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Electronics Technician Joining Jan 2020

Hi! I'm Nick and I'm really excited to be joining the Ship in January 2020 as the Electronics Technician. I'm in the later stages of my working life with two grown up kids and when I heard about Mercy Ships it sounded amazing. Now I've got a joining date I'm even more excited and I just want to be out there as soon as possible.

I'd be interested in any advice on what preparation I could be doing in the next three months to make my time on board run smoothly and productively (Refreshing my French is on the list already but I never found languages easy)

Looking forward to being part of this amazing community.


  • AndreaSchmidAndreaSchmid Programs Senior Staffing Manager Posts: 142 admin
    edited September 30

    Hi Nick! How exciting you will be joining the Africa Mercy in January as the Electronics Technician! I'm thrilled for you.

    The best way to prepare yourself for service is to read the Senegal Volunteer Guidebook. This resource contains a ton of helpful information to guide you as you prepare to serve. If you have questions to which you don't find the answers here, you can post them here, or contact your Volunteer Coordinator.

    Thank you for being one of our amazing volunteers!

  • Hi Nick,

    Nice to hear you are joining as ET. I have been ET in July and August last year. We (my wife Sijgje and myself) will return to the AFM on November 3th and stay until January. We had a great time last year and it is so exciting to be able to serve so visible for people who are in such need.

    How to prepare: Pray and go in faith.

    Technically it is hard to say what challenges you will encounter. The AFM is an almost 40 year old vessel with technology which is brand new as well as real good stuff which never has been replaced.

    If I would have known all the challenges beforehand I probably would not have gone. Now I go again. As my manager said: this ship sails by the grace of God. I am sure you will experience this as well. You will meet many amazing colleagues.


    Jan Egbert

    A few of your colleaguas

  • ShelleyModisetteShelleyModisette Operations Senior Staffing Manager Posts: 48 - Current Staff

    Hi Nick,

    We are excited for you, and thank you for volunteering as an Electronics Technician! As @JanEgbertDijkstra stated, the AFM is probably full of surprises and challenges, but we hope that you'll love it and the community onboard as much as we do!


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