Our programs in Malawi are based in communities within 60 kilometres of Lilongwe, and around Zomba in the south. Lilongwe is the capital and has a good variety of shops, banks, Internet cafes and restaurants. Zomba is a small town that was the capital of Malawi until 1975. To the north is the beautiful Zomba Plateau and the surrounding area is famous for tobacco and cotton.
In 1994, the Government of Malawi abolished school fees for primary education, resulting in an increase in primary school enrollment from 1.9 million pupils to 3.2 million and an average pupil-teacher ratio of 72. The schools are often under-staffed and lack furniture, text books, sports equipment and stationary.
Any help you can give is hugely appreciated by the local communities!
Make an Impact
Malawi has many of the poorest schools that AV is involved with in Africa.
Yet our students are always stunned by the kindness they are shown by pupils, staff and parents alike. Our gap year projects in Malawi will give you the chance to discover so much more about Africa and yourself. It is just impossible to have these experiences without the prolonged immersion in Malawi’s culture and rural society.
Helping a rural community through teaching brings immeasurable rewards, as so many AVs will testify. Whether it’s teaching academic subjects, music, drama, arts and crafts or coaching sports, your contribution will mean an awful lot to your hosts.
Malawi really is ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’! Its scenery is stunning and varied with mountains and plateaus, national parks, game reserves and, of course, the beautiful Lake Malawi. The lake stretches some 500km along the country’s eastern border and offers crystal clear waters, excellent beaches, bird and hippo watching and water sports.
The Zomba Plateau is a 2000m massif with forests, waterfalls and lakes. To the south Mount Mulanje is a challenging trek to over 3000m with sheer escarpments, dramatic peaks and endless rolling grassland. Volunteering in Malawi with AV will give you plenty of opportunities to visit and enjoy all of these amazing places!
Become part of the community As part of a group you will live in the middle of a community, learning about the local culture, engaging and connecting with people with lives vastly different to your own. It’s about sharing your skills and knowledge in a way that is useful to them.
Make an Impact We are passionate about the difference you can make and we work with each participant individually to ensure you can use your skills to make a meaningful contribution.
Independent, supported travel After your project ends, you can choose to include four weeks of independent travel, whilst still making use of our 24/7 in-country support.
Gap Year 100 We are committed to taking a maximum of 100 per year on our gap year programs. As a non-profit, AV’s focus is on providing both volunteers and our partner communities with the best experience possible and by limiting our numbers we ensure we can treat every applicant individually and place them where they can have the most impact.
AV programs are no ordinary gap year experiences, it’s a community of individuals with shared experiences and we are with you long after you get back from the project. “Once an AV, always an AV.”
Visit our website to find out more about our Malawi program.