Hi! My name is Tracey Bartula and I am the new General Staffing Manager at the International Support Center (ISC). I'm an alumni and was with Mercy Ships in HR from 2008-2015 previously, took some time to be with family, and have now returned! I am SO excited to be back and help with any questions you may have as your applications are being processed for General (non-medical and non-technical) roles. Thank you all for your service and I look forward to working with you!
Any other Winter service members hanging out on the board? I will be on board for three weeks over new years, I am an OR Nurse coming from Houston, TX. This will be my second service on board the Africa Mercy, I was in Guinea this past February/March for two weeks. I am so excited to return, I wasn't ready to leave in March. I wish I could stay longer than 3 weeks, but my employer said that's as long as they'll hold my position. I work in a pediatric hospital on the orthopedic surgical team, so I'm excited to see that I'll be in Senegal during the time when ortho surgeries are scheduled to happen.
I'm looking forward to meeting many new friends, and hopefully seeing some old ones!
On Boarding participants -
We're looking forward to you joining us at the International Support Center! Below and attached to this post are some helpful resources for you.
The entry training is quite condensed and there is little "free" time. Class attendance is crucial in successfully completing the program; therefore we ask that you consider the list below to ensure your time in On Boarding is focused and productive!
BEFORE YOU COME…
Check your calendar/diary. Make sure you don’t have any major family events or prior commitments scheduled during your On Boarding dates.
Get your immunizations sorted. Your Placement Facilitator will provide you with a list of required immunizations after you’re accepted and it needs to be completed & returned before you arrive for On Boarding. There will not be time during the training to acquire any missing immunizations.
Think ahead. You’re joining a ship, likely far from home, for an extended period of time. This is a good time to meet with your physician, dentist, etc. one last time before you leave!
Resolve. Whether it be selling your car, renting your flat, finding a storage facility for your things – a lot needs to get done before you come to On Boarding and start your commitment onboard!
Prepare. Build your support system and prayer team. You’ll need them before you leave!
Our goal is to make you as prepared as possible for your experience onboard. On Boarding is not just a time to prepare for this journey, but an amazing time to connect with other Mercy Ships volunteers, build friendships, and grow your relationship with the Lord.
The Mercy Ships team is praying for each of you as you plan and prepare. Let us know how we can help you!
Blessings from the Staff Development Team
Want to learn more about where you'll be serving? Make sure you read through our brief country-specific guidebooks! Included you'll find information about the country, including local laws to be aware of, security & health information, tips for your time there, and detailed travel information. Click on the guidebook below to read more!
I was on the phone with a potential volunteer earlier this morning, and she had a question about completing online school while serving long-term. Has anyone continued with their education while serving on ship? What was your experience? Looking to give her useful information quickly.
I appreciate any feedback on this subject.
For those of you heading out to serve in Senegal, @Carys Parker has created some really helpful Vlogs all about the culture and some insider tips.
I hope you find them a helpful insight before arriving out there.
Hello Mercy Friends
I am looking for a travel buddy!
I have been accepted for a position as a ward nurse from the 1st of September 2019 - 18th of January 2020.
Anyone traveling from New Zealand from the 1st if September who would like a travel pal?
I promise great snacks and even better banter!