Caribbean Relief - Special FHCC Rotations

A Day with Sea Mercy!

Below is a short video about the Floating Health Care Clinic program with Sea Mercy (told from the volunteer's perspective).

You are needed in the Caribbean

As a result of the destruction and devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria across the Caribbean, there is and will continue to be an incredible need across the region to provide ongoing health care services to the remote communities until the health care infrastructures can be rebuilt. As a result, in addition to disaster recovery work, Sea Mercy will be providing ongoing Floating Health Care Clinic (FHCC) vessel operations from November 2017 until there is no longer a need. We will initially be basing our Caribbean operations out of Antigua to serve the affected islands to the West and South. Our teams will be providing medical, dental and eye care as needed.

Here is a recent short film on Sea Mercy's Disaster Response & Recovery efforts iin Fiji following Cyclone Winston:.

Available Volunteer Assignments

We will be operating 2-week rotations as needed and as available volunteers and vessels allow. We are seeking the following volunteers for our rotations:

    1. Medical Care Services (doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists)
    2. Dental Care Services (dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, technicians)

2018 Schedule - December thru March

For increased security, each rotation will have 2-3 FHCC vessels working together. Each FHCC rotation will have a minimum of 6 volunteers operating (some up to 8+), of which four must be health care related (i.e. doctor, nurse, dentist, and health ministry staff member). This allows our volunteers to bring a spouse/family member* to join them on their rotation as a support crew.

    * For spouses or family members joining the rotation, please understand that this is not a "chartered vacation" and you will be expected to participate in the support and crew activities of the FHCC. If you (and your spouse/family member) are interested in serving on any of the below rotations, be sure to include them when completing the online assignment request form.

1 | Caribbean Rotation 1 (December 3-16th)
2 | Caribbean Rotation 2 (December 24-January 6th)
3 | Caribbean Rotation 3 (January 14-27th)
4 | Caribbean Rotation 4 (February 4-17th)
5 | Caribbean Rotation 5 (February 25-March 10th)
6 | Caribbean Rotation 6 (March 18-31st)
7 | Additional Rotations as needed from April onward

2 Week Rotation Schedule:

Day of Week Goals/Activities
Day 0 (Sunday) Volunteers should plan their schedules to be on the island and close to where they will embark the boat. Depending on the rotation schedule and weather forecast the captain may request for you to come on board that day.
Day 1 (Monday) All volunteers will board the FHCC vessel. The specific times and locations will be communicated to you by the FHCC captain. Depending on the schedule and weather the FHCC vessel will then sail to the first remote island. This may or may not involve an overnight sail.
Day 2-6 (Tuesday - Saturday) The FHCC vessel will visit remote communities for patient evaluation, care, training and interaction.
Day 7 (Sunday) The FHCC vessel is a day of rest and relaxation for volunteers. But that can include time on shore interacting with the locals if you would like.
Days 8-11 (Monday - Thursday) The FHCC vessel will visit additional remote island communities for patient evaluation and care. Depending on the weather and distance, the FHCC may depart the last island for the final destination on Thursday.
Day 11-12 (Thursday-Friday) After morning patient evaluation and care, the FHCC vessel will begin its return to Antigua (depending upon which island group you are working in), anchoring that evening in the main harbor.
Day 12 (Friday) Typically FHCC vessel will drop off the volunteers at the predetermined drop-off location. However, depending on the rotation schedule and weather the captain may request for you stay aboard that night.
Day 13 Volunteers will either stay on the island or depart for home.

Map of the Caribbean

We understand the challenges of sharing a bed with a friend, but in order to operate the vessels and keep the volunteer costs at the lowest possible, this currently is our only available option until sponsor funding can offset those costs.

Cost Per Volunteer for 2 week rotation

Maintaining and operating a sailing vessel in the Caribbean can be enormously expensive. To encourage and maintain our much-needed volunteer fleet of qualified and trained FHCC vessels, we ask our volunteers to cover their costs while on the vessel. Each FHCC rotation operates in a break-even structure for our two volunteer vessels, captains and crew. We understand that you are donating your valuable time and talents during this two week rotation and we thank you as do the people of the Caribbean. However, our captains are volunteering their time and talents for the next 6+ months and some years and will be sailing their very homes and livelihoods into harms way to help others. This will be the most incredible all inclusive "working holiday" you will ever experience. Based on a minimum of 6 volunteers, below are the per volunteer cost of operating two FHCC vessels for a two week period in the Caribbean.

FHCC Items Costs per Volunteer (2 weeks - US $)
Food $550
Fuel $195
Sea Mercy Operations $250
Crew/Maintenance Costs $1,000
Total $1,995

How to Register?

Registering for a particular rotation date will be on a first come, first service basis, so register early to lock down your time. Use the below link to register online:

Registration & Assignment Request Form

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