Service Tour to Malawi

July 14-24, 2017

Registration Deadline: June 5, 2017. Contact us at to sign up today!

Be a part of a ground-breaking effort to promote innovative and sustainable approaches to water and sanitation services in both rural and peri-urban areas in Malawi! You will meet with the U.S. Ambassador, Malawi-US Exchanges Alumni Association, members of the Malawi Ministry of Health Environment, and leaders of universities and villages. Embark on the Watershed Improvement Project by planting trees and grasses, and learn and promote sustainable watershed management and community health.

Goals:  Build on 3 previous projects of Mercer on Mission in 2010, 2013 and 2015 that focused on assessing Water Quality and conducting Water Monitoring.  Take project to ultimately help impact and improve the lives and well-being of 50,000 people in Malawi.  This Service Corps trip will serve, in-part as a scoping effort related to the larger, long-term objective of securing a significant grant from Coca-Cola’s Project RAIN (Replenish Africa Initiative).  This Health initiative will be actively participating in a long-term capacity-building effort in Malawi to promote innovative and sustainable approaches to water and sanitation services in both peri-urban and rural areas.  It will contribute to improved health and the livelihoods of the marginalized peri-urban and rural populations through the provision of sustainable water supply and improved sanitation in the proposed sites of Zomba, Lake Chilwa and Phalombe.

We will also be identifying future partners who can help operationalize certain policy initiatives and tactics that will include 3 primary efforts:

  1. Water Sanitation Improvements
  2. Youth Education Campaign
  3. Train Youth Trainers and Mentor the Next Generation of Teachers and Public Health Leaders

Click here to view our flyer!

About the Tour

Total cost: $2,135 (shared room) or $2,765 (single room)
Deposit: $900 (shared room) or $1,200 (single room)
Travel partner: LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development)


What’s Included

  • Double room accommodations in comfortable hotels (2 occupants per room). Single rooms are available for an additional $630 for the full trip
  • Breakfast is included as part of the hotel package
  • 9 group meals during the course of the trip
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach/minibus/van, as well as group transfers as appropriate
  • English speaking guide(s)/interpreter(s) to accompany participants through the whole tour period
  • Preparatory reading materials
  • Admission and fees to National Park and program activities as listed in itinerary
  • Honoraria for speakers booked by LEAD
  • All tools, materials, and craftspeople required for the service project
  • 15% Donation to the Fulbright Association

What’s not Included

  • Flights to Lilongwe from U.S. or other countries of origin
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Room service charges
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
  • Gratuities to the bellmen and waiters
  • Travel Cancellation Insurance, Health Insurance and Accident and Liability Insurance
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Daily meals that are not organized for the group
  • Extra beverages at group meals
  • Visas and other entry documents

Trip Itinerary


July 14, 2017

Arrive in Lilongwe. Evening dinner and reception with U.S. Ambassador, Virginia Palmer, and international exchange alumni.


July 15, 2017

Orientation program and a presentation and discussion on the Zomba-Phalombe WASH proposal.


July 16, 2017

Visit to Chuluchosema (orphanage, clinic, and secondary school).


July 17, 2017

Meeting with USAID and individual assignments on enriching the WASH proposal for donors.


July 18, 2017

Visit to Chanco technology center, Chanco community radio, and Mulunguzi Dam – Kuchawe.


July 19, 2017

Visit to Phalombe – Mpoto Iagoon primary school.


July 20, 2017

Visit to Chanco technology center, Chanco community radio, and Mulunguzi Dam – Kuchawe.


July 21, 2017

Reports and concluding assignments.


July 22-23, 2017

Weekend at Lake Malawi National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cape Maclear via Liwonde National Park. Return on evening of the the 23rd to Lilongwe.


July 24, 2017

Farewell, transfer to airports, and departure flights.

Registration and deposit: Registration for the trip is open until May 29, 2017. By this date, the following items should be sent to the Fulbright Association:

1. Registration Packet (including registration, health, and travel liability forms): Click to download and return to us by e-mail or mail

2. Deposit: $900 (shared room) or $1,200 (single room)

How to make the payment: We can accept payments either by check through the mail or online using a credit card.

If sending checks: 

Please make out your check to “Fulbright Association” and list “Tour to Malawi” in the memo. Registration packets and checks should be sent to the Fulbright Association office in Washington, D.C. The address is:

Fulbright Association

1900 L Street NW

Suite 302

Washington, D.C. 20036

If paying by credit card:

You may click here to pay the deposit or full registration cost online. Alternatively, you can call our office (202-775-0725) to pay with a card over the phone.

Once you have registered and submitted both your deposit and registration forms to the Fulbright Association, we will contact you with additional information about the trip. Final payment for the trip is due by June 23, 2017.

Please note that you must be a paid member of the Fulbright Association to join the tour. However, joining is easy and you do not need to be a Fulbright alumni to become a member of our community; we welcome all supporters of international exchange. Click here to join the Fulbright Association or click here to login and renew your membership.