Hi, i am David the founder and leader of a local NGO operating in Karonga, the northern part of Malawi. Our organization is run by a team of Malawians who have vast experience in Community Development and social work. Our Organization's vision is to achieve a society that is at least 75% free of social and climate problems through a sustainable environment, social, and education by 2030. Our Organization's main mission is to bridge the gap in inequalities and address the vulnerability in the underserved communities of Malawi. We try to empower women and girls, and men and boys through capacity building, tackling gender discrimination and violence, and supporting more equitable economic and social opportunities for the marginalized people. I am Malawian with tumbuka roots, born in a family of 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. My father is a retired primary school teacher and my mom is a house wife. I'm a a social worker and my passion in life is to contribute to a better environment, changing places and changing lives. My Mission is to enable the people to participate and collaborate in the development of their community. So for this reason, i founded the local NGO. Special interests are gender issues/female empowerment, inequality issues and to make sure everyone can enjoy the basic human rights, such as access to education and basic health care. I love treavelling, I am used to meeting people from different cultures so I would say I'm interculturally competent. I am the chief Executive Officer and founder of a newly formed organization that is just taking its shape. 1. Sexual and reproductive health Rights Project In order to contribute to the girl’s empowerment, the organization chose to focus on education. Many girls are not informed on how to handle their monthly period properly and miss school because they feel uncomfortable. Or they drop out after getting pregnant. This leaves them with a worse education than the male students are able to receive, limiting their future prospects. To avoid that, the organization takes responsibility by implementing sex education courses in secondary schools to raise awareness and provide accurate information to the students Among other future projects we want to: (a) Build a youth learning center as well as a proper nursery place for children and (b) build volunteer houses Traveling by yourself is not a problem. We will guide you all the way to us; we can even make sure someone assists you. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information than what is provided here, we are happy to answer all your questions and provide the best advice on general issues such as health, culture, weather, excursions, travel, visas, safety, and special events. Also, please be sure to find us on social networks! Security is good, nice vegetation, and easy access to town. We stay near the lake Malawi and we have good comfortable rooms with TV. We provide good meals, we got a chef. ● THINGS TO DO IN YOUR TIME OFF Karonga is located close to the northern shores of the lake, where you can go swimming, kayaking, and relax in your free time. You can also go on a cruise on the lake. We have a museum in town that shows some findings of prehistoric humans, a dinosaur and information about Malawian history and culture. For those who wish to explore another part of Malawi, you can visit Livingstonia, and go hiking in the beautiful scenery of the Nyika Plateau. You can visit different mines in the area if you are interested in mining. It is also possible to travel to Nkhata Bay for a weekend and go scuba diving in the lake there. The Vwaza Wildlife Reserve and National Park are both easily accessible from Rumphi - wildlife viewing can be done from a game viewing vehicle or on a bushwalk for the more adventurous. Alternatively, you can stay in Karonga where you can experience village life and culture, enjoy Malawian music, dance and learn some traditional cooking. Volunteers must arrange extra activities themselves and cover the cost of travel, food and accommodation. Also, if volunteers are interested we can go for a photo trip around and you will always find something new and different to explore. Volunteers can fill their free time by watching TV ,reading a book, going for swimming , doing exercises at a local gym... Some can help me with writing stuff if the is a field of their interest. We will help you to grow in every way that works the best for you. The opportunities are eternal and it's all about sharing experiences, gaining new skills and contributing, from both sides! ● WE ARE ALWAYS VERY GRATEFUL FOR ANY RESOURCES VOLUNTEERS CAN BRING WITH THEM SUCH AS: -Educational and reading books, educational toys and posters, colouring books, stationery and toys for preschool, Balls for Men And Women - as schools are often very under resourced. -Laptops, cameras or USB memory sticks that you or your friends and family are no longer using, as we work from a very basic office. What to do before you come Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own visas, travel insurance and travel vaccinations. We recommend that volunteers take malaria tablets while staying in Malawi, which should be attained before your visit. Visas can be arranged in advance or at the border. To enjoy your stay more, we suggest volunteers come prepared. For example, teaching volunteers can research teaching activities, songs and games to teach students. If you are volunteering in our office, it would be useful to bring your own laptop as we don’t have any to spare. ●WHAT TO BRING This will vary from person to person for personal items, but we do recommend you bring the following: Personal medication Travel insurance details Insect repellent Sun cream Culturally appropriate clothes (women should wear dresses, skirts and trousers below the knee and not too tight) and clothes with light material, as it can get very hot in Karonga. A laptop or tablet if you can – especially if you want to work in the office. A SIM-unlocked phone. Toiletries A torch, and ideally a solar lantern because of the blackouts. ● VISA REQUIREMENTS A valid passport with at least six months to expiry date is required to enter Malawi. There are no Volunteer Visas in Malawi, so all volunteers should apply for a Tourist Visa and give “tourism/travel” as the reason for entry on the form. We do not recommend that you apply for the visa in advance, as this is a simple process which can be done at the airport or other port of entry. Those staying less than 90 days who are not planning on leaving the country in this time can purchase a single entry tourist visa ($75 USD for most nationalities) which is initially valid for 30 days but can easily be extended (for free) up to 90 days at the immigration office in Karonga. Those who plan on staying longer than 90 days should go for the 6 month multiple entry visa ($150). ● HOW TO GET HERE Most international flights go to Lilongwe International Airport. From Lilongwe you can get an executive coach to Karonga, which is usually an overnight journey. Alternatively, you can get a coach to Mzuzu and there you can catch a minibus to Karonga on your own. Upon special arrangement, a member of our staff may meet you in Mzuzu or even in the airport and escort you to Karonga using the local mini-buses. If coming from Tanzania, you will need to cross the border and take either a bus or local shared car to Karonga. One of HYCF members can meet you at the bus station or we can provide you with the location of our office where you can meet us upon arrival in Karonga.We are always available via phone and Whatsapp for any queries. ● MEDICAL MATTERS The main potential problem affecting volunteers is malaria. We highly recommend all our volunteers to organise malaria medication prior to travel. Make sure you are taking your anti-malarial tablets each day (or week, if you are taking Larium), and continue to take them for the recommended time after you get home. You should also use a mosquito net (provided in the homestays), apply mosquito repellent and try to cover yourself up at night. HIV/AIDS is a problem all over Malawi and many volunteers arrive unaware of the risks involved in entering into relationships. All volunteers in such a situation, whether they consider themselves to be in long-term or short-term relationships, should make sure they use condoms. We also recommend that all our volunteers purchase comprehensive travel/health insurance prior to travel. If a volunteer should fall sick there are hospitals and doctors available and there will always be someone available to assist them with getting to appropriate health services. ● CULTURAL DIFFERENCES Note that you may find the culture very different from western countries, especially in terms of working pace. People here are not always time conscious - Sometimes they report later than the agreed time for work and they may not give excuse. As an organization we learn a lot from our volunteers and we are trying to bring change to the communities we work with.Volunteers are expected to set a good example by arriving on time for their activities. ● OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION In general Malawi is considered a safe country where tourists are not at great risk, however visitors to the cities should make sure to watch their bags and carry only small amounts of cash when out and about. There are many ATMs in Karonga, and to withdraw money you will need either VISA (commonly accepted) or MASTERCARD (only occasionally accepted). The maximum withdrawal per transaction is MK100,000. Female volunteers should be aware that in the towns and villages it is respectful to have your knees covered (and in some cases, your shoulders). Some practices in Malawi are very different to what volunteers may be used to at home. Visitors do not have to agree with all the customs around them but should act respectfully towards them and endeavour to understand the complex cultural history that has often shaped them. Thank you We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to volunteer with us. we are looking forward to working with and sharing our culture with you.
They will be well treated with kindness, love, and a lot of care. We speak English fluently so it will be easy to understand each other. They will be provided with good food because we have a Chef at my house. They will experience African culture. No doubt we can say this will be an unforgettable experience, you will get to engage in Malawian life, learn more about the culture, share your knowledge, gain new skills and contribute on so many levels. You will be assisting in small grassroots organizations that are run entirely by volunteers and receive limited international funding. Let us know if you are interested and we will explain more about these programs! ■Volunteers will stay with a host family which is a great opportunity to experience the unique culture of Malawi. When staying with a host, we will ensure you are safe and well looked after. Your food will be prepared by the family and you will receive three meals a day. Karonga is one of the poorest regions in Malawi and many people struggle to feed their families so we ask volunteers to pay $12 a day towards their food as we want to ensure your safe stay.
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Working with HYCF was an enriching experience. The team is eager to learn from volunteers and ready to do activities! The organization was founded this year and is still in its beginnings. They have to improve a lot, but step by step, they can be successful. They are doing truly an excellent job in supporting the rural area in Karonga. The accommodation the host provided for me was by far the best one I have had during the past. The family’s hospitality is exceptional. Good Luck!
over 1 year ago