Malawi Mountain School Expedition

Malawi offers amazing views of clear freshwater lakes, green mountains, vast highlands and an abundance of wildlife. Malawi’s landscape is one of the most varied in Africa, shaped by the incredible Great Rift Valley.

Off the beaten track, Malawi offers the opportunity to experience the true Africa. Whilst on your 4 week life-enhancing school expedition you can attempt to glimpse of some of the planets most spectacular wildlife including elephants, zebras, giraffes and monkeys whilst on a game drive through one of the country’s best wildlife areas.

Challenge yourself to a 3 day trek up Mount Mulanje, surrounded by stunning views of mountain lakes and rocky faces. As you ascend you’ll be met with unbelievable panoramic views of the river valley below. Waking in the early hours of the morning you will attempt to trek to the summit to witness a spectacular sunrise.

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Malawi Mountain School Expedition

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The Impact You Could Make

01

School Improvement (Cape Maclear/Lake Malawi)

Whilst local primary schools are well funded, secondary education is not funded in the same way.  Working with the local communities to refurbish existing facilities. Specialist teaching spaces such as libraries and science laboratories are being built to further the subjects offered to students.

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activities include

  1. Building science classroom
  2. Refurbishing classrooms
  3. Converting a safe and secure room for book storage

 

02

Reforestation & Habitat Protection (Kumbali/Kuti)

Malawi holds the unenviable accolade for the world’s 5th highest rate of deforestation. Local communities see wood as their only available fuel, both trading and burning it for cooking and heating. You will be involved in alternative fuel and protection projects that aim to protect the natural wooded habitat this is critical in maintaining wildlife diversity and re-establishing wildlife tourism.

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activities include

  1. Promoting alternative fuels.
  2. Training locals in briquette making
  3. Repairing fenced conservation areas
  4. Creating and maintaining fire breaks
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Kindergarten Development (Kumbali)

In order to support local women in gaining employment, a Kindergarten has been set up on the local farm where many locals are employed.  As the number of children increases, additional safe spaces, as well as toilet and kitchen facilities are required.

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activities include

  1. Converting stable block into new classrooms
  2. Creating a kitchen for feeding programme
  3. Building benches
  4. Creating fenced areas for fruit growing.
  5. Painting murals
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Camp Kumbali

Camp Kumbali is a short ride from the airport and is a real home from home.  Kumbali is a working farm working to reforest its land, and is a substantial employer in the area with local kids attending the on site kindergarten.  Staying in tented accommodation alongside a reconstructed cultural village, with excellent food.  The toilets are clean and comfortable and hot showers are run by open fires, and are lit daily for you.  Here our groups enjoy taking on the locals at volleyball in a relaxed environment.

Power: All sockets have western plug points
Facilities: Hot Showers run by open fires, Limited phone charging points in group areas
Accommodation: Tented accommodation
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Vibe: Relaxed and friendly – take on the locals at volleyball

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Camp Kuti

Literally meaning ‘Where?’  Kuti is a small animal reserve off of the beaten track that is working closely with its surrounding villages to educate and find a balance between the local way of life and the protection of natural habitat.  The tented camp is in the heart of the reserve allowing animal sighting from your tent!  The campsite has good shower and toilet facilities as well as a thatched roof group dining area and your groups personal chef will cater for you from the outdoor kitchen and open fire.  After a hard day’s work groups particularly enjoy a cool drink at the sun deck overlooking the watering hole.

Power: All sockets have western plug points
Facilities: Good shower and Toilet facilities, Phone charging from Solar charge points (daytime)
Accommodation: Tented accommodation
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Vibe: Thatched group dining area, Sun deck overlooking the watering hole

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Eco Lodge – Cape Maclear

The Camp at Eco Lodge is in the heart of the Cape Maclear community and is directly on the lakeside beach with amazing views.  From here a short boat ride will allow you to feed the fish eagles and enjoy a cold drink whilst watching a real African sunset over lake Malawi.  The community relies on finishing and tourism for its income and boats head out daily bringing back thousands of small fish which are sun dried on the beach before being sold.  The village joins the National Park where otters and 100s of varieties of fish can be found.

Power: All sockets have western plug points
Facilities: Good shower and Toilet facilities, Phone charging in public areas
Accommodation: Lakeside beach location
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Vibe: Lakeside location with amazing views, enjoy amazing sunsets over lake Malawi

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What's included

4 week life-enhancing school expedition
Flights and in-country transfers
Travel insurance
Food and drink
Accommodation
3 day mountain trek
Project costs
Access to our Travellers Gateway
Ongoing pre-expedition and fundraising support
Dedicated Qualified Expedition Leader and supporting staff costs
Orientation and local language lessons
24 hour emergency support
Reserve location
The option to earn UCAS points