Volunteer in Malawi
Language: Chichewa / English
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Responsible volunteering in Malawi
Volunteer in Malawi and make a difference to the lives of its vulnerable wildlife. Malawi is known as The Warm Heart of Africa, and it is a name that is hard to ignore. Despite living in extreme poverty, Malawi is home to some of the friendliest, most warm-hearted and good-natured people in Africa. This laid-back, land-locked country is the proud host to an unparalleled blend of magnificent blue waters, rolling hills, lush forests and abundant wildlife.
Malawi is one of Africa’s least-developed and most densely populated countries, with a per capita income of just US$1 a day. This extreme poverty is bad news for Malawi’s animals, with wildlife crime, habitat loss and deforestation putting the nation’s wildlife and wilderness areas under immense pressure. Our volunteer programmes in Malawi are focused on the rescue and rehabilitation of the small animals suffering under the human-wildlife conflict, who are the unwitting victims of the illegal wildlife trade. Primates, in particular, suffer more than most and our sanctuary project in Malawi regularly takes in orphaned, injured and abandoned monkeys and baboons.
Whilst Lake Malawi, the Lake of Stars, dominates the country, Malawi is not home to just one single attraction. It is a mixture of beautiful landscapes and rich cultures, which combine to make this small country a wonderful place to visit.
Volunteer in Malawi and live on a tranquil 450 acre wildlife reserve in the capital, Lilongwe. The sanctuary is home to almost 200 rescued animals, and the reserve itself is brimming with wildlife. In 2018, 126 rescues were performed, 220 animals were under rehabilitation, and 45 animals were released across Malawi.
The sanctuary was set up in 2007, is accredited by many international organisations, has exceptionally high standards of animal care and has won awards for its conservation work. Volunteers are exposed to wildlife “best practice” during their stay.
The sanctuary works to protect Malawi’s wildlife by helping wild animals in need, combatting wildlife crime and empowering guardians of the wild. The team focus their efforts on three key areas: Rescue & Research, Advocacy & Enforcement, and Environmental Education.
Our volunteer projects in Malawi:
Also read our related blog post 7 ways to choose an ethical wildlife sanctuary.
Volunteer projects in Malawi
This animal care project is more than just a sanctuary, where volunteers get involved with all aspects of enrichment, rehabilitation, wildlife release and veterinary medicine. Live in the heart of Lilongwe on a tranquil 500 acre wildlife reserve, home to free-roaming wildlife as well as those within the sanctuary.
Work alongside wildlife vets on this veterinary internship programme, focused on small animal health. Veterinary interns assist with all aspects of clinical work, including examinations, trauma care, health checks and routine diagnostics. Get to grips with the wild side of veterinary science and enhance your practical skills, as you assist with the treatment of some unusual wild animals!