Environmental Volunteers in Malawi
- Anyone with expertise and/or an interest in environmental issues.
- From 23 years old with a minimum of one year’s post-qualification work experience.
- A minimum of three to four weeks.
Want to Visit But Can’t Commit to Our Recommended Placement Duration?
- We welcome visitors too. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the work we do by spending time with our passionate staff and visiting the many varied projects we run. For more information, go to the Visit Us in Malawi page.
How To Apply
We have quite a number of environmental projects, including tree planting, fruit tree propagation, Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstoves, forest conservation, fish conservation, etc. Our environmental projects are not just located locally and could be anywhere within the four Districts of Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Mzimba and Salima.
RIPPLE Africa is working with a large number of chiefs and communities to conserve over 200 km² of forest
We encourage communities and local Malawians to take ownership of these projects and, consequently, it can be difficult to provide full-time volunteer placements. One of the main problems, however, is transport which can be time-consuming and costly; for example, our environmental projects office is based in Chintheche which is 25km north of Mwaya, and it costs about GB£1.00 (US$1.50) to get there on public transport. Most environmental volunteers carry out research and case study collection on these projects. We would be happy for any of our volunteers who are working in education or healthcare to become involved in some way with one or more of our local environmental projects.
Lauren carrying out trials on the Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstove
Mike helping in one of the community tree nurseries
Pounding cassava in the local village
If you are looking for a volunteer environmental placement, we would need to discuss with you on the phone, on Skype or via e-mail what your skills are and what opportunities could be available (please complete the Enquiry Form). Previous volunteers have been involved with, for example, in-depth studies related to fuel-efficient wood-burning clay stove (mbaula) usage and benefits, and community vegetable gardens for the benefit of HIV/AIDS sufferers. We will be placing great emphasis on environmental awareness training in the future.
How to Apply
To find out how to apply to become a volunteer with RIPPLE Africa, please go to the Application Process page, or complete the Enquiry Form.
Amon and Joyce, two RIPPLE Africa environmental projects coordinators, with a pawpaw tree
A compost pit training day
Interviewing Fish Conservation committee members and obtaining data