This itinerary offers a mixture of project work that will be physical construction work when assisting with building projects. The project will be physically demanding, however this will be balanced with assisting with teaching extra-curricular activities such as art and drama.
Cultural - 5
Life in Malawi will be different to what you are used to, and it is likely you will experience some culture shock when you arrive. Malawi is a developing country and life is very different to the UK, especially in the rural villages. Journeys can be long, mainly due to the conditions of the road rather than the distances. English is commonly spoken, although less so in rural villages where the local dialect is spoken. Malawian people will offer you a warm welcome and are generally outgoing with a love for music, dance and crafts. They are family orientated and have strong Christian beliefs, they love ceremonies and long speeches.
Environmental - 2
Malawi has a sub-tropical climate, which is relatively dry and is strongly seasonal. Malawi has three seasons, the warm-wet season from November to April, a cool-dry winter from May to August and a hot-dry season from September to October. During Malawi’s winter, the temperatures can be a lot colder than you may expect when travelling to Malawi, whilst the daytime temperatures vary between 17° – 27°C, it gets considerably cooler at night with temperatures falling to between 4°-10°C.