Volunteer With Kusewera!

Our mission is to empower and educate children in Malawi, Africa through active and creative PLAY. We organize activities such as sports, dance, music, art and more. Our sustainable year-round programs empower the children to learn, laugh and play. Our hope is that they are able to dream for a better future, be awakened to new goals for their lives, and be positive leaders in their communities.

For volunteers who truly want to serve with us in Malawi, Kusewera creates affordable humanitarian service trips led by a Kusewera representative. We also welcome other groups and individuals wanting to volunteer and book time at Kusewera Village, whether you are from outside Malawi or a Malawian volunteer. People from all walks of life are encouraged to apply to volunteer with Kusewera and be a part of the greater good. We do encourage everyone to promote and practice love, unity, understanding and inclusion in your own country and in your communities first before traveling to Malawi to work with our children and the beautiful people of Malawi. As we state in our policies and guidelines and in the registration notes, we are not open to those who promote any ideology of hate and discrimination or displays of disdain for any ethnic group, religion/faith or anything that doesn’t promote love, unity and inclusion. Our motto is LOVE FIRST, then think, speak and act. If you are full of love and ready to get to work, apply today to begin your journey in making a difference!

Completed in 2017, Kusewera’s Guest House sleeps up to 28 guests. There is a full kitchen, dining room, large front porch, 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.

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Serving 300 Children

Kusewera serves over 300 children in 3 local villages surrounding the Kusewera community center in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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Leading Group Service Trips Since 2008

Kusewera service trips to Africa started in 2008, with volunteers from the United States and abroad.
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Kusewera Community Center

We opened our brand new community center in July 2017 including a guest house (sleeps 20+), sports complex, dance studio, class rooms, and more to come!

UPCOMING SERVICE TRIPS

See below for more information about upcoming service trips to Kusewera village including dates, pricing, policies, and availability for you or your own group.

Kusewera is a registered 501(c)(3)

Trip fees are tax deductible to U.S. taxpayers! Make sure to learn more when you sign up for your service trip.

Your generosity supports Kusewera’s mission to empower and educate children in Malawi, Africa through active and creative play.

Kusewera’s Humanitarian Service Trip Dates

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Group & Individual Volunteer Application

*Fundraising assistance available, additional policies at Kusewera policies and guideline

 
Summer of 2019 – Malawi, Africa:
July 5-13, 2019 (3-day Zambia safari add-on optional, then date is through July 16)

  • Staying at Kusewera Village.
  • Trip cost $699 includes but is not limited to airport pick up/drop off, lodging, meals, wifi.
  • Cost does not include airfare or $75 Malawian entry visa and $15 background check fee for new volunteers.
  • Your registration and a $500 non-refundable deposit must be paid in order to HOLD your spot by April 5, 2019.
  • Full trip costs are due by May 31, 2019.
  • **ADD ON safari optional w/ addt’l cost of $600 pp in Zambia (includes Zambia visa and Malawian re-entry visa)
  • Trip Leader: Karen Osborn

 

Fall of 2019 – Malawi, Africa: 
September 14-21, 2019 (3-day Zambia safari add-on optional, then date is through Sept 24)

  • Staying at Kusewera Village.
  • Trip cost $699 includes but is not limited to airport pick up/drop off, lodging, meals, wifi.
  • Cost does not include airfare or $75 Malawian entry visa and $15 background check fee for new volunteers.
  • Your registration and a $500 non-refundable deposit must be paid in order to HOLD your spot by June 28, 2019.
  • Full trip costs are due by August 1, 2019.
  • **ADD ON safari optional w/ addt’l cost of $600 pp in Zambia (includes Zambia visa and Malawian re-entry visa)
    Trip Leader: Teri Smith
 
 
NOTE : A Kusewera rep will assist you in your travel planning, to assure proper flights, locations etc. Your destination airport code is LLW. Contact us for ways you can fundraise for your trip!
 

Please click here to fill out the application and registration form and a Kusewera representative will contact you soon!

OTHER GROUPS & INDIVIDUALS

 
Other groups and individuals may volunteer and book time at Kusewera Village in Malawi, Africa. Please contact kusewera@gmail.com for inquiries, schedule, requirements and program alignment.
 
Please note that while a US and Malawian Kusewera representative will be present to guide and assist during these times, a group/team leader is essential to the success of a non-Kusewera led trip. 
 
Any group or individual requesting to volunteer or book time at Kusewera Village will be subject to a signed Kusewera policies and guidelines, and approval after completion of the application process. There is a $15 background check fee for new U.S. based volunteers or individuals working with the children at Kusewera Village that will be added to your trip costs.
 
To apply to volunteer as an individual at Kusewera Village, start the process here!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE TRIPS:

  • These short-term humanitarian trips  are designed so that people from all walks of life, can go in person to help implement the Kusewera programs, and make a difference in the lives of the children we are committed in supporting.  Anyone thinking of joining a Kusewera trip should not be going to “get an experience” but rather, be ready to serve. Our approach is to “learn from and participate with” the communities.
  • Kusewera has created these affordable, short-term volunteer trips, at a competitive price to that of similar trips offered around the world by other organizations.
  • The days with the kids includes an intense set of daily clinics that the children attend, that are led by the volunteers, and makes such an impact on these kids.  Be prepared, as it’s a lot of work!
  • As you might know, 95% of mission / volunteer trips have an element in them that gives the volunteer a chance to explore a bit of the country in which they are working in and ministering to.  Studies show that the work can be taxing and sometimes overwhelming and that a break in the middle or at the end, is a necessary mental refresher.
  • Kusewera offers the option of a short, 2 day safari / excursion. We’ve worked hard to gain relationships, that give us the best rates on everything from transportation, safari, food, hotel and more.  On these trips, you will be visiting some of the poorest areas of the world, and our visit and resources can help their communities tremendously.
  • We encourage each volunteer to take over 1-2 checked bags of donated items like clothing, medical supplies, sports equipment, etc. that is easier to assure delivery of donations into the right hands.
 
 

TRIP / FUNDRAISING / CANCELLATION POLICIES:

  • **Kusewera led trips (unless designated as a family trip) are limited to volunteers over 18 years of age, or 14-17 years of age WITH a parent or chaperone over 25 yrs. of age accompanying them on the trip. 
  • Individuals and groups with children may apply. Kusewera has questionnaires and interviews for children under 14, and for their parent(s) and/or guardians to determine if they are a good fit. We recommend a parent join a trip to Malawi first, before deciding if their own child is ready for a humanitarian trip.
  • **If the volunteer cannot make the humanitarian trip that they register for due to medical reasons or emergency situations out of their control, and notice is given to Kusewera at least 60 days prior to scheduled trip departure, their $500 non-refundable deposit may be held for them for 1 calendar year, in order to allow the volunteer to go on another humanitarian trip within 1 year. If the volunteer is not able to make said trip the following year, their non-refundable $500 will go towards general Kusewera projects that benefit the children.
  • If the volunteer has personally paid for the trip costs, and there are funds above the non-refundable deposit, it may be refunded to volunteer only if it is at least 60 days prior to scheduled trip departure.
  • If volunteer cancels 45-59 days prior, refund amount will be 75% (less the deposit) of personally funded fees.
  • If cancellation is 44 days or less, 50% may be refunded (less the deposit) of personally funded fees.
  • Should the volunteer raise funds for their full humanitarian trip costs from donors other than themselves, and need to cancel, no refund will be given, but same % amounts may be held for up to one calendar year. If the volunteer cannot make said trip or the following year’s trip, all donations from other donors will go towards general Kusewera projects that benefit the children. If volunteer raises funds over the trip cost (including safari) on Crowdrise, all remaining donations will go to the general Kusewera account for projects that benefit the children. Volunteers may raise personal funds for flights, immunizations, etc through any other funding page not related to the Kusewera Crowdrise pages, such as GoFundMe.
  • **Kusewera reserves the right to deny participation to potential volunteers that do not meet the requirements, through the application process, reference checks and background check.

Please click here to fill out the application and registration form and a Kusewera representative will contact you soon!

Meet some of the kids

Get up close and personal with wildlife while on safari with the team! We partner with Malawian Style to make it the best experience possible!