Volunteer for Animal Welfare and have the hands on experience in this honourable task. This organisation in Malawi was established in 2016 by a dedicated group of residents who were concerned about the state of animal welfare in the country. They are the only volunteer for animal welfare organisation with a national mandate. Therefore this amazing experience in animal welfare Africa is the right one for those who want to learn more about this topic and have practical experience with it. The focus is both on domestic pets and wildlife. There is a wide variety of programs throughout the community, providing animal quarantine and vaccination, veterinary care and educating the public (especially school children) about the benefits of animal welfare on both people and animals, so volunteering in outreach is extremely important to the project. The project is a wonderful veterinary volunteer opportunity, especially if you are a veterinary student, intern or you are just interested in getting to know how it all works in treating the wildlife and domestic animals.
AWE, offers an exceptional volunteer opportunity to contribute to the animal welfare organization. It delivers veterinary services and animal welfare education in communities of Malawi. The project values each single volunteer – be it by veterinary skills or other qualities- and the project leaders pull both together – learning from the international volunteers and help in achieving the project goals.
Why volunteer for this project: ?
This volunteer project receives no government funding and depends on overseas funding, volunteer participation and the generosity of the residents. Thus it is essential in helping to ensure the animal welfare project has the people – also volunteers, skills and resources to continue improving the lives of people and animals in Malawi. This might be a life changing experience for volunteers to think how do we, humans, treat the animals, how can we educate the people to treat them better. It will for sure leave you with the big thoughts and when coming home having a blast feeling that you have done something important for the animal lives, how such international volunteering can bring the difference in our common relation to the animals. This might not be only your volunteer adventure in Africa but can be also a perfect guide into your potential veterinary career.
From 2-8 weeks and more
Airport of Arrival:
Lilongwe (LLW) International Airport with
• South African Airways (via Johannesburg)
• Kenyan Airways (via Nairobi)
• Ethiopian Airways (via Addis Ababa)
Helping in several topics possible, like: outreach about animal welfare, improving your animal care and/or veterinary skills or very much needed voluntary help in developing project marketing, website and social media.
# of Volunteers:
To be added.
What is included?
Volunteers will be picked up by the project stuff at the airport.
Volunteer cottage house with the shared rooms that have an en-suite bathroom and additionally a shared bathroom at the Animal Resource Centres respectively
Food, drinks are not included.
Full medical insurance must be purchased for all volunteer placements. Please ensure that your insurance covers work with animals and medical evacuation as well as theft/damage of personal items (travel insurance). You can ask VET stuff to give you more info on this.
You can pay also in USD. After applying you will receive an email. Then please follow the guidelines about the price conversion.
Donation to AWE is included that goes for the care of the animals and the community outreach projects.
We advise you to visit your medical doctor about two months prior your departure to the volunteer project. AWE requires that all volunteers are covered for rabies, TB, and tetanus and you will be asked for proof of vaccination upon your arrival. If you’re travelling around Africa you may also want to consider getting your yellow fever vaccination.
We strongly recommend that you take malaria tablets throughout your stay in Malawi and consult with your MD about your best option for the prophylaxis.
In country support from the project stuff is available, in case of need, at the
Telephone: Office +2651751934 Mobile: +265 99 4322996
There are several attractive possibilities to make excursions in your free volunteer time, especially on Sundays. One of them is Lake Malawi. Please see more under the ‘Travel focus’. The volunteer team can give you some recommendations that you will for sure enjoy!
Flights, food, drinks, personal extras such (e.g. phone calls), health and travel insurance, free time trips.
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Minimum age: at least 18 years old.
Volunteers must be adaptable and cooperative at any given time. The veterinary team operates as an emergency animal rescue organization and so a busy field program needs adaptable volunteers. Spay/neuter clinics and farm days can be quite intense.
Language: basic English;
Vaccines: several vaccinations are needed. Please see the section above: ‘vaccination’;
Volunteers should be also enthusiastic, hard working, wanting to help to the animals.
No police background check is needed.
Lilongwe is a small city and therefore it’s not difficult to move around. There are two town centres, the Old Town with the markets, craft markets, shops, post office and the newer City Centre, with the Parliament House. City Centre is the location of many of the embassy buildings, banks, five-star hotels, and aid agency headquarters. Generally, the distance from the residential areas to Old Town or City Centre is too great to walk. However, AWE volunteer project has a vehicle and a driver and they can fit your travel needs into the schedule. In addition, local transport is cheap with mini buses and push bike taxis costing around 300 Kwacha (MK) and taxis costing anything from 1500MK to around 2000MK per journey. You can also find a second hand mountain bikes or cars for sale on the Lilongwe Chat.
Animal Welfare Volunteer Experience (AWE) offers a quite some variety of programs and therefore exceptional volunteer opportunities – be it for the local community, providing veterinary services and educating the public are available. Among others the AWE team is active in the school children education where volunteers will be helping delivering lessons in schools and communities to educate about the animal welfare. Especially in the school time it all begins with the awareness and accompanies the obtained knowledge throughout ones life. It is all about the benefits of animal welfare for both: people and animals.
This volunteer experience offers and delivers veterinary services, as well as animal welfare education in communities of Malawi. Besides the outreach program, volunteers will also have the opportunity to spend 1 day in a week in the Spay and neuter clinic in a local community, and see the operations and first aid treatment of dogs and cats. One day weekly volunteers in Mzuzu will have a livestock day. There you will help to the stuff and seeing how they are providing veterinary treatment to farm animals and volunteers will help in raising the awareness of the animal welfare. It’s absolutely amazing having such an incredible volunteer experience and helping in the most needed animal care and veterinary activities.
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After volunteer arrival, there will be a first day to rest and settle. After that a member of a the staff or even someone from the volunteers will give you an orientation and explain the whole program. Usually clinics and school lessons are scheduled on the same day each week, but the team is always on call too, so there are often unplanned activities or emergencies. There might be picking up confiscated puppies or kittens, inspecting or picking up abused animals, treating, spaying and neutering pets that are brought to the team and similar.
Volunteers are needed as those wanting to develop their veterinary or animal care skills to those wanting to work with children in the education. Perhaps as a volunteer with other strengths and experiences you want to help in developing the project marketing, website and social media or simply you want to do a bit of everything! Volunteers always have something to offer and on the other hand, they gain from the volunteering itself. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to help in Community Veterinary Services, where the project delivers essential veterinary care free of charge in lower income communities for the animals. The other opportunity is in the Livestock Project. The AWE project is involved in the control of the killer tick-borne disease called in partnership with the Veterinary Department, Africa Union and other alliances for Livestock Medicines. Definitely the work of each volunteer will not be only as a valuable experience but also as an lifelong memorable adventure.
Your work day will start at 8:00 am and usually end at around 5:00 pm. Volunteers generally work 6 days a week. Sundays are free and will offer you the other side of the volunteer adventure joys. You might book some activities in advance.
Please see also the section ‘Volunteer work and contribution’ for more information.
Volunteers will stay at the AWE Volunteer Cottage. The premises are located in a very secure and attractive part with the 24-hour on-site security. Accommodation is shared and has an en-suite bathroom. Volunteers have use of the kitchen with a fridge, cooker, etc and will need to buy their own food.
Transport will be provided for weekly shopping in town and there is also a shopping complex with a supermarket, café, pizza/burger restaurant and ATM within a 5 min walk.
In case you cannot stay together with others, a private room rental is also possible. Please contact our VET customer service for more information.
You need to bring with you 2 x sheets and pillow cases
• Mosquito net
You will be self-catering and will need to buy their own food. Volunteers have the use of the kitchen with all the equipment, a fridge, cooker and so on. Transport will be provided for weekly shopping in town when possible and there is also a shopping complex with a supermarket, café, pizza/burger restaurant and ATM within a 5 min walk. There are several supermarkets that stock most goods and of course, the markets with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Available at the accommodation; it’s recommended to bring your own computer with you but also computers from the volunteer base will be available at times.
The laundry can be done by the office cleaner at a small cost.
You can make a weekend trip with other volunteers. Renting a car is easy and affordable or you could check out Lilongwe Chat for group tours or lifts offered.
Lake Malawi – is one of the very attractive options to visit. It is beautiful and well worth visiting via local transport. You can take a bus or minibus to Senga Bay where there are several places to stay including the backpackers hostel. You can swim, canoe, windsurf or simply relax on the beach.
Zomba Plateau – Zomba Mountain is one of the biggest mountains in Malawi. It has waterfalls and streams and is great for hiking. The plateau offers a bird’s eye view of the town and Lake Chirwa. There’s an Inn on the mountaintop that is also a popular destination.
Liwonde National Park is located in the south of the country. You can take a river boat safari where you’ll be able to view elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and even the occasional lion.
Mount Mulanje boasts the highest peak in Malawi and is a great place for hiking. There are clear paths up the mountain and several huts along the way. A hike to the top typically takes about three days.
Zambia – you could also consider doing a safari to nearby Zambia, one of the best wildlife reserves in the whole Africa or visiting Malawi’s famous tea plantations and climbing up Mount Mulange.
You can also enjoy a few days looking for ‘the big five’ and also ‘the small five’!
Apply now and secure yourself a place in this amazing volunteer project.