Volunteer Opportunities in Malawi

About Destination and Volunteer Opportunities


Situated in southeastern Africa, Malawi is a landlocked country featuring stunning highlands and captivating lakes. Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, stands out for its extraordinary clear waters and diverse aquatic life. This vast freshwater lake is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the world and occupies a significant portion of the country’s eastern border.

Referred to as the “Warm Heart of Africa,” Malawi earned this nickname from the friendly nature of its people. Lilongwe is the capital city, located near the centre of Malawi. Although English is the official language, Chichewa (Chewa) is also widely spoken throughout the country.

Malawi’s economy is predominantly agrarian, with agriculture playing a pivotal role. The country struggles with economic challenges, prompting ongoing efforts to foster sustainable development. Despite its abundance of natural resources and scenic beauty, Malawi remains reliant on external aid for support and growth.

Advice before volunteering in Malawi

It is always beneficial to familiarise yourself with some local customs before travelling abroad, though you will of course learn more once you arrive. Knowing and respecting the culture will help you to connect with the community.

Before volunteering in Malawi it is also important to ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and medications. Malaria is prevalent in some areas, so educating yourself on the necessary medication and practising mosquito bite prevention is highly recommended.

Learning some phrases in Chichewa could come in handy as well!

Is it safe to volunteer in Malawi?

Malawi is generally considered to be one of the safer countries in Africa, though you should, of course, still exercise caution when in an unfamiliar area. Malaria is a concern in some parts of Malawi so it is recommended to take precautions against this. In addition, you need a yellow fever vaccination certificate for programs in Malawi. We also suggest getting a local SIM card when you arrive to make sure you can stay in communication with friends, family and people from the program!

Requirements to volunteer in Malawi

In order to volunteer in Namibia, you must be 18+, have at least Intermediate English, have a valid passport and have travel insurance. To obtain a visa for Malawi you will need bank statements for the past 3 months as well as a yellow fever vaccination certificate.


Our volunteer opportunities in Malawi are humanitarian projects and animal protection projects. Volunteers provide invaluable help when working with the community. They work to improve the education level of children and the quality of care in rural communities of Malawi. You can also join a volunteer program in an animal shelter. Volunteers can help to support sustainable tourism as well!

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A visa is required for Malawi, it is still possible to obtain it directly at the airport: 1 month = US$75, 6 months = US$150, 1 year = US$250. Documents to be presented : - US$75 in cash - 2 passport photos - Bank statement for the last 3 months - Yellow fever vaccination certificate



Please check with your doctor or travel clinic in regards to the vaccinations you need for your project destination. You can also check the pasteur institute for the up-to-date health recommendation per destination at


Travel insurance is compulsory to study or volunteer abroad. Please contact a specialised insurance company or your bank to contract a travel insurance before you go.