Zomba, Malawi

$305 (€275)

per week


The Program

Poor health conditions and poverty are a constant in many developing countries. Treatable diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, sexual transmitted diseases ,tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS contribute to disability and mortality in Zomba Malawi. YAWDI has a clinic and also partnered with clinics and hospitals that desperately need volunteers in order to provide basic healthcare for the impoverished.

Volunteers with medical training or currently enrolled medical students will get the opportunity to care for patients and practice medicine. Volunteers will be placed at one of five partnership hospitals. The volunteer can typically choose their placement. However, we ask that volunteers communicate any preferences well in advance.

About Youth and Women for Development Initiatives (YAWDI)

We aim to improve health and educational opportunities for the less privileged Women, youth and children in our communities through projects which rely on the support of volunteers from around the world. Our work supports the principles of the UN Global Compact and aims to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our vision is to become the driving force in education, health, and safety for the impoverished in Malawi.

The Location

Our volunteer program is based in Zomba City. Zomba city is found in the Southern Region of Malawi. Not far from commercial city of Malawi called Blantyre City, where volunteers can visit during weekends and have a tour in the beautiful city. Both Zomba and Blantyre cities have beautiful physical features like mountains and lakes.

What can you expect

Expect to participate in meaningful community service work, learn a foreign language, meet beautiful people and make lifelong friends and discover that one person really can make a difference. Your search for the best volunteer abroad programs ends here – volunteer in Malawi with us and gain an unforgettable experience and automatically you will be agent of change and change makers with different experiences in Africa.

Volunteer Day

The day starts at 7.30 am with breakfast at the volunteer house.  At 8 am you will travel to your work place by car, driven by a Volunteer Vietnam team member.  You work from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.  You return to the volunteer  house for lunch around 11 am.  Your lunch time is from 11am to 2 pm.  This time is your free time to do whatever you like.  At 2 pm you will travel to your work place and finish at 4:30 pm.  Dinner is served at the volunteer house at 5 pm.  In the evening your time is free.  Some options are going out for coffee, going downtown, or getting a massage.

The volunteer's weekly work schedule is approximately 5 hours per day from Monday to Thursday and 3 hours on Friday.

Cultural Activities

On your volunteer mission, you will tour and see Mulanje Montain -the third longest mountain in Africa with Sapitwa peak, Lake Malawi at Cape maclear the worlds fresh water lake, liwonde National Park , Malawi Mesuem in Blantyre city and Gule wamkulu dance in Mangochi. Every Weekend you will get the chance to spend a day at a beach club with varieties of Malawian cultural dance arts coupled with other performances. This is a beautiful program most volunteers love to experience. We will also visit the local markets. We will spend some times together to visit different exiting places in Malawi during your stay here.


You need to be at least 18 years old for solo application, or if you are accompanied by your parents.

Minimum Age

Available for all professions and skills. Some experience in the education sector would be excellent, but not requiredPassion in providing educational support to children.

Education Skills

You need to speak English (basic level).

Language Skills

No restrictions. Global citizens from all over the world are welcome.

Nationality Restrictions

Work hours will be around 35 per week from Monday to Friday.

Work Time


Services by the organization

Fees are used to provide food, accommodation, local transportation, volunteer and cultural activities for you, and for the program sustainability, management, and support.


You will stay at the lodge that has an agreement with YAWDI at Chilema or at Domasi College Lodge according to the numbers of participants. Most of the rooms are shared rooms with a maximum of four volunteers per room with your own bathroom and some are single self contained and double self contained volunteers have chances to choose once arrived. The accommodation has modern facilities and you will have access to your own shower, flush toilet, fan, and bed.

Local Transportation

Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. The coordinator will pick you up from the airport with a taxi if you are a solo traveller and a van if you a group traveling to your volunteer accommodation.

Food & Meals

Your Program Fee covers 3 meals per day during the week (from Monday to Friday), and breakfast on Saturday morning, other meals should be covered by you.

We expect all the volunteers to eat at the volunteer houses during the weekdays. Hence, those who stay in hotel rooms will walk to the volunteer houses to eat.

In every volunteer house, we have a cook and a cleaner to serve volunteers. Volunteers will mostly eat the Vietnamese cuisines, but sometimes the cook can serve some western food. The cook can serve all the diets including vegetarian food. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. Remember that you should be open to trying new foods and be flexible with your eating habits and we will do our best to see that you are well taken care of. 

Cultural Activities

2 days per week of sightseeing, cultural activities, and coexistence with nature. Volunteers will have activities during the day, which will last around 6 hours.

Training & Development

You will receive training on arrival (1 day). Our local coordinator/staff will give you an orientation and will accompany you to your program. You will be introduced to the site director and discuss your role in the project. Volunteers typically work a morning and an afternoon shift each lasting about 6-8 hours.

Internet Access

Wi-Fi is available for volunteers in the accommodation site, but there is no WI-FI to the locations of volunteering. You can also buy a local SIM card with data for a mobile phone to keep connected.

Digital Badge/Certification

Digital badges are intelligent certification logos that provide an effective means of communicating and promoting your accreditations via digital and online mediums. Each digital badge contains pre-validated metadata that can be used to verify your certification status.


Flight Tickets

Book your flight to arrive at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi.


Visa requirements can vary from nationality to nationality. You will need a passport issued by your country of citizenship as well as a Volunteer visa* issued by the country to which you will be traveling. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of return to your home country.


Travel Insurance

Your safety and security are our priorities, travel insurance is important if something unexpected happens such as a personal injury, a flight issue or a related scenario.



Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip. You should ideally arrange an appointment with your travel clinic at least four to six weeks before travel.  In case you have pre-existing health problems, an earlier appointment is strongly recommended.




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The program's minimum duration is 2 weeks to as much as you wish.

Program Fees in USD & (EUR)

2 Weeks - $610 (€550) *min. stay, 3 Weeks - $915 (€825), 4 Weeks - $1220 (€1100), 6 Weeks - $1830 (€1650), 8 Weeks - $1805 (€1625), 10 Weeks - $2037 (€1830), 12 Weeks - $2210 (€1985), ​ Extra week $350 (€300).

Process & Payment (how works)

- Apply

Choose your program according to your talents & skills and fulfill the application form (membership required).


- Contact & Payment

Will be contacted by the Organization confirming your volunteer placement and the program details (payments made directly to the organization).

- Get your Digital Badge

You will get recognized by your work with our digital badges,  empowering your career achievements.






Our programs are developed to offer you a real experience that brings value to your professional career.


Our programs are developed under high ethical standards, transparency, and social impact. 


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The payment is made directly to the ONG before or upon your arrival to the Program site.


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