Go Volunteer Africa enables people from around the world to share their skills and expertise with needy communities of Malawi. We facilitate affordable low cost volunteering in Malawi projects for individual solo travelers and groups, for a minimum of two weeks and we can secure the volunteer placement in Malawi within two days of receiving your inquiry.

We offer a meaningful low-cost volunteering in Malawi program that will either utilize skills you hold already or give opportunity to learn new skills. We combine most  of our volunteer projects in Malawi with a weekend long tour. All of our volunteer opportunities in Malawi and tour deals have been formulated by our team, to give our participants the most meaningful of experiences, wherever they may decide to venture.

Malawi is a small, narrow, landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa. It shares boundaries with Zambia in the west, Mozambique in the east, south and south-west and Tanzania in the north. It has an area of 118 484 square kilometers, of which 94 276 square kilometers is land and the remainder is water. The major water body in the country is Lake Malawi, which is to the southernmost of the Rift Valley and has a total surface area of more than 30 000 km square kilometers.

We take pride in all of our volunteer travel trips in Malawi and wish to ensure that our volunteers will benefit the community in a favorable way while on their once in a life time journey. The main objective of our volunteering in Malawi program and affordable adventure holidays in Malawi is to help more people gain the life changing, life affirming experiences that volunteering and responsible tourism can give.

We are committed to enabling skill transfer, enabling projects in Malawi to access different skill sets and to helping volunteers realize the value they can add using the skills they hold.  We will match your skills and expectations with those of your host project to ensure your volunteer placement in Malawi is a professionally, as well as a personally, rewarding experience.

Lake Malawi Vacation Experience
Lake Malawi Vacation Experience

Why Volunteer in Malawi?

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Malawi is making efforts to overcome decades of underdevelopment, corruption and the impact of an HIV-Aids problem, which claims the lives of tens of thousands every year. Malawi is predominantly an agricultural country, with this sector accounting for about 35% of the gross domestic product, 93% of export earnings (primarily tobacco), and providing more than 80% of employment.

Malawi is a generally peaceful country and has had stable governments since independence in 1964. One-party rule ended in 1993; since then multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections have been held every five years.

***We are dedicated to improving the lives of poor Malawi via humanitarian work, medical intervention, education and conservation. We focus on individual and community education to improve all aspects of the lives of children and adults.***


Malawi teaching volunteer project

MALAWI: Teaching Volunteer Project

Malawi teaching volunteer project is one of our most popular volunteer programs in Malawi. As a teaching volunteer in Malawi you can teach English, geography, mathematics, physical education and history at community schools. When you ...
Volunteer Malawi

MALAWI: Community Volunteer Program

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MALAWI: Medical Volunteer Project

Malawi medical volunteer project offers Pre-med, nursing, and medical students and professionals valuable hands-on medical experience in Malawi. Go Volunteer Africa has medical volunteer opportunities in the hospitals, community clinics and rural health posts. Medical volunteers ...
Malawi Arts and Music Volunteer Project

MALAWI: Arts & Music Volunteer Project

If art, dance, drama or music is your thing then consider sharing your creative talents on our Malawi arts and music volunteer project. Malawi Arts and Music volunteer project is for designed for volunteers who ...
Agriculture Volunteer Program

MALAWI: Agriculture Volunteer Project

Do you have a passion for agriculture and farm work? Do you often dream of volunteering in Malawi on a small organic farm? If you are, then experience Malawi in a whole new way as ...
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, ...

MALAWI: Sports Coaching Volunteering

Making a difference in the world of those in need is the main goal in life of the Malawi sports coaching volunteering program. If you are a sports lover or physically active person, you can volunteer ...



To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.



Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.



Sightseeing tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous Malawian resorts. There is a lot to see and do in Malawi.





§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  Travel & medical advice & documentation

§  Advice on visas & equipment advice




§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  3 meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour HQ backup

§  Free GVA t-shirt





  • Immerse yourself in rural, slum, semi-urban & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Improve the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life



Airport pickup


Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family


All international flights have the option to land in either the capital Lilongwe or Blantyre. There are road routes into Malawi from Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique. Assume that border posts will be closed from about 18.00hrs and reopen at 07.00hrs. Visitors requiring a visa may find this difficult to obtain at border posts and are advised to obtain the documentation in advance.


After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at either Kamuzu International Airportin 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.


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. 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.


Go Volunteer Africa's volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. Volunteers working in Blantyre or Lilongwe are housed at our in-country Coordinator’s home, host family or volunteers’ house, depending on the interest of the volunteer. All accommodation environments allows volunteers to meet other travelers and to get to know each other better outside the work-site and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.


The accommodations of course are clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African and western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The accommodation is always equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones, and spare electricity sockets. Life at the accommodations facilities is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!


You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry. The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes, using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! The basic food of life in Malawi is Nsima (phonetically en-see-ma), which is maize flour mised with water to make a thick porridge. This is generally served with beans, or vegetables (such as spinach or 'greens' in a tomoto-and-onion sauce or meat. Along with cassava and rice, carbohydrates is the cornerstone of any malawian meal! Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarkets in town. Malawian hospitality revolves around the food that they feed you so don't be surprised if you are fed first and the most!


The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.


Yet one of the biggest perks of volunteering in Malawi lies in the plethora of weekend outings we organize. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend tours. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!


Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake is a huge attraction, being both culturally interesting as well as a fantastic beach destination. The crystal clear waters are home to a vast number of cichlid fish, and the lake offers excellent swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing opportunities.


Malawi is not especially known for its big game safaris, but Liwonde National Park on the Shire River is particularly good for bird-watching and has good concentrations of big game, especially elephants. Other regions such as Vwaza and the Nyika Plateau are well established and strongholds for particular species of interest, such as roan antelope, whilst lesser known regions such as Nkhotakota and Majete are beginning to develop into reasonable game-viewing destinations.


Capital: Lilongwe (Population: 646,750)

Currency: Malawian Kwacha (MWK) $1 = 728MWK / £1 = 944MWK (2019)

Population: 18,620,000 (approx)

Official languages: Chewa and English

Area: 118,484 sq. km

International Calling Code: +265


Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Lilongwe and Blantyre in Malawi from teaching, childcare, construction, youth empowerment, women support, photography or healthcare projects etc. 


If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer in Africa for a short or long stay, Malawi is an ideal destination. Programs are perfect if you want to do something more than sightseeing and would like to see more than the average tourist and truly start to understand this distinctive culture. 



  • The program is open all year-round
  • Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
  • Over 10 oustanding sustainable project options
  • Projects are based across the country with major locations being Lilongwe & Blantyre
  • Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
  • We host over 20 volunteers every month across Malawi
  • Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, project donation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!


You will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people, animals and the environment. Volunteering in Malawi  and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseing activities you will get to do in your spare time.

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