Two Ships. Two Schools. One Mission & VIsion.
Welcome to the Mercy Ships Academy
The Mercy Ships Academy is committed to providing an exceptional biblically-based education for crewmembers’ children, inspiring them to truly follow Jesus.
From kindergarten to high school, the Academy students learn everything they would discover in schools on land — and more. The Academy is internationally accredited and meets educational standards of quality. Moreover, it is a place where children can experience the unique aspects of life onboard our ships with people from all over the world.
Explore to learn more about our academic program, student life opportunities, and events and traditions that make our Academy unique.
Teaching at an international school on a hospital ship is an experience like none other. In our Academy, you will work side by side with teachers from all over the world, exchanging educational ideas and creating a safe and encouraging learning environment for your students. As an internationally accredited K-12 school, the Academy offers opportunities for teachers of all backgrounds.
Learn more about our available positions, take a look at life on our ships, and review testimonials from past and present Academy teachers.
Mission & Vision
Mercy Ships Academy seeks to provide an exceptional biblically-based education for crew members’ children, inspiring them to truly follow Jesus.
Mercy Ships Academy brings glory to God by fully equipping each student with the foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill God’s purposes in their lives. We will do this by partnering with parents in developing Christian character in their children through teaching values based on a genuine biblical worldview within the structure of a quality academic education; meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each student.
From Our Director
“We have been described as ‘…. one of the most unique schools in the world!’. Our location is definitely unique, beyond that we are committed to providing a safe and encouraging learning environment. We strive for academic excellence and integrity, ensuring that each student that we are entrusted with will be given our best! This might not look like a traditional land-based school, but our commitment is to ‘… provide an exceptional biblically-based education for crew members’ children, inspiring them to truly follow Jesus.'”
The best way to find out if teaching on a Mercy Ship is right for you, is by hearing from other professionals who have experienced life at the Academy firsthand. Listen, learn, and get excited!
“Having only four students helps me to really focus.”
“Teaching in the Academy is a truly unique experience. I love having a classroom of four students from four different continents. Having only four students helps me to really focus on the gifts and needs of each of my kids, and having students from all over the world allows us to learn so much from each other and grow in incredible ways together.”
– Beth Kirchner (U.S.A.), kindergarten and Grade 1 teacher
“The best thing was watching students engage with different cultures.”
“The best thing about teaching onboard was watching the students engage with not only the culture of the ship but also the culture of the places we were. They showed a grit and compassion for others that I haven't seen replicated anywhere else. The tightness of the school community was also beneficial to my growth as a teacher.
It’s important to have school on a ship because it allows families to pursue ministry according to their call, in a safe and loving environment. The students also brought a deep joy in the ways that they explored and engaged with their world. Their adaptability was inspiring and their worldviews, as well as mine, were challenged.
My favorite memory, among so many, was preparing for the plays and events on the ship. Also, partnering with some of the local schools.”
– Rebekah Ekekwe (U.S.A.), Grade 3 teacher, 2011 to 2013
“One of the best things is the COMMUNITY!”
“Teaching on a ship was an experience I will never forget and will have an everlasting impact! I love the small class sizes for one.
One of the best things about teaching onboard that’s completely unique to Mercy Ships is the COMMUNITY! I think it would be very hard to become a part of a community as tight knit as you would on Mercy Ships. Building friendships with people all over the world is one of the best things. You do all of life together. The teachers do so much together you get to know each other super fast and become very close.
Another thing that is totally unique to Mercy Ships is the mission. It is AMAZING to see your students have such love and compassion for the people we serve. Hearing them pray for the patients (in general and specific), visits to the HOPE Center (Hospital Outpatient Extension Center) and any other interactions are so sweet. These kids get such a well-rounded education. They get to learn about different cultures firsthand from the host country, classmates, teachers, and other people in the community.
It’s important to have a school on a ship so that more and more people are able come and volunteer their talents. Having children on the ship also brings joy to so many! It’s so cool to see them build relationships with older couples, young couples, singles, and other kids.
One of my favourite memories on the ship was taking the kids to the HOPE Center to sing songs, play, and make crafts with the patients.”
– Alyssa Kln (Canada), Grade 1 teacher, 2017 to 2018
Our News & Announcements
Stay tuned on the latest updates from the Academy by reading our news and announcements below.
We’re thrilled to share the fantastic news that Andre Samaraweera, a former student in the Mercy Ships Academy, has been selected to win a National Merit Scholarship! Andre was a student in the Academy from August 2007 to June 2017, Starting in Preschool through the...
Being a part of Mercy Ships Academy is something that is so unique and special. Your students become like family. You see them every day and watch them grow and develop both in knowledge, and in their faith. I served as a French teacher for the 2018-2019 school...
Part 1 – The Sail to Durban, South Africa It would take a few weeks to sail from West Africa to Durban, South Africa, where the Africa Mercy was scheduled for a major refit. The students were excited! They knew we would have to be taken off the ship, for non-essential...