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Law & Advocate Intern

4 - 8 weken  ·  Leeftijd 18 - 50+

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  • Work directly with highly dedicated and committed human rights lawyers providing free legal aid and human rights awareness.
  • Gain invaluable experience challenging injustice and inequality
  • Build a network and international connections in this highly unique opportunity
  • Experience a life changing cultural journey to Africa. Share this unique experience with people from around the world as passionate about their work as you are
  • Visit other surrounding places during your stay with us.

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Leeftijd 18+

Over het programma

Immerse yourself in the enriching experience of challenging injustice and inequality. Embark on a life-transforming cultural voyage to Africa.

Fuel your journey with passion; the driving force that imbues meaning, happiness, excitement, and anticipation into our lives and pursuits. It acts as a potent catalyst in accomplishing any set endeavor, maximizing both personal and professional experiences.

Nelson Mandela once said, "As long as ...

Over het programma

Fuel your journey with passion; the driving force that imbues meaning, happiness, excitement, and anticipation into our lives and pursuits. It acts as a potent catalyst in accomplishing any set endeavor, maximizing both personal and professional experiences.

Nelson Mandela once said, "As long as poverty, injustice, and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest." 

Project Overview:

Seize the unique opportunity to aid the fight against injustice and inequality. Working in partnership with a non-profit organization specializing in human rights and legal aid, you'll support primarily vulnerable women and children as they prepare for court trials. Registered lawyers in Malawi will represent these clients in the Supreme Court.

Your Role:

• Become a volunteer or intern, working with certified lawyers. 
• Gain firsthand experience in Malawian law by working directly at a functioning law firm, covering cases in the High Courts and its subsidiaries. 
• Get training on advocacy, counseling, and constitutional law while shadowing experienced attorneys.
• Advocate for local individuals dealing with domestic violence concerns.
• Assist in preparing clients for their court appearances. 
• Help clients comprehend intricate legal issues.
• Aid in settling community disputes, such as those involving land and hereditary family issues. 
• Advocate for women who've experienced domestic or honour-related violence and assault. 

Introducing the Law & Human Rights Project in Malawi:

In its journey as a developing nation, Malawi is critically positioned to render a difference in the human rights landscape. Our Law & Human Rights internships in Mzuzu, Malawi, invite interns to a well-established law firm to contribute and learn. You'll get insights into the legal system and understand community involvement, all while raising human rights awareness.

This experience is suitable for anyone with an underlying interest in human rights and a dedicated desire to foster positive changes in others' lives. From high school students to university graduates and professional individuals, those who demonstrate initiative engagements and commitment are most likely to reap a rich, rewarding experience.

Intern Responsibilities:

In addition to creating information resources like research reports and consulting with clients, you might also be tasked with managing cases and formulating legal opinions. Your responsibilities could involve court visits for observing different proceedings or conducting workshops on human rights in community groups, schools, or shelters.

Your role will primarily be dictated by your legal experience. Additionally, strong English skills are essential, particularly if you're interested in working with legal services.

A professional approach, flexibility, excellent communication skills, and a hardworking demeanor are crucial traits for interns. You will represent a professional organization with potential deadlines. It's important to remember that your gains from this project will reflect your input. Volunteers ready to immerse themselves, engage inquisitively, and make an impact will undoubtedly have an unforgettable learning adventure.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Offering a perfect blend of service and exploration, our volunteering days are packed with productive mornings of working and relaxed afternoons for leisurely activities. On weekends, indulge in the adventures of exploring the breathtaking landscapes of our country and participating in safaris with ...

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Offering a perfect blend of service and exploration, our volunteering days are packed with productive mornings of working and relaxed afternoons for leisurely activities. On weekends, indulge in the adventures of exploring the breathtaking landscapes of our country and participating in safaris with our team and other international volunteers.

Kick-start your day as early as 6:00 am with our daily meditation or energizing morning run, if you're feeling inspired. This is followed by a wholesome breakfast served at 7:30 am. Your primary volunteer work occurs from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Unwind in your free afternoons starting at 3:00 pm, engaging in delightful cultural excursions. Learn traditional Malawian songs and dances or cook native Malawian cuisine. You might even opt to learn Chichewa, our local language. These classes, tailored for all levels, are typically an hour and a half long and promise to further endear Malawi to your heart.

At 8:00 pm, we gather for a communal dinner, serving a delectable array of dishes to satiate your appetite and conclude your day on a savory note.


Karonga, nestled near the northern shores of the lake, offers a range of leisure activities. In your spare time, you can enjoy swimming, kayaking or simply unwinding by the lake. You can also journey out on a lake cruise. Our local museum provides a fascinating showcase of prehistoric human ...


Karonga, nestled near the northern shores of the lake, offers a range of leisure activities. In your spare time, you can enjoy swimming, kayaking or simply unwinding by the lake. You can also journey out on a lake cruise. Our local museum provides a fascinating showcase of prehistoric human artifacts, dinosaur fossils, and valuable information about Malawian history and culture.

For those eager to discover other areas of Malawi, you can visit Livingstonia, hike amidst the stunning landscapes of the Nyika Plateau, or explore various mines in the region if mining interests you. A weekend getaway to Nkhata Bay is also an option, where you can try your hand at scuba diving. If wildlife intrigues you, the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve and National Park in Rumphi are conveniently accessible for game viewing or adventurous bushwalks.

Alternatively, you can immerse yourself in the local culture in Karonga, savoring Malawian music, dance and getting a hands-on experience in traditional cooking. Please note, extra activities need to be organized by the volunteers themselves, and they will need to cover costs relating to travel, food and accommodation.

Additionally, for those interested, we can arrange a photo tour around the area, ensuring there's always something new and intriguing to uncover.

You can also make the most of your free time by watching TV, reading a book, swimming, or visiting the local gym for a workout.



Minimum leeftijd: 18 jaar

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.


Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)


Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.

Andere vaardigheden

Proficiency in Relevant Work Experience, Effective Communication Skills, Polished Presentation Skills, Proficient Fundraising Skills.


Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 08:00 - 15:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Helping Your Community Forum

The Helping Your Community Forum (HYCF) fees are calculated as follows.

A one time application fee which includes , Pre-departure support, Preparation, handbooks, Orientation day and Project support

Program fees to stay at HYCF House (including Break fast, Lunch and dinner) from Monday to Friday

Important Note; To keep it transparent we do not add any donation to our program fees (which are entirely used for your preparation , Supervision and Accommodation) but encourage you to raise some funds among your family and friends prior to your arrival or once you have arrived in Malawi. Any small or big amount is highly appreciated and you are entirely free to decide on how you want to utilize your donation within the project. By doing so you will see how much of a difference donations can make and  its a great feeling to see this first hand. We understand volunteering as a holistic approach of helping each other and learning from one another and while you will do amazing daily work as a volunteer we want you to also understand that no project can entirely survive if it was  not for financial support as well.

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Lilongwe International Airport

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe. A member of staff from our local organization in Malawi will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the host family which will be your base for volunteering. Malawi has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.


Volunteers will be hosted by the Chief Executive Officer in their family home. This is a great opportunity to experience the unique culture of Malawi and to interact and make friends with a local family. You will have your own room and private space for sleeping or relaxing, the house is self contained with single bed,. we will do our best to ensure that you are comfortable and well looked after during your stay.

We have a house with 5 rooms its a fenced house and  security is tight, we have dogs, Nice vegetation,Easy access to town. We stay near the lake Malawi.Good comfortable rooms, We provide good meals.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirement before arriving. Vegetarian, Vegan and other diets can be catered for. If volunteers require any other  snacks beside the three main meals these can easily be purchased in the local market.

There is also a kitchen with fridge for our Volunteers, an oven, bathrooms, a common room equipped with comfortable sofas, numerous tables and benches out side.

Eten & Drank

Food(Break fast, Lunch and Dinner) is prepared by the family from Monday to Sunday at the HYCF house. The break fast includes tea/coffee, white bread, Chips, Rice, Porridge, and cake for break fast. For lunch and dinner we generraly eat rice or Nsima (a local dish made from maze flour) with some vegetables, beans, meat or fish. Some times fruits or salad will also be served. This is a staple food and hope you will learn to love it!!!

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Vlucht tickets

De dichtste luchthaven is Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Malawi. VIND GOEDKOPE VLUCHTEN


Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Malawi biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde. KRIJG EEN OFFERTE


Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Malawi dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Malawi. VACCINATIE CHECKER

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

We value our volunteers' comfort and well-being, understanding the fatigue that comes after a long-haul flight. Thus, we allot your first one or two days for relaxation and acclimatization to the new environment.

Arrival Details:

Upon your arrival at Lilongwe International Airport, a warm welcome awaits you. We'll travel together to Karonga, typically an overnight journey by bus.

If you are arriving from Tanzania, you would need to cross the border and take either a local shared car or a bus to reach Karonga. A member of the HYCF team can meet you at the bus station. Alternatively, we could provide you with the location of our office where you can meet us once you arrive in Karonga. Rest assured, we remain available via phone and WhatsApp for any queries or assistance.

The day after arrival, we initiate orientation meetings and commence planning for the projects ahead. In these productive engagements, you'll receive insightful guidance for your forthcoming duties as a volunteer.
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4 weken (min. verblijf) 539€
8 weken (max. verblijf) 1.078€
Gemiddelde kosten 134€/week


134€ per week 4 - 8 weken Leeftijd 18 - 50+


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Finale betaling

Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Helping Your Community Forum gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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Helping Your Community Forum

Uitstekend 4.8 rating (30 beoordelingen)

NGO - opgericht in 2019

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Gesproken talen: Engels

Over de organisatie

The project is assisting women, children and youth in most vulnerable situations.

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Volunteer in Malawi with HYCF– a local organization that works with international volunteers with programs based in karonga & Mzuzu HYCF provides safe, trusted and affordable programs, with a range of volunteer projects in Malawi , including Childcare • English Teaching & Medical opportunities and also Law & Legal internships.

Our projects in Malawi run across the year and participants can join us from 2-24 weeks. Volunteers in Malawi are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, orientation, breakfast and dinner, accommodation and local support.

We strive to work with communities to foster change and through the generosity of donors and our wonderful team of volunteers, we are doing just that!

To achieve a sustainable community development in Karonga, Malawi, Helping Your Community Forum is working in five thematic areas:

1) Women and Youth Empowerment:

Training in income generation activities and encouragement to take part in decision making processes. Sexual and reproductive health Rights 

In order to contribute to the girl’s empowerment, the organization chose to focus on education. Many girls are not informed on how to handle their monthly period properly and miss school because they feel uncomfortable. Or they drop out after getting pregnant. This leaves them with a worse education than the male students are able to receive, limiting their future prospects. To avoid that, the organization takes responsibility by implementing sex education courses in secondary schools to raise awareness and provide accurate information to the students

2) Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture: Tree planting activities, promotion and construction of improved firewood cooking stoves, briquette fabrication from rice husks, promotion of organic farming techniques and raising awareness about environmental issues.

3) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Training of villagers in hygienic issues, waste collection activities, facilitation of the construction of public toilets and awareness raising about the importance of a clean and hygienic environment.

4) HIV/AIDS and nutrition: 

Training and awareness raising on HIV/AIDS prevention and the importance of healthy nutrition.

5) Good Governance and Education:

Facilitation of access to schools for underprivileged girls and boys, managing pen-pal schemes to improve communication, cultural awareness and language skills. Also improving the transparency of governmental activities for the local communities.


Our Organization's vision is to achieve a society that is at least 75% free of social and climate problems through a sustainable environment, social, and education by 2030.
Our Organization's main mission is to bridge the gap in inequalities and address the vulnerability in the underserved communities of Malawi.

We try to empower women and girls, and men and boys through capacity building, tackling gender discrimination and violence, and supporting more equitable economic and social opportunities for the marginalized people.

HYCF consists of a team of eight HYCF secretaries, many having a background of community development and project management studies, as well as 20 women organized in a women’s group and 17 youngsters organized in a youth group which was set up in mid 2020. All of them are working on volunteer basis. Since early 2019 HYCF has hosted 22 international volunteers that were supporting in the field and brought new ideas in from which nine volunteers are still assisting HYCF through advices, providing of networks and processing of ongoing projects.

At Helping You Community Forum(HYCF), we take a collaborative approach to our work and believe that those who live in the area are best able to assess needs and create solutions for the community.

We do not impose what we think should be solutions from the top-down, but rather work with community members from the ground up.

Our commitment to collaboration allows us to maximize impact and assist in the development of Karonga in a responsible and positive way.

All our projects have community ownership, which is demonstrated in two ways:

First, communities are enlisted to identify their needs and solutions, which becomes the basis of our work. We participate in the regular village needs assessment meetings attended by Village Headmen (chiefs), local village development committees, women’s groups, civil society leaders, and other community members. It is from these meetings that the concept, planning, and implementation stages of any of our projects begin. Furthermore, all work is vetted by community stakeholders. 

Second, communities contribute to the running of each project. Our approach emphasizes the personal responsibility and accountability of all partners involved.

This grassroots model for development utilizes local knowledge and ensures that we work in collaboration with traditional leaders and other like-minded players respecting cultural values and traditions. This process is assisted by the community liaison officer, who ensures that we stay fully engaged with everything taking place in the villages and vice versa.

We have expanded our programming, but maintain our focus on a relatively small geographic area of Mwenilondo in Karonga, Malawi. Remaining a local organization has a number of benefits. We have developed a strong rapport with stakeholders in the area, which helps us to run our many projects effectively. Working on the ground also allows us to have close and ongoing monitoring of all projects, and we pride ourselves on being able to adapt projects where necessary and learn through evaluation. This approach also ensures that all money donated is used in the most cost-effective way, as we have minimal overhead costs.

As a development organization, it is important to us that our initiatives are in-line with those of broader development strategies, both in the national and international context. These strategies include the Karonga District Development Plan, Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III, and the United Nation’s Standard Development Goals. Each of these strategies includes specific actions for women and girls empowerment. By aligning our programs with the initiatives in these development strategies, we ensure that our programs are following the best fit for the development of Malawi.

30 beoordelingen · rating4.8

David Namagowa rating5

2024 at Law & Advocate Intern

I had the privilege of volunteering in Mzuzu, Malawi through the Helping Your Community Forum (HYCF) and it was an incredible experience! I was warmly welcomed by David, the CEO of HYCF, who not only showed me around Malawi but also introduced me to the local culture and community. David's ...
Mickeness Bandaah rating5

2024 at Law & Advocate Intern

A Rewarding Law & Advocacy Internship in Malawi with HYCF. I recently completed a law and advocacy internship with Helping Your Community Forum (HYCF) in Mzuzu, Malawi, and it was an incredible experience that exceeded my expectations. From the moment I arrived at Lilongwe Airport, I was warmly ...
Mees Molenaar rating5

2024 at Medical Health Intern

I stayed with David and his family for one month to work in the hospital. I had a very good time there. David’s family is very welcoming and friendly and I always felt very well taken care of. The house is very nice, the food is great and in the weekends we had time to explore the rest of Malawi ...
Oktavi Mood rating5

2023 at Medical Health Intern

This has been by far the best summer of my life, David and his family were extremly accomodating and nice. They provided me with 3 abundant meals a day, a king size bed to sleep on and an incredible oportunity to work in the district hospital and gain both personal and professional experience. ..
Philip Petit rating5

2023 at Photography intern

I recently had the privilege of volunteering as a photographer with Helping Your Community Forum (Hycf) in Malawi, and it was an experience that will stay with me forever. From the moment I arrived at Lilongwe Airport, I was warmly welcomed by David, who hosted me throughout my stay. The drive to ...
Amedea Napolitano rating4.6

2023 at Construction of a Resource Center

I was a guest of David's family for two weeks, in the Karonga district, 8 hours from Lilongwe. It goes without saying that these are very poor areas of Africa, but having a good sense of adaptation I immediately managed to settle in without too many problems. It is an experience that I would do ...


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