With over twelve years of field engagement, YWAM MS has collaborated with key stakeholders in the nation to deliver nearly 2 million critical health and training services to some of the most remote communities in the world.
YWAM MS operations have expanded to include land-based collaborative patrols, a Port Moresby satellite campus (affectionately called “the Jetty”), and a dental semi trailer. Throughout this period of growth, there’s been an increasing awareness that the current outreach model needs to evolve to enable greater multiplication in PNG. Smaller ships are considered to be the best way forward to empower Papua New Guinea to further develop its capacity. With 291 inhabited islands and over 5,000 kilometres of coastline, the need is significant.
Currently, the MV YWAM PNG has stopped outreaches in PNG to complete necessary repairs which can only be conducted on drydock.
We are continuing to send land-based teams into Western Province to support Western Provincial Health Authority (WPHA) in empowering Papua New Guineans to create healthy lives, families, and communities for a healthy nation.
We are also working to create a new platform of outreach, utilising two small boats to deploy from the Jetty, working with key stakeholders to continue to develop communities and provide opportunities for upskilling and health service delivery.
As we develop these outreaches from the Jetty, the following volunteers will be needed:
- Dental assistants
- Small boat drivers
- Those who have a heart for community development
- General volunteers
We would also like to invite mariners to join us during the MV YWAM PNG’s drydock in Australia.
If you’re keen to journey with us in this season and register interest for upcoming outreaches in Papua New Guinea, please complete this form.
Want a clearer picture on what outreach could look like for you? Watch this video:
“It was an inspiring, heartwarming time and I am leaving feeling that together we have made a difference!”
– Jennie, Nurse, Australia
“It was the most amazing and rewarding experience of my nursery, midwifery career. I have made some life long friends.”
– Helen, Midwife, Australia
“I appreciate the level of professionalism we manage the vessel under. This vessel is managed at a high standard and a lot can be learned. We drive to have a high level of outcome, no one just “shows up.” There are multiple interests from others in what we are trying to achieve, so therefore we work very efficiently.”
– Matt, Deck Officer, Australia
“I just enjoyed the trip with YWAM. Meeting a lot of people from all over the countries share their experiences is a blessing to me. But most of all seeing patients smile after the treatment is worth it and a blessing as a volunteer dental profession.”
– Jared, Dental Therapist, Papua New Guinea
“It has been one of the best experiences of my life. I’m so thankful I have had this opportunity to serve the people of PNG.”
– Lucy, Optometrist, Wales
“I enjoy the hands-on-learning and opportunities as I help make a difference in remote places. I have learned so much being able to work alongside others from many different nations, as I gain skills and training to eventually become a Deck Officer.”
– Alfonso, Deck Cadet, Mexico
“I enjoyed being on board and working with my team. I’ve learned how to make new dishes and gained further experience cooking on a ship.”
– Kulu, Cook, Papua New Guinea
“It was so amazing to experience this kind of practical help on the front lines. The culture on the ship is so life-giving and refreshing. I also love the partnership ywam has created with PNG, it is so beautiful!”
– Naomi, General Volunteer, Canada