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What to expect in Malawi

Tucked in between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, this small, densely populated country is known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, not only because of its sunny climate but because of its warm-hearted citizens. The culture in Malawi is to greet and ask about the other’s health and the health of their family – learn how to ask this in Chichewa and get a taste of this welcoming society.

Malawi’s topography of highlands, the Great Rift Valley and the large freshwater Lake Malawi invite exploration,in your time off, and discovery of its diverse wildlife and clear waters, with game drives and snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing.

Studying in this developing country will give you a different perspective on the world and on your own privilege, opening your heart to a different kind of life.

Where do we operate programs in Malawi

What type of programs can you do in Malawi

STUDY ABROAD IN MALAWI

There is so much to learn about the world, and studying abroad in Malawi will teach you the art of active listening as you absorb the sights and sounds of a new country, culture and way of life.

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Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.

YOUR PROGRAM

  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN MALAWI

If you have some spare time in Malawi, here are several activities and attractions you can explore:

  • Visit Cape Maclear: This UNESCO World Heritage site is popular for its stunning beaches, laid-back vibe, and the nearby Lake Malawi National Park.
  • Explore Liwonde National Park: Home to elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and various bird species. A boat safari on the Shire River offers a unique way to spot wildlife.
  • Attend Traditional Dances: Experience traditional Malawian dances like the Gule Wamkulu, a UNESCO-listed cultural performance.
  • Go to Tea Estates in Thyolo: Wander around vast tea plantations, enjoy fresh brews, and relax in the serene environment.

Recent Testimonials

SydneyIntern in Ireland

I didn't feel like I was an intern - I felt like a member of the staff!

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Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.

GwenStudy in Czech Republic

It was like a reset! I experienced a lot of growth as a person and it made me feel like I have my life together.

BridgetIntern in Czech Republic

I went into it having high expectations and everything was completely fulfilled. I learned a lot - it was amazing.

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as Thailand's delicious colors and flavours, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.

WhitneyIntern in Costa Rica

Absolutely amazing. I learned so many new things I had never learned before and I'm still in touch with my host family.

Malawi FAQs

Where is Malawi located?

Malawi is located in southeastern Africa. Tanzania borders it to the north and northeast, Mozambique to the east, south, and southwest, and Zambia to the west. One of its most notable features is Lake Malawi, which dominates the country’s eastern border and is one of Africa’s largest lakes.

What is the capital of Malawi?

The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe.

Is Malawi safe to visit?

Malawi, often dubbed the “Warm Heart of Africa,” is relatively safe for tourists compared to some African nations. Nonetheless, visitors should guard against petty crimes in crowded areas, avoid night driving due to road conditions, and take precautions against malaria. Drinking bottled water and staying updated on vaccinations are essential. Always consult updated travel advisories before visiting, and contact the World Endeavors for pre-departure support.

What language is spoken in Malawi?

In Malawi, the official language is English, and it’s used in government and formal education. However, the most widely spoken local language is Chichewa (also known as Chewa or Nyanja). Chichewa is understood and spoken by the majority of the population. Other regional languages are spoken across the country, but Chichewa serves as a lingua franca for most Malawians.

What is Malawi known for?

Malawi is celebrated for the vast and biodiverse Lake Malawi, home to unique cichlid fish. The nation boasts wildlife-rich parks like Liwonde and Nyika and the towering Mount Mulanje for hiking enthusiasts. Rich cultural dances, music, and the renowned hospitality of Malawians define its character. Additionally, sprawling tea estates in regions like Thyolo and key tobacco exports highlight its economy.

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How to apply

You’ve decided to go abroad – amazing! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. We can’t wait to get you on your way!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready. It’s time to PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE!