Mercy Ships Starter

This course is specially designed for Mercy Ship Volunteers. The Starter and intensive Courses are two consecutive course modules to build up

medical English.

Course aim

You’ll develop your communication skills to speak with patients, translators, nurses and doctors on board: general medical English for everyday care situations as well as specific medical English for your medical field.

Course contents

Nursing professions, hospital departments, symptoms, pain, medication, hygiene, anatomy etc.

Ask questions, reassure and comfort patients, give instructions, make comparisons, explain care processes etc.

Special fields: We focus on the specific language which will be used by the participants.

General surgery, Maxillofacial surgery, Plastic Reconstructive surgery, Women’s health, Ophthalmic care, Dental/ Oral health, Orthopedics, Radiology, Pharmacy, Anaesthesia, Admission, Outpatient, Recovery, Rehab etc.

Basic colloquial English will be repeated and deepened.

Course types

1 Lesson = 50min.

A.) 10x2L= 20L   B.) 5x4L = 20L   C.) 7x3L = 21L

The course type will be discussed with the course participants.

Course duration: 16h 40min./17h30min.


You have the possibility to take the Certificate Test at the end of the course. If you pass it successfully, you will receive a certificate, which you can enclose with future applications or include in salary discussions. At the end of the course, each participant will receive a course confirmation in Medical English, which can also be presented at your place of work.

The costs for the Certificate Test and the Certificate are included in the course.


This course is suitable for you if you are recruited by Mercy Ships and therefore have the necessary English language skills for the assignment (B1).

Self-study such as learning the vocabulary is important in order to achieve the course objectives and to be able to enjoy communicating in medical English.

Number of participants 2 or more.

Free Language Test

The Free Language test gives me an accurate assessment of the English language level at which I can pick you up. It helps me to tailor the lessons to your needs. The test will be sent to you by e-mail after registration.

Course location

Thun: Burgsaal, (directly next to Thun hospital, 10 min. from the train station)

I also teach the course in Lausanne on request. Number of participants 4 or more. Dates on request.

Course costs

Fr. 580.-

Mercy Ships contributes Fr. 100.-  to the course costs.

As I share the vision of Mercy Ships with all my heart, there’s a reduction of Fr. 100.-.

Final price: 380.-

Fees for the book, the Certificate Test and the Certificate are included.

Dates 2021

Course start: 12. January 2021. The Course will generally take place on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Other course days can be requested.

More courses will follow, probably in March, June and October 2021.

There are morning classes or afternoon classes available (9.00 a.m. or 1.30 p.m.). Evening classes can be requested.

The day of the course, the schedule and the type of the course will be arranged with the participants.

Information about Covit:

The classroom is 118m2 in size. This allows us to provide face-to-face lessons for classes of up to 10 people, in compliance with the safety measures.

Depending on the situation, the course could also be conducted twice with 4-6 participants each.

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