During 1912-1913, the famous South Pole explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was busy recruiting a crew for his Endurance Exploration to Antarctica. He published advertisements like the one above in UK newspapers. Apparently over 3,000 people responded, including at least six women.
MEN WANTED for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, and safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success – Ernest Shackleton
Operation Mercy is not an Antarctic expedition (although, one expatriate staff in Kazakhstan report to me she was experiencing -50C temperatures after I started to complain about bitter -15C temperatures that we were experiencing in Sweden). Like Shackleton, we are looking for people who are optimistic, professional, flexible, persevering, inwardly content, and prayerful. Currently we have around 100 expatriate staff representing every continent except Antarctica.
Our field staff of approximately 300 men and women come from over 30 different nations, speak more than sixty languages and represent different faiths. Some are volunteers, some salaried, some long-term, some short-term, some specialists, some generalists, some young and some older. Unity in diversity is one of our strengths.
We are constantly on the lookout for qualified accountants, project managers, health professionals, communications specialists, community development workers, educators, engineers, IT professionals, etc.
There are many ways to get involved.
- Part-time fund-raiser (organize a fund rasing event)
- Part-time office staff Örebro, Sweden
- Full-time office in Örebro, Sweden
- Full-time field staff (Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa)
- Short-term project (2 weeks to 2 years)
If any of these sound interesting to you or perhaps you have your own ideas about becoming involved, please let us know by filling in a 'Contact Us' form.
We'd love to hear from you.