2021 FHCC Program (South Pacific) - Covid Delayed!

A Day with Sea Mercy!

From May through October (non-cyclone season), Sea Mercy's fleet of Floating Health Care Clinics carry our volunteer medical, dental and eye care professionals to hundreds of 'at risk' remote islands in the South Pacific. Volunteers join us for a 2-week rotation and visit from 5-9 remote islands in Fiji and the Solomon Islands (a PDF Flyer can be downloaded at the bottom of this page). Our goal in 2021 is to deliver over 300 volunteer medical and dental professionals to over 300 ‘at risk’ remote communities, providing free health care (medical, dental and eye) to over 35,000 new patients.

Making a Difference Since 2013

Operational Season: 5 months. From May to October
Current Island Nations: Fiji and Solomon Islands
Remote Islands: 300+ inhabited remote islands (100+ in Fiji and 200+ in the Solomons)
Vessels: Six different sailing catamarans (44-60+ feet)
Volunteers: 350+ (doctors, dentists, nurses, PA's, residents, pharmacists, dental hygienists, etc.)
Eye Care Program (thank you Scenic Hotels, Karmoie and Lions Club)

  • Reading Glasses: 12,500 (tested and distributed)
  • Eyejuster (Near-sighted) Glasses: 1000+ (tested and distributed)
  • 100+ diagnosed for future surgery teams

Dental Care Program:

  • Dental Patients: 1,800 treated (2,700+ extractions)

Diabetes Care Program:

  • 6,500+ screened, tested and treated
  • 320+ HbA1c testings

Medical Care Program:

  • Over 30,000 patients were screened, evaluated and treated by our health care team

RISE Program

  • Health Impact Research Study - before and after evaluation and testing to follow the impact of the program
  • Medical Care for the RISE volunteers

Sight & Light Program

  • Bring reading and near-sighted glasses around the world
  • Providing renewable solar lighting for remote island communities

Available Volunteer Assignments

In 2021 we have 8 incredible 2-week rotation opportunities available for our Sea Mercy volunteers. Our rotations will consist of the following combination of health care service volunteers:

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

2021 Schedule - June thru October (Covid Delayed)

For safety reasons, our goal is to have 2 FHCC vessels working together on each rotation. Each two-vessel rotation will have a minimum of 4 volunteers, of which three 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. Below are the 2020 rotation dates (Rotations marked CLOSED are filled):

1 | Rotation 1 (May 17-30th) (CLOSED)
2 | Rotation 2 (June 14-27th) (CLOSED)
3 | Rotation 3 (July 5-18th) (Solomon's Closed, Fiji still Open)
4 | Rotation 4 (July 26-August 8th)
5 | Rotation 5 (August 16-29th)
6 | Rotation 6 (September 6-19th) (Fiji Closed, Solomon's still Open)
7 | Rotation 7 (September 27-October 10th)
8 | Rotation 8 (October 18-31st)

    * 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.

2 Week Rotation Schedule:

Day of Week Goals/Activities
Day 1 (Sunday) All volunteers will board the FHCC vessel(s).
Day 2-6 (Monday - Friday) Visit remote islands for patient evaluation, care, training and interaction. There will also be time to relax and enjoy the islands you are visiting.
Days 7-8 (Saturday - Sunday) Days of rest and relaxation for volunteers. This may include time on shore interacting with the locals if you would like.
Days 9-13 (Monday - Friday) Continued patient evaluation and care while enjoying the tropical paradise of additional remote islands. Depending on the weather and distance, the FHCC vessels may depart the last island on either Thursday or Friday.
Day 14 (Saturday) Morning disembarkation of all volunteers. End of Rotation.

Map of Solomon Islands

Map of Fiji

Volunteer Staff Selection Priority

Our goal is to operate each FHCC in a break-even structure. This requires our volunteers to cover their own costs and why the below health care volunteer selection priority process is used. Should a FHCC rotation not be filled, Sea Mercy's first response will be to reschedule available teams volunteers to other rotations. The FHCC vessels will not sail unless there are sufficient volunteers aboard to operate a successful 2-week rotation.

Selection Priority Arrangement
Automatic An organized team of 4 volunteers for a rotation (minimum of 3 health care professionals per team)
First Choice Two health care professionals (friends or spouses) willing to share a queen cabin
Second Choice One health care professional and spouse/friend willing to share a queen cabin
Third Choice Single health care professional

We understand the challenges of sharing a bed with a friend, but in order to provide a full team and keep the volunteer costs at the lowest possible, this currently is our only available option.

Cost Per Volunteer for 2 week rotation

During your 2 weeks with us, you will be living and traveling on one of our sailing catamarans. Although this will be the most incredible all inclusive "working holiday" you will ever experience, please understand that this is NOT a chartered cruise. A chartered cruise of this nature would cost from $3,500 to $7,500+ US per person for a 2 week period. Instead, our goal is to operate each FHCC vessel at cost, allowing us to operate as many additional FHCC's as possible in the South Pacific. Here are the per volunteer cost of operating FHCC vessel for a two week period.

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

To participate in any of the above FHCC rotations, please use the form or email us with any questions.

Fundraising Assistance?

We understand that the above opportunity is incredible but the cost can be a little intimidating. We are here to help see your dreams, and the dreams of the remote islanders, come true. If you would like assistance in raising the necessary funds for your rotation, or to help offset the costs, please email us for ideas and tools on how Sea Mercy can help.

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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