Teaching & Community Upliftment, Malawi

Offer your help as a teaching volunteer on the shores of Lake Malawi and make a genuine difference to the futures of local children. Your caring input will go a long way in schools that are mostly understaffed and weakened by poor infrastructure and declining education levels.


  • Contribute to the development of children of all ages in a variety of subjects at primary schools, nurseries, orphanages, street kids’ centres and secondary schools.
  • If your skills already include teaching experience you may be placed at a community secondary school where you will be involved with the improvement of education as well as conducting adult education classes and helping improve teachers’ IT skills.
  • Spend your mornings teaching curriculum subjects and lead extra-curricular activities in the afternoons with exciting subjects such as wildlife and environment clubs, IT education, art, drama and library activities.
  • Live on the stunning shores of Lake Malawi and experience traditional rural village life
  • Spend your weekends snorkelling, island-hopping, horse riding or relaxing around the fire under the stars with your fellow volunteers and staff

Volunteer Reviews

“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole program. Teaching is hard work, but it was extremely rewarding to see many students trying hard to improve their English skills and come in the afternoon to participate in the Sports programs like football and volleyball. The daily interaction with both the school staff and students was by far my favourite parts. The staff were all very welcoming and helpful. I felt like I have made many new friends at the volunteer house that I will try to keep in touch with; they were all so caring and friendly. They made our volunteer house fun, relaxing and like a second home for me! The house was extremely comfortable, very safe, and overall far better than I could have ever imagined a volunteer accommodation to be like. The view in the back garden and the proximity to the project was unbeatable!”   Jeff Chu

“I really enjoyed the project work. It was challenging at the beginning as it was my first real teaching experience, but it was great getting to know the students and teachers and I will be sad to leave. I most enjoyed getting to know the children and doing the afternoon sessions (arts/drama, wildlife, library). The staff were very welcoming and helpful. They were always willing to help with any questions, concerns or special requests and I will miss them all very much! The accommodations were amazing and totally exceeded my expectations. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location right on the shore of lake Malawi – it made it feel more like a holiday and is definitely better than any other volunteer accommodations we’ve heard of.” Tara Baker

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project by in-country staff
  • All the required resources and training to make an impact
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Visa-related fees
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
  • Items of a personal nature, such as gifts, snacks and alcohol
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.

About the Destination

Malawi is a country of extremes. While consistently warm all year round, picturesquely beautiful and rich with minerals and wildlife, it also is one of the poorest countries in the world. The district of Mangochi, where you will be volunteering, has been crippled by HIV/AIDS and poverty and life expectancy here is very low.

Despite this, we challenge you to find a local who does not greet you with the most joyous smile you’ve seen, or meet children who are so eager to learn from you.  Whether it’s the local fisherman who brings his catch back from the lake in the morning, or the wizened old woman tending to her small patch of vegetables,  there’s always a tale to hear, a story to share and there’s no wonder that Malawi is known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’.

Living on the shores of Lake Malawi – Africa’s third largest lake – you will be staying in a secure and safe fully-furnished volunteer house in large dorm-style rooms fitted with mosquito nets and Western style toilets and showers.

Only a stone’s throw away from the house, and I’m sure where you will spend most of your free time, is the infamous lake which covers 20% of Malawi’s surface area and what many tourists come to Malawi to see. Whether it’s snorkeling, scuba-diving, sailing, water skiing or simply relaxing on the beach, Malawi’s lake is paradise and a very refreshing way to end your day volunteering, or if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, why not take a safari to see some of Africa’s spectacular wildlife or explore the local area by 4×4 – Malawi has it all.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and despite offering free primary school enrollment to children, the country has struggled with a lack of qualified staff and a shortage of space and classrooms for children to learn. Volunteers on our Malawi Teaching and Community Upliftment project aim to address these issues by assisting local teachers in their classrooms, providing English lessons and support with other core subjects such as maths and science, as well as providing extra-curricular activities to help with the childrens’ development.

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