When Moorebank High School teacher Susan Moore told her students that she was going to be spending her summer break working with a charity in Africa, it came as a somewhat of shock.
“One student asked if I would get paid. I said ‘no’ and that I actually had to pay to live on board. He nearly jumped out of his seat!”
Lorraine Walker was born in Brisbane but it took her 30 years to find her favourite place in the world: Africa. After first visiting six years ago, Miss Walker returned to Africa in November to spend two months volunteering with a medical charity working in the West Africa nation of Benin.
“I came to Africa for the first time with my sister as I wanted something to focus on rather than the fact I was turning 30. Seven weeks, mostly on safaris, on this continent made me realise this is where I love and where I belong,” Miss Walker said.
Like many high school graduates, Chirnside Park teenager Jacqui Saward wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after leaving her school days behind at the end of last year.
But unlike most of her peers who take a gap year after completing grade 12, Miss Saward decided to use her free time to volunteer with a medical NGO in West Africa.
Madagascar is a long way from the Darling Downs town of Chinchilla in Queensland, but come Christmas there’s no place Robyn Porep would rather be.
The work of volunteers serving with the Mercy Ships charity on board Africa Mercy, the world's largest charity hospital ship, will be featured in an hour-long episode of the TV series Mighty Ships.
Mighty Ships will screen on the Seven Network's 7TWO on Saturday 3 December at 6:00pm. The program shows life on board and the work being done by a volunteer crew of more than 460 people in West Africa.
His Excellency Paul Lehmann, the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria and Ambassador to Benin, has visited the world’s largest independent hospital ship, Africa Mercy, during a ceremony held in Cotonou, Benin, on November 3.
Mosman resident Harriet Gall has traded her high-flying life for a stint on board the world’s largest independent hospital ship in West Africa.
An aviation safety instructor with Qantas, Miss Gall joined the international medical charity Mercy Ships in June for six months of voluntary service on board the Africa Mercy as a hostess.
When electrician Nathan Foote felt it was time to revisit the humanitarian sector, things just seemed to fall into place. Before he knew it, Mr Foote was leaving Alice Springs to meet the world’s largest independent hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, in Madagascar.
Kira Loughlin has returned home to Freshwater after volunteering as an operating theatre nurse on board the world’s largest independent hospital ship.
Ms Loughlin joined Mercy Ships, the international medical charity that operates the Africa Mercy, in early September for six weeks during the ship’s current field service in Benin, West Africa.
Emily Border has returned home to Neutral Bay after completing a three-week stint as a volunteer on board the world’s largest independent hospital ship docked in Benin, West Africa.
An operating theatre nurse at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney, Mrs Border first heard about Mercy Ships – the international charity that operates the Africa Mercy – through word of mouth before seeing documentaries about the organisation’s life-changing work in developing nations on television.