Community Initiative for Social Empowerment
We are working to better the lives of people in Malawi.
What We Need
Mchinji district, where we are based, is one of the poorest regions in Malawi and there are many areas in which volunteers are needed. Let us know what your interests and skills are and we will build a volunteer program for you through our own programs or through programs of local affiliates such as schools, youth clubs or HIV support groups whom we regularly work with.
Volunteers can offer their help as a teacher and assist in a Pre-school. Your input will be a great help and much appreciated as schools are often under staffed and lack resources. Experienced teachers are particularly welcome.
You can assist program staff with training and awareness activities on issues such as: water, sanitation, hygiene, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, gender equality, child marriage prevention and youth development. Availability of this work will depend on which groups are active at the time and will be tailored to fit the specific needs of the group.
Volunteers can work with our farm clubs to provide training in improved farming techniques and compost making as well as business and marketing. You will have the chance to experience what life is like for subsistence farmers in Malawi.
As a small NGO, we are always in need of an extra pair of hands in the office. In addition to working in the field, a large part of running an NGO is spent at the office. If volunteers are skilled and interested in volunteering at the office, they can help with writing and editing proposals, research, carrying out fundraising activities, assisting with online marketing, updating social media and website design in addition to their field volunteering tasks. Skilled photographers or film makers can also contribute by making promotional materials for our local NGO.
When & Who
NEEDED FROM MARCH, 2017:
Facilitate early grade reading in a safe school fashion where physical, environment harm and abuse reduction will be the intervention priority for both in school and communities.
NEEDED FROM FEBRUARY, 2017:
Work with youth support groups on youth empowerment for participation in decision making processes at local level.
NEEDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:
Training parents and guardians in village savings and loans.
What we Provide
- Costs to volunteer do not include flights, in-country transport, food, drink, and any other additional personal costs.
- Volunteers are expected to fundraise for the charity before they volunteer.
- We welcome visitors too. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the work we do by spending time with our passionate staff and visiting the many varied projects we run.
More Services we Offer
Other Ways to Help
- School bags for girls.
- Sewing machine.
- Clothes for making reusable sanitary pad.
- Used clothes for girls.
- Used school bags.
- Sewing thread.
- Used computers.
Additional Info about Us
When we receive your application CISE staff will tailor a volunteer program suitable to your skills and the needs of the organization. When you arrive you will have an orientation meeting with the staff, where you will find out more information about Malawian culture, CISE projects and the type of work you will be carrying out during your stay. You will be given a local SIM,for which you can buy internet data, to keep in touch with friends and family. Volunteers are expected to work five days a
If you would like to explore other parts of Malawi while you are here, there are a variety of things to do on your time off. Kasungu National Park is both easily accessible from Mchinji - wildlife viewing can be done from a game viewing vehicle or on a bushwalk for the more adventurous. You can climb Mount Mulanje the highest mountain in Malawi (over 3000m) or go hiking in the Zomba plateau. You can visit Lake Malawi - relax by the lake, go kayaking or snorkelling! Or you can stay in Mchinji where you can experience village life and culture, enjoy Malawian music, dance and learn some traditional cooking.
Most international flights go to Lilongwe International Airport. From Lilongwe you can get a bus/tax to Mchinji, which takes approximately 1h 55min. At Lilongwe International Airport a member of our staff will meet and escort you to Mchinji, using the local mini-buses.
Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own visas for Malawi, travel insurance and travel vaccinations. We recommend that volunteers take malaria tablets while here as Mchinji is a malaria region; these should be attained before your visit.
Please bring culturally appropriate clothes (women should wear dresses, skirts or trousers below the knee) and clothes with light material, as it does get very hot in Mchinji
A local NGO established in 2012 and incorporated under the Trustees Incorporation Act (CAP. 5:03) of the Laws of Malawi. It is registered with CONGOMA and NGO Board of Malawi as NGO.
Motivated, empowered and resilient society for improved social and economic outcomes.
A local NGO that is committed to sensitize, motivate, mobilize, and empower youth, women and other stakeholders to improve their social and economic outcomes through effective involvement and participation.