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Malawi Medical Internship

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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
Airport Pickup Emergency Hotel Meals Medical Terrestrial Free Time Beach Breakfast
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


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 £ 549

3 weeks £ 699

4 weeks £ 849

5 weeks £ 999

6 weeks £ 1,149

7 weeks £ 1,249

8 weeks £ 1,349

9 weeks £ 1,449

10 weeks £ 1,549

11 weeks £ 1,649

12 weeks £ 1,749


The project starts every Monday. 

This project is not available during the following dates:

December 12th 2017 to January 2nd 2018


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 are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.