[QUOTE=tugsailor;168478]Ok. What are the crew fees for American mariners?
What about US taxes? Generally speaking, donations of time do not qualify for US tax deductions. Nor can a mariner income average work years with years spent donating time.[/QUOTE]
Sorry about the delay in response.
Most of the folks who volunteer raise monetary support from friends, family and their church. Any money processed by Mercy Ships to support a volunteer is qualified for US tax deductions. You can read more about crew fees, tax info and other money questions here: http://volunteer.mercyships.org/volunteer/accepted-crew/crew-fees/
[QUOTE=mhnydn;168532]So, this 2/m decides to pay his own way including paying for food (seriously?) for a 2 year commitment on board. [/QUOTE]
Although the we prefer a 2 year commitment, this helps with keeping our vessel staffed as far out into the future as possible, for mariners we will accept commitments as short as 3 months. I know it seems a bit radical to ask volunteers to pay their own food and room but as we see it, any dollar not used towards staff and crew is a dollar to be put towards helping those in need.
I will admit, this type of work is not for everyone, and thats okay. Being a faith driven organization, we find that volunteers who share our beliefs are very willing to set aside their time and money to help where needed.
Sorry for the delay in responding to you.