Trip Details

Spend your time in Malawi contributing to Mangochi’s sustainability and conservation efforts, and really know you’ve made a difference. In the environmental conservation program, you will get to experience life as one of the villagers, working with local communities to increase sustainability awareness, counter the effects of climate change and working in a tree nursery campaign.

You will gain invaluable life skills through this conservation program that will be with you for life, at the same time you’ll get to be involved in the important and ongoing campaign for sustainability in Mangochi. This program emphasises education in the tree nursery campaign, as this is the first step to help counter unsustainable practices and climate change.

A typical day on this program involves planting nursery-raised trees around the village in community centres such as schools, local markets, and clinics. The nursery is also a centre for local villagers who would like to learn how to build and grow their own tree nursery or garden at home. You can help with these efforts through planning and offering lessons on topics like recycling, reducing carbon footprints and the effects of climate change.

Aims & Objectives

  • Increase community awareness of environmental concerns
  • Advance the ecological sustainability of Malawi
  • Provide you with teaching experience, an invaluable life skill!

Trip Itinerary

Each day the plan for the day is decided in the morning meeting, so no two days will be the same. Each day will begin with breakfast at the centre, followed by activities. You can expect to spend 4 to 5 hours working each day. A typical day during this program could look like…

Breakfast at the Centre
Morning meeting to make the plan for the day
Lead a presentation or small group workshop
Lunch time
Tree planting around the local community
Recycling project
Back to the centre for dinner and to share your experiences

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Mangochi is coastal town sited between Lakes Malawi and Malombe. Previously called Fort Johnston during colonial times, it is known as a lake town with a lot of water and fishing activities. Although a small township with a population of 50,000, necessities are nearby to assist you during your stay. It is also full of culture and history and it’s always interesting to walk through the small town.

Accommodation & Food
You will be accommodated in our centre. It is quite basic and you will share your room with other participants. There are shared western style, flushable toilets.

There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. All volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised.

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Lockable rooms

Food Arrangements
Malawian food will served mainly, along with some European food. You can expect meat, vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, rice spaghetti and more.

Three meals are included on weekdays while only two meals are served on weekends.

There are many modes of local transport such as taxis, vans, buses which depart every 30 minutes to downtown Mangochi.

There are ATM’s & Western Union transfer facilities in Mangochi downtown which is about 20-30 minutes by driving from the centre.

Next to our centre there are many local shops nearby which only take about a 5-10 minute walk.

Trip Country Info


Population:16 million
Currency:Kwacha (ZMK)
Time zone:CAT (UTC +2)

Known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”, Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. It was settled by migrating Bantu groups in the 10th century and was later colonized by the British in 1891. In 1953 Malawi, then known as Nyasaland, a protectorate of the United Kingdom, became a protectorate within the semi-independent Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, this ended in 1963. Nyasaland became an independent country a year later under Queen Elizabeth II with the new name Malawi. Two years later it became a republic and gained its independence.

Many of today’s Malawians are descendants of the Bantu people who moved across Africa and into Malawi for hundreds of years up to the fifteenth century.It is a country that welcomes all who wish to experience the incomparable combination of environment, wildlife & culture in one of Africa’s most beautiful and diverse countries.

Malawi has the well deserved reputation as being one of the friendliest countries in Africa.  It is a densely populated, landlocked country, with almost a third of its territory taken up by the stunning Lake Malawi, a sight  you do not want to miss in this lifetime.  The huge freshwater lake is lined with excellent heavenly beaches and filled with colourful fish as well as the occasional hippo and crocodile.  There are some amazing wildlife parks for those interested in safari, as well as several hiking destinations that include Mulanje mountain and the Zomba plateau.

The Malawian people are, without doubt, its greatest asset: friendly and welcoming to a fault. Every visitor is met with a smile and the warmth of the welcome is genuine and long-lasting. With a population of a little more than 14 million, Malawi is one of the more densely peopled countries of this part of Africa.  Most of the population is rural, living largely in fascinating traditional villages.  Many of today’s Malawians are descendants of the Bantu people who moved across Africa and into Malawi for hundreds of years up to the fifteenth century.



Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa