Family conservation volunteering in Malawi

“Two weeks of family conservation volunteering at a prestigious sanctuary and in the bush, plus time relaxing by scenic Lake Kande.”

Highlights

Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve | Malawi Research Institute | Lilongwe Wildlife Centre | Help with elephant and primate research | Family conservation volunteering | Wide range of optional activities at Lake Kande |

Description of Family conservation volunteering in Malawi

Known as ‘The warm heart of Africa’ for the friendliness of its people, Malawi is the perfect place for a family volunteering holiday with wildlife.

It’s an ideal option not only for animal lovers wanting to lend a hand, but also adventurous families that are looking for something a little different to the standard African safari. And finally, if you have teens interested in conservation for a career, this two-week trip would make a great way for them to discover the realities.

Expect hands-on work with rescued animals at Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, as you spend six days assisting with tasks such as animal husbandry, orphan care, wildlife rehabilitation, vet clinic work, community work and education. Staying in en suite chalets, you’ll learn how wildlife rescue centres are really run.

After Lilongwe, head out into the African bush for five days at the Malawi Research Institute, a bush camp on the edge of Lake Kazuni in the heart of Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. You’ll help with research vital for species management and illegal wildlife trade initiatives, learn about animal and plant ecology, research and data collection techniques, and be involved in individual elephant and primate identification. Other tasks may involve conducting population censuses, behavioural observations and habitat assessment. So this is full-on work throughout, and after 11 days, you’ll be wanting some time to relax.

Which is why this trip includes two days on Kande Beach, on the shore of Lake Malawi. Staying in cabins or beach chalets, you will be able to indulge in a superb range of optional activities from snorkelling to scuba diving, canoeing to hiking, horse riding and paddle boarding.

This is a superb volunteering holiday in Malawi, helping at two prestigious centres, with extensions possible to Liwonde National Park, or the South Luangwa Valley in neighbouring Zambia, which offers some of the finest wildlife viewing in all of southern Africa.

Minimum age: 12

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Family conservation volunteering in Malawi

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

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 and 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 and 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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