My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Mercy Ships Operations, Lindale, TX, USA
I went to Mercy Ships in Togo, Africa, in 2012 to work as a recovery room nurse. It was scary to go by myself for a month, but from the moment I arrived on the ship, I was treated so hospitably and caringly. I was amazed at how they run such a "tight ship" (no pun intended)....so organized and professional. It was a joy to serve the African people who would otherwise not receive medical care for some very serious conditions (in some cases, life-threatening) and to work with nurses and doctors from all over the world in such a wholesome, happy, helpful, fun, rewarding environment. The ship has everything you can possibly need: a library, a pool, a Starbucks, internet corner, movies, guest speakers, worship services, off-ship service opportunities, a store, etc. I made new friends, both co-workers and local African people who are hired to work on the ship. Food was pretty good (a little starchy for my taste) and abundant. I always felt safe and well-cared-for. It has been the highlight of my RN career!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
replicate what they are doing with 100 more ships to send all over the world (if I was rich enough to do that!). Otherwise, I can't think of any complaints. They really have mastered what they do and have thought of everything!
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