Join us in Malawi

Join us when we return to Malawi in 2016 to install solar lights in medical clinics and schools.

Highlights of the Trip

Work with our partners at the Nikhoma Hospital clinics to install solar lights in exam and waiting rooms. Our work will allow doctors and nurses to work at night and enable midwives to deliver babies by proper light whereas many do so now by candlelight.

Meet the hundreds of children at the Malawi Children's Village who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDs. Assist us in lighting school rooms and common areas so children can gather for activities at night and teachers can plan their lessons and grade their work after hours.

For more information contact David Huff at David(at)LightFoundation.org

Planning your trip

Here are some online resources to help you in planning your trip. Click on each for link:

The Embassy of the Republic of Malawi, Washington, DC

The Lonely Planet Guide to Malawi

US Department of State - Travel to Malawi

Centers for Disease Control - Health Information for Travelers to Malawi

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the weather be like?

The weather in October is warm/hot and dry (no rain) but with a good chance of high humidity.

Do I need to get shots?

Consult your doctor before traveling. The following are recommended:

  • Cholera
  • Diptheria and tetanus
  • Hepatitas A & B
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever

Is there Malaria in Malawi?

Yes and it is very common. You should ask your doctor, four to six weeks before your trip, for anti-malaria medication. In addition, you can protect yourself by wearing long clothes in the evenings and using bug spray. 

What is the food like?

Malawi is largely an agricultural society. Corn is a staple food as well as a large variety of fish (Lake Malawi). Nsima is a very popular porridge made from corn. Dried fish can be found throughout the country. Tea, which is very popular, is the country's second largest export crop. A variety of fruits and vegetables complement the diet. 

Can I drink the water?

We recommend drinking bottled water and will be supplying such. 

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable causal clothing that you would usually wear. While Malawi is a relatively liberal country in terms of dress, women will want to wear a skirt or long pants for group dinners and meetings with hosts and local leaders. 

What do I need to bring?

We recommend packing a soft/durable suitcase/bag that you can easily manage. We will be taking all of our belongings with us while in the country. 

  • Camera - plenty of batteries
  • Day-pack or bag to carry your daily items
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Hat (ball cap or sun hat)
  • Insect repellent 
  • Malaria tablets
  • Money belt and pouch to hold your passport
  • Pants (lightweight and long)
  • Sandals/Tevas
  • Shirts (t-shirts or light shirts for day and a long shirt or light jacket for the evenings.)
  • Shorts
  • Soap & razors
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweatshirt/light jacket
  • Tampons
  • Tennis shoes or light hiking boots
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, deodorant 
  • Towels (body and face)
  • Underwear

Do I need to bring money?

You will want to bring some spending money for souvenirs and incidentals. All your meals, travel and lodging in country are included in your trip. The currency in Malawi is Kwacha.

Is there electricity? 

We will be working and living in locations where electricity is unpredictable. You will be able to charge phones, etc. at the hotel on your first and last nights. You will need a converter to use the British type three-pin square socket (Plug G). The electricity supply is 230V and 50 Hz.

What airport do I fly into?

You will fly into Lilongwe airport. We will meet you there and spend our first night in Lilongwe. 

Do I need a visa?

US, European (except for Switzerland) and Commonwealth citizens receive a free 30-day tourist visa at point of entry into Malawi. 

Have further questions? Please email Steve(at)LightFoundation.org