Volunteer in Malawi and spend two weeks living and learning alongside Tearfund's partner, Eagles Relief and Development Programme, in their effort to improve food security and reduce poverty in local communities.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world; over half of its population live below the poverty line and one in four people struggle to find enough food each day. Most of the population depend on agriculture for survival but unpredictable weather patterns caused by climate change mean that crops are failing and families are struggling to afford the increasing cost of food.
Eagles Relief and Development Programme are part of Living Waters Church, Malawi. Since 2002 they have been working with local churches, equipping them to meet the needs of their communities and lift themselves out of poverty. They address the root causes of food insecurity through a range of agricultural and environmental initiatives that help local people to adapt to the changing climate and mitigate the effects of disasters. They teach communities sustainable agricultural practices including how to grow drought resistant crops, increase soil fertility and small-scale irrigation techniques. They also deliver training on how to build fuel-efficient stoves and dig storm drains. In areas which are prone to drought or flooding, these initiatives are addressing urgent needs.
Alongside its environmental initiatives, Eagles support vulnerable groups in the areas in which they work. They support local churches to establish self help groups which deliver enterprise training and help communities to set up Village Savings and Loan Associations. Local people can put small savings into the association on a weekly basis. After a month, they can take out a loan to start or improve a small business. Eagles have also established childcare centres for children under five years old which educate and provide food for the children.
So, are you ready?
Two weeks in Malawi will both challenge you personally and stretch your faith. You will experience how the local church is at teh heart of tackling poverty and injustice and have the chance to show God's love in practical ways as you visit and learn from inspirational communities.
Who are we looking for?
Individuals who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks serving in Malawi, working as part of a team alongside other volunteers and Eagles staff.
What could you be doing?
We want to make sure that volunteers are helping where the need is greatest in Malawi, so the day-to-day work may change closer to the time to reflect this. You'll receive a more detailed outline of the work you'll be doing a few weeks before you depart on your placement.
Past teams have been involved in:
Placement fundraising amount: £1,350
What’s not included?
Although your placement fundraising amount does not include flights, visas or injections, you will receive good advice and support about organising these aspects. As you will need to pay for these yourself, it is important to keep any fundraising for flights, visas and injections separate from the donations you send to Tearfund to pay for the placement (ie this must be done personally and not through JustGiving or an equivalent site, as the fundraising for these elements is not considered to be a charitable donation).
Please note that all costs are subject to change; this is due to the variable nature of overseas travel expenses.
When do you have to pay?
We don’t ask you to pay the whole fundraising amount all at once.
When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, your selection event and pre-departure training event.
After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for remaining UK administrative costs, such as your medical and criminal record checks, in-country and other necessary preparatory costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.
You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.
As soon as you have completed your application form we will contact you about fundraising and setting up your JustGiving page. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog, giving eight great tips.
You’ll receive all the information you need to know to prepare you for your placement, including: in-depth medical and travel advice, travel insurance information, cultural guidelines, fundraising ideas and advice about involving your local church.
Pre-departure training: You must attend our pre-departure training. This will be the first time you met your team. The event will prepare you to visit a new culture, and help you and your team get to know each other. There will be other sessions on culture, staying healthy, safety and security, information about where you are going, as well as plenty of time to focus on God. We take health and safety very seriously and comply with the Global Connections Code of Best Practise in providing you with adequate insurance cover, 24-hour support whilst overseas and appropriate medical equipment and training.
Debrief: On your return to the UK you will be offered a debrief for your team. This is an excellent opportunity to renew friendships, to review what you've experience, and to thank God for all that He has done and to ensure that it continues to impact your life.
Promotion: If you'd like to promote your placement with the media, contact our communications manager: email@example.com
When we first meet you at an interview day or at pre-departure training, we will give you some ideas about fundraising. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog with eight fundraising tips.
We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once!
When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, interviewing and/or assigning you to a team.
After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for administrative, preparatory, in-country and other costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.
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