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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Chideso Childcare and Community Assistant

Mzuzu, Malawi

Organizing a variety of projects such as creches, teenage mother assistance, sports participation and computer classes that really need your help!

About the Program

The ‘Child Development Support Organization’, called Chideso for short, is a community-based organisation in the Masasa community in Mzuzu city in the north of Malawi. The organization was established in 2007 and is registered with the Ministry of Gender, Women, Children and Community Development Services.

Chideso is a development support organisation, and focuses on children’s rights and development by running a variety of support projects.

Their involvement with early development of children, training in vocational skills for adults, general life skills development and HIV/AIDS education and prevention are an essential need in this community, with many challenges such as income generation, extreme poverty, low life expectancy, child neglect and more. Their work brings the opportunity for this community to get help and support in creating better lives.

Typical Tasks

Early Childhood Development

Chideso has 3 early childhood development centres (pre-schools) of children between the ages of 2-5 years with the current enrolment of 138 (boys-64 and girls 74). 

Child Protection Advocacy 

The rights of children are the pivotal point of Chideso programs. We make every effort to teach awareness to the community about the rights of children and duties of the households in upholding these rights. Chideso advocates for the rights of children with different stakeholders and duty bearers, such as educators, churches, community groups and others. Some of the biggest challenges in the abuse of the rights of children are; sexual abuse, child labour (mostly for girls) and early marriage where girls as young as 14 are married off.


Education Support to Orphans

Volunteers will assist the project as it supports education in the following ways;

  • Paying school fees for orphans and other vulnerable children.
  • Providing them with school uniforms and other learning materials like note books, pens and mathematical instruments.
  • Conducting debates and interschool quizzes to encourage learning and critical thinking skills.
  • Working with school authorities in improving sanitation through construction of latrines and providing sanitary pads for girls.

HIV and AIDS Prevention

As HIV and AIDS are a very serious social problem in most parts of Malawi, the Masasa community is not spared from this. Chideso is working with the community in prevention, care and support through 2 HIV/AIDS support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Youth Development and Sports

Volunteers can get involved in helping Chideso with a range of youth programs and activities, such as;

  • Youth leadership skills and life skills
  • Career guidance for youth
  • HIV/AIDS education and prevention of other sexually transmitted infections
  • Youth-aimed community charity work programs
  • Sports and recreational activities.

Typical day

Volunteer working hours are flexible, but will generally be from 8.30am - 3pm on weekdays and include the following tasks.

  • Assisting with childcare
  • Organizing computer classes
  • Assisting the teenage mother support group
  • Organizing sports events
  • HIV / AIDS Prevention

Free-time activities

There are a few things to do in Mzuzu. There is a shopping centre with a modern supermarket, an internet cafe and a few restaurants where you can go to. Furthermore you can go hiking in the Mkuwazi forest reserve! If you like to do more, you can go a little bit further by public transport or rent a car and you can do it yourself!

Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Riding

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Be comfortable around another non-western culture and be ready to help with any tasks that might come up.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Khaya Volunteer Projects are happy to help you.

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Services by Khaya Volunteer Projects

Information and assistance before departure - Pick up on arrival in Mzuzu - City Tour and Introduction Program - Direct donation to the project - Accommodation and all meals (7 days a week)

Airport Pickup at Mzuzu

Lilongwe Airport transfer (one way private vehicle) - $200

Accommodation

You will be staying with one of our selected host families within walking distance of Chideso, making it very easy to come to work and get back home.

We offer a comfortable family home with 2 bedrooms, with 2 and 3 beds respectively. There is a private bathroom for volunteers to use with a western toilet and shower with warm water. The home offers the use of a dining room, lounge with TV and large garden.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

There are 3 meals a day prepared for you which will be local food mostly made up of rice, pastas, ‘nsima’ (porridge of maize meal), fish, vegetables and meats.

Breakfast is usually porridge or bread with coffee or tea. Lunch and dinner are cooked meals.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mzuzu (ZZU) in Mzuzu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malawi.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Malawi provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Malawi you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malawi.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$805.00
5 weeks
$970.00
6 weeks
$1,135.00
7 weeks
$1,300.00
8 weeks
$1,465.00
9 weeks
$1,630.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,125.00
Average fees
$189.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mzuzu/Malawi between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Malawi.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Khaya Volunteer Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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