The Ministry to Seafarers (M2S)

Volunteers

Volunteers and interns are an essential part of mutual learning and growth. Find out what's involved, and what to expect when you join our team.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our formal volunteer program is on hold. We are still receiving applications and accepting local volunteers only on a limited basis. Some who are familiar with our organization may remember that we kept an apartment for out-of-volunteers. We no longer have accommodation and will be relaunching our program in a different format once it's safe to do so. Stay tuned!

What's Involved in Volunteering?

The easiest way to summarize the role of a volunteer at M2S is that it's a ministry of presence. Read below for more details.

M2S flourishes when there are volunteers on site to befriend seafarers, help with tasks at the Centre and assist with driving to/from ships. Volunteers typically commit to a schedule on a month-by-month basis.

We value volunteer ministry, and we view volunteers as integral ministry partners, not just ministry helpers. This role is so important that we follow an application process before accepting volunteers.

Apply now to be a volunteer >

Transporting a seafarer
Volunteers at work

What Can I Expect?

Newcomers are first fully trained by our staff; we never expect our volunteers to do anything our staff are uncomfortable doing.

Volunteers work as part of a multi-functional team at Mariners' House. They do a variety of things such as drive our vans to transport seafarers to and from their ships, staff the snack bar/souvenir counter or help with office work. We also love learning what gifts and talents others have and find ways of incorporating them into life at the Seafarers' Centre. For example, we've had interns teach seafarers how to make sushi or do wood-burning crafts. During the months of November and December, volunteers are especially needed to help receive, sort, and distribute the thousands of gifts we receive during our annual Christmas Parcel drive.

Volunteers are encouraged to spend time socializing with seafarers, whether it's playing games, getting acquainted, helping them choose a souvenir, or exchanging faith and life stories. Even a genuine smile helps to encourage a seafarer and make them feel cared for.

You don't need to go far to see the world. We invite you to join us in serving seafarers from around the world in the Port of Montreal. We'd love to have you aboard!

Apply now >

While in Montreal...

No matter what season it is, finding something to do on your days off is never hard in our fair city. Just ask any current or former volunteers! Below are a few helpful suggestions to get you started: 

Attractions

Biodome
Insectarium
Montreal Science Centre

Attractions

Cirque du Soleil
IMAX Theatre
Bateau Mouche
Jet Boating

Festivals

Montreal International Jazz Festival
Just for Laughs
International Fireworks Competition

Food

Markets: Atwater, Jean Talon
Montreal à Table
Italian Week

Museums

Montreal Holocaust Museum
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musée d'art comtemporain
Pointe-à-Callière

Professional Sports

Montreal Canadiens (hockey)
Laval Rocket (hockey)
Montreal Alouettes (football)
Montreal Impact (soccer)
Rogers Cup (tennis)

Your adventure awaits.