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Sea Mercy

General Information


Job title: Physician Assistants - The South Pacific is calling!
Job location: Kingdom of Tonga (S. Pacific), DE 19703 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 02/27/13
Job type: Temporary

Job Classification

Job Category:Emergency Medicine (PA)
Family Practice (PA)
Physician Assistant
Supervising Physician Assistant
Urgent Care

Job Description

Job description:
The South Pacific is calling! Will you answer?

An incredible and rewarding opportunity is waiting for you in the South Pacific. If you've desired to visit the beautiful islands of the South Pacific, but prefer purposeful adventure over luxury hotels, then take a moment to explore the volunteer opportunities available for health care professionals through Sea Mercy ( Sea Mercy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing a Floating Health Care Clinic (FHCC) for our island nation partners in the South Pacific.

Scheduling for current FHCC location: Kingdom of Tonga. 176 remote islands distributed across 500 miles of blue tropical ocean (over 50 of them are permanently inhabited).
Volunteer assignment duration: 2 weeks minimum (or longer if you are able).
Compensation: Your food, a berth on the Sea Mercy vessel, new friendships, the joy of helping those in need, and memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Travel pickup and departure coordinated by Sea Mercy. Travel expense assistance available.
Available Opportunities for: Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Dental Assistants, Ophthalmologists, Pharmacy Professionals and other Health Care specialties (spouses can be considered).
Available Times: Year round (currently accepting applications for 2013-2014 volunteer rotations).

Why Sea Mercy?

Sea Mercy provides the much needed health care services (medical, dental and eye care) to citizens living in the remote locations of our island nation partners in the South Pacific. With no roads, power lines, or traditional phone systems to connect the smaller, less populated remote islands to the same health care services offered on the larger islands, we bring the health clinic and health staff to them via the Sea Mercy Floating Health Care Clinic (FHCC). Most of the patients you will be serving do not have even the most basic of health care services.

Working on a Floating Health Care Clinic

Our FHCC is a modified sailing catamaran that will carry doctors, dentists, optometrist, nurses, dental assistants, and pharmacy technicians and the necessary supplies to these remote islands in order to deliver the care, medicines and services needed.

The FHCC focuses on fulfilling the following health care needs:

  • Preventive - Providing immunizations, examinations, and evaluations. Working with the local governments to improve their nation's health goals, training local interns, and aiding international health organizations.

  • Curative - Providing treatments, minor surgeries, and limited pharmaceutical care. Our team of volunteer doctors, dentists and ophthalmologists and health support staff, we will be able to deliver immediate care for those in need.

  • Promotional - Teaching health education and training of local citizens. Working with local government health interns, we can help teach and train local islanders on better health practices and there by reduce health care needs.

  • Rehabilitative - Helping islanders return to a productive life through corrective treatment of physical ailments, impairments, dental or eye care needs.

Working with local island heath care professionals

As a Sea Mercy volunteer, you will also work with and help train health care interns (doctors, dentists, nurses, etc.,) chosen from the host island nation. These interns will work with the onboard, US-based Sea Mercy doctors and staff. These interns also provide the vital link to the local remote island communities, acting as interpreters and cultural liaisons for the Sea Mercy staff and assisting the Sea Mercy teams in the education and training of the local populations in health care practices.

Interested in answering this incredible call for help?

To learn more about Sea Mercy, please visit us online at If you would like to be considered for upco

Job Requirements

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