MALAWI: Childcare Volunteer Project

Malawi childcare volunteer project

Volunteer with children in our Malawi Childcare Volunteer Project and support the work of local teachers and caregivers at daycare centers or special needs homes in Lilongwe or Blantyre. You’ll focus on early childhood development, and improving quality of life. This is a great way to get practical childcare experience, which could help your future career.

Volunteering Work on a Malawi childcare volunteer project is somewhat varied dependent on the project site where the you are placed, however typical examples of jobs and tasks can include; assisting local staff in providing rehabilitation exercises and therapist treatments for children, playing with children and entertaining/educating them with games, music, arts and other exercises, helping to develop fundraising initiatives to ensure ongoing funding for these institutions and teaching English to local staff.


  • Help with breakfast and prepare the children for school
  • Assist with lessons and teach English 3-4 hours a day in the local school
  • Lead sports, art, games, picture books, music activities
  • Organize fun activities when the children return from school
  • Prepare food for dinner
  • Read the stories to the children.
  • Help in washing their clothes.
  • Paint and color with the children.
  • Have counseling sessions with them.
  • If they are minors, you could help in changing them.
  • Taking them to bed and reading them bed time stories.
  • Help out in general cleaning.

As a volunteer working in caregiving project, you will have an important role to play wherein you would be giving much-needed attention to the children. Your tasks would be varied and generally include taking care of children, playing with them and basic education activities. Volunteers working with the Malawi Childcare volunteer project work for 5-6 hrs in a day and for 5 days a week. The two placements have around 45-75 children in the centers and volunteers have plenty of jobs to do to keep themselves busy.


Blantyre City, is the largest commercial and industrial capital of Malawi, is in the Shire Highlands and geographical center of the Southern Region of the country and lies 35° east of Greenwich Meridian and 15° 42″ south of the Equator. It is a transport communications node with road, rail and air links to all parts of the country and neighboring countries of MozambiqueZimbabweSouth AfricaZambia and Tanzania. It covers an area of 228 km2.

Lilongwe is the capital city of Malawi, on the Lilongwe River. At its heart, woodland trails weave through the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. This sanctuary shelters rescued and injured animals, including lions, monkeys and crocodiles. Shops, bars and restaurants dot the Old Town district. The Capital City district, also called City Centre, is home to the 21st-century, Chinese-built Parliament building.


After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe or Chileka International Airport in Blantyre (So make sure you know the exact location of your project before booking flights). A member of staff from our local partner organization in Malawi will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. Both airports services numerous international carriers including the national airline Malawi Airlines. Malawi has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Malawi you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.


In Malawi, the care centres we work with are understaffed and lack resources. We need your help to give local staff the support they need. They’ll appreciate having an extra pair of helping hands. In addition, you’ll work toward our long-term, sustainable goals for education and children’s care. This amazing project will warm the heart of any volunteer with a love for working with children and helping those in true need.

Many children in Malawi are orphaned and needy due to loss of their parents and guardians to diseases like HIV/AIDS, cancer and hence leading them to fend for themselves at a very young age, some of them also have serious health conditions, cancer being one of them. Some families are currently headed by children. Imagine a child that has not even acquired education has to take care of over seven young siblings. This will force them to engage in crime in order to make ends meet. Others may decide to abandon their families because they can’t take up the big responsibility.

These children end up on streets and engage in drug abuse, theft, pick pocketing and all sorts of bad habits. If caught by police, they end up in junior prisons.  Go Volunteer Africa takes the responsibility to make sure that these children do not even feel the absence of their parents in life. We resettle back those children that ran away from home and manage the circumstances that led to their leaving in the first place.

Our partners equip them with skills that will help them earn a living in future. Play with them. Spend time talking to them. Most of these children are traumatized by the experiences that they go through. So counseling them is a requirement. It is in such sessions that a child gains trust in you and once they gain your trust, they open up and this makes it easier on how to help them or even reunite them with their families.

As a volunteer, your daily schedule will depend on the activities that you are interested in. A normal day schedule for a childcare volunteer in Malawi will involve waking up early. This is because the children wake up early and so their activity program starts as early as 6am. The volunteer will then start preparing for the day’s activities.

Breakfast will be taken by 7am to 8am. At 8:30, the day’s program will then begin till 4pm. Evenings and weekends are volunteer’s free time and can choose how to spend them. However, we request that before you leave the project, you inform the coordinator or any administrator at the project site.

Our Malawi Childcare volunteers project brightens up the lives of young children making an important contribution to their daily lives. The Malawi childcare volunteer project is largely focused to working with children, however, there are other ways that volunteers are able to contribute direct to childcare.


Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Malawi volunteering program.


Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Malawi. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.


Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.


Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!


Visitors to Malawi must obtain a visa from one of the Malawian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Depending on the purpose of visit, a traveler who has a valid visa is granted a Visitors Permit (VP) or Business Visit (BV) at the port of entry valid for 30 days and can be extended up to a maximum period of 90 days. According to a document published by the Department of Immigration, nationals of all countries that are not visa exempt may obtain a visa on arrival. Malawi launched an eVisa application system on 1 November 2019


You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return. Buy here Now


Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Malawi has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!


Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 4 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: Families are welcome
Start 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: Orphanage Volunteer Accommodation (Host Families or volunteer house, if you prefer so)
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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Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us