Volunteering with Sparkle Malawi (FAMILY FRIENDLY)

Malawi | Saturday 6th - Saturday 13th August, 2022

A unique volunteer-focused trip where challengers will spend 5 days volunteering with Sparkle Malawi, plus a fun-filled excursion day.

The trip includes an amazing trek up the famous Zomba Plateau. It rises to over 1,800m and is completely covered by African Juniper and Widdringtonia. At the top,  waterfalls and lakes with magical views of Lake Chilwa, Mount Mulanje and the Shire River await. The abundance of small wildlife and plants all along the way make for a very rewarding trek.

 

FUNDRAISING:

This challenge is fundraising for Sparkle Foundation in Malawi.

Sparkle Malawi has requested USD 35,000 to purchase a plot of land to build a farm to not only feed the 300 children they support but also as a means of educating the children and reduce their annual food bill by 10%. The local community will also learn about permaculture and crop rotation to improve their subsistence farming methods.

UK CHARITY REGISTRATION NUMBER 1161708

www.sparklemalawi.org

 

FITNESS LEVEL: Leisurely

Notes: The hike to Zomba Plateau is the only activity that requires a moderate level of fitness, however an alternative option to take a minibus to the the top will be available.

COST INCLUDES:

AED 500 admin fee to GFG 

  • A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
  • 5 volunteer days with Sparkle Malawi
  • Internal ground transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation 
  • All meals from Dinner day 1 to Breakfast day 8
  • Mineral water
  • Experienced Gulf for Good support team
  • Excursion: Zomba Plateau Trip
  • Fundraising approval + support with fundraising events
  • Pre-challenge briefing & gatherings
  • Discount with partner outdoor outfitters
  • Either pay at once or opt for our easy installment plan below

 

Cost Excludes:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Tips and spending money
  • Vaccinations
  • PCR test in Malawi if required (USD 100)
  • Insurance
  • Kit items
  • Drinks (other than water)

Payment Deadlines

  1. AED 1,000 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit paid to GFG to reserve your space on the challenge
  2. AED 1,200 paid to GFG by 30th June 2022
  3. AED 1,200 remaining challenge costs paid to GFG by 31st July 2022

AED 5,000 minimum Charity Donation due to International Humanitarian City by 1st August 2022

This event is pending approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department license number TBC

 

Day1

Day 1 – Saturday 6th August - Travel to Malawi

Depart Dubai (DXB) 04:25 

Arrive Blantyre (BLZ) 14:20.

After a 90 minute transfer to Zomba, we will check-in to our accommodation.

After check-in, we will have a Welcome Meeting with Sparkle followed by dinner.

Day2

Day 2 – Sunday 7th August 

Our activity will be an afternoon hike up to Zomba Plateau.

The Zomba Plateau is very well known in Malawi, rises to over 1,800m and is completely covered by African Juniper and Widdringtonia. The top is dotted with waterfalls and lakes and has magical views of Lake Chilwa, Mount Mulanje and the Shire River. The abundance of small wildlife and plants up here make the trek very rewarding.

Notes: The hike to Zomba Plateau is the only activity that requires a moderate level of fitness, however an alternative option to take a minibus to the the top will be available.

Day3

Day 3 – Monday 8th August - Zomba Plateau Hike

This will be the first day that we will get to support the amazing work of Sparkle Malawi.

It is important to know that Sparkle does not operate a ‘voluntourism’ program, instead the volunteer work will be based on the requirements that the charity has at that time and is very much needed to support them in their operations and long-term success.

Some examples of the work our volunteers could be doing:

  • Lessons with the children.
  • Supporting in the medical centre with the height and weight measurements.
  • Supporting in the kitchen to help prepare the meals for the day.
  • Training to some of the staff in areas of teaching, support services and operations.
  • Community visits to understand where the children come from and hear their stories.

Prior to going on the trip, each challenger will speak to Sparkle and they will put together an individual program so that challengers can come fully prepared.

Day4

Day 4 – Tuesday 9th August - Volunteering

Same as previous day, but with the possible rotation to another Sparkle site or taking on different duties within the same site.

Day5

Day 5 - Wednesday 10th August - Volunteering

The morning will be the same as previous days, however in the afternoon Sparkle will arrange a Sports Day for the children, with the support of GFG challengers.

Day6

Day 6 – Thursday 11th August – Volunteering & Sports Day

Same as previous day, but with the possible rotation to another Sparkle site or taking on different duties within the same site.

Day7

Day 7 - Friday 12th August - Volunteering

Same as previous day, but with the possible rotation to another Sparkle site or taking on different duties within the same site.

After this final day of volunteering and when the children have gone home, Sparkle will arrange a celebratory dinner which is an opportunity for the staff and challengers to celebrate together.

Day8

Day 8 – Saturday 13th August - Depart Malawi

Depart by 10am to start the 90 minute transfer to the airport.

Depart Blantyre (BLZ) 13:25

Arrive Dubai (DXB) 02:55 (April 3rd)

 

Notes: This itinerary may change due to changes outside our control. We will endeavour to keep to the planned itinerary, but cannot be held responsible for last changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the group leader will have the final say.

Sparkle Foundation Malawi

Sparkle Malawi has requested USD 35,000 to purchase a plot of land to build a farm to not only feed the 300 children they support but also as a means of educating the children and reduce their annual food bill by 10%. The local community will also learn about permaculture and crop rotation to improve their subsistence farming methods.

The Sparkle Foundation (https://sparklemalawi.org)

UK CHARITY REGISTRATION NUMBER 1161708

Overview  

Registered in 2015 by Sarah Brook, The Sparkle Foundation’s vision is to deliver a future in which every community has equal opportunity to live a life of health and self-sufficiency. Their first project Sparkle Malawi, which is located in Zomba, Malawi - the fourth poorest country in the world – has four main programmes:

  • Nutrition - Feeding 300 vulnerable orphans and children daily
  • Healthcare – Registered medical clinic on-site and mobile clinic’s for children, staff and community members
  • Education – Provision of free pre-primary care, after school club for primary aged children, women’s group training, youth group workshops, adult literacy classes, sport and community awareness programmes
  • Community Empowerment - Outreach programmes and training workshops for 17 villages including sewing, farming, nutrition, micro-finance and computing.

Notes: This charity project may change due to changes outside our control. We will endeavour to keep to the planned project but cannot be held responsible for last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the Charity Director & GFG Board will have the final decision.

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