Placement dates (excluding travel time): 20 Jan 2020 - 13 Jul 2020
£4,000.00 ($4,825.20 approx)
Application deadline: 02 Sep 2019
Interviews: 27 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019 Tearfund, Teddington (GB
Pre-departure training: 15 Oct 2019 - 17 Oct 2019 Tonbridge, Kent (GB)


On this six month placement you will live and learn alongside our partner, Scripture Union of Malawi (SUM), in their vision to share the good news of Jesus and address financial poverty in communities across Malawi.

SUM work closely with children and young people, recognising their value and potential to make positive change. Through their work in schools and youth camps they raise awareness on key issues such as gender, health, nutrition and leadership.

On placement you will be involved in education and poverty reduction programmes. You will have the chance to develop relationships with SUM staff and people from inspirational communities, as you give your time and passion to support the incredible work being done.

What will you be doing?

  • Planning and running Bible clubs in rural and urban primary schools in various cities including Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre
  • Supporting teachers who run SU Bible clubs
  • Encouraging Bible reading and supporting the production of reading aids
  • Supporting conservation and agricultural projects
  • Supporting SUM’s family ministry programmes
  • Helping at and leading youth camps and study groups

What can you bring?

We’re looking for people with a passion for Jesus who want to support SUM to share the good news. Six months in Malawi will challenge you personally and stretch your faith, as you experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice. You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable, and ready to work as part of a team of volunteers.

Get a £100 fundraising discount

Do you have a friend who wants to volunteer with us too?

Once you’ve applied you can refer a friend to come on a 3 or 6 month placement in 2020. Both you and your friend will get a £100 discount!

The friend you refer has to be a brand new applicant to Tearfund. They can apply to any of our 3 and 6 month opportunities to volunteer overseas in 2020.

Simply contact us at or call 020 3906 3111 to let us know they are applying. Once we receive their application forms and their deposit we'll apply the discount for both of you.

*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.


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?

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