Volunteering on a floating health care clinic was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. If you think you might like to explore and expand your horizons while doing something really good for folks who aren’t as fortunate as we are, now’s the time! I received the following letter today from Richard Hackett, Founder and President of Sea Mercy, and thought I’d share it with all of you.
We have some great news for our Sea Mercy volunteers! Our goal has always been to find ways to lower our per volunteer rotation cost so that more people can enjoy the experience of serving on a Floating Health Care Clinic in the South Pacific. Thanks to our Sea Mercy Captains, our Island Nation Partners, and our Sponsors, we are able to lower the 2014 2-week rotation cost from $2,820 to $1,995. It gets even better. With the Team Building program, you can lower it even further to only $1,435 per person.
Nothing has changed on the services that are provided on the 2014 Program Rotations, it is still “all-inclusive” and there are 31 different 2-week rotations in Tonga and Fiji that you can choose (from April to October). This is a “working vacation” where you will sail on a 45-65 foot catamaran to 5-7 of the remote islands of Fiji or Tonga, delivering free health care (medical, dental and eye care) to those who do not have access to such services. You will travel with two local Tongan/Fijian health care workers who will act as your liaison and translator and teach you about the history and culture of their island nation (don’t drink the Kava). You are invited to bring a spouse or family member along, but at least three of the “four minimum” rotation team members must be health care professionals.
If you find the above rates are still out of your budget, we have Volunteer Fundraising Pages available (click on the link for an example) that can help you either cover or offset your rotation costs.
How to Get Started
If you have not already done so, we suggest acting quickly to reserve your spot on any of the remaining upcoming rotations (go to the 2014 Assignment Request Form). You can register as an Individual volunteer, or register as a Team Leader* to reserve your rotation date(s) so that you can start building your own team of five or more and save!
* A Sea Mercy staff member will contact you and provide you with the marketing tools to help you build your team
We hope the above allows even more of you (and your co-workers) to join us this year in the South Pacific! Please call or email us with any questions.
President & Founder
Sea Mercy www.seamercy.org
To follow Chris‘s adventures on the Sea Mercy ship, Dragon Fly, visit http://saildragonfly.wordpress.com!