Spend two weeks living and learning alongside Eagles Relief and Development Programme, a Tearfund partner improving food security and reducing poverty across Malawi.
In Malawi over half the population live below the poverty line and one in four people struggle to find enough food each day. Most people 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.
Since 2002 Eagles Relief and Development Programme have been working with local churches, addressing the root causes of food insecurity. They teach communities sustainable agricultural practices, including how to grow drought-resistant crops and increase soil fertility. Eagles have also established childcare centres for children under five years old, which educate and provide food for the children. They also support local churches to establish self-help groups, allowing local people to put small savings into the association on a weekly basis, which can then be taken out as a loan to start or improve a small business.
What will you be doing?
What can you bring?
Two weeks in Malawi will show you 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. Bring your energy, your passion and a willingness to go deeper with God and others.
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.
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.
All sorts! It totally depends on which country you chose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we’re normally correct when we say...
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.
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!
Sometimes it's hard to navigate your way around new sites, so we'd love to chat to you over the phone or email.