2018 Fulbright Alumni Service Corps Trip to Malawi

Join us for our second Service Corps Trip to Malawi! The Fulbright Association’s Service Corps trips are designed to not only give participants the opportunity to explore and learn about a country, but to contribute through a volunteer service project as well. In Malawi, you will have the opportunity to explore markets and cultural centers, see the beautiful landscape and nature of Lake Malawi National Park and the Botanic Gardens of Malawi, and connect with local communities at schools and clinics. You will learn about water quality monitoring and help plant fruit trees with the Forest Research Institute of Malawi. This purpose-driven trip encompasses the mission of Fulbright to build international bridges through education, service, and people-to-people connections.

About the trip

Total cost: $2,440 (shared room); or $3,195 (single room)

Dates: July 5, 2018 to July 15, 2018

Travel partner: Leadership for Environment and Development (Southern and Eastern Africa)

Contact: travel@fulbright.org


Registration now closed.

To register, please submit the following:
Registration Packet: Click to download
Deposit Payment: Click to make online payments

Deposit payments are $1,225 for shared room or $1,540 for single room. Final payments are due on June 14, 2018.



July 5, 2018

Welcome Fulbright Corps Members in Malawi at Kamuzu International Airport


July 6, 2018

After breakfast, the group will have a meeting with the US Ambassador for Malawi or high-level embassy official, depending on the Ambassador's availability. Next, visit Kamuzu Dam II, which is the source of water for Lilongwe City, stopping for lunch on the way. Finally, return for dinner.


July 7, 2018

We depart Lilongwe by road for Zomba, with a stopover in Salima at Kachitsa Community Based Child Care Centre (CBCCC), one of LEAD’s support to early childhood education. There will be a stopover at Mtakataka Kungoni Cultural Centre, and lunch at Balaka Market. Once arriving at Zomba City, check-in at the hotel and attend a welcome briefing and dinner.


July 8, 2018

Optional church service. Visit Botanic Gardens of Malawi. Dinner in the evening.


July 9, 2018

Visit Chuluchosema Secondary school, meeting with school management and learners. Follow-up visit to Chuluchosema clinic and orphanage on previous collaboration. Lunch at local restaurant to appreciate variety of traditional foods. Press briefing and interviews (publicity for winning government and development partners support in proposed WASH project). Visit Youth Network and Counselling Radio Station (YFM), and then have dinner and return to the hotel.


July 10, 2018

Fruit Tree planting at Naphambo village. Fire break construction (partial & communities to continue). Lunch (take away), and finalise tree planting and fire break construction. After that, return to the hotel.


July 11, 2018

Check-out of the hotel in Zomba, and have a courtesy call with the Zomba District Commissioner. Next, embark on the community WASH Appraisal (Mpunga peri-urban) and have lunch. Visit Mulunguzi Dam-source of water for the city and part of in land drainage Lake Chilwa catchment. Finally, check-In at Kuchawe Inn, then rest and have dinner.


July 12, 2018

Travel from hotel in Zomba to Phalombe Chimombo Village. Meeting with community and Chitsanzo Radio Listening Club for WASH appraisal. Engage in water quality monitoring in community water points on the way back to Zomba, with list of boreholes to be made available in advance. Travel back to Zomba with on-board lunch and snacks, and travel to Kuchawe Inn from Zomba City.


July 13, 2018

Service project day, with individual reports and assignments. Have lunch, and attend farewell ceremony, before going back to Kuchawe Inn.


July 14, 2018

We check-out of Kuchawe Inn in the morning, and travel to Mangochi, where we will check-in at ECOLODGE to refresh and have lunch. Next, we will visit the beautiful Lake Malawi National park. We return to ECOLODGE in the evening for dinner.


July 15, 2018

Check-out and say farewells before departing for Lilongwe.

What's Included

  • Double room accommodations in comfortable hotels (2 occupants per room) or single room at additional cost
  • Breakfast daily
  • Eleven group meals as indicated in the itinerary in addition to breakfast
  • 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
  • Honoraria for speakers booked by LEAD
  • Admission and fees program activities as listed in itinerary
  • All tools, materials, and supplies required for service project

What's Not Included

  • Flights to/from Malawi
  • 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
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Daily meals that are not organized for the group
  • Extra beverages at group meals
  • Visas or other entry documents

Please read all the information in our registration packet for terms on cancellations, refunds, and other policies.

Membership requirements: Please also note that you must be a current member of the Fulbright Association in order to join the tour. If you are not a member, you can click here to join, or if you are a lapsed member, please click here to renew your annual membership. Not a Fulbright alumn? No problem! The Fulbright Association welcomes all supporters of the mission of the Fulbright Program to join as Friends of Fulbright. Tour registrants may also bring one non-member guest. Please indicate who your guest is in your registration materials.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (202) 775-0725 or e-mail us at travel@fulbright.org.