Hi . I'm interested in volunteering as reg nurseward work for mercy ships Madagascar but haven't sorted my datesfor next year yet or seen any times when volunteers r required.I joined ywam medical ship in papua New Guinea june 2015 thisyear for 3 weeks mainly giving immunizations and assisting drs& assisting with exercise classes for locals. I loved workingwith the locals , dancing with the children , going to remotevillages and working hard. Hope to s u in Madagascarsome time. ..... or even back in East Africa. Africa took my heartin more ways than 1 when I was married in Zululand many yrs ago. Ilove the medicine of tne tropics which lead me to gain a master'sin publuc health and tropical medicine.
Thanks so much David. I'll c how I go. I've beenadvised 2 mths is minimum but have heard from 2 sources nowthat shorter periods r accepted. I have some family commitments ..elderly treasures I have to keep an eye on. Good on u.Volunteering is a great way to go. I loved my ywam png experiencelast June. Thnx for yr enthusiasm. Happy healing with the shoulder.Thnx for taking time to reply. I'm in Turkey having justhiked 150-160 km of Lycian Way over 10 days .. great hike. Willlook at web site when I rtn home in a few fays. Just awaiting fltfrom Dalaman to Istanbul. Cheers Kerrie
Yes ywam take non medical volunteers. Engineerscoxwains men to drive zodiacs & help the 1st & 2ndmate.. also to work on databases with optometry team. ItsChristian based but respect everyones beliefs or non beliefs.I just went with the flow. I worked as an immunisation nurse. Theyr online and based out of Townsville. U fly to png yourself& meet the ship. Its a cat & takes 100 volunteers so muchsmaller than mercy ships. I'm told mercy shipa developed out ofywam. Trips are short .. 8,10 days or the longer one I did for 3weeks. I don't think the dates foe 2016 have been publishedyet. They have this new ship so r extending their range. They gowhere png govt assesses the need so we sailed to a lot of placeswhere they hadn't been previoysly. ALOTAU to Lae visiting 22 remotevillages in between. 4 DRS Aabout 12 nurses one optometrist& 1 dentist & maritime staff & community engagementteam & kitchen & cleaning staff. 2/CABIN with en suite. Oneoperating theater just newly fitted for small cataract surgeriesmainly. Youth with a mission.. ywam. U can apply on line for nextyear. Great bunch of young people.
Hope this helpsKerrie