Voluntourism – volunteering in Malawi experience
Voluntourism - Volunteering in Malawi experience. At Africa Wild Truck base, in Mulanje, to follow responsible and communities project run by Around AWT
Volunteering in Malawi, Voluntourism experience
Volunteering in Malawi – what we will do
Voluntourism – volunteering experience in Malawi. This program was created following both requests and our desire to contribute to the development of the country through volunteering or as it is called, voluntourism. Starting from our base in Mulanje, where we will learn the basics of Malawi’s culture through a short course of Chichewa organized by AROUND AWT, we will match the discovery of the culture of the country, to a volunteer experience in the heart of Africa. Then our volunteering programme starts here at our community school.
The help that a volunteer can give is to contribute positively to the creation of a solid foundation for a primary education, so that children should welcome the idea of overcoming the challenges for secondary education, constantly motivate them to continue their studies and to commit to their education.
On this volunteer trip you have the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with the children with whom we are in close contact, acquiring new skills through the exchange. Volunteers can contribute in different subject areas, English, mathematics, IT, the arts, sport, food education, ecology, to raise awareness of issues of common interest.
End the experience with a few days of safari in Liwonde National Park, admiring the beauty of the river Shire and its elephants, crocodiles, hippos. Then move to Mua mission with its museum to know more about the country and contribute to the tourism industry. Then proceed to Lake Malawi to be in close touch with the simplicity of Malawian life of the fishing villages, fishermen and farmers.
The staff is composed by local guides. WHO WE ARE
MEANS OF TRANSPORT
The distances will be covered with a half Land Cruiser off-road 4 × 4 from 9 comfortable seats or other means that we deem suitable.
At Mulanje accommodation at the base of Africa Wild Truck, at Africa Wild Truck eco lodge and camp, in the hostel/dorm, within a historic garden in the tea plantations. Subsequently, accommodation at one of the centers run by the Friends of Mulanje Orphans; a spirit of adaptation to lodging, in this case, considering the particularity of the situation, must be a little higher. Subsequent nights are in a nice and simple lodge on Lake Malawi near the Lake Malawi National Park. In Liwonde national park overnight at amazing camp, equipped for camping and overlooking the river where the elephants come to drink. At Mua, spend the night in well-equipped bungalows, property, belonging to the Fathers or Missionaries. The rooms in the lodge / chalet / hotel, is intended, unless otherwise requested, in double or, in rare cases, triple; They could be replaced for technical-organizational problems without distorting the original plan. The facilities have been carefully chosen following an idea of land conservation and sustainability of travel, preferring positions in close contact with nature. If you want to know the list of lodges, please write us for more details!
More info Volunteering in Malawi, Voluntourism experience in this .PDF below
DAY 1 CHILEKA AIRPORT - MULANJE FOREST RESERVE, BASE AFRICAWILDTRUCK - 90 km. Arrival in Blantyre, Malawi's second city. Do customs formalities. Meeting with the Africa Wild Truck staff. We will reach the massive Mulanje, the spectacle of the tea plantations and the base of Africa Wild Truck. The hills are like endless expanses and bright green leaves with only the red space of the labyrinthine routes through the plantation. Overnight at Africa Wild Truck eco lodge and camp, in the hostel/dorm, within a historic garden in the tea plantations Full board.
DAY 2,3,4 MULANJE FOREST RESERVE, BASE AFRICAWILDTRUCK. We will dedicate three days to the deeper understanding of Malawi's culture through a short course organized by Chichewa AROUND AWT. Chichewa is the local language spoken throughout Malawi and beyond the borders. There will be the opportunity to spend time with some staff member AfricaWildtruck and teach some subject that can be useful and fun. This project can be achieved through sport and / or the construction of objects with the use of recycled materials such as plastic or even mini-cooking courses, to learn some recipes more, motivating individuals to a positive professional growth, collaborating to develop AROUND AWT. Overnight at Africa Wild Truck eco lodge and camp, in the hostel/dorm, within a historic garden in the tea plantations Full board.
DAY 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 BASE AFRICAWILDTRUCK - MuLANJE 30 km. The volunteering programme starts. The help that an international volunteer can give is to contribute positively to the creation of a solid foundation for primary education, so that children should welcome the idea of overcoming the challenges for secondary education, constantly motivating them to continue their studies and to commit themselves to their education. Volunteers can contribute in different subject areas, English, mathematics, the arts, sport, food education, ecology, to raise awareness of issues of common interest. The structure is simple, but complete and has a kitchen where you can cook the daily meals that are brought by the volunteers. Overnight at Africa Wild Truck eco lodge and camp, in the hostel/dorm, within a historic garden in the tea plantations in bed and breakfast
DAY 13 MULANJE - MONKEY BAY - 300 km. Traveling to Monkey Bay from Mulanje, to Mangochi and Lake Malawi, heading to a bay where we will find a relaxing afternoon of fishing eagles and fishing villagers with their canoes plying on the waters of the third largest lake in Africa, one of the largest water reserves in the world. It is estimated that the endemic fish that inhabit the waters, cichlids, are around 1000 species. Overnight at the lodge on the lake. Bed and breakfast
DAY 14, 15 GIORNO LAKE MALAWI, MONKEY BAY AREA. The fishing villagers are many, and in the morning it is easy to meet them in their canoes while returning from a night of fishing. Lake Malawi in this area is close to the Lake Malawi National Park: a real sea and provides livelihood to all villages settled on the banks of the lake. From here we can organize a boat trip to the island of Boadzulu, the lake Malawi National Park where we will be able to fully enjoy the wonder and the transparency of the lake. Women dry out the fish and preparing the stalls for sale. We will spend the day on Lake Malawi, in the villages and to devote to the knowledge of the business of the people. Overnight at the lodge at the lake. bed and breakfast
DAY 16 LAKE MALAWI - LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK 150 km. In the morning wake up at sunrise and after breakfast we will reach the banks of the Shire River, where we will enter the Liwonde National Park and we will organize the famous boat safari to better spot and photograph the wildlife of the park: many elephants and crocodiles! The boats are motorized and will come accompanied by a guide who will maneuver the boat and, in addition to our presence, we will be adding a nature guide. The chances of sighting elephants are unique and often swim in front of us, across the river in search of food. In the afternoon, the second boat safari to increase the chances of more sightings. Accommodation in the middle of the park, in one of the most beautiful lodges / Malawi camps, overlooking the Shire River. bed and breakfast
DAY 17 LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK- MUA 250 km. A few kilometers separate us from Mua, the oldest and original operational mission in Malawi.The centre was born with the support of the Ngoni tribe in 1903, at the request of two French White Fathers, an order which was born in Algeria. Father Boucher, anthropologist and missionary, started a center of culture and art called Kungoni ( "meaning, Waterfall, because it sits near a waterfall”) and the Museum of Chamare, named after Chapmartin, French father who founded the school of carpentry, still appreciated around the area. At Mua they preserve the rich cultural heritage of Malawi and have collected about 400 of the 10,000 (yes, we wrote well, ten thousand!) Masks of the Gule Wamkulu, secret ceremony of the majority ethnic Malawian group: the Chewa. Since a few years the Gule Wamkulu became a World Heritage Site, protected by UNESCO. Overnight in bungalows equipped at the mission. bed and breakfast
DAY 18 MUA - CHILEKA AIRPORT, BLANTYRE 300 km. Return to Blantyre through the fertile highlands of the Rift Valley; Transfer to airport for international departure flight.
The current times are estimates calculated on flight plans provided by the airlines by the year 2018. If the route changes then these could be varied.
Quotation per person
ATTENDANCE FEE: 1490 Euro
inclusive of VAT 16,5%, Tourism Levy 1%
PARTECIPANTS: MINIMUM 2
THE FEE INCLUDES
THE FEE INCLUDES
- 18 days with Africa Wild Truck logistic and support
- English speaking guides authorized by Minister of Tourism
- Transfer from Chileka to Mulanje AWT base- 90 km
- 4 nights at Africa Wild Truck base, in Full board
- Basic Chichewa and local culture course (AROUND AWT)
- 8 nights at Africa Wild Truck base, in bed and breakfast
- Transfer from Mulanje to Malawi lake, Monkey bay 300 km
- 3 nights in lodge on lake Malawi in bed and breakfast
- Transfer from Malawi Lake to Liwonde national park 150 km
- 1 night at Mvuu camp in camping, in Liwonde national park in bed and breakfast
- Transfer from Liwonde national park to Mua mission 250 km
- 1 night at Mua, Kungoni Hostel in bed and breakfast
- Transfer from Mua to Blantyre airport 300 km
- taxes and insurances
- national park entry fees
- 21 safari into Liwonde national park entry fee at Kungoni Museum
- all overnights as to program
- meals where indicated Full board
- 50 US dollars that AWT entirely donates to AROUND AWT (see page 11)
- VAT (16,5%), TOURISM LEVY (1%)
THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Malawi Visa (75US$);
- Euroassistance/Globy or similar travel insurance (cancellation, luggage, health insurance highly advisable – it is possible to stipulate it with the above cited agency or online – write to us, we will help you to find the best solution!)
- optional excursions not mentioned
- Meals not included
- any possible personal expense
- anything not expressely specified under "The fee includes"
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No obligation to vaccination. Write to us to have more information!
We recommend these vaccines:
- typhoid fever
- hepatitis A and B
Concerning malaria, disease transmitted by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, its prevention is accomplished, first of all, with a mechanic prevention i.e. avoiding getting stung, following these rules:
- sleeping under mosquito tents
- using insecticide to get rid of possible mosquitos
- after sunset, when mosquitos are more active, avoiding leaving parts of the body uncovered, wearing light-colored long trousers and long-sleeve shirts, because dark colors attract mosquitos and spraying parts of the body uncovered with Autan Extreme
For the use of any possible antimalarial drugs we suggest that you consult your Public Health Service; health norms change very rapidly.
TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT
We suggest that you take with you a small supply of these medicines:
- analgesics/fever reducers: acetylsalicylic acid and nimesulide
- antibiotics like ciproxin or amoxicillin or clavulanic acid
- antimalarials: anyway carry with you 2 packs of Lariam for emergency cases
- antidiarrheals: loperamide or kaolin in case of symptoms (to use only if really necessary!)
- rehydration salts: in case of fluid leaks
- against car or air sickness: a pack of pills or chewing-gums
- antihistamines: in case of allergic reactions
- scissors, tweezers and thermometer
- suntan cream
- insecticides (like Autan Extreme)
Required documents and Visa
It is necessary to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after departure date with at least two free pages; for the entry in Malawi the Visa is obtainable under 75 Usd payment. Write us for more informations.
- comfortable walking shoes
- technical sandals
- easy to dry slippers for the shower
- cotton/linen long trousers
- cotton/linen long sleeve shirts
- cotton T-shirts
- bathing suit
- belly pack for passport
- head torch-light
- penknife/water bottle
- camera/videocamera/spare batteries!!
- passport photocopy and 2 passport photos, just in case