One of the volunteers here at the African Volunteer network has just returned from Malawi after volunteering there for the first time and he loved every minutes of it despite all the challenges the country faces. Not least its grinding poverty with
Malawi being in 170th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and living standards. Most live no
longer than 52 years and nearly half of the population is
under the age of 14yrs as HIV/AIDS has ravaged the
country with some 12% infected with the virus with
nearly one third of all mothers in Malawi passing the
virus onto their children. In fact, one out of every ten
children in Malawi is an AIDS orphan.
Being further south than many other countries Malawi is more expensive to travel to although the rewards make it worthwhile as the people are very friendly and the scenery breathtaking. Ands that's just around
Lake Malawi! Volunteer work projects often focus on health and addressing HIV/AIDS prevention as well as broader education for children and working within orphanages. If you do visit
Malawi for an awesome volunteer experience remember to leave some time in your schedule for a bit of sightseeing in a country that the world’s largest online newspaper, the Huffington
Post, identified as its "Top Emerging Travel Hotspot for 2015".
Not just home to the
beautiful Lake Malawi with its scenic wonderland and water sports,
the country has nine national parks and wildlife reserves in a
landscape that is one of the most varied in Africa. If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in Malawi let us know by
contacting here. We look forward
to hearing from you!
If you are considering
undertaking a period of volunteer work in Malawi check
out our Malawi profile pages to explore the country
before you visit and learn how to make the most of your
volunteer work in Malawi.