In this section

Volunteer in Malawi in 2020 with volunteers from across Ireland to support Habitat's work with orphans and vulnerable children.

Sign Up Now! Volunteer in Malawi: 31st July – 12th August 2020

Have a question? Get in touch: 

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. 4 out of 5 families live in poorly built homes made of mud bricks, dirt floors and grass thatched roofs. Homes constantly need repair and families are at high risk of disease.

The poorest are worst affected, including the 1.5 million children who are orphaned or vulnerable, largely as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

For thirty years, Habitat has been one of the few organisations in Malawi dedicated to improving the living conditions of families in need.

Funds raised in Ireland support Habitat Malawi’s work, most recently serving 7 families in need. This holistic programme includes building safe homes and facilitating training on HIV and malaria prevention with families like Bertha’s.

Volunteer in Malawi next summer with volunteers from across Ireland to support this life-changing work. This is a unique opportunity to experience grassroots development and be uplifted by the warmth and resilience of the Malawian people. Volunteers will:

SEE the shocking reality of poverty housing

SERVE families in need

SPEAK out for the cause of safe, decent housing when they return home


Habitat co-ordinates everything for a safe and rewarding experience. You don’t need special skills to take part.

Day 1-2 Depart Ireland, arrive in Malawi & orientation

Day 3-10 Build and closing celebration with the community

Day 11-12 Cultural activity & depart

Dates & itinerary dependent on flight availability.

Supporting Habitat's Work

The budget to take part is £2,400p/p (this includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum £700 donation towards Habitat’s work). Of the £2,400 volunteers make a minimum personal contribution of £500 towards logistics costs. If you are unable to make this contribution, get in touch. 

There are lots of ideas and resources to support fundraising. Volunteers must be clear about what the funds raised will support.

Need to know

Where will I stay?

Accommodation will be clean and safe; usually a modest hotel or guest house.  Local Habitat staff will organise transport to and from the work site.

What will I eat?

You will have the opportunity to try local food but in most cases you will have access to food you will be familiar with too! Bottled water will be provided to keep you hydrated.  Include allergies or specific requirements in your application form.

What age do I have to be to take part?

You must be 16 and over to join the team. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or can join a Youth Build. If you are older than 75, get in touch to discuss insurance.  

Read about the experiences of Ellen and Sinead, past team members.

Have a question? Get in touch: 

Volunteer in Malawi in 2020

Join the global movement working to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Sign Up Now

Our Impact

Learn how support from Ireland is transforming lives in Malawi.

Read more

Keep up to date with the latest Habitat NI projects and news!