Culture Week

Mangochi - Malawi

Culture Week

Mangochi - Malawi

Only 420€ per week!

Learn all about Malawi’s culture, local food, customs, do’s and don’ts and be engaged as you get to know the people around you!

Enjoy your cultural immersion, as you learn everything needed to prepare for your stay. Learn how to cook a few of Malawi’s popular dishes and how to make your own Malawian tribal bracelet! Through fun visits to local sights and walks around the city center, you will get to bond with the locals and learn why Malawi is called “The Warm Heart of Africa”.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand

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Program Description

Learning about the culture and lifestyle is one of the most important aspects of travelling. Knowing how to interact with locals, understanding the do’s and don’ts will help you fully appreciate your new surroundings.

Our Malawi Culture week aims to prepare you well for this!

During the program, you will learn all the basics of Malawi’s local culture and history, explore the location and new surroundings, learn how to cook Malawian food, take part in the sightseeing, and more. It goes without saying that you will also get the chance to meet other participants like yourself and make new friends!

By the end of this program we believe you will have more respect and confidence as a guest of Malawi.

Aims & Objectives

  • Increase your knowledge of local customs, food and history
  • Prepare you for a longer stay in Malawi
  • Teach you helpful phrases and basic language elements to assist your interactions

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Malawian Do's and Don'ts, Culture introduction and country history and Chewa Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Visit to a local market in Mangochi.
  • Visit to the river in Mangochi.

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Mangochi town, museum and monuments
  • Lunch outside
  • Visit the cultural village
  • Dinner

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Lake Malawi’s national park and the option to go swimming
  • Lunch outside
  • Relaxing beside the beach
  • Back to center
  • Cooking class
  • Dinner with food from the cooking class!

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Liwonde National park
  • Lunch outside
  • More sightseeing around the national park
  • Back to center
  • Dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Bracelet handicraft lesson
  • Lunch
  • Team meeting regarding your placements, a visit to the ongoing programs.
  • Evaluation for the week
  • Dinner

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment required for this program.

Location

Mangochi is coastal town sited between Lakes Malawi and Malombe. Previously called Fort Johnston during colonial times, it is known as a lake town with a lot of water and fishing activities. Although a small township with a population of 50,000, necessities are nearby to assist you during your stay. It is also full of culture and history and it’s always interesting to walk through the small town.

About the Accommodation

You will be accommodated in our center. It is quite basic and you will share your room with other participants. There are shared western style, flushable toilets.

There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.

Food Arrangements

Malawian food will served mainly, along with some European food. You can expect meat, vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, rice spaghetti and more.

Facilities

There are many modes of local transport such as taxis, vans, buses which depart every 30 minutes to downtown Mangochi.

There are ATM’s & Western Union transfer facilities in Mangochi downtown which is about 20-30 minutes by driving from the center.

Next to our center there are many local shops nearby which only take about a 5-10 minute walk.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There are many nice places to visit, but we recommend lake Malawi which is close by and where there are many nice beaches with beautiful hotels. Also there are various water sport activities such as snorkeling, boat trips etc available.

You may like to visit the famous Malawi Mountains for trekking and hiking! Speak to your coordinator to arrange these.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Malawi

Population: 16 million

Capital: Lilongwe

Language: Chewa

Currency: Kwacha (ZMK)

Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)

Country Information

Known as "The Warm Heart of Africa", Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. It was settled by migrating Bantu groups in the 10th century and was later colonized by the British in 1891. In 1953 Malawi, then known as Nyasaland, a protectorate of the United Kingdom, became a protectorate within the semi-independent Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, this ended in 1963. Nyasaland became an independent country a year later under Queen Elizabeth II with the new name Malawi. Two years later it became a republic and gained its independence.

Many of today’s Malawians are descendants of the Bantu people who moved across Africa and into Malawi for hundreds of years up to the fifteenth century.It is a country that welcomes all who wish to experience the incomparable combination of environment, wildlife & culture in one of Africa's most beautiful and diverse countries.

Climate

Malawi has a subtropical climate, meaning it is relatively dry and strongly seasonal. Malawi's climate is hot in low-lying areas south of the country and temperate in the northern highlands.

You can expect warm and wet conditions from November to April as annual average rainfall varies from 725mm to 2,500mm and 95% of total annual rainfall occurs during these months. A cool, dry winter season is evident from May to August with mean temperatures of 17-27oC, with temperatures falling to 4-10oC. A hot, dry season stretches from September to October with average temperatures of 25-37oC.

Culture

The culture of Malawi is extremely diverse due to its multiple tribes including the Yao, the Nyanja, the Maravi, the Tumbuka in northern regions, with the Chewa being the largest.

Each tribe has had influence over the modern culture of Malawi, whether it be in dress or dance or language. Tribe specific masks are commonly used in various dances and ceremonies, the best known being the Gule Wamkulu, performed by the Nyau of the Chewa.

Gastronomy

Malawian cuisine includes tea and fish along with sugar, coffee, corn, potatoes, sorghum, cattle and goats which are important components of the cuisine and economy. Lake Malawi is a source of fish including chambo (similar to bream), usipa (similar to sardine), mpasa (similar to salmon and kampango). Nsima is a food staple which can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner made from ground corn served with dishes of meat and vegetables on the side.

Transportation

Plane

The country has 39 airports with Malawian Airlines Limited as the national airline which operates a regional passenger service. The airline runs from Lilongwe International Airport and Chileka International Airport. Malawian Airlines flies a number of times every day between Lilongwe and Blantyre as well as connecting Malawi to its regional neighbours and further afield.

Malawi also has air charter companies including Bush & Lake Aviation which link most of the tourist destinations in the country as well as the main towns.

Boat

Though it is landlocked, Malawi also has 435 miles (700 km) of waterways on Lake Malawi and along the Shire River. The famous Ilala, a 620 tonne vessel that can carry 400 passengers has traditionally travelled the length of Lake Malawi (365km) and provides a vital life line for the many communities that live around the lake. Ilala offers affordable transport allowing travellers to take in the stunning scenery at a leisurely pace. Passengers can hop on and off at various locations including Nkhata Bay and Likoma Island.

Public Transport

There is a good network of inexpensive public buses throughout the country. Small mini-buses offer local journeys while larger coaches ply the longer distance routes.

Taxis

Taxis in Malawi are mainly found in the main cities, though some can be located in the rural areas if you ask around. Fares are usually fairly low by international standards. Taxi companies that are gaining a good reputation are Yellow Top Cab or The Joy Taxi Service.

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