Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) uses a number of volunteers in its work and has been able to define who a volunteer is and how to work him/her.
To be an Intern or volunteering at AfES a small fee of USD 220 is require to help us plan and manage other logistics related to the volunteer involvement in our organisation. As a volunteer, you may wish to donate, fund-raise or bring any gift to the organization and being a nonprofit making organization that relies on donor support, we will appreciate!
WHO IS A WHO IS AN INTERN OR VOLUNTEER AT ACTION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (AFES)?
At Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) an intern will be any person (s), student or trainee who joins the organization and is engaged in its work without pay works in order to gain work experience.
At Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) a volunteer shall be any person (s) who freely offers to work in the organization at any of its projects or administration without pay.
Crucially – the work is carried out willingly
Concept of free will is central in volunteering
ACCEPTABLE QUALITIES INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS AT AfES
The following qualities will be preferred for all interns and volunteers working with AfES:
- Willing to participate and learn
WHAT WILL THE INTERN (S) OR VOLUNTEER (S) OFFER TO THE ORGANIZATION?
Volunteers give the following to the organization:
WHAT WILL THE INTERN(S) OR VOLUNTEER (S) GAIN FROM THE ORGANIZATION?
Volunteers gain the following from the organization:
ACCOMMODATION DURING YOUR STAY
AfES can help to facilitate for accommodation any anything else that the volunteer might require whilst they are in Malawi, this includes safaris. AfES will not be liable for any expenses incurred.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Individual Interns/Volunteers –
- As an individual, you will be placed in a descent Local Lodge with maximum security and basic utilities such as electricity and water. Preferably the Lodge will be within reasonable distance to your work place.
- Alternatively you may choose to stay in a host family. You can expect to have your own room with clean linen and a mosquito net. There will be electricity and running water.
You may also chose to share meals with the family in which case a small weekly fee from US$ 45 to US$ 55 will be charged on arrival.
- You may also wish to stay in a private house (guest flats) with water, electricity, furniture, kitchen set, beds, security guard, electrified fence etc. The only thing you will need to do is to buy food and cook for yourself.
(i) Staying at a private house (guest flats) for group volunteers is best option. Expect the house to have water, electricity, furniture, kitchen set, beds, security guard, electrified fence etc.
The only thing you will need to do is to buy food and cook for yourselves. You will be able to lock the house as well as your individual rooms.
(iv) Alternatively you may choose to stay in a host family. You can expect to have your own room with clean linen and a mosquito net. There will be electricity and running water.
Living with a host family is a wonderful cultural experience, as you are able to take part in family activities. Many people are reluctant to stay with a family, for fear of intruding, or lack of privacy. But the Malawian culture is one of family and respect.
You may also chose to share meals with the family in which case a weekly fee (for meals) from US$ 35 to US$ 45 will be charged on arrival.
(ii) Alternatively, you will be placed in a descent Local Lodge with maximum security and basic utilities such as electricity and water. Preferably the Lodge will be within reasonable distance to your work place.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COST OF STAY AS AN INTERN/ VOLUNTEER
The cost of stay varies depending on the type of accommodation you chose and the number of people. Please contact us for estimated costing that will help you plan!
Please send us an email to; [email protected]
OTHER THINGS YOU ARE PAYING FOR YOURSELF: (THOUGH WE CAN HELP ORGANIZE THIS UPON REQUEST)
- Vaccinations, medical and travel insurance,
- Visas (if staying for more than one month you will be expected to renew your visa).
- Communication (cell phone, post and a small fee for internet, which you can use in the office)
- Food – you will be expected to cook for yourself, unless you opt to have meals with your host family where we will ask for a contribution so that their costs are covered or you chose to buys meals from a restaurant.
- Additional travel around Malawi
CULTURE AND TRAVEL CULTURE
The Malawian culture is very rich and diverse. Malawi is a very religious country – though no worries if you are not religious, people will respect your choices. Community and family are very important in daily life. Malawi is called ‘the warm heart of Africa’ for its people’s friendly, kind and peaceful nature.
There are certain cultural norms that you are expected to abide to. Most of which will be explained during your introduction week. But to help you pack, let us mention clothing. Women – you are expected not to show your thighs, so pack long skirts and trousers. All tops are acceptable as long as they cover your stomach. Open shoulders and chest are fine. You should pack comfortable sandals as well as closed shoes for the rainy season.
Men – you are expected to look decent, shorts and a t-shirt are fine, but no provocative or insulting messages printed on clothing. Comfortable shoes are advised.
TRAVELLING IN MALAWI
Many Volunteers like to use the opportunity of volunteering in Malawi to travel. Malawi is a beautiful country with many sites to visit.
The Lake shore is wonderful, you can swim and dive and take boat rides. There are also many national parks where you may plan a safari. And Mt Mulanje is one of the most breath-taking sites in the country (literally – hiking is exhausting!). AfES has many contacts in the travel industry and can help you make choices about travelling as well as help plan safaris.
One of the most biggest challenge in Malawi is access to clean water, this problem has compromised the health of many people especially affecting those in rural areas and highly populated areas of cities.
Giving clean water to these people is a permanent solutions to many water, sanitation and hygiene related problems.
Water, sanitation and hygiene projects in communities have led to a decline in the out break of highly contagious diseases like Cholera and improved the health of the biggest number of people especially the youths who makes the highest population composition of Malawi.
Income Generating Project
AfES in partnership with the Embassy of the United States has engaged in implementing an income generating project for Mpangama Women Association in Makanjira Mangochi district. The project will train the women of Mpangama in puff making, p-nut batter making and entrepreneurship.
Her Excellency Virginia Pulmer the USA Ambassador to Malawi and our Executive Director Mr. Daniel Mwakameka signing the project grant agreement in Lilongwe on 18th August 2015.
The project is expected to create jobs and improve the income security of more than 2000 women of Mpangama community.
Kumponda Community WASH Project
Action for Environmental Sustainability (AFES) in partnership with Vibrant Village Foundation has partnerd with Group Village Headman Kumponda in Traditional Authority (TA) Kapeni in Blantyre District to embark on promoting water,sanitation and hygiene in 4 sub-communities of Kamwendo,Mzwanya, Chiwalo/Maluwa and Kumponda.
The project will maintain 4 mal-functioning water pumps, train 18 local mechanics and establish a sanitation and hygiene promotion group that will work as ambassadors in the community.
Misuku Hills Improved livelihood and Biodiveristy Conservation Project
Action for Environment Sustainability (AFES) in partnership with Misuku Bee Keepers Association and with funding from CEPF is working on conservation of Misuku Hills since July 2014.
In collaboration with the deapartment of forest, the project has trained 7 Village Forest Areas (VFAs) namely Lupalang’ombe Kapiyira, Mwenga, Nangalamu, Chipala, Arthur and Chiwi which are currently . The project has also strengthened the capacity of 7 Village Natural Resources Management Committees (VNRMCs) and planted about 50,000 indidginious and exotic trees during the tree planting season in 2015. This initiative has impacted a total land of about 1144 hectors inside and out side the forest reserve.
Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) and Misuku Beekeepers Association (MBA) is raising awareness of the need for conservation among community members in and around the Wlindi-Matip and Mughese forest reserves in Malawi.
Traditional dances and songs used in awareness event
Village savings and Loans (VSL)
AfES & MBA have also established a village savings and loan (VSL)/Community Bank system to support the sustainable use of natural resources; 20 VSL groups with more than 350 community members have been established in 41 communities around the reserve.
Women of a village savings and loan bank posing for a photo