Medical Assistant in Malawi

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Medical Assistant in Malawi

Duration: from 4 months to 10 months
Countries: Malawi
Lattitude medical volunteers in Malawi act as an assistant to the local health officer, supporting their work in local health centers across the region.

Medical Assistant in Malawi

Malawi - “The Warm Heart of Africa” - is a beautiful country bordering Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. Mount Mulanje and Lake Malawi attract tourists, however, slow economic growth means that almost half the population live below the poverty line - so volunteers provide an invaluable service. 

Based in a rural health centre, Lattitude volunteers aid the ‘Health Officer’ who does almost everything medical-based for their community. The role is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in a medical-based career, although does not require any technical or medical experience (although if you do, that would certainly be welcomed). 

Typical activities of a Lattitude Volunteer Medical Assistant will include assisting with some of the running of a rural health centre, often looking after a basic pharmacy and providing general administration for patient care, helping to maintain patient records, assisting with activities with babies and under-fives and monthly baby monitoring (weighing) and feeding. You are also likely to have the chance to involve yourself in other community activities; this will often be encouraged and developing links with the community through your role as a Volunteer Medical Assistant will help you easily make links and friends and more easily begin to experience, explore and understand the culture of a rural area.

Accommodation and Food

Volunteers are allocated a house or nearby accommodation near their placement or they will live with a host family.  Most accommodation is quite basic with some furniture and a small amount of cooking equipment.  Not all accommodation will have electricity or running water, but it will be of the same standard as the houses lived in by the staff. Food is supplied but volunteers should bear in mind that they are living within poor communities and will probably need to supplement their diet with extra food which they can purchase and prepare themselves. This may work out at around an extra £0-£10 a week, depending on volunteer needs and the placement.

Minimum age: 18
Departs: Jan (6 months), Sep (4 or 10 months)

For applicants from the UK, we have bursary schemes available for volunteers from a variety of backgrounds.

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This placement would suit:

Someone who is mature, hardworking and looking for a challenge. These placements offer volunteers the chance to get some real hands on experience so are perfect for those interested in persueing a medical career



In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all pre-departure support and offer guidance
Pre-departure briefing
Airport pickup
Accommodation & food (provided by host, but volunteers may need to supplement their diet)
In-country orientation
In-country support
24/7 support

About Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that specialises in overseas volunteering placements. Since 1972, Lattitude Global Volunteering has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer in over 17 countries around the world, where they’ve had the opportunity to work in areas as diverse as conservation, medical work, outdoor sports, community projects and teaching and for 3 to 12 months. 

We help young people from developed and developing countries to volunteer and make sure our placements deliver sustainable value for the children, communities and institutions that volunteers work in. We match every volunteer to a placement that really needs their skills and where they can have the most benefit as part of a larger, ongoing programme. No qualifications or previous experience are required.


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