Volunteer programs in Malawi

About Malawi

About Malawi

Volunteers who opt to participate in a program in this country will need to travel to Southeast Africa. Malawi is bordered by Zambia in the northwest and Tanzania in the northeast, with the remainder of its border shared with Mozambique. Despite its relatively small size in terms of land area, Mozambique has a substantial population of approximately 14 million residents. The capital city of Malawi is Lilongwe, and the official language of the country is English.

Malawi’s climate

Malawi has a sub-tropical climate. As such, volunteers will face two distinct seasons: a dry season and a wet season (when it rains most). Volunteers should note that the wet season lasts from November to May.

Malawi’s territory is largely uneven in terms of altitude, meaning the average temperatures can vary from place to place. In the lowest areas, the average temperature is between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius. In the highest areas, the temperature is cooler. Volunteers who participate in programs in Senga Bay can expect a hot and humid climate during most of the year. The wet season lasts from November to March. The average annual temperature is 25 degrees Celsius.


Time zone

Malawi operates in the Central Africa Time (CAT) time zone, which is UTC+2. Malawi does not observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), so its time remains consistent throughout the year.


The country’s official currency is the Malawian kwacha. 1 Malawian kwacha equates to 0.0017 euros.


The volunteer programs are located close to Monkey Bay, which is in the Mangochi district in eastern Malawi.


The stay begins as soon as the volunteer is picked up at the destination.


The meals included in the project/destination will be provided at the accommodation. Meals will not be included for the journeys to the destination, the excursions undertaken by volunteers, etc.

Pick up times

The stipulated pick-up times for each destination/project must be respected. Volunteers who arrive outside of this day/window will have to pay an additional cost, depending on the destination.

VOLUNTEER programs

Where are the volunteer programs located?

The volunteer programs are located close to Monkey Bay, which is in the Mangochi district in eastern Malawi.

Mangochi is a coastal city located between Lake Malawi and Lake Malombe. Known as Fort Johnston during colonial times, Mangochi is renowned as being a lake town with lots of water and fishing activities. Despite being a small town with a population of around 50,000 inhabitants, there are nearby services and commodities that can be accessed during your stay.

This city is brimming with culture and history, making every stroll around Mangochi an intriguing experience.


  • Teaching volunteer program
  • Environmental conservation volunteer program
  • Fishing volunteer program

Requirements and costs

  • Volunteers must present their criminal record.


  • The volunteer program costs start at €360 for 2 weeks. You can consult all of the costs in Program Costs

What is included?


Volunteers need to make their own way to the Lilongüe International Airport (airport code LLW), where they will be picked up by local staff and subsequently transported to the accommodation.

Volunteers should plan to arrive on a Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, as programs commence each Monday.


Volunteers will have the opportunity to discover typical Malawian cuisine, based on corn, cassava and fish. Given that the climate is conducive to the growing of fruit trees, fruits also regularly feature in Malawian cuisine. Some typical Malawian dishes include ‘chambo’, a fish that is commonly found in Lake Malawi; and ‘nsima’, a type of cornbread that is commonly served alongside the country’s traditional meat stews.

Transport in Malawi

In general, Malawi is a safe country to visit with an affordable and well-structured transport network. During their time in Malawi, volunteers may take the opportunity to visit Senga Bay. Thanks to the airport located in the city, this journey can be made by plane. Once you arrive in Senga Bay, the best way to get around is by bus or shared taxis. The only downside to using this form of land-based transport is that there are no set timetables. Rather, the buses and taxis will only start their journey once they are filled with passengers, as this makes it more economically viable.


  • Volunteers should plan to arrive in Malawi on a Sunday to be picked up at the airport and start the program the following day.
  • Airport pick-up times are scheduled for Sundays at 10 AM or 2 PM. If you arrive on a Saturday at 10 AM or 2 PM, you will be responsible for an additional night’s stay. If your arrival falls outside of these specified hours, you will also need to cover the costs for both the pick-up and any extra night(s) required.
  • Program weeks run from Sunday to Saturday, so you will need to vacate the accommodation on a Saturday.

Tourist attractions in Malawi

As is common with other volunteering programs, after completing their work on the project, volunteers often have the opportunity to explore other parts of the country. Malawi is frequently referred to as “the warm heart of Africa” because of the warmth and friendliness of its people. The country also boasts a diverse range of landscapes that volunteers will be eager to discover. These landscapes encompass rugged highlands, which are a haven for climbers and hikers, as well as the Mulanje massif in the country’s low plains and pristine nature reserves.

Lake Malawi, Africa’s third-largest lake, stands out as one of Malawi’s most remarkable landscapes. It features hundreds of kilometers of tropical golden sandy beaches and is home to an array of fish species, showcasing a stunning array of colors. Lake Malawi National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for, amongst other things, its huge diversity of flora and fauna.  In Senga Bay, volunteers will be able to experience the wonders of Lake Malawi and participate in various activities, such as hiking.

Program goals

The objective of the project is to train young people to be social leaders. The volunteers live in a multicultural environment, work as a team to develop tasks or institutional projects, accompany the beneficiaries in their daily lives or through workshops, and collaborate with the needs of the centers and homes.

To achieve this, we work on three approaches

Social inclusion

Social Inclusion of children, young people and grandparents in situations of social risk.

Attention to Centers and Homes

Attention to Centers and Homes for the protection and restitution of rights of socially vulnerable children, adolescents and older adults.

Social action

Social Action The volunteers committed to the project will work alongside the community, involving different actors in society and allowing the full fulfillment of the rights of all people.

Our programs

Teaching Volunteer Program – Mangochi – Malawi

If you have a passion for teaching and being around children, experiencing Malawi as a community teacher or teacher’s assistant is something you will greatly enjoy.

In Malawi, we have a good relationship with leaders of rural villages who want us to organize community programs in the local village hall. In this setting, you will assist children who cannot attend school due to various reasons such as distance, time, or family responsibilities.

There are also teaching opportunities available in traditional classroom settings, where you can support the staff with their designated lessons and introduce your own educational exercises on various subjects.

Your role will involve teaching basic English, sharing songs, engaging in singing activities, and participating in educational games. Additionally, you will guide children in activities like crafts, sports, drawing, coloring, writing, and more.

Please be prepared to dedicate 4-5 hours a day to this program, involving teaching, group leadership, lesson planning, and content creation. Many of the children in this community are quite young and benefit from interactive activities to keep them engaged and facilitate their development.

Program Location: This project is located in the district of Mangochi at the southern end of Lake Malawi.

NOTE OF INTEREST: The volunteer can bring materials, scheduled activities, games, paints, English books, educational toys, any kind of drawing or painting book, among others, to the destination.

Environmental conservation volunteer program – Malawi

In this program, you will participate in important conservation work in the surroundings of Malawi to maintain and preserve the natural areas of the country. You will work with local communities, assisting them in increasing sustainability awareness throughout the village.

One of the activities that the volunteer engages in is planting trees around the village in community centers such as schools, local markets, and clinics.

Come and experience Malawi and its conservation efforts while contributing to the sustainability of Mangochi and immersing yourself in the life of one of its villagers.

Fishing volunteer program – Malawi

In this program, volunteers join a team of local fishermen to assist them in their daily activities around Lake Malawi, a magnificent African lake recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and situated between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

You will actively contribute to a range of tasks that local fishermen undertake, including repairing and mending fishing nets, drying fish for markets, and collecting fish from the lake.

Participating in actual fishing may also be an option, depending on weather conditions and the level of difficulty.

Additionally, you will gain a unique insight into their lives, families, joys, and struggles. You will get to understand how they survive and learn about their lifestyle, culture, and customs.

accommodation and meals

Accommodation in Malawi

IMPORTANT: Drinks are not included at the accommodation. This expense needs to be covered by the volunteer.

You’ll stay in a volunteer house in a rural village in the district of Mangochi. The house stands on the shores of the magnificent Lake Malawi. The accommodation is located within a safe area. Despite this, for security and privacy purposes, the house is fenced-off and locked.
Volunteers will stay in spacious shared bedrooms, which are generally equipped with single beds or bunk beds.

Mosquito nets are provided at the accommodation. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom or access to an adjacent bathroom.

Volunteers will be provided 3 meals a day. There is a self-service style breakfast, generally consisting of toast, pancakes, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner will generally consist of sandwiches, pasta dishes, soup, salads, chapati or similar.

program costs

The total cost of volunteering is divided into two parts: the registration fee, which is paid to reserve your spot (210€), and the program cost, which is paid separately at a later date.

Teaching Volunteer Program

210€ per week

Environmental Conservation Volunteer Program

210€ per week

Fishing Volunteer Program

210€ per week

If your currency is not specified in the table, you can convert your costs here.

What is included in the fee that I am paying?

What additional costs will be incurred by the volunteers?

Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), criminal background check (mandatory), vaccinations, return airport transfer from the program, other expenses

(*** Volunteers in Malawi generally find that €20 (US$25, approx.) per week is sufficient for basic living expenses)


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Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact cristina@cooperatingvolunteers.com so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.