Women 4 Women - Malawi 2020
An opportunity to take part in a completely unique trip, working alongside local women on a sustainable development project in Malawi
Departing in Feb 2020, our 7-day 'Women 4 Women' trip gives you the opportunity to spend time with local women from a small village in southern Malawi. You will live and work alongside them to learn about the challenges they face and the similarities you share.
In the mornings you will work together on a community project that will help to empower the women in the local villages. This will depend on the needs and requests of our partner community in Malawi and the skills in your team but could include;
- Supporting women to set-up small-scale income-generation schemes.
- Providing menstrual hygiene facilities such as better toilets to help girls attend school.
- Running training on Early Years teaching or basic health/hygiene workshops.
In the afternoons you will spend time with women from the local community, connecting over common challenges and aspirations, taking part in art and craft workshops, cooking together and sharing skills, ideas and stories!
This is a unique opportunity to really get to know women from a local community and realise the many similarities we have whilst also bonding with the other women from the UK in your group.
Joshua Orphan & Community Care (JOCC)
We work with the amazing grassroots charity, Joshua, who support local communities in southern Malawi. Joshua's driving force is to empower these communities to be able to support themselves - they do this by providing access to better education through improviing schools and early-based chidcare centres and providing training for the volunteer care-givers who support the many needy children in these villages. www.joshuainmalawi.org.uk
Joshua work across 14 CBCCs (Community Based Care Centres) for under 5s, delivering a high nutrition meal once a day and providing play-based learning to stimulate young minds and set them up for the best start at school. This short video gives a flavour of the impact these centres have.
All of this would be impossible without the amazing caregivers who give up their time because they also believe in supporting their local communities and children. This typically involves preparing the likuni phala (fortified porridge), serving this to the children, and engaging in pre-school education, games and activities. A caregiver typically receives the equivalent of £5 a month to help with expenses and recognition of their contribution.
Many caregivers haven’t had much access to the education to learn the skills required to teach young children – qualifications are expensive in Malawi and by funding training Joshua are able to fully acknowledge their incredible hard work and see that they get something in return too – qualifications, opportunities and income.
What will you do?
After the first night of orientation training, we will head to one of the villages Joshua supports and meet some of the women who work as caregivers. In the mornings, you will work together with these women on a specific community project at one of the CBCCs, that will help to empower the women and improve their confidence and provision for the under 5s they support.
The aim of the trip is to exchange ideas across cultures, build self-esteem and confidence and discuss common issues that affect women across communities. This is a unique opportunity to bond with women from a local community and realise the many similarities we have across the globe whilst developing your own confidence, leadership and perspective.
Logistics and Support
You will be accompanied by a first-aid qualified, skilled and professional Inspire Leader who will be based with your team 24 hours a day to manage all the health, safety and logistics of the trip.
Accommodation will be in a local community building, in simple single beds, sharing with other women from your team. You should expect it to be comfortable and secure but relatively basic as there is no running water or electricity.
You will also have the chance to learn from the local women how to collect water and cook Malawian style – as well as show them some typical UK dishes as well! We can cater for most dietary needs as long as we have advance notice.
Following your time in the community we will go on safari to the stunning Majete National Park, where you can spot elephants and hippos. We will take a 4x4 and boat safari through the park, before returning to Blantyre for our last evening under the African stars.
HOW TO TAKE PART
Cost: £1,350 + flights (estimated approx. £600-£700)
Trip cost includes: 24 hour on-call and emergency phone support while you are in Malawi; All in-country airport transfers and in-country transport in privately hired vehicles; all food & accommodation; safari activities and entrance costs; fully trained Inspire leader, tips.
Inspire Trip costs excludes: Flights, Visas, Donation to Joshua Orphan & Community Care (Minimum £100p/p), Vaccinations and anti-malarials, Medical and travel insurance.
For a detailed Trip Pack and Booking Form: