I was looking into working on the mercy ships I see posted on job boards from time to time.
I see it as a good way to give back to the community while at the same time improving myself by learning my trade and getting sea time. Also I would get to meet people from different walks of life and gain perspective that I otherwise couldn’t.
The only problem I have with the idea is that it seems they require the marine crew to pay travel, room and board. On top of that I have heard rumors that I would only get 25% time on my unlimited engineering license making the sea time less valuable. The 25% sea time may only be for the deck department due to the large amounts of port time but I am still trying to determine this.
Basically it looks like I will be required to pay into the community service for plane tickets to Africa and 600 a month for room and board which will add up to be several thousand dollars over a three to four month tour. May not get much in terms of sea time. I’m not sure how they attract many marine crew members under the age of retirement for a commitment like this.
Has anyone recently sailed with them?