From a young age I have wanted to volunteer in Africa and in the beginning of 2018 that dream came true. I decided on going with the volunteer organization Naturally Africa after hearing and reading nothing but great things about them and participated in the teaching project in Nkope, Malawi. I volunteered for twelve weeks and even though some days were tough my overall experience of Nkope, Malawi and Naturally Africa is positive.
I was a volunteer in the teaching project were I spent my mornings teaching pre-schoolers and the afternoons with elementary students. Naturally Africa provided me with various materials, books and equipment that had been donated for me to use when teaching. I was also able to look through reports from other volunteers to get an insight into what they had done previously with the students. To the projects I was accompanied by a wonderful woman named Thoko, who translated for me and provided me with support.
Even though I was a volunteer in the teaching project I was able to explore the other project Naturally Africa runs in Malawi during my stay. I was able to plant seeds with Victor for the agriculture project and accompany Peter, Lovemore and the medical volunteers in their medical community support.
The accommodation in Malawi are outstanding. Malambe cottage is beautiful and well kept, we were provided with three meals a day every day of the week, had access to clean water and there is security who watches the house at night. All of the Naturally Africa staff is friendly and willing to assist you with anything you might need.
I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of volunteering to go for it and I would 100% recommend doing that with Naturally Africa. When volunteering in Malawi you gain a lot, you will be able to work with wonderful children, explore Malawi, make new friends with fellow volunteers and the Naturally Africa staff and gain a new perspective of your priorities.
Zikomo, Malawi and Naturally Africa
Rannveig Hlín “Ranny” Jóhannesdóttir