The school’s name is Malamulo Adventist International School. The school opened in 2019 so elementary school is pretty small right now, but it is in the exciting beginning stages. The school is mainly for the mission children whose parents work at the hospital so when they come back to the states they are not behind, but the other hospital staff can send their kids as well, so there is a mixture of mission kids and local Malawians. This is a special dynamic that you don’t get to experience everywhere. The surrounding area is beautiful, and the people are extremely kind and helpful.
|Average fundraising goal||$5,500|
|Stipend||$200 per month|
|Requirements||You will need to get a visa. Whichever visa you have you will need to schedule trips to leave the country of Malawi every three months. Each month you go into town and get it renewed but then you have to leave and come back in or you will be charged a lot of money.|
|Language||The local language is Chichewa but there is usually someone around that knows English.|
|Timeline||Full year starting in August/September and ends in May.|
Malamulo is the mission area where you would generally be. The school and hospital are within walking distance and is surrounded by gorgeous green tea fields that you can go on walks and runs through. Makwasa is the larger village that encloses Malamulo, they have a big market day on Friday where you can buy certain food, clothes, and other random things you may need
Typically you have the option to decide what you want to eat. The main town is quite a distance away and it isn’t often you make that trip. Keep in mind that the power is unpredictable and food spoils much quicker than here in the states. Stores can sometimes be hit and miss, so you’ll have to get creative at times. It is common for the mission families to share meals with the SMs. Don’t be afraid to try the local food as well! Chips (fries) are safe to eat and super cheap from people on the side of the road. Rice and nsima are common foods with a side of relish (which is a mix of warm greens generally).
You will have your own space, with two beds, a small kitchen to cook, and full bathroom, toilet, shower, and sink all in your room. This room is within walking distance of the school and hospital. This space would be shared with another SM.