Recent Ship Developments
Over twelve years of field engagement, we have collaborated with key stakeholders in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to deliver nearly 2 million critical health and training services to some of the most remote communities in the world.
Over the years, our 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 our current ship 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.
Over many years, YWAM MS has been considering the right timing to sell our current vessel in order to expand and move toward multiple, smaller vessels to allow for increased focus and depth of community development. We are now actively working to sell the MV YWAM PNG in order to multiply to two new smaller vessels.
Our commitment to PNG remains strong. We are continuing to support to Western Provincial Health Authority (WPHA) via collaborative land-based patrols throughout the province. Our team in Port Moresby is also working with stakeholders in NCD to expand the Dental Trailer School Program in Port Moresby, while also developing a new platform of medical outreach utilising two small boats to deploy from the Jetty.
With the variety of outreach opportunities in 2023, the following volunteers will be needed:
- Dental therapists
- Dental assistants
- Small boat drivers
- Community development workers
- General volunteers
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.
“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