Sustainable Rural Community Development (SURCOD) is a local non-governmental organisation that is currently working in Nsanje district. The mission of the organisation is to improve the livelihoods of rural communities by generating economic, agricultural, educational and cultural empowerment.
Sustainable Rural Community Development is looking for volunteers to work in different projects. We are implementing agricultural projects, gender and human rights, climate change and afforestation, savings and economic empowerment, youth development and the music project. We are interested to host volunteers in these fields.
We arrange accommodation based on volunteer preferences as we understand that there are other volunteers who has an interest to be hosted in the rural areas and learn the culture
We always request our volunteers to make a donation of $100.00 towards project support
Additional services have fees except orientation
Laptops for free computer for youth, Projectors, footballs and football uniform, football boots, writing materials, sports kits
Our organisation is small with only 4 members. The Executive Director as the in charge of the organisation. Programmes Director/ Volunteer Coordinator responsible for all programmes plus volunteer management. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Responsible for monitoring and implementation of field activities. Gender and Economic empowerment Officer responsible for field activities implementation on gender and economic empowerment
Please check if you need a visa in advance in order to come to Malawi. If you do, you need to apply at the Malawian embassy in your country. You should find out how much time you need to start processing the Visa so that you can make sure it will be processed before you plan on coming. We can provide the invitation letter at your expediency. Also check the possibility of getting a visa on arrival. As for an on arrival Visa, our organization can help arrange the visa if you may like, and then you can make the payment when you arrive here. The Visa costs $75. If you would like SURCOD to arrange the visa in advance, there is a processing fee of $30 upon reimbursement. Please check again on the Malawi Embassy webpage about the documents you will need to submit or bring with you. Make an appointment for the visa application as early as possible in case there is a delay or an issue. Please contact us for support if you need help regarding your visa process.
Sustainable Rural Community Development is a local non-governmental organisation creating opportunities for lasting improvement in peoples’ lives.
In Malawi we work in Nsanje in collaboration with Nsanje District Council and communities to implement development interventions reaching over the rural people. Over the past five years we have gained significant experience across a range of areas including agriculture; climate change and disaster risk management; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); economic empowerment; malaria prevention and control, safe motherhood and; community mobilisation and capacity building at district, and community level; and cross-cutting work on HIV/AIDS, gender, rights and environment.
We have also partnered with various organisations such as Amaidi Global, Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia, Volkart Vision Foundation, Vitamin Angels, A Safe World for Women, and many other many local NGOs in Malawi. We work with the recognised district structures and community structures (village development committees, area development committees, school committees, parents and teacher committees, village health committees, etc.) to enable the effective development and delivery of district plans. We also develop the capacity of community structures as an essential step in enhancing people’s choices, opportunities and capacity to participate effectively in society. We focus on holistic, integrated programmes which have a practical and meaningful impact on rural people’s lives in order to achieve our strategic objectives. In the context of project development we always prioritise the needs of the local communities as the owners of the initiative and for sustainability's sake.