Placement dates (excluding travel time): 14 Jan 2021 - 02 Jul 2021
Cost: £4,000.00 ($5,199.76 approx)
Application deadline: 01 May 2020
Interviews: 18 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 Tearfund, Teddington (GB
Pre-departure training: 13 Oct 2020 - 15 Oct 2020 TBC (GB)


Spend six months working alongside Tearfund’s partner, Ministry of Hope, in their vital work caring for vulnerable children and adults.

As a nation, Malawi is supporting two million orphans, most of them orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. Ministry of Hope (MOH) provide vital support, feeding several thousand orphans a day, six days a week. For many of these children this is their only source of food.

At the heart of their work they also sponsor 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, Ministry of Hope support widows, the disabled, and the destitute, by ministering to their physical and spiritual needs. Running courses in business management, adult literacy and food production they are restoring hope through providing life-changing skills.

You can see more of MOH’s work in the video below.

What will you be doing?

  • Helping at the orphan feeding centres across six villages
  • Working within mobile clinics reaching the poorest and most vulnerable
  • Serving alongside Ministry of Hope at the crisis nurseries
  • Teaching English, Bible stories, and simple Maths at 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?

You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable, and ready to work as part of a team of volunteers. Three months volunteering in Malawi will see you building relationships with the MOH team and the communities they serve. You will be willing to experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice, and learn more about God’s heart for his children

*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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