Malawi

Director's Welcome

Carol Spahn, Country Director for Peace Corps Malawi
Carol Spahn, Country Director for Peace Corps Malawi

Dear Friends,

Malawians have an unmatched reputation for hospitality, and following their example I would like to offer you a very warm welcome.

Malawi is a country rich in culture, friendly people, untouched wildlife, beautiful mountains and lakes, and a distinct history that offers those who visit and live here an everlasting gift.

It is also a country with tremendous needs and a real opportunity to make a difference. I hope that the stories, photos, and information on this website provide you a small glimpse into what it means to be a Peace Corps volunteer in this remarkable country.

Peace Corps is honored to have worked at the request of the Government of Malawi for over fifty years. We work in partnership with Malawian government ministries to build human capacity and meet Malawians' most pressing development needs among three program sectors: Education, Environment and Health. Additionally, our post implements the Peace Corps Response (PCR) program for individuals with previous international development experience and serves as a host country for Peace Corps' newest pilot project, the Global Health Services Partnership (GHSP). GHSP works in coordination with SEED Global Health and PEPFAR, where American doctors and nurses work with Malawian medical and nursing students to build the cadre of health professionals in Malawi.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Malawi often serve in villages where modern conveniences such as running water and electricity are scarce. Although this simple existence can be difficult, the lack of modern amenities challenges many volunteers to experience a different pace of life and to refocus on life's fundamentals. This lifestyle attracts volunteers with a sense of adventure and resilience. Here at Peace Corps Malawi, volunteers and staff alike understand that some of life's greatest rewards are only granted after overcoming life's toughest challenges.

Whether you are a prospective Peace Corps Volunteer, a current Peace Corps Volunteer, have a loved one who has been involved with Peace Corps Malawi or are just interested in learning more about the Peace Corps' work in Malawi, I invite you to explore our website and to develop a deeper understanding of Malawi’s unique origins, its current challenges, and how Peace Corps’ important program in Malawi makes a difference in the lives of host country nationals.

In the popular Chichewa phrases of Malawians:

Zikomo kwambiri. Thank you very much.

Takulandirani. You are most welcome.

Khalani omasuka. Feel Free.

Carol Spahn
Country Director