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Teaching or Healthcare in Rural Malawi


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H.E.L.P. Malawi is currently searching for English Teachers/Trainees and/or CELTA/TEFL teachers to join our international volunteer program at a local Malawian government primary school for the 2019 -2020 academic school year. Whether you are a fully qualified English teacher, teacher trainee, or CELTA/ certified teacher, you are welcome to join our volunteer programme in rural southern Malawi.

Activities include but are not excluded to:

  • Tutoring small groups of learners in English (ESL) throughout the school day
  • Facilitating standard 8 revision groups
  • Providing reading support to young learners
  • Teaching the after-school English Activity Class and other activities offered at the school
  • Supporting activities that enhance the development of pre – school learners at the child development centre.

Long-term placements (3-month) are available between the months of January-April, May-July, and September-December that coincide with the academic school year terms.


  • Successful applicants must be highly proficient English language speakers
  • Trained or trainee English teachers with at least two years of college education and previous teaching English language experience
  • Or CELTA/TEFL qualified with a minimum of one year TEFL/CELTA experience in a classroom environment preferably with young learners
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Cross-cultural experience is desirable - culturally sensitive to Malawian ways, rather than imposed perspectives, standards, and ideals
  • Resilience, self-motivation, a sense of humour and the ability to adapt to a rural African community are key attributes. e. g extreme weather (depending on season), culture and challenges of living in a rural location with few amenities require these attributes
  • Passion and desire to make a difference in the lives of others
  • Experience of working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders.

H.E.L.P. Malawi also seeks health volunteers to assist at our rural government health centre at Nandumbo. All year-round opportunities exist for Medical students, qualified Doctors, Midwives and Nurses to join the HELP team and government staff for a minimum of a month. The programme is flexible and is catered to individual's experience, skills and qualifications and to the needs of the health centre. Those health professionals with specialist skills i.e. Dieticians, Ophthalmologists, Gynaecologists can join us for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Volunteers can expect to be at the clinic five days a week, usually from 7.30am to 16.30pm or as otherwise specified by H.E.L.P. Malawi and Nandumbo staff in areas such as but not restricted to maternity, OPD, Under 5 Clinic and mobile outreach.


  • Qualified medical and nursing staff should expect to register with the respective regulatory body in Malawi
  • Medical students should have a minimum of 2 years medical experience and qualified medical, nursing and specialist health staff should have a minimum of one year post -qualification experience within a health service delivery setting
  • A proposal for a desired project will be required to ensure this is in line with the needs of the health centre and the local population and to ensure maximum impact
  • Approval will be made by H.E.L.P. Malawi management prior to the volunteers’ arrival
  • Once in Malawi, the volunteer will work alongside H.E.L.P. Malawi’s International
  • Volunteer Coordinator and clinic staff to develop a work plan and establish their duties
  • Volunteers are required to be physically fit; the health centre is a distance of about 5km on a flat, dirt road from the volunteers accommodation
  • Excellent English language communication, interpersonal and team skills are necessary to work within a culturally diverse environment
  • Cross-cultural experience is desirable - culturally sensitive to Malawian ways, rather than imposed perspectives, standards, and ideals
  • Resilience, self-motivation, a sense of humour and the ability to adapt to a rural African community are key attributes
  • Passion and desire to make a difference in the lives of others
  • Experience of working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders.

HELP Malawi

Project title
Teaching or Healthcare in Rural Malawi

Project location
Liwonde, Malawi

Marie Brown

Year round

English required for teaching

Who can volunteer?
Adults of both sexes 18+

We have a variety of options from 1-6 months

We charge no fee for you to volunteer with us. You pay your own airfare, but for those staying 3 months or longer, we will cover visa costs. We pick you up from the airport and pay for your overnight stay in the city and transport you to Liwonde. We provide a comfortable house with solar power, with maximum of 4 volunteers at one time in single sex-rooms (unless you are a couple). Full orientation and continued support is available from the in-country volunteer coordinator. You will be expected to cover your own food costs and for any travel you want to undertake, and this would usually be around US$150 - US$200 a month. We also require you to have your own health / travel insurance.


How to apply
Those interested should in the first instance take a look at our website. To request information about our International Volunteer Program, please email:

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5 Star Rating

'Definitely recommend Helpmalawi'

I volunteered in Malawi for 3 months in 2019. I worked at Nanthomba primary school tutoring and giving extra English after school classes It was one of the best experiences I have had. The house was decent and clean. The people and students I worked with was all friendly and accommodating. The HelpMalawi team helps you integrate into Malawi by picking you up at the airport and providing tons of support and information on various aspects of living and travelling in Malawi. I would definitely recommend HelpMalawi to anyone who wants to volunteer in Africa!!! Thank you HelpMalawi for a wonderful unforgettable experience!!!

Carmen Van Der Walt

5 Star Rating

'Five Stars. Would definitely recommend!'

I was a medical volunteer at Nandumbo Healthcentre for three month and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Everyone staring with the healthcentre staff to the H.E.L.P staff and Village neighbors are exceptionally open and friendly people. I was welcomed immediately, helped whenever necessary and generally well received and integrated. I really felt like I was part of the community, being invited to lunch every day, chatting with lovely neighbors in the evening, going on weekend trips with H.E.L.P members and playing football with the kids. Providing medical care in rural Malawi is such a unique but enriching experience, especially the mobile outreach program was amazing. My viewpoint and understanding of medical problems, their often ingenious solutions with limited resources and the exceptional strength of patients and providers changed and improved massively. Furthermore is Malawi a beautiful country, diverse in landscape and wildlife, with always new exciting spots and people to get to know. All in all I had an awesome time in Malawi and would definitely recommend it.

Jana Willers

5 Star Rating

'Awesome experience!'

My name is Tena, I am 25 years old and I come from Croatia. I have heard about Malawi 5 years ago in university and promised myself to find a reason to visit Malawi. After some research (and a bit of courage), I quit my 9-5 job and decided to join H.E.L.P. Malawi as a Volunteer Teacher in Nanthomba. How to describe experience? Malawi is nothing you can explain and put into words. People in Kwenje accepted me immediately and even though I was thousands of kilometres from home, I wasn’t homesick. Luckily for me, Croatia just ended up second on World Cup, so everyone actually heard of my country! Malawi is a beautiful country with lovely people, who are always ready to help you. I wouldn’t be able to understand what Malawi time or Malawi minubuses are like if I haven’t been here. Every journey is a grand adventure. :) The H.E.L.P. Malawi Team really did their best to help me feel accepted, taken care of, basically, a part of the family. Meeting the whole team and being a part of H.E.L.P. Family really made me feel like I belong in the school, in the team. Our Volunteer Coordinator Amy did her best to provide us with tips and tricks about travelling, bargaining, moving around Malawi and taught us how to play the Settlers of Catan. Amy rocks! :) Amai Angela was always there for us and would check on us, call us and ask us if we were okay, if we needed anything… like a mother. :) Juve and Lem would always try to help us with whatever the issue was- broken fence, missing exercise books, kittens in our kitchen… and entertain us with their jokes and awesome sense of humour! All the kids and the teachers at Nanthomba were a big part of the experience and honestly made me feel like being here, spending my time and sharing my knowledge does count, does make the change. I am glad I made the decision of coming here and I hope H.E.L.P. Malawi continues with their mission. I will proudly say I was once a member of the H.E.L.P. Team. As for the future volunteers or anyone who has doubts whether to come to Nanthomba or not, I have a few things to say. Nothing can replace the feeling when you see your students finally learnt how to read after working with them every day, listening to “You are my favourite teacher. I will not forget you” after the term is over or the moment you have to drag yourself out of bed at 5.45 a.m. to see who is knocking, only to realise your student has brought you mangoes to say thank you. This matters! They matter! I hope you really get to see it yourself!

Tena Posel

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    • Resources to aid in the development of interesting and fun ways to teach English to children
    • Simple dressings and plasters and basic wound care resources, plus medical gloves and sealed antiseptic wipes and needles
    • Lightweight games, balls, crafts and card games are loved by all the children, and unavailable in this rural location