Development Initiative Network (DIN Malawi)
What We Need
What You Can Do
We offer a number of volunteer opportunities where you can lend a helping hand and learn about the workings of a grassroots NGO. Programs will be tailored to suit the volunteer’s skills.
Invest in a child’s future; come and volunteer as a teacher. Offer your help as a teaching volunteer and come and assist in a pre-school, primary or secondary school. Depending on your experience, you may be asked to teach English, Maths, Sports, Drama, History or Geography. Your caring input will be a great help and much appreciated as schools are often under staffed and lack resources. Experienced teachers are particularly welcome. Volunteering as a teacher depends on the academic school calendar – so please contact us for more details.
Volunteers will assist program staff with training and awareness activities on issues such as: water, sanitation and hygiene, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, gender equality, child marriage prevention and youth development. The work will depend on what activities are being run at the time the volunteer visits but may include the following: working with community committees to raise awareness, assisting with training, creating educational material and distributing materials.
Work in partnership with our farm clubs to assist with agricultural activities and provide training in improved farming techniques and compost making. Particular help is required with teaching business and entrepreneurial skills such as business planning, budgeting and marketing. Have a 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! Volunteers can help with writing and editing funding proposals, researching and carrying out fundraising activities, assisting with online marketing, updating social media and website design. Skilled photographers or film makers can contribute by making promotional materials for our NGO.
If you are qualified in the health, agricultural or international development sector, please let us know, as we can design a volunteer package to utilise your particular skills.
When & Who
What we Provide
Cost, Food and Accommodation
Volunteers can choose from two types of accommodation:
• Home Stay $47per wk- You can stay with a host family in a village 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. However, facilities are basic and you would be expected to use local toilets and bucket showers. Your food will be prepared by the family and you will receive 3 meals a day.
• Lodge $75 per wk - You can stay in a lodge in Chikwawa and get a lift on a bicycle to your volunteering location each day. You will have a flush toilet and shower. You will receive three meals a day, mostly in the restaurant; some meals will be prepared on site where you are volunteering.
$7USD per day | $47USD per week |Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, Pre-Departure-Orientation, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Local-Transport, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off, Internet
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Additional Info about Us
It will be an unforgettable experience - you will get to engage in Malawian life, learn more about the culture, share your knowledge and get to know and learn from the locals.
The Lower Shire is one of the poorest places in Malawi and currently does not receive many international volunteers. Therefore, there is great need in many of the communities and volunteers have the opportunity to make a real difference.
We are a Malawian NGO working to create lasting change in vulnerable communities in the Chikwawa district of Malawi.
We partner with local support groups and organisations to deliver community education and projects in four core areas:
1. Agricultural development and climate change
2. WASH and health
3. Education and youth development
4. Gender equality and human rights
We offer a number of volunteer opportunities where you can lend a helping hand to the community and learn about the inner workings of a grassroots NGO.
We operate in the formal and informal settlements of the rural areas.
In line with the organization goal, we planned 3 programs namely nurturing, entrepreneurship and Mudzi Wanga ‘’My Community” program. Each of the programs has at least 3 projects underneath and for these projects to benefit the local people, skilled personnel and resources are required thus we wish to kindly request you to join our team to effectively implement our projects.
Help us with these projects
We operate in the rural areas of Chikwawa District of Malawi. The communities are underdeveloped due to high rate of poverty, illiteracy, awful culture and unemployment. Due to these challenges faced by the local people, we as a local organization have researched & engaged the locals to develop 3 programs to address the challenges as stated above. Our programs are nurturing, entrepreneurship and Mudzi Wanga “My Community”.
1. Nurturing program aims to support local vulnerable girls and boys to access and excel in universal education. Annually we aim to reach over 1200 local vulnerable girls and boys who will be supported through Gender, Reproductive & Development Health Projects which provide awareness, sanitary pads & mentorship to girls on a monthly basis, Go Back to School Project which aims to provide school uniforms, shoes & scholastic materials to vulnerable kids, School Yanga Project which aims to provide school resources and Recreation Project which equips kids with sport activities and talents/skills.
Under this program volunteers are needed to assist with facilitating mentorship sessions, fundraising, and data collection reporting & analyzing, teaching kids on artistic skills as well as assisting to market their activities.
2. The Entrepreneurship program equips local vulnerable youths and women with business and vocational skills. Afterwards successful trainees will start own businesses or secure employment. Annually we aim to reach over 420 local vulnerable young people, women and people living with HIV and AIDS which are supported through Skills Training Projects which equips them with business and life skills and tailoring. The micro-start project provides non-collateral micro-loans to local young people & women to boost or start their own business.
Under this program volunteers are needed to assist with basic computer use training, field visits, data collection & analysing, updating loan records, facilitating business training and fundraising.
3. The Mudzi Wanga “My Community” program aims to sensitize & educate local young people on issues affecting them as well as whole communies. Annually over 1200 local young people are involved through annual events, seminars & conferences.
Under this program volunteers are needed to assist in facilitation and fundraising.