Malawi is a country of extremes. Despite it's status as one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi is a fantastic tourist location. Warm all year round, stunningly beautiful and alive with minerals and wildlife, it hosts Africa's third biggest lake and endless opportunities for both land and water based activities. Despite this, Malawi has many problems and in the district where you will be volunteering, none are more evident than the problems associated with extremely high levels of HIV/AIDS, crippling poverty and limited access to education and health facilities.
As a volunteer, you will experience this on a daily basis, but what I can also guarantee you is that you will come across some of the happiest people you could wish to meet, whether it's the local fisherman returning from his daily fishing on the lake, or the children who are so excited to see you wandering through the village on your way home from project, you will soon see why Malawi is known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’.
You will be staying on the shores of Lake Malawi, in a beautiful and safe fully-furnished volunteer house with large dorm-style rooms fitted with mosquito nets and Western style toilets and showers.
As you head down from the volunteer house towards the water - and where I’m certain you will want to spend most of your free time - is the infamous lake which covers 20% of Malawi’s surface area and where most of the local villagers rely on for their food. Whether you want to learn how to fish, paddle a kayak or get a bit more adventurous and go water skiing, Lake Malawi offers it all. Failing that, why not relax on the beach, jump into a 4x4 and go exploring, head out on safari or just spend a night under the stars?