Gap Year in Malawi
It might not be an obvious choice, but spending your gap year while volunteering for a meaningful project in Malawi will be an enriching experience. This landlocked African country has a huge section of the underprivileged population and you, as a volunteer, will have an immense scope of making a big impact in their lives. And not just that, but a gap year in Malawi will also give you the incredible opportunity of exploring the country that's located near Lake Malawi and the Liwonde National Park is the perfect place to go for rhino safaris. Take the initiative of making a positive social change and explore Africa's best-kept secret.
All travelers will need to acquire a visa from a Malawian Diplomatic mission in their countries to enter and travel in Malawi. Citizens of the visa exempt countries can stay in Malawi without a visa for a period of up to 90 days. There are certain countries whose citizens can also acquire a Visa on Arrival at any port of entry which will be valid for 30 days and can be extended up to 90 days.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey?
Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to the Malawi, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Cholera, Malaria, Typhoid and Yellow Fever for traveling in Malawi.
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Malawi. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 30-35 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Malawi, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises.
You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear and layering is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Malawi. From mid-May to mid-August Malawi experiences relatively cool temperatures and dry winter. Pack in your fleeces and some lightweight woolens for night-time when the temperature tends to dip lower. The summer and rainy months (Mid November-April) are characterized by cool evenings and mornings. The sun is strong during the day, so be sure to pack those cool cotton clothing in light colors, but also carry a light fleece jacket for your morning and evening safaris.
Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.