Health Care Practical Education and Outreach

Teach and assist local volunteers in providing community health support, attend HIV support groups, take part in a malaria prevention program.

Our medical volunteer project focuses on education with the aim of improving health in the community we support in the long term. The programme is divided into three parts: wound care, HIV support groups and Home Based Care training.

Mornings will be spent at practical wound care sessions, this is part of our Home Based Care training for local volunteers. You will be able to assist volunteers in correct wound dressings and advise on how to care for a wound at home, regular washing and the importance of keeping the area clean. Any severe cases are always advised to seek attention at hospitals, however in reality after the first hospital visit it can be difficult or impossible for people to return for redressing every few days due to the distance so local volunteers being able to provide this in the community addresses this problem.

In the afternoons you will alternate each day between HIV support groups and Home Based Care training groups. These sessions will take you into the heart of different villages. The Home Based Care training prepares local volunteers with the knowledge to provide a first point of support and in the longer term palliative care to patients. During these sessions you will cover a range of topics, from basic hygiene and the importance of hand washing to more detailed subjects such as first aid and how to provide palliative care to a patient. Each Home Based Care group consists of 5 male and 5 female volunteers, you will spend part of the sessions teaching and part visiting people’s homes to put theory into practice.

Two afternoons per week will be spent at HIV support groups, these exist as a non-judgemental place for patients suffering from HIV to come together in a community where people are often otherwise stigmatised. Your role in the group will adapt to what the group wants, sometimes this can be to hold a discussion group on different topics related to the illness, at other times it will be more practical provision of information and teaching of ways to alleviate side effects of the medication or the best foods to eat to provide good nutrition.


This programme is suitable for people of different levels, from those who are looking at a medical career and want to get experience prior to further education, to students and qualified doctors or nurses. How you participate in activities will depend on your level of experience. There may also be options to take part in our malaria prevention programme. Please let us  know if you want to volunteer as part in the programme as a credit towards your course. It may be possible to spend time in a local clinic or hospital.


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Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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 (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at TEFL level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
People who have relevant health care experience, students or those looking to pursue a career in health care may apply.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Naturally Africa Volunteers are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Malawi has previously been in Lonely Planet's top 5 for best in travel destinations. The project is based in a beautiful beach location in the South of Malawi, the volunteer cottage overlooks Lake Malawi. Mountainous areas and Safari destinations are within easy reach, within a few hours of our project location. It really does have something for everyone, with every budget. You can spend your weekends relaxing at the beach, diving, horse riding, kayaking to a remote island, hiking or wildlife watching. There are historic several historic sights that can be visited. You may wish to spend some weekends at the volunteer cottage, immersing yourself in the local community, getting to know the culture, walking to nearby villages, watching traditional dancing, or going to school sports tournaments.

Water Sports


What's included?
Your program fee covers transfers to and from Lilongwe International airport on set arrival and departure dates, your accommodation whilst at the project, 3 meals per day and 24/7 support from our onsite coordinators.
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.
Airport Pickup

When arriving on one of our set arrival dates you will be met at the airport by one of our coordinators and transferred to the cottage in the volunteer minibus, this is included in the programme fee. The volunteer cottage is approximately a 3.5 hour journey away. If you book to arrive outside of the usual arrival and departure dates you will need to pay for a private transfer which we will be happy to arrange for you, the cost is usually around $175.


Our accommodation is in a shared volunteer cottage overlooking Lake Malawi. You will typically be sharing with one or two other people in large shared rooms, each room is either en-suite or has a large shared bathroom. The bathrooms have western flush style toilets and standard showers. The showers may be cold but this is often refreshing and welcome at the end of a hot days volunteering.

Food & Beverages

We provide three meals per day and are able to cater to most dietary requirements if notified in advance. Breakfast typically consists of toast, pancakes or eggs and tea or coffee. Lunch consists of sandwiches or pasta and a hot main meal is prepared in the evenings. The cook at the cottage prepares food to a high standard but bear in mind that ingredients can be limited so there may not be a wide variety of choice on offer. Meals whilst on weekend excursions are not included.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Monkey Bay/Malawi between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Naturally Africa Volunteers will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Naturally Africa Volunteers 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 Kumuzu International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe. 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.
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P.O Box 120, Monkey Bay, Malawi

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