My Malawian Adventure
Submitted by Victoria - London | October 13, 2015
After working in London for a few years, I was ready to break the everyday, monotonous routines life in the big city brings. Having been to other parts of Africa (mostly East and South), I was keen to explore somewhere totally different.
Malawi is seen as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ for its calm and friendly atmosphere and culture. The Malawian Style volunteer and adventure placement offered a unique balance of giving back to the community, and exciting safaris and activities. I could totally immerse myself in the culture with home-stays on the lake, but nip back to the Funky Cichlid lodge when I needed some home comforts.
The staff were always super friendly and helpful, but things are a much slower pace there, so it was a great chance to try and relax as much as I could. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a varied and rewarding adventure.
Malawian Style responded to this review October 16, 2015 at 3:23 AM
Thanks Victoria! So glad to know that you enjoyed your experience - feel free to contact us directly if you feel there are any areas where we could improve your trip!
-Malawian Style Team
Malawi is a special place with amazing people - take me back there!
Submitted by S_Gray - London | October 06, 2015
After having severe itchy feet in my job back at home, I felt the need for a new experience. Something a with a bit of adventure as well as having an opportunity to immerse myself in a local culture..
This 6-week programme in Malawi was ideal - a good balance of everything complete with a a couple of safari trips which was very important to me as a lover of wildlife!
I chose to spend a couple of weeks in a local homestay which was truly fantastic and helped me to understand the local customs and understand more about the country as a whole. I even managed to progress my Chichewa pretty quickly in this time. Helping out at the local school was a real highlight for me. The kids were so happy and enthusiastic and overall this was one of the most surprisingly things for me; the openness, generosity and friendliness of the Malawian people.
The Funky Cichlid backpackers lodge was a short walk away so I could head over there to speak to fellow travellers and to treat myself to a western meal every now and then.
After the homestay experience I spent some time enjoying the beautiful clear waters of the lake, snorkelling, kayaking and diving with the cichlids. We went out on the boat for watersports and in the evenings to watch the amazing sunsets that you can never get bored of.
The safari's in Malawi and Zambia, were really unforgettable experiences which will stay with me for a long time... in fact the overall 6 week trip was something rather special.
As the programme was quite new it wasn't a completely 'polished' itinerary - which for me was a relief! I liked the flexibility and the feeling that this was a true experience.
What a great 6-weeks and in fact, as I write this, I am already planning on returning to Malawi and some of the other surrounding countries.
The best thing I ever decided to do was visit Malawi!
Submitted by lelocke - North Carolina State University | October 05, 2015
Oh man...where do I start?
I spent six weeks in Malawi with the Malawian Style volunteer adventure program. This experience was perfect for me as I wanted to give back through my travels but I also wanted to have a fun experience. I couldn't imagine going to Africa without going on Safari...and I went on two!
The staff and coordinators were lovely. Malawi is truly the "warm heart of Africa" and I felt very welcome from the beginning. I lived with a host family for two weeks who taught me how to cook and speak chichewa. But I always had the option of visiting the hostel "The Funky Cichlid" around the corner if I was craving some western food or english conversation. The other volunteers were also great - I was able to spend time with people from all over the world who also cared about giving back as much as I do!
We worked in the community on several different projects, we helped in the school...beach clean ups, cooking breakfast for villagers. It was really nice to have the local experience. The kids were my favorite part of being immersed in the local community. They were so sweet and friendly! They were also very patient to teach me chichewa. :) We also had some free time to play at the lake! I went snorkeling, water skiing, boating and scuba diving...it was really the best of both worlds!
This is a fairly new program so there were a few logistical issues but T.I.A. "this is Africa" and I felt this minor glitches really just made the whole experience more genuine. Really everything was perfect in the end - I can't wait to return to Africa. Malawi left a deep impact on me and I will never forget the kindness and the wonderful experience!