YWAM Ships Kona exists to reach the most isolated and disadvantaged islands in the Pacific. Using ships to access these villages is not just the best option… it is the only one.


Come on board the m/v PACIFIC LINK to help bring hope to the isolated islands of Papua New Guinea, Panama, and the Marshall Islands. We rely on a global volunteer base to help provide even the most basic education and health care to places of desperate need. We accept medical volunteers of all skill levels and backgrounds. Typical outreaches span two weeks to three months.

Volunteer Opportunities:


One of our volunteers performs a health check-up in Papua New Guinea.

  • Doctors & Nurses
  • Dentists & Dental Assistants
  • Technicians
  • Midwives
  • Opticians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Community Health Educators
  • Translators
  • Medical Database Managers
  • Medical Registrar

Click here for a list of basic medical and clinical position roles and responsibilities.

For these forgotten families, your service truly makes a world of difference—and the impact is eternal. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can serve these islands, please contact our registrar at medical@ywamships.net.


Primary Health Care Clinics (PHC)

Mobile teams leave the vessel each morning on inflatable zodiacs and conduct clinic activity ashore returning to the vessel for dinner and overnight accommodations. Depending on the location the clinics may be running medical, optical, dental, community health education (CHE) and midwife clinics.


Dental work is done on the PACIFIC LINK and ashore, depending if we are conducting eye surgeries at the time on board. There are mobile dental units we take ashore. There is only 1 dentist for 100,000 people in PNG so many have never seen one before. The most common procedure is pulling teeth relieving people of pain and infection.


Patients with cataracts are brought to the vessel for surgery via our inflatable zodiacs and returned the same day. Your food and accommodation are all on board the PACIFIC LINK. Typical deployments are two weeks then returning to port for the flight home.


Optical clinics are held ashore as well. Thousands of pairs of collated glasses collected throughout the year are dispensed at the optical clinic. These enable children to read the black board at school and continue their education. Simple glasses that were previously sitting in drawers or discarded become an amazing gift for many.


With only 350 midwives per one million mothers in Papua New Guinea, five women a day are dying during child birth. Bush births out in the open are common. The birthing kits gifted to the women, along with birthing solar suitcases gifted to midwives (equipped with lights and battery operated equipment) result in a welcome improvement.  Imagine trying to help a birth and you are in the black of night? These brave women are amazing, lets find ways to help them.

Community Health Education

Education of just a few mothers and grandmothers in the area of basic health means they become trainers themselves when they return home. This is one of our most multipliable ministries – training trainers! The impact is not just one family but often entire villages meaning massive change for their future.



Click here to view details of basic medical and clinical positions

If you are able to assist in helping us procure items for outreach, please let us know by emailing procurement@ywamships.net


Click below to see a list of the supplies we need.





Volunteer your medical skills onboard a YWAM Ship

Papua New Guinea, Panama, Marshall Islands.


Contact us about being a volunteer.                                                                                       View the m/v PACIFIC LINK’s itinerary.VolunteerShip Schedule



Medical & Dental Supplies, Glasses etc.Gift In Kind

This page gives you an overview of the various elements that go in to making up our ship outreaches. We will briefly explain each of the components typically used. For a more in depth explanation you may call us at +1 808 757 9150 (Hawaii Time Zone).