The Malawian culture is very rich and diverse. Malawi is a very religious country – though no worries if you are not religious, people will respect your choices. Community and family are very important in daily life. Malawi is called ‘the warm heart of Africa’ for its people’s friendly, kind and peaceful nature.
There are certain cultural norms that you are expected to abide to. Most of which will be explained during your introduction week. But to help you pack, let us mention clothing.
Women – you are expected not to show your thighs, so pack long skirts and trousers. All tops are acceptable as long as they cover your stomach. Open shoulders and chest are fine. You should pack comfortable sandals as well as closed shoes for the rainy season.
Men – you are expected to look decent, shorts and a t-shirt are fine, but no provocative, racist or insulting messages printed on clothing. Comfortable shoes are advised.
Travelling in Malawi
Many volunteers like to use the opportunity of volunteering in Malawi to travel.
Malawi is a beautiful country with many sites to visit. The Lake shore is wonderful, you can swim and dive and take boat rides. There are also many National Parks where you may plan a safari. And Mt Mulanje is one of the most breath-taking sites in the country (literally – hiking is exhausting!).
NAYO has many contacts in the travel industry and can help you make choices about travelling as well as help plan safaris.