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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Budala Women’s Group

When Anna Mansfield moved from Idaho to a rural Malawian village to serve in the Peace Corps, she looked for ways to use her skills to benefit the grassroots work already happening in her community. 

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Jenn with Lira on her back
Eight in the morning on a Sunday. Nothing but the sounds of birds and my neighbors beginning their day.
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Cameron practicing with her community's choir
At a recent Peace Corps training, we were told that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This saying really struck me in its deep connection to my service.
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Conor with his homestay family
Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi offers a series of contrasts to life in the United States.
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Madiera Dennison is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi.

In Malawi I live in Chitipa, the farthest northern district bordering both Tanzania and Zambia. 

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barbershop

My Peace Corps journey began in March 2013 when I left my home in Arkansas for the warm heart of Africa – Malawi.

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Malawian farmers stand proudly in front of their food garden crops

“Will you help us?” That is the question that accompanies most of the conversations that I have every day, but as a decided idealist, I try my best to always say yes. Life in Malawi can be a challenge, but more often than not it is a rewarding country to live and work in. 

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Malawian women with colorful skirts gather to welcome new Trainees outside of a school house

I was raised in a progressive household in a progressive country by progressive parents who fought to afford me the best opportunities possible. 

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Two Malawian females walk down a beautiful, and orange flower-filled village path carrying wood on their heads

My abode sits in a little nook within the confines of my school’s campus, protected by tall walls made of brick and shaded by the canopy of fruit frees: mango, papaya, and banana. You can sprawl out on my front porch, close your eyes, and hear nearly everything. 

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