Malawi

Stories from Malawi

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Malawi.

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A teacher in Malawi teaches young children in a small classroom
I feel like my personality changes a bit when I speak in Chichewa and others have told me similar things about their own experiences speaking other languages. I make an attempt to speak in the way those around me speak and, in that way, integration and adapting to the environment around me becomes easier. Of course, I can never be Malawian. But I can try my best to understand, as an outsider, to fit in and become a member of the village and part of the extended family of community.
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Looking on at some zebra at the wildlife reserve where I was posted for my Peace Corps service.

My transition from Peace Corps to Peace Corps Response felt natural.

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Storm clouds accumulate over a grey Lake Malawi
It has been stifling hot for days. The kind of hot where you can’t tell where your skin ends and the hot dusty air begins.
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A white, female Volunteer sits smiling with two Malawian women on a sofa chair.
It’s been a rough week, but this afternoon I decided to try and find my friend Agnes’ house to talk about some projects we are working on. I had only been there once, and her phone wasn’t working, so I set off walking in the general direction and hoped for the best.
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A Malawian woman sews up a hole in a green mosquito net.
Did you know that in Malawi, malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for children under five? Our Stomp Team is here to help put an end to that! Watch out video to learn what Stomp is, and how it's helping community members and Volunteers who want to put a stop to malaria in their areas.
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Peace Corps Malawi's Volunteer Support Assistant, Paul, smiles at the camera wearing a beige and green shirt.
Learning a new language can be very difficult but Peace Corps Volunteers in Malawi know it's worth working towards. Language skills can help Volunteers make friends, complete projects, and integrate into their communities. Hear what our Volunteer Support Assistant and former Education Volunteer, Paul, has to say about learning a new language in Peace Corps.
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Volunteer Anna hands out bed nets to a line of Malawians.

I spent the majority of my two-year Peace Corps service in Uganda fighting the spread of malaria. After finishing my service, I knew I had started a mission that I wasn’t done with yet.

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Volunteer Katlyn smiles at the camera while sitting on a brick porch with her smiling Malawian friend Katherine.
Everything looked so familiar, yet there were subtle differences; a house that was now painted blue, the new brick fence, the church that had recently been cemented.
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An older male Volunteer smiles at the camera while standing under a banana tree.

Peace Corps Volunteers all over the world strive to learn the local languages in the host countries in order to earn the friendship and respect of their community members. Learning a new language is hard, and there are many mistakes to be made along the way. This doesn't deter Peace Corps Malawi Volunteers; they dare to try...and look what happens! By learning the local language, our Environment Volunteers increase communication between themselves and their neighbors--leading to better team work.