Introduction to Volunteering in Malawi

RIPPLE Africa’s primary focus is on running its projects to help the local communities in Nkhata Bay District, Malawi. However, the charity also runs a volunteer programme and welcomes volunteers from overseas.

BRIEF SUMMARY

Who

Age Range

The Volunteer Programme

The Projects

Placement Length

Want to Visit But Can’t Commit to Our Recommended Placement Duration?

Volunteer Accommodation

How To Apply

FURTHER INFORMATION
RIPPLE Africa’s volunteer base is located on the shores of Lake Malawi in Malawi, Africa. You will be touched forever by the warm, friendly people at Mwaya Beach. Life here is simple, yet wonderfully rewarding. This is an ideal opportunity to volunteer abroad.

Who

RIPPLE Africa volunteers are typically:

Volunteers do not replace or take jobs away from local Malawians — they assist them with the various projects the charity runs in the area around Mwaya.

Age Range

Our volunteers are aged 23 years upwards with at least one year’s post qualification experience of using their skills in the workplace. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applications from applicants under 23 years old. As a volunteer abroad, you will be part of the team at Mwaya Beach, and it’s important for you all to get into the spirit of communal living. Volunteers often make life-long friends and return to Mwaya for visits.

The Volunteer Programme

Unlike many volunteering operations, our volunteer programme is not rigidly structured. It is really up to you what you become involved with when you reach Mwaya, depending on your skills and particular interests.

When you first arrive, you are given an orientation by the Volunteer Manager who will show you round the local area, our projects, and the schools and medical centres. There are so many opportunities and our staff in Malawi will help guide you as to where you can add value, and then you need to decide where you will be best placed to help. However, it often takes our volunteers some time to settle into life at Mwaya. You must be prepared to be patient as the pace of life in Malawi is much slower and very different to what you are used to.

In general, the more you put into your time as a volunteer, the more you will get out of it.

The Projects

All of our projects are focused on finding simple, low-cost local solutions to a wide variety of problems faced by the local communities at Mwaya and in the neighbouring villages. Volunteers are there to assist with existing projects and not to take away jobs from the local Malawians.

Placement Length

We encourage a stay of a minimum of three to four weeks. The average volunteer placement is around three months which allows volunteers to establish solid relationships in the community and contribute a reasonable amount of time to the projects. For volunteer teachers, it allows them to complete one school term in most cases. It is important to recognise that, although the volunteers will benefit enormously from their experience volunteering with RIPPLE Africa at Mwaya, our main responsibility is to provide consistent and effective assistance to the community.

Volunteer Accommodation

This comprises some lovely beach chalets which the volunteers share, communal hot and cold showers, and toilets. Fabiana, Martha and Geddess prepare the evening meals and do the washing up. Daidosi and Rebecca do the volunteers’ laundry, wash their bed linen, and clean the showers and toilets. The property, which is located right on the beach, and the local area are really beautiful. For more information about Mwaya Beach, please read the Accommodation at Mwaya Beach, Malawi, Africa — Home of RIPPLE Africa section on the Accommodation and the Area page.

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