MALAWI: Optometry Volunteering Project

Go Volunteer Africa – the leading and largest volunteer travel organization in Africa is facilitating a unique volunteer opportunity in Malawi for optometrists and ophthalmologists in general hospitals for interns and professionals. Malawi optometry volunteering project offers optometrists and ophthalmologists an opportunity to apply their skills and training to provide eye care to patients alongside the local eye doctors.

Professional volunteers working on our Malawi optometry volunteering project also provide training to local eye care workers and also get involved in local teams outreach services in rural communities.

The Malawi optical volunteer placement offers a variety of optional services, where you’ll be able to observe and assist. You could work in a hospital or optometry spot in Blantyre or Lilongwe. You can work in a variety of medical departments, where you can either assist or shadow the staff members.


  • Communicating with patients to get detailed case histories
  • Examining the eyes of patients of all ages to detect signs of injury, disease, abnormality or vision defects
  • Checking for signs and symptoms of general health conditions (e.g. diabetes)
  • Using specialist equipment for diagnosis and testing
  • Issuing prescriptions for spectacles or contact lenses
  • Fitting and checking prescribed lenses in order to correct vision defects
  • Help the blind or low visibility patients with special requirements
  • Offering advice and reassurance about vision-related matters
  • Offering help and advice for patients choosing frames and lenses
  • Writing referral communications to doctors
  • Liaising with other medical practitioners and sometimes sharing the care of patients with chronic ophthalmic conditions

Optometrists share knowledge and skills with local optometrists and ophthalmic nurses, while ophthalmologists provide surgical training and skills transfer to local ophthalmologists.  Go Volunteer Africa’s Malawi Optometry Volunteering Project also hosts experienced opticians and optometrists who help out in providing eye exams and help with frame styling and fitting of the glasses.


Volunteering in Malawi with Go Volunteer Africa on our Malawi Optometry volunteering project is a fantastic opportunity to travel the world, make new friends and, most importantly, help in the fight against avoidable sight loss. Optometry volunteering in Malawi is also a great way of developing your clinical and professional skills, as well as life skills such teamwork, problem solving and communication.

Optometry volunteering Africa with Go Volunteer Africa gives you the opportunity to give back to developing communities, while engaging in cross-cultural exchanges and gaining invaluable optical experience abroad to support you in your career as a professional optician.

When joining a optometry volunteer programs in Africa, you will always be in the company of like-minded healthcare students and professionals from around the world, and our in-country team will ensure that you are well supported throughout your  volunteer placement. Go Volunteer Africa makes organizing optometry volunteer trips easy and affordable, and if you have group of volunteer opticians you want to travel with, we can customize a volunteer Africa program for you too.

The type of work you will be allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities, which is understandable given that you will be dealing with patient health and safety. You will be involved in the day-today running of hospitals and clinics, observing or directly assisting the doctors and nurses. If you plan on specializing in a particular field of medicine, we can arrange to place you in a relevant department, to ensure that you receive maximum support.

Volunteers and Interns will be involved with both the business and health care aspects of Optometry. Integral to the internship will be communication and interaction with the community, promoting health, and disseminating health related information.

Go Volunteer Africa promotes charitable causes dedicated to improving the lives of people with vision issues. If you are interested in donating any equipment, or money to a good cause, please  note that our local partner hospital uses donations to support clinical services to under-served communities and at-risk patient populations.

Malawi has so much to offer volunteers with its rich culture, festivals, food, art & craft centers, castles & forts, long sandy beaches, national parks, waterfalls, rain forest and other interesting places to visit. Go Volunteer Africa volunteer travel program is an excellent opportunity to combine adventurous African travel with a worthwhile volunteer placement.

Our volunteer projects in Malawi are not all about work, volunteers get opportunities to explore this beautiful part of this beautiful country over the weekends. Volunteer in Malawi with Africa’s leading and largest volunteer travel organization – Go Volunteer Africa.


Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs and above
Minimum Age: ————
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Volunteer House or Host Family
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Blantyre and Lilongwe
Language: English

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