Cultural Introduction Week in Malawi
Get a first-hand chance to experience the local food and culture of Malawi through the Culture Week program. On this week-long experience you’ll experience cultural immersion in this fascinating African country, dubbed ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ through lessons, conversations and food.
Through this program you will learn everything you become familiar with Malawi and get ready for your stay. Enjoy entertaining tours out to the local sights and around the city centre, and treat your taste buds with local cooking classes and testing out some Malawi cuisine. Get your creative juices flowing with a Malawian tribal bracelet making session, and learn more about this new country with lessons on the culture, lifestyle and important do’s and dont’s of this African nation.
By the end of this week you will be well prepared to begin any program in Malawi, and have more confidence and local knowledge too. During the program you will get the chance to meet other participants like yourself, as well as interact with the locals and make new friends!
Aims & Objectives
- Increase your knowledge of local customs, food and history
- Prepare you for a longer stay in Malawi
- Teach you helpful phrases and basic language elements to assist your interactions
This week is designed to introduce you to Malawi as a country, as well as it’s culture and custom. The itinerary is jam packed with sightseeing and lessons, as well as loads of delicious meals and opportunities to make friends. The week kicks off with a culture and language class, as well as a walking tour and welcome dinner to help you feel at home. By Tuesday we will be out exploring the nearby sights and visiting the cultural village. Mid week we will head out for a dip in Lake Malawi National park and a relaxing beach visit. A local cooking class will follow and you’ll wrap up the night devouring your creations. On Thursday we are off on a full day sightseeing exploration of Liwonde national park, then for your final day on Friday you’ll enjoy a handicraft lesson followed by information and evaluations to discuss the week as well as your onward placement.
Culture and Language class
Village walking tour
Visit Mangochi town, museum, and monuments
Visit the cultural village
Visit Lake Malawi’s national park and the option to go swimming
Relaxing beside the beach
Back to center
Dinner with food from the cooking class!
Visit Liwonde National park
More sightseeing around the national park
Back to center
Bracelet handicraft lesson
Team meeting regarding your placements, a visit to the ongoing programs.
Evaluation for the week
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Mangochi is coastal town sited between Lakes Malawi and Malombe. Previously called Fort Johnston during colonial times, it is known as a lake town with a lot of water and fishing activities. Although a small township with a population of 50,000, necessities are nearby to assist you during your stay. It is also full of culture and history and it’s always interesting to walk through the small town.
Accommodation & Food
You will be accommodated in our centre. It is quite basic and you will share your room with other participants. There are shared western style, flushable toilets.
There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. All volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised.
- Standard Room
- All meals included
- Persons per room 4-8
- Wifi in public areas
- Lockable rooms
Malawian food will served mainly, along with some European food. You can expect meat, vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, rice spaghetti and more.
Three meals are included on weekdays while only two meals are served on weekends.
There are many modes of local transport such as taxis, vans, buses which depart every 30 minutes to downtown Mangochi.
There are ATM’s & Western Union transfer facilities in Mangochi downtown which is about 20-30 minutes by driving from the centre.
Next to our centre there are many local shops nearby which only take about a 5-10 minute walk.
Trip Country Info
Time zone:CAT (UTC +2)
Known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”, Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. It was settled by migrating Bantu groups in the 10th century and was later colonized by the British in 1891. In 1953 Malawi, then known as Nyasaland, a protectorate of the United Kingdom, became a protectorate within the semi-independent Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, this ended in 1963. Nyasaland became an independent country a year later under Queen Elizabeth II with the new name Malawi. Two years later it became a republic and gained its independence.
Many of today’s Malawians are descendants of the Bantu people who moved across Africa and into Malawi for hundreds of years up to the fifteenth century.It is a country that welcomes all who wish to experience the incomparable combination of environment, wildlife & culture in one of Africa’s most beautiful and diverse countries.
Malawi has the well deserved reputation as being one of the friendliest countries in Africa. It is a densely populated, landlocked country, with almost a third of its territory taken up by the stunning Lake Malawi, a sight you do not want to miss in this lifetime. The huge freshwater lake is lined with excellent heavenly beaches and filled with colourful fish as well as the occasional hippo and crocodile. There are some amazing wildlife parks for those interested in safari, as well as several hiking destinations that include Mulanje mountain and the Zomba plateau.
The Malawian people are, without doubt, its greatest asset: friendly and welcoming to a fault. Every visitor is met with a smile and the warmth of the welcome is genuine and long-lasting. With a population of a little more than 14 million, Malawi is one of the more densely peopled countries of this part of Africa. Most of the population is rural, living largely in fascinating traditional villages. Many of today’s Malawians are descendants of the Bantu people who moved across Africa and into Malawi for hundreds of years up to the fifteenth century.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance