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Khaya Volunteer Projects

Community Ambassador

This organization supports a number of women in income-generating projects, day care for their children, community vegetable gardens and more.


Mbawemi means ‘good woman’ in Chichewa which is the local spoken language. This organisation has vowed to strive for the improvement of the social-economic challenges encountered by women in general and other vulnerable people from their surrounding communities.

Mbawemi has established a variety of projects to support women and children to improve their living conditions, educational needs, income-generating projects and general day care for orphans and vulnerable children.

The team at Mbawemi has many ambitions, but financial restraints and the lack of manpower leaves them in a situation where they must make the most of what they can achieve. Volunteers can support this organisation in creating new programmes, uplifting existing programmes and learning from each other.

Volunteers can choose which programme they like to partcipate with. The surroundings and who they work with depends on which programme they choose. They will work with the team who is running the programme. Surroundings are good at all projects, they can ask questions to the people who work there. Below, you'll see what you do on daily basis!


Early Childhood development

Mbawemi has an early childhood development and day-care centre in the community, developed so that women from the surrounding area are able to go to work or work the field and be assured that their children are looked after. The basic school offers 2 classrooms with 40-50 children each.

Human Right Awareness

To educate women about their human rights, Mbawemi runs an outreach programme aimed specifically at women, to create awareness and possibilities for them to develop leadership skills. The aim is to encourage female empowerment in communities where women are often marginalised and unsupported due to various factors.

Economic empowerment for Women

To offer women resources for increased independence in a male-dominated society, Mbawemi has developed several income-generating projects such as their beekeeping project in Mzenga. Honey is sold to create income for the women, and they are also able to create products out of by the wax such as candles and soap. Mbawemi and assistant volunteers educate and support these women with a number of projects, to become more independent and self-sustainable by providing them with a way to generate a small income.


Volunteers can be involved in a variety of tasks and activities within the diverse framework of Mbawemi’s programmes, such as:

  • Assisting with teaching at the child care centre.
  • Monitoring and offering technical support to women with small businesses.
  • Teaching extracurricular lessons to primary and secondary school students.
  • Offering activities focussed on sports, arts, music.
  • Creating holiday programmes during school holidays.
  • Education in aspects of basic sanitation and hygiene.
  • Assisting in skills development such as cooking, housekeeping, plumbing, tailoring, knitting and other skills.
  • Possible training in the fields of project management, caretakers training, leadership skills for women and/or computer skills.



Volunteers can take part in assisting with child care at the creche, working in the community vegetable gardens, getting involved in women’s empowerment projects and skills training, helping to set up income generating projects or work with existing projects, and so much more.



Suitable for

Community Ambassador Bread and cookies Painting! Learning outside One of the activities closeby! Womens association

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
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Bring your patience, proactivity, foresight and positivity!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:00

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

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!


Included Services

What's included?
- Information and assistance before departure
- Pick up on arrival in Mzuzu
- City Tour and Introduction Programme
- Direct donation to the project
- Accommodation and all meals (7 days a week)
Airport Pickup

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


Volunteers will stay with one of our selected host families within walking distance of Mbawemi, making it very easy to get to and from work.

We offer comfortable family homes with shared bedrooms with 2 and 3 beds respectively. There is a 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 garden.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

There are 3 meals a day prepared for volunteers, consisting of 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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Mzuzu/Malawi between 2 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.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Malawi

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Malawi. Please check the visa regulations for Malawi.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Malawi and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Malawi.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Malawi.

What's next?

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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Malawi you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malawi.
What can you do in leisure-time in Malawi while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Mzuzu, Mzimba, Malawi, Mzuzu, Malawi

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