Go! Malawi Travel Program Details

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM DETAILS

The last five years students and adult volunteers have traveled with Go! Malawi (formally Friends of Little Field Home) to rural Malawi to assess the needs of orphans, vulnerable children and their outlying communities.  The volunteers became a part of the community as they lived on site in the villages and in the homes of villagers. The volunteers gave their time and supported our programs pertaining to education, health care, commerce and HIV/AIDS education. The students made a difference for the orphans and the members of the Village and their life changing experience brought emotional growth and new global perspectives!

The last five years students and adult volunteers have traveled with Go! Malawi (formally Friends of Little Field Home) to rural Malawi to assess the needs of orphans, vulnerable children and their outlying communities.  The volunteers became a part of the community as they lived on site in the villages and in the homes of villagers. The volunteers gave their time and supported our programs pertaining to education, health care, commerce and HIV/AIDS education. The students made a difference for the orphans and the members of the Village and their life changing experience brought emotional growth and new global perspectives!

DETAILS: * Programs range from 2 weeks to one year

Job Description

Students: Focus on the following: teaching daily, organized play, HIV/AIDS presentations to gender specific groups in the villages, conservation initiatives and farming

Older Students/Adults: Take an initiative and focus on a specific project. You will be asked to teach and read with the children daily, but we also look for people who specialize in the following: Nursing/Public Health, Teaching, Business Management, Accounting, Masonry, Farming, Construction, sports… we have a job for you!!  Adult leaders are needed for each trip also (at reduced prices).

If you are interested in joining us on one of our trips please click HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is it safe?

A. Malawi has always been known as a safe, quiet country. They have been dubbed “The Warm Heart of Africa” due to their friendly nature and kindness to foreigners. I have always felt safe in my ten years of coming to visit. We will be traveling in a group and working together as well.

Q. What can I wear?

A. Girls need to wear long comfortable skirts-skirts must go past the knee (preferably mid-calf or ankle length). It is important that girls do not show their bellies with any of their outfits. Tank tops are fine. Boys may wear shorts or pants.

Student Reflections 

“ ‘The experience of a lifetime’ seems to undermine how much I saw and changed by living one month in rural Malawi.”

-Heidi Behnke, St. Petersburg, Florida

……..“Being able to experience Malawi for me was very much a growing experience. I know that Malawi will always be a part of me and forever have a place in my heart. Being able to see how happy the orphans were with how little they had made me wonder how I could live so long without being truly grateful and aware of all that I have. This experience has taught me to love, cherish and appreciate everything that my family and I own and have worked for.

-Meghan Munro, Walpole, MA

Sample Daily Schedule (On Site)

6-7:00 You will wake up and you may take a bath. Water will be hauled by your group every other day. There is now water taps right on site at the kitchen. On alternate days your group will clean (sweep and mop) the home you are staying in. Morning hikes available

8:00- Breakfast

8:30-9:30- Chichewa Lessons-learn the local language to communicate easier.

10:00-12:00- Brainstorming session with your group (HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Education, Commerce, etc….

12-2:00- Break time

12:30- Lunch

2:00-3:30- Reading and English Lessons with the children in their skill groups.

4:00-5:30- Organized Play: Art lessons, Photography, Soccer ……

6:00-7:00- Dinner

6:30- Teaching workshops in M’Pamila (sewing, nutrition, English, and math have been requested by the community)

8:00-10:00- Free Time: Read, Write in Journal, Play cards, take a bath.

10:30- Sleeping

Trips

* Safari

* Lake Resort or Lake Trip

* City Adventure in Lilongwe

Work Expectations

* No running water, no electricity, no electronics…let go of what is familiar!

* Get your hands dirty and take the initiative to just do it.

* Read and play with the children during your down time

* Give 110%

* Take a risk

* Feel out of your comfort zone

If you are interested in joining us on one of our trips please click HERE.