Malawi FAQs

Malawi FAQs

Unfortunately, we do not offer this service; you will need to book your flights on your end.

It is important to ensure that you have the necessary visa for your trip, it is your responsibility.

The information provided below is just a guideline, we strongly advise you to confirm this information with the embassy/consulate of the country you will be visiting from your home country prior to your departure.

To enter Malawi you will need a tourist visa for most nationalities.

There is a cost of 75 US$ to be paid for the 30 day tourist visa issued on arrival.

Make sure you have $75 in cash with you for payment.

This does not apply to visitors from SADC countries.

To facilitate the process of obtaining the VISA and that it is as fast as possible, you must have the following elements: two passport photos, plane tickets, itinerary, and your bank statements for the last three months .

Although pharmacies exist in Malawi, it is recommended that you bring all the medication you need for the duration of your stay.

Yes, the project is located in an area affected by malaria.

One of our drivers will meet you at the airport with a sign. If your flight lands earlier or you do not see your driver, please come to the information desk and call us on our universal emergency number: +27 74 649 9230.

You should consult your GP or seek the advice of a medical professional once we have confirmed your voluntary placement and ideally at least 6 weeks prior to travel, regarding vaccinations for your destination. The project is located in an area with malaria. If you have any general questions about this please let us know, but we are not qualified to provide specific medical advice. Below are some of the common recommendations for travel to Malawi.

Tetanus: a recent injection against tetanus is strongly recommended;

Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B: usually recommended;

Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Polio, Rabies: sometimes recommended;

Yellow fever: vaccination certificate required if you arrive from a risk area.

ATMs are available in Lilongwe and Mangochi, the nearest larger town.

Withdrawals may incur a small fee. US dollars and British pounds are the easiest currencies to trade.

Credit cards are not widely accepted for purchases. However, a credit card can be useful in an emergency.

It is forbidden to smoke inside the accommodation or during the activities. You can smoke outside the house, in designated areas and away from others who may be bothered by your smoke. Please pick up and dispose of cigarette butts properly.

Internet is available at the volunteer house on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is also possible to access the internet in Mangochi, where you can easily go on weekends with local transport.

We provide 24 hour support and you will be given a contact number to use in case of an emergency during your briefing.

In each room there are standard 3-hole power sockets. The Malawi is supplied with 220 – 240 V and there is electricity in the house. Socket outlets are 3 large square pins (as in the UK).

Be aware that power outages may occur. Flashlights are useful just in case and for weekend excursions, as are spare batteries if you have them. 120V appliances will burn out if used without a power converter, so if you really must bring them, don’t bring items such as hair dryers and straighteners without an adapter.

There is no better time, because our communities need support all year round.

The projects in Malawi however have fixed arrival and departure dates depending on school holidays. For more information on this subject, do not hesitate to inquire.

During the week the evenings are free and you can spend them relaxing at the volunteer house, reading, playing games and meeting other volunteers. Volunteers often use this time to plan lessons or activities for the next day. Project coordinators will help you organize day trips or weekend trips, for example: Liwonde National Park is a popular destination for game drives and game viewing tours, boat trips on the Shire River. The nearby village of Cape Maclear has a number of small tourist lodges, which offer snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving and craft stalls.

The plateau is a good place to walk and enjoy the view, relax in the cooler climate, or go horseback riding. You can also relax by Lake Malawi.