Location
Multiple Locations +2
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
Length
4 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Age Max
50
Timeframe
Year Round

Pricing

Starting Price
18
Price Details
This includes 3 meals per day,(breakfast , Lunch and Supper) water, electricity and the accommodation in a secure environment in a walled compound with security and a shared room
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Activities Meals
Feb 07, 2024
Dec 26, 2023
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About Program

Your role will vary from assisting permanent staff in daily tasks, creating learning aids and general supervision. Volunteers can also teach reading, writing, basic maths, and arts & crafts. Volunteers are also expected to help with feeding at lunchtime if applicable and general maintenance at the project. Importantly, you will become a positive role model for the children.

You will be a positive role model for the children which is something that so many of the children are so sadly lacking. We work with a range of childcare programmes across Karonga and Malawi. Each centre is different varying from 20 to 40 children and ranging from children as young as 2 years old up to 15 years old usually. Usually, children are broken down into smaller group sizes depending on their age.

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Program Highlights

  • Most Affordable – HYCF’s programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects.
  • Safety Prioritised – With safety a HYCF number-1 priority, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe and structured as possible.
  • Best Support – Our international and local teams provide extensive around the clock services to assist you every step of your HYCF adventure.
  • A unique way to experience African culture. Extraordinary Experiences – With HYCF , you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in amazing cultural and travel experiences, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories.
  • Friendships for Life – Your HYCF experience not only opens up a doorway for new experiences and exciting memories, but also life-long friendships when meeting new people from around the world.

Program Impact

Volunteer in Malawi with HYCF – a local organization that works with international volunteers with programs based in karonga & Mzuzu HYCF provides safe, trusted and affordable programs, with a range of volunteer projects in Malawi , including Childcare • English Teaching & Medical opportunities and also Law & Legal internships.
HYCF have projects located in the northern city of Malawi the gateway to many of the country’s spectacular national parks. Our projects in Malawi run across the year and participants can join us from 2-24 weeks. Volunteers in Malawi are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, orientation, breakfast and dinner, accommodation and local support.

How to Apply:
Send us an email to helpingyoucommunityforum@gmail.com with a short summary of your qualifications, and tell us which time period you would like to do your internship

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Kristine
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Reusable menstrual pads to primary school girls.

My time here in Karonga was very meaningful. I worked on a project to bring reusable menstrual pads to primary school girls. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to chat about my experience as I am happy to.

We worked in Mwenilondo, which is an area near Karonga, in order to donate pads to girls and teach students of all genders about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. We raised money for the project using the Gofundme website, by sharing the project with those we know. A Mother Group in Mwenilondo (group of mothers who support the community) learned how to sew reusable pads from a local trainer. The goal is for the Mother Group to earn money from making reusable pads when in the future other institutions may want to buy them. The pads they made during/right after the training were donated to menstruating girls at two primary schools in Mwenilondo, and local health experts gave students of both genders education about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. We also built a changing room for one primary school so that girls would have a place to change pads and handle their periods while at school (girls often miss school when on their periods due to lack of pads and lack of a private place to change).

Within my first few days in Malawi, David (CEO) and I sat down and brainstormed what my options were for things to work on. I recommend chatting with him before you go about what they need help with, what interests you have, and what specific things you can do while there. Funding is a challenge as mentioned in his profile, and the organization didn't have much money when I came because there were no active grants. There are many important things you can do that are low/no cost, like playing sports with kids or getting wood and building hospital benches. You can also raise money for a project which is what I did. David shared the idea of a reusable menstrual pads project that he had already thought of and written a plan for, and I decided that was what I wanted to work on. We then set up a Gofundme to raise money to complete the project; I made the gofundme and then took out money to use for the project via ATMs in Karonga (my account's USD converted to Mwk) . We had used the google exchange rate which was not ideal in retrospect, because we could have gotten more Malawian money if we used a bank transfer since the bank exchange rate was higher. Note that if you do raise money in your home currency, make sure to check whether you will instead get a better exchange rate using money transfers/bank transfers. We then used the funds to do all of the activities I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

David is very passionate about community development and it's inspiring to see. He was very helpful with coordinating the many actions we needed to take to do the project like scheduling school meetings, arranging construction materials transportation, buying materials, contacting health experts, and finding a reusable pads trainer. He was really dedicated to monitoring the project too, and would go in the mornings by himself to make sure things were going well with construction of the changing room. He helped move things along a lot. For members doing the project, it was mainly me, David, and another board member named Verah working on the project.

I was the only international volunteer for almost all of my time there, so I got lonely sometimes since I didn't find it easy to make friends on my own in the beginning - but it was possible and I did make a couple - ask David for advice about making friends if you need to. If you like to go out to do things by yourself, talk to David about what you may want to do and he can share whether he thinks it will be safe.

Open communication with David during your stay is important, talk through any successes or difficulties you're experiencing. You may encounter challenges and it's important to be vocal about what you need while also being respectful.

I stayed with David and his family and they were so kind to me, I can't thank them enough. David was so helpful with showing me around Karonga. His dad always gave thorough information about any questions I had. His mom was so loving and caring to me, she really treated me like a daughter. She and Patience, their cousin, made amazing food and we had fun talks and they made me smile so much.

HUGE thanks to David and his wonderful family! Malawi is amazing!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Hello everyone reading this
Please let’s help the girls in Karonga, Malawi because most of them can’t afford to buy pads as well as they need a change room to use during their menstrual period.
Pros
  • The best accommodation and best meals.
  • The HYCF team is very passionate & dedicated to community projects.
  • Cultural exchange
16 people found this review helpful.
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Uktavi
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Reusable menstrual pads to primary school girls

My time here in Karonga was very meaningful. I worked on a project to bring reusable menstrual pads to primary school girls. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to chat about my experience as I am happy to.

We worked in Mwenilondo, which is an area near Karonga, in order to donate pads to girls and teach students of all genders about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. We raised money for the project using the Gofundme website, by sharing the project with those we know. A Mother Group in Mwenilondo (group of mothers who support the community) learned how to sew reusable pads from a local trainer. The goal is for the Mother Group to earn money from making reusable pads when in the future other institutions may want to buy them. The pads they made during/right after the training were donated to menstruating girls at two primary schools in Mwenilondo, and local health experts gave students of both genders education about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. We also built a changing room for one primary school so that girls would have a place to change pads and handle their periods while at school (girls often miss school when on their periods due to lack of pads and lack of a private place to change).

Within my first few days in Malawi, David (CEO) and I sat down and brainstormed what my options were for things to work on. I recommend chatting with him before you go about what they need help with, what interests you have, and what specific things you can do while there. Funding is a challenge as mentioned in his profile, and the organization didn't have much money when I came because there were no active grants. There are many important things you can do that are low/no cost, like playing sports with kids or getting wood and building hospital benches. You can also raise money for a project which is what I did. David shared the idea of a reusable menstrual pads project that he had already thought of and written a plan for, and I decided that was what I wanted to work on. We then set up a Gofundme to raise money to complete the project; I made the gofundme and then took out money to use for the project via ATMs in Karonga (my account's USD converted to Mwk) . We had used the google exchange rate which was not ideal in retrospect, because we could have gotten more Malawian money if we used a bank transfer since the bank exchange rate was higher. Note that if you do raise money in your home currency, make sure to check whether you will instead get a better exchange rate using money transfers/bank transfers. We then used the funds to do all of the activities I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

David is very passionate about community development and it's inspiring to see. He was very helpful with coordinating the many actions we needed to take to do the project like scheduling school meetings, arranging construction materials transportation, buying materials, contacting health experts, and finding a reusable pads trainer. He was really dedicated to monitoring the project too, and would go in the mornings by himself to make sure things were going well with construction of the changing room. He helped move things along a lot. For members doing the project, it was mainly me, David, and another board member named Verah working on the project.

I was the only international volunteer for almost all of my time there, so I got lonely sometimes since I didn't find it easy to make friends on my own in the beginning - but it was possible and I did make a couple - ask David for advice about making friends if you need to. If you like to go out to do things by yourself, talk to David about what you may want to do and he can share whether he thinks it will be safe.

Open communication with David during your stay is important, talk through any successes or difficulties you're experiencing. You may encounter challenges and it's important to be vocal about what you need while also being respectful.

I stayed with David and his family and they were so kind to me, I can't thank them enough. David was so helpful with showing me around Karonga. His dad always gave thorough information about any questions I had. His mom was so loving and caring to me, she really treated me like a daughter. She and Patience, their cousin, made amazing food and we had fun talks and they made me smile so much.

HUGE thanks to David and his wonderful family! Malawi is amazing!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I greatly encourage everyone to help this organisation with this project for the girls so that they can further their education.
Pros
  • The HYCF team is well organised and passionate about community development.
  • Experience
  • Best accommodation.
13 people found this review helpful.

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