Some of the most vulnerable people in Malawi, are those living with HIV/AIDS. In response to this need, Tearfund’s partner, LISAP (Livingstonia Synod AIDS Programme) was birthed. They play an incredible role, both helping to mobilize and empower communities to support those living with HIV&AIDS, but also to help educate on prevention.

LISAP's projects have a strong emphasis on educating young people to understand their rights and make their views known to their peers and families, such as life skills clubs in schools which explore issues of child labour, early forced marriage, HIV/Aids and the importance of education.

Working alongside the local church, LISAP promote both physical and spiritual health. Their work and continued research links into the Global Goals for Sustainable Development of quality education for all, good health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities which is worldwide movement.

Brenda, is one example of the work LISAP is doing to empower the local community to see sustainable change. She has been trained as a Mother Buddy, working with LISAP to support vulnerable pregnant women and prevent transmission of HIV from parent to child.

16-year-old Emmanuel is another example. His parents used to beat him and withhold food when he wanted to go to school. Emmanuel was empowered to return to the classroom with the support of LISAP. He is now flourishing and his relationship with his family has been restored.

There is a huge need in Malawi and specifically within this community. LISAP would love a team of enthusiastic volunteers to spend three months, living, learning and serving alongside them.

So, are you ready?

Three months volunteering in Malawi will both challenge you personally and stretch your faith. You will experience how the local church is at the 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 three months living in Malawi, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and LISAP staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Home visits to vulnerable families living with HIV or AIDS.
  • Working with youth leaders to engage and empower the youth and young people in development
  • Teaching life skills classes on HIV/AIDS
  • Working with the local church and the church community mobalisation project on issues of human rights, advocacy and sustainability
  • Supporting LISAP with organisational development of their programmes, raising awareness in local communities

*Please note…

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

Please note, flights, visas and vaccinations are not included.

For more information about additional costs, check out our FAQs section.

Trip date: 08 Jan 2019 - 06 Apr 2019
Cost: £2,950.00 ($3,982.50 approx)
Application deadline: 14 Sep 2018
Pre-departure training: 15 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018 TBC (GB)
Interviews: 28 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2019 Tearfund, Teddington (GB

Cost

Placement cost: £2,950

What’s included?

  • Training and support before, during and after your placement
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Tearfund staff time
  • In-country travel, food and accommodation

What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel to and from UK training events

Although your placement cost 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 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, 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.

Get a £100 fundraising discount

Once you’ve applied, you can join our refer a friend scheme.

Do you have a friend who wants to volunteer with us too? If you refer a friend to come on a Tearfund 3 or 6 month placement in 2019 then both you and your friend will receive a £100 fundraising 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 2019.

Simply ask your friend to apply before 14th September 2018, then contact us at go@tearfund.org or call on 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.

Fundraising inspiration

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.

TRAINING

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: lucy.pieterse@tearfund.org

Trip 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 choose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we are 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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