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Join an exciting underwater research project at the magnificent Lake Malawi. Live and work on the golden shores of this great lake, and help to protect its legacy while you develop new skills and learn all about research and conservation.

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  • Lake Malawi is home to nearly 1000 endemic species of fish.
  • Upon arrival you will receive a comprehensive orientation that will include a health and safety procedure review, Kande village orientation and review of volunteer and intern duties, expectations and conditions of service.
  • You will train as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver in order to assist in conducting underwater population and biodiversity surveys of Lake Malawi.
  • Training and duties will include water quality monitoring techniques and working with local Malawians to collect data on the lake's fishing industry.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 6 Weeks
Impacts Conservation & Environmental
Destination Destination
Malawi
Priced From Priced From
£ 1192| € 1412| US$ 1765|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1192| € 1412| US$ 1765|

Detailed Project Pricing
6 Weeks USD 1765 GBP 1192 EUR 1412
7 Weeks USD 1940 GBP 1310 EUR 1552
8 Weeks USD 2115 GBP 1428 EUR 1692
9 Weeks USD 2290 GBP 1546 EUR 1832
10 Weeks USD 2465 GBP 1664 EUR 1972
11 Weeks USD 2640 GBP 1782 EUR 2112
12 Weeks USD 2815 GBP 1901 EUR 2252

Project Start Dates

This project starts every Monday.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

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The first week of your African internship will be spent on dive training during which you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver. The second and third weeks will be spent learning about the research programs, their methodologies, data collection techniques and fish identification training. You will also begin taking part in the data collection itself. The fourth week will be spent doing underwater surveys.

During your internship placement, you will also gain experience in weather and water quality monitoring, introduction to the biology and ecology Cichlid fish family native to lake Malawi, introduction to the history and current status of fisheries management on Lake Malawi and the Community-based Fisheries Management Program.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Water activities

Water Activities

Living on the shores of Lake Malawi provides you with a multitude of activities to enjoy.  You can go on boat trips, kayak, sail board, snorkel and water-ski.

Safari

With numerous National Parks to choose from you can see elephant, hippos, crocodiles, kudu, bushbuck, leopards and hyena.  There are also plenty of opportunities to admire the scenery on various hiking trails horseback riding and mountain climbing.

Culture

Take a cultural tour to experience more of the local traditions, celebrations and cuisines.  Malawi also hosts an internationally renowned music festival each year on the shores of Lake Malawi - The Lake of Stars Festival.

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About Malawi

About malawi

About the Destination

Due to its fantastic beaches and beautiful islands, Lake Malawi is one of the main attractions for local and international tourists to the country. Resorts offer a wide range of activities like snorkeling, diving, boat riding, sailing, water skiing, camping, trips to the lake islands and beach football. Because of its rich fish harvest, the Lake plays an important part in the economy.

Fishing villages are scattered along the shore, however there are also long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sands, splashed by crystal clear waters. You will stay in shared accommodation with electricity, fans, and mosquito nets. There will be access to shared bathroom facilities and a shared kitchen with hot and cold running water and a refrigerator.

Volunteers and interns will work together to keep the living areas clean and tidy. Self-service breakfast foods will be provided daily consisting of eggs, bread, jam, butter, tea, coffee and when available local fruits such as mangoes, bananas, or pineapple. You will be responsible for your own lunch and will have ample opportunities to purchase food at Kande village and other market centres. Food stuffs for a nightly communal dinner will be provided.

As you live and work on the shores of Lake Malawi you will learn a huge amount, gain incredible work experience, and have the adventure of a lifetime.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Shanti Wisniewska

My time with the Maru was a great experience that broadened my knowledge on fish biodiversity, while at the same time allowing me to conduct my own research for my university. I learned a lot, I had fun, and I would recommend this internship/volunteer opportunity if you're interested in the natural sciences. This was my first time in Africa and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Malawian environment and local environmental problems.

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Brochures

Project Brochure

Lake Malawi Underwater Research Internship Brochure

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Underwater Research Internship, Lake Malawi

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required
start a live chat instead

Join an exciting underwater research project at the magnificent Lake Malawi. Live and work on the golden shores of this great lake, and help to protect its legacy while you develop new skills and learn all about research and conservation.

 dsc0215 2
  • Lake Malawi is home to nearly 1000 endemic species of fish.
  • Upon arrival you will receive a comprehensive orientation that will include a health and safety procedure review, Kande village orientation and review of volunteer and intern duties, expectations and conditions of service.
  • You will train as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver in order to assist in conducting underwater population and biodiversity surveys of Lake Malawi.
  • Training and duties will include water quality monitoring techniques and working with local Malawians to collect data on the lake's fishing industry.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 6 Weeks
Impacts Conservation & Environmental
Destination Destination
Malawi
Priced From Priced From
£ 1192| € 1412| US$ 1765|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1192| € 1412| US$ 1765|

Detailed Project Pricing
6 Weeks USD 1765 GBP 1192 EUR 1412
7 Weeks USD 1940 GBP 1310 EUR 1552
8 Weeks USD 2115 GBP 1428 EUR 1692
9 Weeks USD 2290 GBP 1546 EUR 1832
10 Weeks USD 2465 GBP 1664 EUR 1972
11 Weeks USD 2640 GBP 1782 EUR 2112
12 Weeks USD 2815 GBP 1901 EUR 2252

Project Start Dates

This project starts every Monday.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Pict0021

The first week of your African internship will be spent on dive training during which you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver. The second and third weeks will be spent learning about the research programs, their methodologies, data collection techniques and fish identification training. You will also begin taking part in the data collection itself. The fourth week will be spent doing underwater surveys.

During your internship placement, you will also gain experience in weather and water quality monitoring, introduction to the biology and ecology Cichlid fish family native to lake Malawi, introduction to the history and current status of fisheries management on Lake Malawi and the Community-based Fisheries Management Program.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Water activities

Water Activities

Living on the shores of Lake Malawi provides you with a multitude of activities to enjoy.  You can go on boat trips, kayak, sail board, snorkel and water-ski.

Safari

With numerous National Parks to choose from you can see elephant, hippos, crocodiles, kudu, bushbuck, leopards and hyena.  There are also plenty of opportunities to admire the scenery on various hiking trails horseback riding and mountain climbing.

Culture

Take a cultural tour to experience more of the local traditions, celebrations and cuisines.  Malawi also hosts an internationally renowned music festival each year on the shores of Lake Malawi - The Lake of Stars Festival.

Back to Top

About Malawi

About malawi

About the Destination

Due to its fantastic beaches and beautiful islands, Lake Malawi is one of the main attractions for local and international tourists to the country. Resorts offer a wide range of activities like snorkeling, diving, boat riding, sailing, water skiing, camping, trips to the lake islands and beach football. Because of its rich fish harvest, the Lake plays an important part in the economy.

Fishing villages are scattered along the shore, however there are also long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sands, splashed by crystal clear waters. You will stay in shared accommodation with electricity, fans, and mosquito nets. There will be access to shared bathroom facilities and a shared kitchen with hot and cold running water and a refrigerator.

Volunteers and interns will work together to keep the living areas clean and tidy. Self-service breakfast foods will be provided daily consisting of eggs, bread, jam, butter, tea, coffee and when available local fruits such as mangoes, bananas, or pineapple. You will be responsible for your own lunch and will have ample opportunities to purchase food at Kande village and other market centres. Food stuffs for a nightly communal dinner will be provided.

As you live and work on the shores of Lake Malawi you will learn a huge amount, gain incredible work experience, and have the adventure of a lifetime.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Shanti Wisniewska

My time with the Maru was a great experience that broadened my knowledge on fish biodiversity, while at the same time allowing me to conduct my own research for my university. I learned a lot, I had fun, and I would recommend this internship/volunteer opportunity if you're interested in the natural sciences. This was my first time in Africa and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Malawian environment and local environmental problems.

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Brochures

Project Brochure

Lake Malawi Underwater Research Internship Brochure

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