• Malawi
4 to 8 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Host Family
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Activities Some Activities Airport Transfers Transportation Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
Apr 28, 2024
Apr 30, 2024
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About Program

You’ll be part of an organization that forms the center of a nonprofit network; one that connects a great number of educational, environmental, and health support programs in the local community, and enables important knowledge sharing between these different initiatives. Through effective knowledge sharing, the individual projects can widen their networks, grow their reach, and deepen their impact.
As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to be part of growing and improving this network of local projects in a variety of ways. You’ll help develop effective communication tools for the community, research ways of connecting with relevant international organizations and institutions, and organize regular knowledge sharing sessions. You’ll also have the opportunity to help develop and run digital media workshops.

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 join

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Program Highlights

  • Gain unique work experience in community development in a rural African context
  • Use your knowledge of the digital environment to help accelerate the impact
  • Enjoy a hugely varied and unique set of tasks
  • Live and work in a beautiful part of Malawi
  • Be part of a larger community of interns and volunteers from around the world

Program Impact

Contributing towards the sustainable development goals.

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Community Development internship

I had the privilege of traveling to Malawi to participate in the Community Development Internship with Helping Your Community Forum (HYCF). This experience was truly unique and transformative, thanks to the warm welcome and dedication of David, the CEO, and his team. From the moment I arrived, David and his team made me feel at home. Their enthusiasm and passion for community development were contagious, and I was inspired to contribute to the amazing work they do. As an intern, I was empowered to take on meaningful projects, such as education programs, water sanitation systems, and community engagement initiatives. What made this experience stand out was the genuine commitment to community-led initiatives and sustainable development. HYCF's approach is centered around empowering local communities, and I witnessed firsthand the positive impact of their work.

The team's dedication to creating a supportive environment was impressive. They provided comprehensive training, language classes, and cultural immersion, ensuring I was well-equipped to make a meaningful contribution. I was struck by the organization's grassroots approach, working closely with community members to identify and address their needs. This approach not only ensures the projects' success but also fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment among the community.

Future participants should know that HYCF offers a unique opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives. Be prepared for a hands-on, immersive experience, working closely with the community. Embrace the language training and cultural exchange, as they are integral parts of the program. Be open-minded, flexible, and willing to learn from the community, and you will leave with unforgettable memories, new skills, and a deeper understanding of global issues.

This internship has had a profound impact on my life and career goals. I left Malawi with a newfound appreciation for community-led development and a sense of purpose. If you're passionate about community development and cultural exchange, I highly recommend this program. Merci David and HYCF for an unforgettable experience! Your dedication and passion are truly inspiring.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
As a participant in the Community Development Internship with Helping Your Community Forum (HYCF), my advice to future travelers on this program would be:

1. Be open-minded and flexible: Embrace the cultural differences and be willing to learn from the community.

2. Immerse yourself in the experience: Take advantage of language training, cultural exchange, and hands-on projects.

3. Be prepared for a transformative experience: This program will challenge and inspire you, leading to personal and professional growth.

4. Build meaningful relationships: Invest in the people you meet, and cherish the connections you make.

5. Embrace the unknown: Step out of your comfort zone and embrace the uncertainty of traveling to a new country.

6. Be respectful and humble: Approach the experience with humility and respect for the local culture and community.

7. Take initiative: Don't be afraid to take on new challenges and contribute to the projects and community.

8. Enjoy the journey: Remember to appreciate the small moments and beauty of Malawi.

9. Be prepared for a life-changing experience: This program will leave a lasting impact on your life and career goals.

10. Stay connected: Keep in touch with the HYCF team and fellow participants, as the connections you make will be invaluable
By following this advice, future travelers will be well-prepared to make the most of this incredible opportunity and create a meaningful impact in the community
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