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Hi, i am David the founder and leader of a local NGO operating in Karonga, the northern part of Malawi. Our organization is run by a team of Malawians who have vast experience in Community Development and social work.
Our Organization's vision is to achieve a society that is at least 75% free of social and climate problems through a sustainable environment, social, and education by 2030.
Our Organization's main mission is to bridge the gap in inequalities and address the vulnerability in the underserved communities of Malawi.
We try to empower women and girls, and men and boys through capacity building, tackling gender discrimination and violence, and supporting more equitable economic and social opportunities for the marginalized people.
I am Malawian with tumbuka roots, born in a family of 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. My father is a retired primary school teacher and my mom is a house wife.
I'm a a social worker and my passion in life is to contribute to a better environment, changing places and changing lives. My Mission is to enable the people to participate and collaborate in the development of their community. So for this reason, i founded the local NGO.
Special interests are gender issues/female empowerment, inequality issues and to make sure everyone can enjoy the basic human rights, such as access to education and basic health care.
I love treavelling, I am used to meeting people from different cultures so I would say I'm interculturally competent.
I am the chief Executive Officer and founder of a newly formed organization that is just taking its shape.
1. Sexual and reproductive health Rights Project
In order to contribute to the girl’s empowerment, the organization chose to focus on education. Many girls are not informed on how to handle their monthly period properly and miss school because they feel uncomfortable. Or they drop out after getting pregnant. This leaves them with a worse education than the male students are able to receive, limiting their future prospects. To avoid that, the organization takes responsibility by implementing sex education courses in secondary schools to raise awareness and provide accurate information to the students
Among other future projects we want to: (a) Build a youth learning center as well as a proper nursery place for children and (b) build volunteer houses
Traveling by yourself is not a problem. We will guide you all the way to us; we can even make sure someone assists you. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information than what is provided here, we are happy to answer all your questions and provide the best advice on general issues such as health, culture, weather, excursions, travel, visas, safety, and special events. Also, please be sure to find us on social networks!
1. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030)
2. Malawi Vision 2063
3. Malawi growth and development strategies (MGDS III)
Prática de idiomas
Ajuda em projetos ambientais
Companhia para idosos
Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
Cuidar de animais
Ajuda em fazenda
Cuidar de crianças/atividades criativas
Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
Ajuda a cuidar da casa
Ajuda com computadores/internet
No doubt we can say this will be an unforgettable experience. If you want to learn african culture- you will get to engage in Malawian life, learn more about the culture, share your knowledge, gain new skills and contribute on so many levels. have meaningful interactions with the locals.
Este projeto pode envolver crianças. Para mais informações, veja aqui nossas diretrizes e dicas.
Workaway will help me in the following activities
We need help to prepare a fundraising project ( attracting donations, applying for grants to implement the project). Work on:
a) Youth Empowerment - shelter, food, emotional support, child rights, skills development, technical training, job skills, livelihood
b) Health & Education - SRHR, triaged health services, psychosocial/emotional support, partnerships with local health facilities/authorities to facilitate referrals, training on making pads, personal hygiene
c) Community engagement - local government, schools, social welfare offices, child and gender desk leaders, MOH, parents, family
Construction of a Resource Center
This project is to provide and encourage maintenance culture in already existing facilities.
Our construction project is to provide and encourage maintenance culture in already existing facilities. In the past years we have invested in acquiring a land for a proposed building of training center and shelter. This building is to provide the kids, Youth , Children we work with skills and cognitive education, After classes lessons. The center is to be able to cater for children who prefer vocational training and also provide vocational training in various fields, such as entrepreneurship equipping the children and youth with valuable skills and knowledge to live and lead transformative change.
Working to improve the local infrastructure, educational facilities and Helping build our proposed training center and shelter. As a member of the construction project. Focusing on improving existing facilities and building on our land. From painting, Construction and creating board displays and plastering.
This project focuses on the construction, Volunteers work closely with the local people and four staff on tasks. If you're a keen outdoors person with a good level of fitness, this will be a perfect project for you. The Construction project offers volunteers the special opportunity to work alongside local people to help improve the infrastructure in the communities we work with.
Construction usually start in the morning, you will be working with a group of other volunteers and people from the community. Helping mix concrete, painting, brick laying, plastering, digging, block shaping, carpentry, steel bending, mortar mixing, etc. You will work from 9am to 2pm in the afternoon. You use the rest of the day to explore the community or help out in some of our other evening projects.
Volunteer work is in the morning hours every day, in the afternoon, we have free time to relax share stories. Weekends are made for exploring our country and Safaris with our team members and your fellow overseas volunteers.
6:00 am - if you are feeling motivated, you are welcome to join the daily meditation or morning exercise of running.
7:30 am - We serve a delicious and healthy breakfast
12:00 pm - Lunch is served
9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Volunteer work described above.
8:00 pm - Dinner is served.
1) Assistant for Medical work
Our health projects offers a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to become familiar with the challenges and health issues of developing countries.
Our healthcare placements offer an exceptional learning opportunity, in addition to a gratifying volunteer experience. These placements offer an international learning ground where you can not only view healthcare in practice but effects of volunteering abroad in healthcare are plain to see. Medical care is a basic human right, and making it accessible for all is essential.
The hospitals and clinics that we work with are striving to fulfill that need, and can always benefit from an extra pair of hands. Working on our health projects offers a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to become familiar with the challenges and health issues of developing countries. All our hospitals and clinics are government approved.
The work environment is way different from the circumstances you are used to work. You need to be open minded and able to deal with the sometimes poor health care options that are given.This project is open to everyone who want to help make a difference in the lives of underprivileged people in Malawi in the field of Medical Health Care in Malawi
We have a number of departments who would appreciate your help. you can choose to combine different departments at the same time.
General medicine department
Accident and emergency department
General surgery department
maternity and midwifery department
Out patient department (OPD)
Laboratory and research department
This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in your field in a different culture where practices may differ considerably to what you're used to. We have a variety of Medical placements available in Malawi. You could work in a hospital or a clinic.
You can work in a variety of difference medical departments, where you can either assist or shadow the staff members. The type of work you will be allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities, which is understandable given that you will be dealing with patient health and safety.
You will be involved in the day-to-day running of hospitals and clinics directly assisting the doctors and nurses. If you are planning to specialize in a particular field of medicine in your studies, we can arrange to place you in a relevant department to ensure that we benefit from your knowledge in your field of study and you also learning from our local professionals. This project is open to anyone who wants to help improve the lives of the poor in Africa.
Our works focus on fields such as training, workshops, meetings, monitoring, coaching, mentoring.
Fundraising and Awareness
In order to further develop, improve conditions, and maintain our place, we mostly need help with fundraising and grants. There is a lot of work being done every day, but still, the biggest challenge is money.
2. Webpages developing, graphics design and programming.
We are looking for anyone who has an ideas to improve the development of our webpages or designing webpages on website of our organization as well as expert in graphics, photography, videographer and designing posters, flyers, business cards, stickers, brochures, rebranding banners and design organization handbooks or profile book.
3. Help with social media and marketing (taking pictures and videos editing with your own camera)
- Help us spread the word to friends, family, colleagues or other society members via facebook, instagram and emails (any social network), so that we can reach as many people as possible and get more likes, shares, comments and reviews or donation in order to raise awareness of education and reach out our goals.
4. Helping in building classrooms, computer lab and Library.
- We need volunteers who aren’t afraid of getting dirty hands by helping us in building and construction in general. As a plus you can help with building interior equipment like bookshelves or useful things.
- Other facilities and supplies for the school are needed, These includes furnitures, textbooks, laptops or computers, camera or binoculars, office chairs, office tables, printers e.t.c.
5. Workshops in health class, sexual education and menstrual hygiene.
- Help out by conducting workshop to school drop out girls, young women and youth who faces a great challenges of lacking awareness on health issues and sanitary resources which leads to school drop outs, poor performance, lack of job opportunity, early marriage, unwanted pregnant and poverty in general.
6. We would truly appreciate the help of a volunteer who could come with new financing ideas, how to make new partnerships, or create a way for us to make money independently. Also if someone could come and help to spread awareness of our project around the world. So, if you have the willingness and/or experience with grant writing, fundraising, report writing, or if you know organizations, people, or businesses that could support us, you could make a huge difference!
7.Help in development and strengthen the counselling and report the gender based violence that is rampant amongst the girl child
8. Advocate for child rights issues in line with international instruments
- Remove and refer the street kids to the relevant authority
- Develop the safe home to the victims on different abuses in the community
- Community Sensitization the the rights of children through arts
9. Youth and Women empowerment
- Develop strategy on how best young people and women gets empowered economically.
You can also be involved in our daily activities and visit children and families, prepare lessons, deliver lessons to students, artwork and homework, play sports with children, help prepare meals, help with house-work, general counseling, computers/internet and as well as gardening, help on the post, maintenance to our website and social media, woodwork, carpentry, documentation, report last but not the least fundraising
I would like volunteers /interns or University students to work with us for 3 weeks or longer, preferably one month, even a year and above. We provide plenty of amazing experiences!
•Working with children in the families and Community by safe guarding them.
•We want volunteers to teach sports activities to children in order to encourage fitness and mental wellbeing. We also want to have a program for teaching sports and other new skills to children with disAbilities.
▪︎As a small NGO, we are always in need of an extra pair of hands in the office. In addition to working in the field, a large part of running an NGO is spent at the office. If volunteers are skilled and interested in volunteering at the office, they can help with writing and editing proposals, research, carrying out fundraising activities, assisting with online marketing, updating social media and website design in addition to their field volunteering tasks. Skilled photographers or film makers can also contribute by making promotional materials for our local NGO
However a volunteer will be free to propose other activities not specfied as above. We are free to develop an action plan with the volunteers.
Volunteers are also free to work extra or less hours.
7:30 am - Break Fast
8:30 am - 12:00 noon - Office and Field work
12:00- 1:30pm - Lunch beak
1:40 pm - Office help, Sports learn Malawian traditional songs, theatre for development, and cooking that will make you love Malawi even more, including our local Chichewa language if interested.
7:30- 8:00 pm - Dinner is served
Este anfitrião oferece intercâmbio de idiomas
Yes l, I'm interested in learning new language from workwayer
Most volunteers opt for our homestay accommodation option, where you will be hosted by the Chief Executive Officer in their family home. This is a great opportunity to experience the unique culture of Malawi and to interact and make friends with a local family. You will have your own room and private space for sleeping or relaxing in the evenings. We will do our best to ensure that you are comfortable and well looked after during your stay.
Your food will be prepared by the family and you will receive 3 meals a day. The food mainly consists of tea/coffee and some bread/cake/porridge or potatoes for breakfast. For lunch and dinner we generally eat rice or nsima (a local dish made from maize flour) with some vegetables, beans, meat or fish. Sometimes, fruit or salad will also be served. This is the staple food here and we hope you learn to love it! Volunteers will also be able to help their host family with preparing the food and even cook a dish from their own country if they wish.
We have a house of 5 bedrooms. Its a fenced house and security is good. Nice vegetation,Easy access to town. We stay near the lake malawi. Good comfortable rooms,We provide good meals .
You will be well treated with kindness ,love and alot of care. We speak English fluently so it will be easy to understand each other. They will be provided with good food because there is a Chef in the home.
Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements before arriving - Vegetarian, vegan and other diets can be catered for. If volunteers require any other snacks beside the three main meals these can easily be purchased in the local market or a nearby supermarket. Bottled water is not included but is also available in the supermarkeq "t.
If the volunteer prefers to stay on their own, other arrangements are also possible. For volunteers that are travelling in a car or are carrying tents, we can provide free access to a fenced space with running water and sanitation facilities. If needed, we can also provide a charcoal stove for cooking.
●THINGS TO DO IN YOUR TIME OFF
Karonga is located close to the northern shores of the lake, where you can go swimming, kayaking, and relax in your free time. You can also go on a cruise on the lake. We have a museum in town that shows some findings of prehistoric humans, a dinosaur and information about Malawian history and culture. For those who wish to explore another part of Malawi, you can visit Livingstonia, and go hiking in the beautiful scenery of the Nyika Plateau. You can visit different mines in the area if you are interested in mining. It is also possible to travel to Nkhata Bay for a weekend and go scuba diving in the lake there. The Vwaza Wildlife Reserve and National Park are both easily accessible from Rumphi - wildlife viewing can be done from a game viewing vehicle or on a bushwalk for the more adventurous.
Alternatively, you can stay in Karonga where you can experience village life and culture, enjoy Malawian music, dance and learn some traditional cooking. Volunteers must arrange extra activities themselves and cover the cost of travel, food and accommodation.
Also, if volunteers are interested we can go for a photo trip around and you will always find something new and different to explore.
Volunteers can fill their free time by watching TV ,reading a book, going for swimming , doing exercises at a local gym.
Some can help me with writing stuff if there is a field of their interest.
We will help you to grow in every way that works the best for you.
The opportunities are eternal and it's all about sharing experiences, gaining new skills and contributing, from both sides!
●WE ARE ALWAYS VERY GRATEFUL FOR ANY RESOURCES VOLUNTEERS CAN BRING WITH THEM SUCH AS:
-Educational and reading books, Clothes, educational toys and posters, colouring books, stationery and toys for preschool, Balls for Men And Women - as schools are often very under resourced.
-Laptops, cameras or USB memory sticks that you or your friends and family are no longer using, as we work from a very basic office.
What to do before you come
Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own visas, travel insurance and travel vaccinations. We recommend that volunteers take malaria tablets while staying in Malawi, which should be attained before your visit. Visas can be arranged in advance or at the border.
To enjoy your stay more, we suggest volunteers come prepared. For example, teaching volunteers can research teaching activities, songs and games to teach students. If you are volunteering in our office, it would be useful to bring your own laptop as we don’t have any to spare.
●WHAT TO BRING
This will vary from person to person for personal items, but we do recommend you bring the following:
Travel insurance details
Culturally appropriate clothes (women should wear dresses, skirts and trousers below the knee and not too tight) and clothes with light material, as it can get very hot in Karonga.
A laptop or tablet if you can – especially if you want to work in the office.
A SIM-unlocked phone.
A torch, and ideally a solar lantern because of the blackouts.
A valid passport with at least six months to expiry date is required to enter Malawi. There are no Volunteer Visas in Malawi, so all volunteers should apply for a Tourist Visa and give “tourism/travel” as the reason for entry on the form. We do not recommend that you apply for the visa in advance, as this is a simple process which can be done at the airport or other port of entry. Those staying less than 90 days who are not planning on leaving the country in this time can purchase a single entry tourist visa ($75 USD for most nationalities) which is initially valid for 30 days but can easily be extended (for free) up to 90 days at the immigration office in Karonga. Those who plan on staying longer than 90 days should go for the 6 month multiple entry visa ($150).
●HOW TO GET HERE
Most international flights go to Lilongwe International Airport. From Lilongwe you can get an executive coach to Karonga, which is usually an overnight journey. Alternatively, you can get a coach to Mzuzu and there you can catch a minibus to Karonga on your own. Upon special arrangement, a member of our staff may meet you in Mzuzu or even in the airport and escort you to Karonga using the local mini-buses. If coming from Tanzania, you will need to cross the border and take either a bus or local shared car to Karonga. One of our members can meet you at the bus station or we can provide you with the location of our office where you can meet us upon arrival in Karonga.We are always available via phone and Whatsapp for any queries.
The main potential problem affecting volunteers is malaria. We highly recommend all our volunteers to organise malaria medication prior to travel. Make sure you are taking your anti-malarial tablets each day (or week, if you are taking Larium), and continue to take them for the recommended time after you get home. You should also use a mosquito net (provided in the homestays), apply mosquito repellent and try to cover yourself up at night.
HIV/AIDS is a problem all over Malawi and many volunteers arrive unaware of the risks involved in entering into relationships. All volunteers in such a situation, whether they consider themselves to be in long-term or short-term relationships, should make sure they use condoms.
We also recommend that all our volunteers purchase comprehensive travel/health insurance prior to travel. If a volunteer should fall sick there are hospitals and doctors available and there will always be someone available to assist them with getting to appropriate health services.
Note that you may find the culture very different from western countries, especially in terms of working pace. People here are not always time conscious - Sometimes they report later than the agreed time for work and they may not give excuse. As an organization we learn a lot from our volunteers and we are trying to bring change to the communities we work with.Volunteers are expected to set a good example by arriving on time for their activities.
●OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
In general Malawi is considered a safe country where tourists are not at great risk, however visitors to the cities should make sure to watch their bags and carry only small amounts of cash when out and about. There are many ATMs in Karonga, and to withdraw money you will need either VISA (commonly accepted) or MASTERCARD (only occasionally accepted). The maximum withdrawal per transaction is MK100,000.
Female volunteers should be aware that in the towns and villages it is respectful to have your knees covered (and in some cases, your shoulders). Some practices in Malawi are very different to what volunteers may be used to at home. Visitors do not have to agree with all the customs around them but should act respectfully towards them and endeavour to understand the complex cultural history that has often shaped them.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to volunteer with us. we are looking forward to working with and sharing our culture with you.
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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