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Love Support Unite

About

We are a unique and affordable volunteer foundation that works with in unison with volunteers, creating individual programs tailored specifically to you, your skills and length of time you want to come for (7days +). Enabling you to have an experience of a life time whilst making a lasting and beneficial change to communities and individuals in Malawi.

We run diverse projects - Teaching; English, Football, Netball, Dance, Mathematics, Science, Medical Placements, Dentistry, Special Needs Care and Support, Music, Media. Construction - Building homes for the elderly and depleted school buildings!

We allow volunteers to have access to their fundraiser money to physically spend on the projects your working on allowing you to see where the money has gone and the lives it has changed.

Plus, we directly fund and support Tilinanu Orphanage that is 100|% non profit that is the home to 34 girls, dining room to 175 daily and is a hub for change with its outreach programs.

Founded
2012

Reviews

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Bertie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience of my life

In Summer 2012 I met Alice and Nina at Strummer of Love festival, and they told me about all the work they had been doing in Malawi. I fell in love with these two from the moment I met them; their passion for positive change combined with boundless energy and a hell of a lot of smiles meant that I couldn't wait to get out there and see what I could do to help.

Having already met the two girls, I knew the experience would be incredible, but I had no idea just how much impact it would have in my life.

I spent almost 3 months spending time with the girls at Tilinanu Orphanage and the community around, and I've never met so many beautiful souls in all my life, and doubt I will again.

I was, of course, very nervous on my arrival in Malawi, having only met Alice and Nina a few weeks previously. However, the welcome that I received in Mabuya camp was wonderful; within the first week, I already felt part of the family and had met friends for life.

The affordability and honesty of this program never ceased to amaze me; I raised as much money as I could before I left and I was able to spend it in whichever way I wanted; there were no hidden admin costs and I knew exactly where my money was going.

This programme and these people changed my life, and I will always be grateful for that. I cannot wait to return to Malawi to see how the programme has progressed and to do more and more and more for them.

This programme makes volunteering a fun, happy and rewarding process, and I do and will continue to suggest it to everyone I know.

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Eve
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing charity!

My time at Tilinanu orphanage with LSU was without doubt the most eye opening, interesting, amazing 6 weeks of my life!

I spent time working within the orphange itself getting to know the beautiful girls and learning about all their individual lives and ambitions and helping to teaching them the skills they needed to achieve their goals. The way in which the LSU team has identified each girl as an individual with particular needs and not just as a collective group of orphans is something I could not find in any other charity!

The team worked as hard as possible to ensure that the goals and experiences I wanted to achieve in Malawi were made possible, giving me huge influence over the project I wanted to create, having the ability to create Change with your time and money was a special experience, and even in the short time I was there I saw how the things I was doing had made a difference to the girls at Tilinanu .

Malawi is a beautiful country, full of beautiful friendly people, I have never felt so welcome and safe! Staying at Mabuya camp enabled me to make some amazing friends and have some amazing experiences that I know I will be close to forever!!

I miss it everyday!

What would you improve about this program?
I would of liked to have stayed longer
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Katherine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Short But Very Sweet

I spent 2 weeks out in Malawi with LSU. In that time I achieved my goals and had the best time doing so!

I was great to get to know Lilongwe (where LSU is based) and we had a fab trip the lake at the weekend. It was such a good experience and I met some incredible people. I would LOVE to go back.

Alice and Nina are wonderful and make you feel at very home.... they will jam your trip full of a whole lot of fun.

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Ella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible charity that make sustainable positive change

LSU are more than just a charity; they are a family network to their volunteers and the communities that they are working with. The work that they carry out in Malawi is long term and sustainable and not just a quick fix to problems that could arise again without continued support, (which is often the case of other charities).

The knowledge the girls have of Malawi as well as the community projects they work on is second to none and they are great at matching volunteers skills in a huge variety of ways. This means that not only will the work you do out there really make a difference but you can also get fully involved in something that you are great at, feel passionate about or just want to learn more about.

I feel like a part of my heart will always be left in Malawi and the people out there, with memories that will be treasured forever. Its a beautiful country with lots of places to see and explore on your well earned days off.

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Gayle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

My volunteering experience with LSU was life changing! I was able to use my skills as a massage therapist and baby massage teacher to teach and train local women and carers to use massage and touch to improve wellbeing and generate income. LSU were amazing at helping to establish the whole project and reach those who needed the training and support. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The accommodation was great and I made tons of friends from the trip. The whole trip was completely inspiring and I now have an ongoing project in Malawi with LSU. I have returned to continue my work. I feel so lucky and grateful to have found such a caring and pro active charity and volunteering program.

What would you improve about this program?
I would love to go for longer but sadly I have commitments on my time.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Katherine Sherry

Katherine is a 25 year old fashion designer, tea lover, canal boat dweller, based on regents canal in London. She works in a bike shop, has her own cyclewear brand and is already planning her next trip back to Malawi with Love Support Unite!
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Why did you pick this program?

Katherine: I had friends who had already been out to Malawi with LSU and had come back with massive smiles, amazing tales and a huge, warm love for the country in their hearts. It was very inspirational and I had to see what all the fuss was about!

What do you wish someone had told you before you went abroad?

Katherine: You don't need to pack as if you're going for a year. You inevitably only end up wearing your three favourite outfits on rotation and it's a huge pain lugging all your bags through the airports, in the back of pick ups and walking in the heat - pack light!

What is the most important thing you learned abroad?

Katherine: Human beings are great - everyone has such interesting stories and while you're able you should try and hear as many of them as possible.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

Katherine: Do it. Do it now. It's really fun.

What was the hardest part about going abroad?

Katherine: I found myself getting a bit stressed before I went with the thought of booking flights, remembering my jabs and malaria tablets, packing the right things etc. But in reality Alice and Nina (who run LSU) made the whole process so smooth and were always on hand with advice, it really was plain sailing.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

Katherine: LSU run and support an orphanage for girls, Tilinanu (http://lovetilinanu.org.uk). When we arrived at the amazing house where 34 girls live they were all up and singing and dancing (with some FANTASTIC moves!) It was such a memorable moment to start the trip with.

What made this experience unique and special?

Katherine: The amazing people I was surrounded by. Every person came with some great ideas of what they wanted to do during their trip and it was hugely motivating seeing people to make the dreams reality.

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

Katherine: At the weekends LSU often plan a trip out of Lilongwe (Malawi's capital where they are based). While I was there we went over to Lake Malawi, a beautiful part of the country, and spent a few days at Lake of Stars Festival. Music, drinks, beach, dancing, sunshine, big smiles.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Katherine: You can get out of your trip and much as you put in, LSU have a great set up where you have the spark of an idea, you fundraise, you go over to make your idea come to light. No idea is too big, they will help you make it happen.

What made this trip meaningful to you, or how did this trip change your perceptions or future path?

Katherine: Well, I am already planning my trip back! I am working with LSU on a new idea regarding child safety in Lilongwe. I am working on an concept which links with my own cyclewear brand (http://www.eastcyclestudios.com/) to provide road safety vests to children in order help keep them visible on the roads after dark. An exciting project.Watch this space --> http://lovesupportunite.org/#latest-work