable experience. Here’s more information about what life aboard a ship looks like:
On board a YWAM Ship, living conditions may be tighter than what you are used to. The vessel has steep stairs and the living quarters are compact, yet comfortable.
Our galley crew plan, prepare, and create balanced and nutritious meals with produce available to them in Papua New Guinea. Please note: the availability of fresh fruits, vegetables, and/or refrigeration storage can be limited.
The climate in PNG is tropical - often very hot and humid. The ship, on the other hand, is very cool at night thanks to air conditioning. Please pack appropriately for both environments.
YWAM is a Christian mission organization and Papua New Guinea is predominantly a Christian nation. While aboard the m/v YWAM LIBERTY there will be opportunities to be involved in group worship and prayer on board the ship and during outreaches. We invite you to pray with the patients you are serving and watch God at work.
The catch phrase of PNG is “the land of the unexpected.” With this in mind, the schedule and locations of outreaches can change unexpectedly. Staying flexible is key!
Due to the unique nature of these outreaches, we want to help you understand the accountability structure of our organization. The ship coordinator from YWAM Ships Kona will lead and facilitate the outreach. The medical coordinator will assist clinic leaders of each medical team to make sure the clinics run smoothly. The captain will oversee areas concerning navigation of the ship and safety on board.
The dental and ophthalmology clinics are usually located in our onboard clinic and the primary health care and optometry clinics are held in villages. The location may be a nearby school, church, outside, or in someone’s home. Conditions will vary depending on the outreach location. As much as possible your leaders will communicate with you beforehand.
My experience was amazing. We prayed for the sick and shared our faith. We felt safe and comfortable doing so. I would highly recommend getting involved.
Lisa Maurette, Nurse, Alberta, Canada
For current outreach pricing and available dates please contact us at: [email protected]
Food and accommodation
Transport costs (pick-up and drop-off at airport)
Outreach uniform (two collared YWAM shirts)
Administration and resource materials
General ship upkeep and maintenance
Travel between your home country and outreach country
Visa for outreach country
Personal spending money
Immunizations and malaria prophylaxis
Personal travel insurance
Professional indemnity insurance
Any extra team items that you would like to purchase
Have questions? Let's talk!
Our registrar team is available to help you along the way, and answer any questions you may have. Email us at [email protected] or check out the volunteers FAQs.
Have a professional & pastoral / previous YWAM leader complete the confidential online reference form.
Medical and marine professionals - please supply all requested documents in addition to your registration.
Register online at www.ywamships.net/ join-us/application-forms/
Complete these steps as soon as possible to ensure you can join your preferred outreach. Please note: you are welcome to register for more than one outreach or give a range of dates you are available. We will try to give you your first preference for outreach. However due to high interest, we cannot always guarantee additional outreaches.
PAYMENT OF FEES
Payment to YWAM Ships can be made in the following ways:
Online at ywamships.net, under “DONATE” click “PACIFIC LINK OUTREACH FEES” at the top of the webpage. Master Card and Visa accepted (an additional 3% fee applies) American checks or an international bank draft made payable in American dollars. These should be made out to:
YWAM Ships Kona Attention: Accounting 75-5687 Ali’i Drive Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Direct deposit or wire transfer. Details to arrange payments of this type are available on our website http://ywamships.net/ donate/.
Outreach fees and payment schedule are included in your Preparing to Come pack. A deposit is due within a week after your position has been confirmed for outreach. Full payment is upon arrival in PNG, in US Dollars.
If, for whatever reason, you decide not to go on outreach, please notify us as soon
as possible as there may be other individuals on the waiting list. Further details
regarding cancellation and fees are included in the Preparing to Come pack.