Placement dates (excluding travel time): 01 Aug 2020 - 15 Aug 2020
£1,050.00 ($1,266.62 approx)
Application deadline: 24 Apr 2020
Pre-departure training: 25 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020 TBC (GB)

About

Travel together with your church, student or youth group on a two-week placement with our partner Ministry of Hope in Malawi.

Over two million children in Malawi have been orphaned, most as a result of HIV/AIDS. Ministry of Hope (MOH) provides vital support, providing food for several thousand of these children each day. This is likely to be their only source of food.

At the heart of MOH’s work is a mobile medical clinic for communities that would otherwise have limited access to any form of healthcare. MOH’s crisis nursery also provides temporary care for babies who have been born with AIDS, have been abandoned or are in other life-threatening situations.

Alongside this incredible work, MOH supports widows, people with disabilities and others in extreme financial poverty, by ministering to their physical and spiritual needs. Running courses in business management, adult literacy and food production, MOH are also equipping people with life-changing skills.

What will you be doing?

  • Helping provide food to children that have been orphaned across six villages.
  • Working within mobile medical clinics that reach the most vulnerable.
  • Serving alongside Ministry of Hope at the crisis nurseries.
  • Teaching English, Bible stories, and simple Maths through the educational support programmes, and helping to create new resources for teachers.
  • Supporting the staff in the Ministry of Hope office.

What can you bring?

Groups can bring energy, passion and commitment to their work with our partners. You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable and committed to working together to support MOH and its staff and volunteers. You will add capacity to the work that they do, whilst building relationships with the MOH team and the communities that they serve.

More information

For more details about the arrangements for a group placement and how to apply together, please get in touch! You can call us on 020 3906 3111, email us at go@tearfund.org or fill out our ‘Register your Interest’ form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

*Please note…

The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.

For information on additional costs, check out our FAQ section below.

FAQs

Worried about costs?

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.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

What will I be doing?

All sorts! It totally depends on which country you chose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we’re normally correct when we say...

  • You’ll be learning loads
  • You’ll be supporting our partner to keep up their fantastic work
  • You’ll be making new friends
  • You’ll be growing in your relationship with God

Here are some recent examples.

In Cambodia: Tearfund’s partner CHO, works closely with children, providing education. Volunteers have brought their personal education experience to help teach english, run sports and lead bible studies. CHO also has an incredible Social Enterprise called Destiny Cafe where the volunteers get an opportunity to work alongside locals and develop new innovative ways to expand business in the area.

In India: Tearfund’s partners have invited prayer teams to join them for two weeks. Volunteers bring their fresh enthusiasm and commitment to prayer, coming alongside partners and beneficiaries, often resulting in a fresh awakening of God’s power at work.

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

This totally varies from team to team, but we can guarantee that you will have a mattress under you and a roof over you! You may be sleeping in a church, house, school, or simple guesthouse. Two-week teams tend to live in a guesthouse with running water. Food will usually be a mixture of local food and English food. It's hard to predict what you will encounter so you need to expect the unexpected. Our most common complaint from teams is that they are treated too well!

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

Sometimes it's hard to navigate your way around new sites, so we'd love to chat to you over the phone or email. 

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