Teach children from vulnerable areas in Malawi valuable life skills through education, sport programs, & physical activity.
About the Program
As a volunteer on this combination project of teaching and sport, you will be supporting the
teachers by assisting them in one of the local primary schools and interacting with the students after school hours as well. On
occasion volunteers with teaching experience can be placed in one of the
community secondary schools. Furthermore, you will run various sports
sessions and activities. The school and sports programs run in the district of Mangochi, on the shores of Lake Malawi.
In Malawi, football is the most popular sport for boys and netball is the most popular sport for girls. Existing teams in these sports usually meet every afternoon to train or play matches. As a volunteer your role will be to work alongside the local team coach or teacher (if there is one) and assist them with:
The involvement of volunteers encourages more children to participate in sport and the training sessions. This is very important regarding their health and fitness, personal development such as learning team skills, and involving them in a positive activity in their free time.
Additional sports that you may coach or get involved in include volleyball, cricket, or swimming. We try to encourage new sports, so if you have a particular sport in mind that you would like to coach feel free to let us know. However, we ask volunteers to be patient, as these sports are not played as commonly in Malawi.
Sports sessions are a lot of fun and can be very rewarding. Please keep in mind we only have basic sports equipment and due to the climate, conditions and everyday use the teams are always in need of new items, especially balls. If you would like to and are able to bring a football or sports equipment, it will be very much appreciated by us and the children!
In the mornings volunteers will assist teachers with the curriculum subjects, including English, Maths and Sciences. Most days you will finish teaching in the morning between 11:00 and 12:00 and have a lunch break back at the volunteer house during the hottest part of the day.
In the afternoons you will organise and run sports activities and coaching sessions, including sports like football, netball, volleyball and rounders.
Volunteers that are with us for a longer period of time will have the opportunity to organise sports matches or mini-tournaments for the children, or even with a neighbouring school or village teams.
During free time, volunteers can relax at the volunteer house, swim in the sparkling waters of Lake Malawi, and explore the local area. Weekend trips can be organized by the project staff. Some exciting places you can visit include: Liwonde National Park-Offers a variety of wildlife and large herds of elephant, where you can enjoy the combination of a vehicle safari, walking safari, and boat safari in search of the numerous hippo in the rivers. Cape Maclear-A popular tourist village at the edge of the lake. Enjoy snorkeling, boat rides on Lake Malawi, exploring the craft stalls, and sunbathing on the beach during the day. In the evening there are a couple of lively bars to let your hair down. Zomba Plateau-Is a cool forest where you can relax, take in the great views, trek, and even go horse riding if you wish. *Although organized weekend excursions are not included in the program price, we do recommend doing a couple of these group trips during your stay. This way you will be able to see a little more and make the most of your time in Malawi.
You need to arrange your flights to arrive at Lilongwe Airport in Malawi prior to 2pm on the date specified. Upon arrival, you will be met by a project representative and will be transferred to the project, which is about three and a half hours drive from the airport. If you cannot find our representative, please wait at the information desk & give us a call if there is more than a 15 minute delay.
Volunteers will stay in a comfortable, shared house in a rural village in the Mangochi District. The volunteer house is located on the shores of the stunning Lake Malawi. The volunteer house area (and Malawi in general) is very safe; however, the house is fenced and gated for additional security and privacy. The bedrooms in the volunteer house are large shared rooms (2–4 volunteers per room), generally with single or bunk beds. Bathrooms all consist of western style flush toilets and showers.
Three meals a day are provided: Breakfast usually consists of french toast, eggs, porridge or pancakes, and tea and coffee. Lunch usually consists of sandwiches, pasta, soups, wraps, or similar; or a packed lunch can be provided if you are not returning to the house in the middle of the day. Dinner will be a hot meal prepared for you by our cook. *Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.