We have been working in Malawi since 1958. Our volunteers in Malawi are vital to supporting education, health and livelihoods initiatives.
Volunteering in Malawi
With an average life expectancy of 54 years and ranked 173rd out of 188 on the Human Developing Index, Malawi remains one of the least developed countries in the world. 61% of the population live below the poverty line and although school enrollment is high, quality of education remains low.
Our volunteers support work to address serious inequalities.
Our innovative Unlocking Talent education project is using technology to break down barriers to education - increasing quality of education as well as increasing attendance throughout the whole country.
Our work in prisons supports young inmates to make informed decisions about their health and helps build resilience for after their release. 80% of those who took part in counselling in prison were successfully reintegrated into their community.
Volunteers in Malawi also support projects working to improve access to sustainable sources of food and income. This includes supporting entrepreneurship, building vocational skills and improving access to markets for local producers.
Volunteer stories from Malawi
David Atherton volunteered with VSO in Malawi training nurses and midwives, before going on to support thousands of overseas volunteers and staff as part of VSO’s medical team. Incredibly, he’s found time alongside his lifesaving job and active lifestyle to appear on The Great British Bake Off 2019.
Volunteer roles in Malawi
Below is a list of all our current volunteer opportunities in Malawi. Some of these volunteer jobs may only be available to Malawian nationals. Others are available for international volunteers from anywhere in the world.