Trip Details

On this unique program, you’ll get to live as a Malawian Fisher man or woman, and assist them in their day-to-day activities on lake Malawi. You’ll get to enjoy the beautiful lake, a UNESCO heritage site that sits between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. As well as assisting the crew throughout their daily activities, you’ll get time to explore the local village, community, and the lake’s sandy shore beaches.

The great Lake Malawi, also known as lake Nyassa, is a very scenic freshwater lake with beaches of golden sand. As well as fishing, the lake provides sun and swimming for holiday makers or just those looking to relax. This rich and natural resource plays an important role in the local economy, and the local villagers have depended on it for many generations for their fresh water, food, and income as well.

You will spend your time contributing to a variety of activities that the local fishermen also take part in, such as collecting the fish from the sea, fixing and repairing fishing nets, and drying fish for the markets. Of course, providing the timing, weather and difficulty lines up you can also take part in fishing itself! By spending time in this project you will not only come to understand the local customs and culture better, but you will also increase your awareness of the fishing industry and its commercial impacts, all the while supporting the local fisherman with your helpful hands.

Aims & Objectives

  • Increase your awareness of the fishing industry and its commercial impacts
  • Support the local fisherman with helpful hands
  • Give you an authentic experience of the local fishermen’s lives

Trip Itinerary

Activities while you come to know Malawi as a true local. You’ll spend your days on a scenic lake and have plenty of opportunities to get to know the local villagers. Through this program, you will get a cultural immersion experience and get to see the day to day life in a way that most tourists never get to experience.

The bulk of this project involves assisting the fisherman, as well as working at the markets. You can expect to be working between 4 to 5 hours a day from Monday to Friday, with a break for lunch. Breakfast and lunch will both be at the centre, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet other volunteers and share your experiences.

Monday to Friday
A typical day during this program could look like…

Breakfast at the Centre
Assist the Fisherman with chores
Work at the markets
Back to the centre for dinner and to share your experiences
You can expect 4-5 hours of work throughout a typical day.

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