The Ministry to Seafarers (M2S)


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.

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 two volunteers on site each day. Volunteers typically commit to spending a week or more in Montreal.

M2S provides long-term volunteers with a fully-furnished apartment, as well as a complimentary OPUS card which gives them free access to Montreal's subway and bus system.

We also welcome short-term volunteers. These are usually local people who give of their time and energy in much smaller blocks, some as little as one day per month. No transportation or housing accommodations are provided for short-term volunteers.

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 >

Vol apt bedroom
Vol apt kitchen
Transporting a seafarer
Volunteers at work

What Can I Expect?

Long-term volunteers work four days ON, one day OFF. Hours for all of our volunteers are approximately 5pm to 11pm. Newcomers, of course, are first fully trained by our staff; we never expect our volunteers to do anything our staff are uncomfortable doing.

Each evening, volunteers work as part of a multi-functional team at Mariners' House. A typical evening may involve driving our vans to transport seafarers to and from their ships, and manning the internet/phone center or the snack bar/souvenir counter. During the months of November and December, volunteers are especially needed to help receive, store, and distribute the thousands of gifts we receive during our annual Christmas Parcel drive.

Volunteers are encouraged to attend the evening prayer service with the seafarers (if possible), and spend time socializing with them, whether it's playing games, getting acquainted, helping them choose a gift, or exchanging faith and life stories with each other. Even a genuine smile helps to encourage someone and make them feel cared for.

If you would love to serve seafarers in the Port of Montreal, please contact us. 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: 


Montreal Science Centre


Cirque du Soleil
IMAX Theatre
Bateau Mouche
Jet Boating


Montreal International Jazz Festival
Just for Laughs
International Fireworks Competition


Markets: Atwater, Jean Talon
Montreal à Table
Italian Week


Montreal Holocaust Museum
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musée d'art comtemporain

Professional Sports

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

Your adventure awaits.