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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An older female Volunteer teaches a older Malawian female how to ride a bike
I am sitting at my brand new table, hand-made by the local carpenter in front of my living room window overlooking a sea of jungle green that grows between my front porch and the tarmac.
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Peace Corps Malawi Volunteer running to hug her host mother

I stare at the smoking mbaula with complete frustration. My watch beeps, signifying that, yes, 9am is here and, yes, I have tried to meticulously light this fire for the past hour. All I want are eggs for breakfast, but it seems like I will be drinking my coffee with charcoal smoke and an empty stomach.

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Two Malawian women wash clothes at a borehole
I don’t think a place on earth exists where people don’t talk about water.
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A group of teachers in Malawi hold hands in a line as they do a team building activity outside
I was exhausted as I prepared for my journey to a refugee camp in central Malawi in order to train teachers on teamwork and collaboration.
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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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