Volunteer Opportunities with HEEED Malawi in Lake Malawi National Park



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Chembe Village, Cape Maclear


HEEED Malawi Volunteer Opportunities (www.heeedmalawi.net)

HEEED (Health, Education, Environment and Economic Development) is located in the village

of Chembe, Malawi, within the Lake Malawi Eco-region – an area formally recognized by WWF

(World Wide Fund for Nature) as one of the Global 200 regions with a sensitive ecosystem

worthy of conservation. Lake Malawi National Park (LMNP)- (http://heeedmalawi.net/heeed-

malawi/locationscontacts/) lies within the Lake Malawi Eco-region and was designated by

United Nations in 1984 as a World Heritage Site – in recognition of the high fish species

diversity and biological importance of its fauna. Lake Malawi is home to more than 1000 species

of fish found nowhere else in the world. The formally pristine Lake Malawi is severely over-

fished, threatening to drive to extinction many endemic and endangered fish species.

A dramatic increase in deforestation is another threat caused by the fuel needs of the rural

communities lying within and around LMNP. With an increased population competing for

diminishing natural resources, the task of conservation and environmental education has to

include a comprehensive programme that addresses social issues related to the local

population. Nowadays, conservation of natural resources, health, environmental and economic

development, are all inextricably intertwined. Since 2001, WWF and HEEED have been seeking

sustainable solutions for the people living adjacent to Malawi’s two beautiful National Parks:

Liwonde and Lake Malawi National Parks.

WWF Finland founded and funded HEEED, an NGO, which is now carrying on these initiatives

– having received its first 3-year WWF Finland grant in January 2006. HEEED (NEDI), a local

Malawian NGO with a Board of Trustees, a Constitution, was registered No. NEDI TR/INC 2053

with the Malawi Ministry of Justice in 2004 and subsequently became a member of CONGOMA.

HEEED continues to promote the original goals set by WWF Finland. Specifically, The

Chembe HEEED Centre is a 0.6-hectare area located just behind Cape Maclear EcoLodge

(http://heeedmalawi.net/cape-maclear- eco-lodge/), which is also run by HEEED. Within The

Chembe HEEED Centre lies the Panda Garden – a demonstration garden and centre for

environmental education activities that seeks to empower the local community to take

responsibility for their own health and the health of the environment, while promoting their own,

sustainable economic well-being.

Project Description: HEEED has many ongoing projects, some of which are listed below. A full list of updated programs will be provided to the applicant during the application process.

  • Early Childhood Development / Feeding Programme
  • Home Based Care (HIV/AIDS Support)
  • Organic Farming / Permaculture Research
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Art Education & Creative Recycling
  • Aquaculture
  • Mud-Stove and Fuel Briquette Production
  • Transect Walks in Lake Malawi National Park

HEEED is looking for Volunteers to assist with many of our ongoing projects. HEEED offers a

very flexible programme in which Volunteers are encouraged to participate and initiate new

ideas with a particular interest in health, art, education, scientific research and the environment.

Each programme takes place at different times of the day – which allows for a flexible timetable.

Short-term Volunteers: following an application and written agreement - the time frame is

usually from 3 weeks upward. You can expect a healthy mix of work and free time and explore Chembe/Cape Maclear and get to know the local community. As a fringe benefit, SCUBA certification/training and diving

are offered to the volunteer by HEEED at a discount.

Volunteer Contribution:

A weekly fee of USD 190 covers the cost of your accommodation, meals, as well as a contribution to HEEED Malawi to support our programmes and staff. Volunteers are accommodated at the comfortable and beautiful Cape Maclear Eco Lodge, which is located just across the street from the HEEED Malawi Center. We welcome people from all walks of life, and are happy to accommodate those who require specific types of support.

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply


Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at heeedvolunteer@gmail.com with your CV, and we will respond with the Volunteer Application form for you to complete, as well as with a full and detailed list of our current programmes and opportunities.