Assist teachers and local volunteers in improving the foundation phase education of the youngest learners in Malawi

Lake Malawi Child-care Project

Who should apply

Those with a passion for sharing their love and time with disadvantaged, orphaned and vulnerable children, to assist in improving their foundation phase education and quality of care in rural day care centres.


Mangochi District on Lake Malawi


2 -12 weeks


Work with local volunteers to lend vital extra hands in the running of day care centres in rural Malawi:
- teach basic english language skills and counting
- create and facilitate fun, stimulating educational games and activities for the children
- help to feed malnourished children through our feeding scheme during meal times
Spend afternoons getting involved in a range of community development initiatives depending on your interests from extra-curricular activities such as library or environmental clubs, to sports coaching or adult education

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Volunteers stay in shared accommodation in a serviced and catered house around 14kms south of Monkey Bay. The house is situated on the southern shores of beautiful Lake Malawi. The area that you will live and volunteer in is safe but the house is also fenced and gated for additional privacy and security.


- Large shared bedrooms with bunkbeds & mosquito nets
- Either shared or ensuite toilet & shower room facilities
- Cold running water (as Malawi is hot, a cold shower is usually appreciated!)
- Electricity (although power cuts are not uncommon)
- Communal kitchen & living area
- All bedding and linen included


Three meals per day are provided. Breakfast usually consists of toast, or pancakes and tea/coffee. Lunch will be prepared at the volunteer house where volunteers can help themselves and usually consists of pasta, soups, sandwiches, or similar, or a packed lunch if you are not returning to the house in the middle of the day. A hot dinner will be prepared for you in the evenings.

The cooks do a very good job of catering for you and can accommodate most dietary requirements. However, please be aware that ingredients and supplies can be limited, seasonal or particularly expensive in Malawi, so there is not always a wide variety of food available.

Rates & Dates

Project Fee: 2016 Rates

Duration£ (GBP)
2 weeks £ 600
4 weeks £ 925
8 weeks £ 1 525
12 weeks £ 2 099
*Rates quoted in GBP & valid until 31st December 2016


- Airport transfer on arrival and departure on set dates (you need to arrange your flights to and from Lilongwe Airport)
- Arrival orientation
- Shared accommodation in volunteer house
- Three meals per day whilst on project (as described under "Accommodation" tab
- 24 hour support from our experienced on-site project co-ordinator
- Emergency contact in UK

Not included:

- Airfares and flights
- Travel Insurance & Visas
- Extra activities not included in itinerary
- Personal items
- Beverages
- Email, internet, telephone calls

Project Start Dates:

The Lake Malawi Teaching and Sports Project has arrival and departure dates every second week on a Mondays. Project runs throughout the year and is not affected by school holidays.

Project Duration: 2 - 12 weeks

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Terms and Conditions of application:

- Volunteers must be aged 18+ to take part in the project.
- Volunteers must have a competent level of spoken English
- Volunteers must provide a certificate to prove that a Police Check has been undertaken in their country of residence
- Volunteers must supply payment in full before placement can be confirmed