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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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Malawi is possibly best known for Lake Malawi, described as ‘The Lake of Stars’, with its sparkling waters and golden sand beaches. The lake comprises nearly 20 percent of Malawi’s total area and is more like an inland sea. The most biologically diverse lake on the planet, Lake Malawi, is home to nearly 1000 endemic species of fish.

This research program aims to increase knowledge of Lake Malawi, the people who live near it, and the interactions between the two. On commencement of your work and volunteer experience 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 also include water quality monitoring techniques and working with local Malawians to collect data on the lake's fishing industry. Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of experienced research centre staff who will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance. You will be working 6 days a week but will still have ample opportunity to explore the surrounding areas.

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 also be welcomed with a barbeque on the beach. This spectacular internship in Africa will give you the opportunity to dive in the most biologically diverse lake in the world and work closely with Malawians learning about the culture and language of these spirited local people.

You will live and work on the golden sandy shores of stunning Lake Malawi, gain useful and practical research experience in conservation, aquatic biology and development studies and enhance your CV with international work experience.

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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

Please note a longer placement may be possible - kindly send through an enquiry for more information.

project start date

This project starts every Monday.

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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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Things to do in your spare time
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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
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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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minimum stay6 Weeks

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impacts

Conservation & Environmental

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 pin it!

Malawi is possibly best known for Lake Malawi, described as ‘The Lake of Stars’, with its sparkling waters and golden sand beaches. The lake comprises nearly 20 percent of Malawi’s total area and is more like an inland sea. The most biologically diverse lake on the planet, Lake Malawi, is home to nearly 1000 endemic species of fish.

This research program aims to increase knowledge of Lake Malawi, the people who live near it, and the interactions between the two. On commencement of your work and volunteer experience 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 also include water quality monitoring techniques and working with local Malawians to collect data on the lake's fishing industry. Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of experienced research centre staff who will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance. You will be working 6 days a week but will still have ample opportunity to explore the surrounding areas.

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 also be welcomed with a barbeque on the beach. This spectacular internship in Africa will give you the opportunity to dive in the most biologically diverse lake in the world and work closely with Malawians learning about the culture and language of these spirited local people.

You will live and work on the golden sandy shores of stunning Lake Malawi, gain useful and practical research experience in conservation, aquatic biology and development studies and enhance your CV with international work experience.

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

Please note a longer placement may be possible - kindly send through an enquiry for more information.

project start date

This project starts every Monday.

Pict0021 pin it!

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.

Things to do in your spare time
Water activities pin it!
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.

About Malawi
About malawi pin it!

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.

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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