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Volunteer helping to imrpove medical care to rural communities in Malawi

Lake Malawi Medical Volunteer Project

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Assist in improving the quality of primary medical care provided to rural Malawian communities

Who should apply?

Medical students, professionals or those interested in persuing the field of medicine in the future, who would like to assist in improving the standard of primary care and support provided in the rural communities of Malawi.

Destination

Mangochi District on Lake Malawi

Duration

4 -12 weeks

Activities

The project is comprised of a number of community outreach, health care and medical initiatives including: homebased care, wound care, HIV/AIDS awareness, rural community hospital, malaria prevention and awareness and nurseries for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Volunteers take part in a wide range of tasks according to which initiatives they are involved in ranging from assisting at or facilitating workshops and awareness talks around malaria and HIV/AIDS, making home visits, bandaging wounds and working in rural hospital departments.

*Volunteer involvement in these initiatives is dependent on the amount of experience and interests held by the volunteer as well as current needs within the community.

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Volunteers stay in shared accommodation in a serviced and catered house around 14kms south of Monkey Bay. The house is situated on the southern shores of beautiful Lake Malawi. The area that you will live and volunteer in is safe but the house is also fenced and gated for additional privacy and security.

Facilities:

- Large shared bedrooms with bunkbeds & mosquito nets
- Either shared or ensuite toilet & shower room facilities
- Cold running water (as Malawi is hot, a cold shower is usually appreciated!)
- Electricity (although power cuts are not uncommon)
- Communal kitchen & living area
- All bedding and linen included

Meals

Three meals per day are provided. Breakfast usually consists of toast, or pancakes and tea/coffee. Lunch will be prepared at the volunteer house where volunteers can help themselves and usually consists of pasta, soups, sandwiches, or similar, or a packed lunch if you are not returning to the house in the middle of the day. A hot dinner will be prepared for you in the evenings.

The cooks do a very good job of catering for you and can accommodate most dietary requirements. However, please be aware that ingredients and supplies can be limited, seasonal or particularly expensive in Malawi, so there is not always a wide variety of food available.


Project Fee:


2015/16 Rates

Duration


£ (GBP)

4 weeks £ 925
8 weeks £ 1 525
12 weeks £ 2 099

*Rates quoted in GBP & valid until 31st December 2016

Included:

- Airport transfer on arrival and departure on set dates (you need to arrange your flights to and from Lilongwe Airport)
- Arrival orientation
- Shared accommodation in volunteer house
- Three meals per day whilst on project (as described under "Accommodation" tab
- 24 hour support from our experienced on-site project co-ordinator
- Emergency contact in UK

Not included:

- Airfares and flights
- Travel Insurance & Visas
- Extra activities not included in itinerary
- Personal items
- Beverages
- Email, internet, telephone calls

Project Start Dates:


The Lake Malawi Teaching Project has arrival and departure dates every second week on a Mondays. Project runs throughout the year and is not affected by school holidays.

Project Duration: 4 - 12 weeks

See the table below for specific dates:

Month
Start Date
September 2015 Monday 14th
Monday 28th
October 2015 Monday 12th
Monday 26th
November 2015 Monday 9th
Monday 23rd
December 2015 Monday 7th
Monday 21st
January 2016 Monday 4th
Monday 18th
February 2016 Monday 1st
Monday 15th
Monday 29th
March 2016 Monday 14th
Monday 28th
April 2016 Monday 11th
Monday 25th
May 2016 Monday 9th
Monday 23rd
June 2016 Monday 6th
Monday 20th
July 2016 Monday 4th
Monday 18th
August 2016 Monday 1st
Monday 15th
Monday 29th
September 2016 Monday 12th
Monday 26th
October 2016 Monday 10th
Monday 24th
November 2016 Monday 7th
Monday 21st
December 2016 Monday 5th
Monday 19th

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Terms and Conditions of application:
- Volunteers must be aged 18+ to take part in the project.
- Volunteers must have a competent level of spoken and written English
- Volunteers must provide a certificate to prove that a Police Check has been undertaken in their country of residence
- Volunteers must supply payment in full before placement can be confirmed