2020 Trip Dates:
🐝 Beekeeping/Friendship: Feb. 21-29, 2020 (All welcome)
🩺 1st Medical Trip: March 6-14, 2020 (FULL)
🤝 1st Friendship Trip: July 7-15, 2020 (Canceled)
🩺 2nd Medical Trip: July 19-29, 2020 (Canceled)
2021 Trip Dates:
Where will I be staying?
N’amangazi Farm will be your home while traveling in Malawi. The Farm is owned and managed by the Blantyre Synod. There are conference/classrooms, a dining area, and hostel-style bedrooms. It is a working farm and educational center. There is access to electricity and hot water, and there are mosquito nets over each bed.
Breakfast and dinner are provided at N’amangazi Farm. Typical meals: Breakfast—fried eggs and potatoes; bread and peanut butter. Dinner—rice, sautéed greens, and chicken or goat.
Pack snacks for during the day. Please bring extras to share with the Malawian staff with whom you will be working. Instant coffee and tea are available in the morning and evening. Feel free to bring your own instant coffee packets, flavored tea, or hot chocolate. Bottled or filtered water is provided at the farm. Bring a refillable water bottle.
What You’ll Be Doing
Your days will consist of working with villagers and our Malawian staff on various projects, getting to know our partner villagers and worshiping alongside them. At the end of your trip, we will go on a safari at the renowned Liwonde National Park!
What to Wear
Malawi has several seasons, the rainy season begins in November and lasts into March. During the rainy season, it is often sunny in the morning and rainy in the afternoons. June, July, and August are the coolest months with highs in the mid 70’s and nighttime temperatures getting down to the 40s and 50s. The hot season begins again in October.
Women: Long dresses and skirts only, well below the knee. Do not bare shoulders, wear sleeves; t-shirts are fine. One Sunday outfit. Light jacket or sweatshirt needed. Sturdy sneakers or shoes for rough terrain and sandals.
Men: Casual, light pants, t-shirts, and collared shirts. No shorts. Bring one dress shirt and tie for worship. Work clothes, sturdy sneakers or shoes for rough terrain and sandals. Light jacket or sweatshirt.
What to Pack
South African Airlines allows for two 50 pound suitcases and 2 carry-ons. We suggest packing one for yourself and packing the second one with items collected for our brothers and sisters in the village.
Items you will need:
- Passport (There is a $75 visa for entering Malawi. This is to be paid in U.S. dollars upon arrival in Blantyre)
- Flashlight and/or headlamps (blackouts can be relatively common
- Water bottle
- Cash (Malawi is a cash-only economy)
- Hand sanitizer
- Work gloves
- Kleenex packets (for latrines)
- Coffee packets
- Wet ones or baby wipes
- Band-aids and Neosporin
- Hand soap
- Anti-malaria meds
- European converter (if carrying electronics)
- Small gifts to offer people along the way, such as our hosts
Gifts for VIP Staff
Gifts for home visits with vulnerable families
Gifts for visiting schools
- Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams and Catherine Stock
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition By Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
- Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter
- Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire Nivola
- Seeds of Change by Jen Johnson and Sonia Sadler
- The Water Princess by Susan Verde, Georgie Badiel
- Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
- A Story a Story by Gail E. Haley
- Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott
- One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference By Katie Smith Milway illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
- Zomo The Rabbit: A Trickster Tale From West Africa by Gerald McDermott
- Juma and the Magic Jinn by Joy Anderson
- Ashanti to Zulu by Margaret Musgrove
Immunizations & Anti-Malaria Considerations
You may want to get vaccinations and medications for the trip to Malawi. We recommend the following course listed below. (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history.)
To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria.
If you are not up to date with routine shots such as the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc., it is recommended that you start there. The following vaccines are suggested for travel to Malawi:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- (We do not recommend the rabies vaccine.)
- Tell your doctor the length of your trip, and follow their recommendations on when to start and finish anti-malaria medication.
***Every trip participant is required to provide their own travel health insurance. If your health insurance does not provide coverage overseas, a per-trip Medevac policy is an affordable option (AIG’s Travel Guard offers these plans.)
– $1,200 for Friendship Trips
– $1,400 for Medical Trips (starting July 2020)
(Full payment is due 60 days before your trip.)
Ground Fees include all costs while on the ground: accommodations, food, water, transportation, luggage handling, translators, cell phone availability, internet availability, tips, travel insurance, trip coordinator, and an overnight safari.
Airfare must be obtained separately by individual participants: https://www.flysaa.com/.
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