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Group Size: Max. 12
Trip code: MAVM
Duration: 4-8 weeks
For the people of Malawi, access to adequate medical support is not always possible and this project will give you the chance to help medical care in Malawian communities. With an emphasis on education, awareness, and building medical support, this project works to increase standards and levels of primary health care for rural communities on the shores of Lake Malawi. This project is a must if you have a desire to help people in one of Africa's least-developed regions.
Introduction and Orientation
After you’ve settled into our volunteer house and recovered from your jetlag, we’ll provide you with a welcome orientation and local tour so you can prepare for your Malawian life. This will cover all the basic things you’ll need to know about the area, and help you find your feet at the start of your placement.
Covering a range of topics, this introduction will let you know about the following –
After lunch you’ll take a tour of the local area and the town so you have a chance to familiarise yourself with the area. At the local market you’ll have a chance to begin your Malawian trip in style and blend in to your new surroundings, with the chance to buy some local material to make a wrap around skirt.
As your levels of experience and expertise vary, you should expect a varied daily routine as no two placements are exactly the same – it’s all part of the fun of working with unpredictable patients!
The co-ordinators will always try to place you in the area of greatest interest to you, though flexibility here is a virtue as the continuity of certain projects and activities is dependant on maintaining a certain number of working volunteers at any one time. Because of this, understaffed projects will take the priority when we allocate placements.
On an average day you can expect an early start, leaving for your medical project at 7.30am. Returning around midday for lunch to escape the hottest reaches of the sun, your afternoon of doctoring begins again between 2 and 2.30pm, carrying on till 5pm on weekdays. Friday afternoons however, are designated free time, so you can use this as an opportunity to enjoy an early start to your weekend! As your volunteer house is right on the banks of Lake Malawi, swimming through the sparking waters after a hot day is especially popular, otherwise you’ll have the chance to kick back at the house or get out into the open with the chance to see a little more Malawi and complete your African experience! Optional weekend excursions are available, though not included in the price, and for around (£100 / USD150) you will receive transportation, 2 nights accommodation, three meals a day and have a staff member with you to act as a guide for the weekend. Trips can be paid for locally, and include wildlife spotting in Liwonde National Park, water sports, boat rides and beach relaxation at Cape Maclear - a popular tourist village, and a forest and horse trek experience in the forests of the Zomba Plateau.
Some areas that the project may include:
Home Based Care
Local Community Health Care Centre
Malaria Prevention and Awareness
Nurseries for Orphan and Vulnerable Children
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