Community & wildlife volunteering in Malawi

“Based at one of Africa’s best wildlife sanctuaries, this volunteering experience in Malawi can be tailored to your passions, from wildlife rehabilitation to education and conservation.”

Highlights

Lilongwe | volunteering at wildlife centre | option to participate in community projects and work in national parks on biodiversity projects | volunteer for two to 12 weeks | accommodation and meals included

Description of Community & wildlife volunteering in Malawi

Experience life working with both wildlife and local communities on a volunteering stay with the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. The Trust is Malawi’s leading wildlife welfare and conservation organisation, with top accreditations from the likes of the Born Free Foundation and the world renowned IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Malawi itself is known for its friendly, peaceful people and beautiful scenery, so you’ll not only find the work fulfilling, but thoroughly enjoy experiencing ‘the Warm Heart of Africa’.

Our charity works across the following areas:

WILDLIFE RESCUE & RESEARCH
Alleviate suffering and keep wildlife in the wild wherever possible through the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals, with associated research applied to broader conservation initiatives.

ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT
Bring wildlife criminals to justice and deter others by putting wildlife crime on the national agenda, improving interception rates and strengthening legislation as well as its implementation.

CONSERVATION & EDUCATION
Inspire people to care about and protect their natural heritage for the benefit of wildlife, local communities and future generations.

Most volunteers who join us focus on animal rehabilitation at our award winning wildlife sanctuary, working on orphan care, animal rehabilitation and research projects, but we can tailor your experience to your passions. For example, you could spend time working with local school children through our education programme, or on our community outreach projects, working on bee keeping, afforestation or adult literacy. Placements are for anything from two weeks to 12 weeks, so you can also split your time between the wildlife sanctuary and then go on to spend a couple of weeks in national parks on our biodiversity research projects.

We are happy to help you arrange safaris in Zambia, too, and trips to the Lake of Stars festival. Your donation to the project includes all airport transfers, accommodation and meals. Please get in touch to receive our full information pack and read more volunteer reviews.

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01273 823 700

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Community & wildlife volunteering in Malawi

Environment

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of the fastest growing populations in Africa, placing natural resources under immense pressure. Wildlife crimes - such as the illegal ivory, bush-meat, pet and charcoal trades - impact both wild animal welfare as well as species conservation in Malawi, and also stand as one of the greatest threats to wildlife survival worldwide.

Our charity is dedicated to the protection of Malawi's wildlife and habitats.

The 3 pillars of our work are:

WILDLIFE RESCUE & RESEARCH: Alleviate suffering and keep wildlife in the wild wherever possible through the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals, with associated research in turn applied to broader conservation initiatives.

ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT: Bring wildlife criminals to justice and deter others by putting wildlife crime on the national agenda, improving interception rates and strengthening legislation as well as its implementation.

CONSERVATION EDUCATION: Inspire people to care about and protect their natural heritage for the benefit of wildlife, local communities and future generations.

Community

We employ over 60 members of the local community under the charity, and also build capacity through universities through training programmes similar to this one.

One of our goals as mentioned above is to inspire people to protect their natural heritage for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Education on wildlife welfare and conservation, wildlife crime, human-wildlife conflict, biodiversity and deforestation is delivered by our team at our wildlife sanctuary, in city schools and also in communities around protected areas across the country. We also produce TV and radio programming and run a number of national youth events. Our small scale community conservation projects have been introduced in response to the needs of individual communities we work with and include beekeeping, green fuels, afforestation and adult literacy.

These programmes not only contribute to conservation efforts but also help to promote sustainable livelihoods so that communities are living in harmony with their environment.

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