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Engineer on Board Traveling Medical Ship

Papua New Guinea is the land of the unexpected, the least explored country on Earth! It has 1,361 islands - 291 of which are inhabited - 800 known languages, and 7 million people. 84% of the population live in rural areas and villages located in mountains, jungles, rivers, and along the coast. These beautiful landscapes can make it extremely difficult to receive adequate healthcare as islands without airports and shorelines with no roads or bridge access make it nearly impossible to get in. In Papua New Guinea, 5 women die in childbirth every day, one of the highest rates in the world. Other public health stats demonstrate the concerning effects of the lack of access to quality healthcare such as 1 in 13 children die before the age of 5, someone dies of tuberculosis every two hours, and there is only 1 dentist for every 100,000 people.

One ministry has pioneered an innovative solution to meet this need in the name of Christ. This ministry uses medically equipped ships to reach isolated islands and remote shoreline villages through healthcare and the gospel of Jesus. Along with medical services, their medical ships also bring hope, mercy, and God's love. They desire for these isolated communities to know they are not forgotten; they are seen and heard by a loving God.

After a few months of initial training, Goers will live on board the medical ship 6-8 months at a time and spend 2-3 months resting, recovering, training, and serving administratively at the Hawaii home base in between outreach trips. During the travel season, the ship makes transformation visits to different isolated communities every 1-2 weeks. On board the ship, Goers have responsibilities from Monday through Friday. In addition to fulfilling the role and job duties, the Goers will also carry God's presence on board and in every interaction with our national volunteers. There are ample opportunities to minister and disciple others, through prayer meetings, community meetings, devotionals, and supporting the leadership team on board.

The Engineer works closely with the Ship Manager, marine crew, and fleet support office at the home base to procure equipment and parts needed for maintaining the ship and support the team in technical matters. This role is also a leadership position on board. The Goer will have the opportunity to disciple and walk alongside PNG nationals and ship crew.


Mechanical, electrical or any engineering degree.

Communication, attention to detail, team player, adaptability, leadership, and cross cultural skills.

Placement Details

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Papua New Guinea
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