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.