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Malawi Medical Internship

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Malawi Medical Internship

Spend your time making a difference and extending a helping hand to vulnerable people in need against the backdrop of the stunning Lake Malawi.

Prices from US$945

Malawi, often described as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ as a result of the friendliness of its people, has a huge variety of landscapes ranging from the rugged highlands, such as the hiker’s and climber’s paradise of the Mulanje Massif, to lowland plains and unspoilt wildlife reserves.  Malawi’s biggest draw is undoubtedly Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, which is lined with hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches and boasts hundreds of species of colourful tropical fish.

The main focus of the Frontier-Malawi medical volunteer project is to support the varied and very important work of the local community hospital and local orphanage in the Monkey Bay area of Malawi. Throughout your placement you will have the opportunity to make a vital difference to those who need it most, caring for those in the hospital, educating children in health workshops and also spending time with the young children who attend the local orphanage close to the hospital.


  • Help care for Malawian people
  • Healthcare awareness campaigns
  • Gain practical healthcare experience for your elective


  • Relevent experience essential
  • Ideally suited to medical students and even qualified doctors and nurses
  • Minimum age of 17


Location Lake Malawi, Malawi
Activities Working in a local hospital
Shadow professionals
Observe procedures
Help with day to day tasks
Healthcare awareness campaigns
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation volunteer house, dormitory style


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Airport pick-up 
Project orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


By participating on the Frontier-Malawi medical programme you will be contributing to an amazing initiative which has been set up to provide support to this local community hospital and facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity building for both local and international health workers in this stunning region close to the shores of Lake Malawi.


Once at the volunteer base you will be given an orientation talk to make sure that your stay in Malawi will be enjoyable and hassle free. The orientation may include an introduction to Malawian culture and values, basic local language lessons, your health and safety while in Malawi, workplace ethics, money and transportation in Malawi and an introduction to the area, the project and the staff, as well as advice on places to visit in your free time and making an excursion to the local town. 
This project is best suited to medical students and medical practitioners, as the work will involve carrying out medical duties within the hospital, and will give you invaluable preparation for a career in medicine. The placement will allow you to observe medical practices and give you the opportunity to take part in the day to day running of a hospital or clinic. Those with determination, enthusiasm, aptitude and the right inclination may be able to assist the doctors and nurses in their duties and gain hands on experience of administering healthcare to the Malawian people.
Your work may consist of basic healthcare activities such as making beds, observing procedures, shadowing medical staff, taking histories, administering prescriptions and the diagnosis of ailments and giving assistance to the existing medical staff. However, please note that your level of involvement will depend upon your own previous experience and qualifications as well as the needs of the hospital/clinic at the time of your visit. It is therefore important to remain flexible. Those volunteers with little experience could be given the opportunity to get involved with various community outreach programmes such as medical camps, health education, community visits and other relevant activities, or shadowing the in-house nurse at a local orphanage. Participating in outreach clinics may involve assisting mobile medical teams in providing medical checks and aid in hard to reach rural communities. Community outreach programmes may also present an opportunity for keen volunteers to participate in health workshops and make home visits to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS among village communities.


Upon arrival to Lilongwe Airport, you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative and taken to your accommodation. This drive will be a wonderful opportunity for you to take in the view and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings. 

Please be aware that if you arrive outside the recommended project start dates, you will be responsible for covering the cost of your own transfer out to the project site.


You will be provided with clean and comfortable accommodation in a shared volunteer house throughout your volunteering placement, living in a shared dormitory style room with running water, a shower and Western style toilets. Please be aware however that whilst electricity and water supplies are fairly reliable, power cuts and shortages may be experienced from time to time. 
The volunteer houses are located within walking or cycling distance of the community clinics and a short drive from the community hospital.  As an added bonus the volunteer houses are also situated right on the beach of Lake Malawi and include a large garden within the premises, so that you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent view of Lake Malawi or alternatively, have a go at some outdoor games with your fellow volunteers during your free time.   


You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the duration of your project. The meals will be standard Western and Malawian fare. Breakfast generally consists of cereal and toast and volunteers usually prepare their own lunches from the refrigerator and pantry. For dinner you will be provided with a delicious and hearty meal prepared by our very friendly in house cook. 
Malawian cuisine is known to be quite varied and exciting, so why not try having a taste of the local cuisine while you’re out and about in town? Grab the opportunity to treat yourself to some delicious grilled fresh fish from Lake Malawi and have it with nsima, Malawi’s staple food made from ground corn and local vegetables.   

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There are a number of highlights that you may like to see in your free time at weekends or after your placement, such as one of the national parks or the Mulanje Massif.  Your coordinator will be happy to help you organise excursions while you are there.  Alternatively, you may wish just to relax by Lake Malawi or play some outdoor games with your fellow volunteers.  The nearby village of Cape Maclear also has a number of small lodges offering great snorkelling and scuba diving excursions. Please be aware however that extra activities will incur extra costs.


2 weeks US$945

3 weeks US$1,195

4 weeks US$1,445

5 weeks US$1,745

6 weeks US$1,995

7 weeks US$2,145

8 weeks US$2,295

9 weeks US$2,495

10 weeks US$2,645

11 weeks US$2,845

12 weeks US$2,995


The project starts every Monday. 

This project is not available during the following dates:

December 12th 2018 to January 2nd 2019


2 weeks +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & equipment advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up 
  • project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Lilongwe (LLW)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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