Help share the Gospel with children in Malawi!

APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM

Learn how Christians across the world are responding to the spiritual and physical needs of families in their community.  Sign up today and experience first-hand how Lutherans in Malawi are working together to share the gospel! Start by visiting the disability ministry in the Southern Region, then travel across the country to the Northern Region to assist with VBS.

LOCATION: Thyolo and Nkhata Bay in Malawi, Africa
DATES: July 22-August 11, 2017 (Flexible - includes travel days + 16 days in-country)
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS: Four

ANTICIPATED ACTIVITIES:
• Accompany and observe Malawian volunteer teams who perform home-based care for    
    disabled children and lead Worship at the Cross services 
• Learn about daily life and Christian service in rural Malawi from Lutheran church 
    leaders
• Assist local church members with a VBS program for families in their community -
    includes teaching basic English songs to children, learning songs in Chichewa to
    sing, and helping with crafts.
• Experience Sunday worship in a village church

In response to the grace of Jesus, and in accordance with the commission of the body of Christ, this Kingdom Workers (KW) Service Immersion opportunity will foster cultural exchange and expose Christian volunteer workers to a foreign mission field. Participants will join in a series of guided learning and service opportunities facilitated by Kingdom Workers Malawi staff, Lutheran Church of Central Africa (LCCA) leaders, and local volunteers.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD:
• Have an “I’m here to learn” attitude as opposed to an “I’m here to teach” attitude
• Desire to learn from local Malawian leadership and community members
• Be comfortable with trying new foods and having few food choices
• Be prepared to camp for one full week
• Must be comfortable using pit toilets and having cold showers
• Be prepared to travel on bumpy roads for 10-12 hours per day
• Be comfortable stepping outside of their comfort zone
• Be flexible with changing schedules
• Be prepared to spend significant time outdoors and traveling on rough terrain
• Be willing and ready to serve through manual labor
• Experience working with physically and developmentally disabled individuals is a plus, but not required

TOTAL COST: $3,500
Includes: airfare, lodging, food, in-country transportation, visa, and program fee

FUNDRAISING: Participants are encouraged to fundraise to cover costs. Kingdom Workers provides many resources to assist with participant’s fundraising efforts.

(Usisiya Beach on Lake Malawi where volunteers will camp.)

EXPECTATIONS OF IMMERSION PARTICIPANTS:
• Complete Kingdom Workers Application
• Respond to essay questions about personal learning goals for this experience
• Complete pre-trip orientation
• During Service Immersion: Daily Bible studies. Weekly small group discussion
• Complete post-trip team reflection, survey, and essay

IMMUNIZATIONS: Click here - Malawi Health & Immunization Information 

Due to its remote location, medical care will not be readily available. Volunteers should be in good health and have no known medical issues.

HOUSING: Volunteers will experience a variety of housing accommodations including the Kingdom Workers guesthouse, camping on the beach, and eco-camping.

MEALS: Participants will cook some meals at the guesthouse, will eat at local restaurants, and may be provided some meals by the congregation.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Provided by Kingdom Workers-Malawi. Volunteers will generally travel by car and may also have the opportunity to take a canoe or motor boat while in northern Malawi.

SAFETY CONCERNS: Kingdom Workers-Malawi takes every precaution to ensure the safety of participants. Malawi is a stable country, and volunteer accommodations are equipped with night guards, an alarm system, and secure locks. Nevertheless, foreigners can be targets for petty theft. As part of orientation, participants are taught how to safeguard valuables. There are several hospitals in Blantyre, but some of the sites participants will be visiting are remote. Kingdom Workers will also advise participants on vaccination requirements and suggested medications to bring.

Dan Tyrrell
Africa Programs Manager: Malawi 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

Prefer volunteers with international / back-packing travel experience

Experience working with people from a different culture

Due to it's remote location, volunteers should have no known medical issues

Able to be flexible with plans and respond positively to unexpected situations

The ability to walk a distance of one mile or more on very uneven and rough ground

Physically able to travel in a vehicle 10-12 hours a day essentially “off-road”

Comfortable with hot weather and no air conditioning

*All volunteers will receive pre-trip cultural and project training.

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