4 weeks working on essential infrastructure projects, to support communities in their effort to provide a fighting chance to children orphaned by HIV.

Why Malawi

In Malawi an estimated 560,000 children have lost their parents to AIDS, and each village community often supports over a hundred of these orphaned and vulnerable children. By volunteering as part of our team in Malawi, you can help these children get a better start in life.

Your role

There is an ongoing need of improved facilities for the project and your team’s focus will be to extend these facilities. Mixing cement, carrying bricks and digging foundations alongside the local youth groups is essential work which allows the communities to better support their children.

You will also have the opportunity to help in the feeding centres, preparing food and playing with the kids. You’ll be surrounded by shy smiles and big hugs! The beauty of this project is the opportunity to experience the generosity of a Malawian welcome, work side-by-side with local youth groups and immerse yourself in rural Malawian life.


The work is hard on this project, but there is also the odd weekend off! Relax and embrace a slower pace of life next to the clear blue waters of Lake Malawi before enjoying a fresh BBQ and cold beer watching the famous Malawian sunset.

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Time Location Activities
Weeks 1-5 Pensulo, Malawi Living and working in the local community groups, helping to improve the level of support they can offer orphaned and vulnerable children
Dates and Costs


Team Name Start date End Date Quest Overseas Payment Quest4Change Contribution
Malawi Summer 2019 13th July 2019 14th August 2019 £1,450 £500


The dates below are the dates each expedition begins and ends in country. Do bear in mind you may need to begin your travels from home the day before the start date (and may arrive home the day after the end). We will give support and advice on recommended flights once your place is confirmed on the team.

What’s included

All food and accommodation
Activities throughout (and any specific technical equipment needed)
Transport in a combination of public and private transport

Project Contribution

You will see that there are two payments to make, one to Quest Overseas and one to our charity, Quest4Change. The payment to Quest Overseas covers all your costs on the ground – meals, accommodation, activities etc. The project contribution is kept separate to your trip payment because every penny of this goes directly to supporting the project you will be working on. This not only ensures we have the materials needed to get the work done, but also makes sure that the project can continue after the team moves on. For more information on this, please check our Costs Explained page.

Not included

International flights
Personal travel insurance
Personal equipment
Personal expenses (nights out, souvenirs, internet, laundry etc.)

Early Application Discount

For all places confirmed on a team 12 months before departure, we will give a 15% discount on your payment to Quest Overseas. Places confirmed 6 months before departure receive a 10% discount. Contact the office for more details.

Who is this trip for?

Team members who join our gap year teams are typically recent school leavers on a break before university, or taking a break during their higher education. We do accept applications from all ages, however the typical age is between 17-23. Our volunteers apply to join our teams from all over the world, but are predominantly from the UK and USA.

You don't need any specific construction skills to take part in this project, our local project staff will arm you with the skills needed. The better physical shape you are in before getting out to the project however, the more you are likely to be able to contribute.