Otherwise known as ‘the heart of Africa’, Malawi is a great volunteering destination with beautiful scenery, rich culture and some of the world’s friendliest people.
This vivid country’s geographical diversity is captivating. In addition to Africa’s third-largest lake, an ‘inland sea’, Malawi offers incredible snorkelling locations, white sandy beaches and tranquil bays.
There is much more to Malawi, however, than its inspiring scenery. Its people are known as the friendliest in the world and are warmly welcoming. It is, however, also one of the poorest countries in Africa. Our placements are carefully selected with local partners to ensure that our Volunteers make a real and lasting positive impact. Volunteers are rewarded with a warm welcome and meaningful relationships.
Living in Malawi
Project Trust’s placement locations in Malawi are varied, ranging from quiet rural settings to large provincial towns, from small crèche schools to primary schools.
Volunteers living in Malawi will be expected to eat like locals. As a nation of growers, Malawians rely on fresh produce. Meals are often rich in carbohydrates, with nsima, a maize porridge dish, being a staple.
While English is widely spoken, the predominant indigenous language is Chichewa, although there are numerous other dialects belonging to indigenous tribes.
Volunteering in Malawi is a profound experience which will remain with you long after you return home.
Volunteering in Malawi
Placements in Malawi do not typically fall under a single type. Volunteers fulfil lots of different roles, from nursery and primary teaching to social care with vulnerable young people. You could be working alongside local teachers, teaching through games, songs, dance, art work, or working at the blackboard, or helping out with daily routines and running fun activities.
You will also have great opportunities to get involved in lots of extracurricular activities such as weekend tuition or local clubs, to share your skills and learn new ones. You may be asked to help out with teaching individuals or contributing to lessons at other local educational centres.
What you can offer?
This programme needs motivated and enthusiastic Volunteers who are eager to work hard and embrace a simple life in Malawi. You should be dedicated and creative, with the ability to work with young people who are still developing in their early years.
You will be provided with a great deal of responsibility early in the year and required to meet the demanding nature of the work you will be doing with young people.
What will you gain?
Living and working in Malawi, experiencing life without some luxuries you are used to, gives Volunteers a unique insight into what life can be like in one of the world’s poorest countries. It offers an unrivalled opportunity for cultural interaction and chance to learn, develop and contribute.
In your time off you will have the opportunity to explore this varied country and its diverse landscapes and cultures. There is so much to see and do in Malawi, you definitely will not be short of places to explore.