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Malawi Bat Conservation

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Malawi Bat Conservation

The Frontier Malawi bat conservation project aims to conserve African bat populations through applied research, conservation strategies and education.

Prices from $1,445

Malawi, often described as ‘the Warm Heart of Africa’ on account of the friendliness of its people, has a huge variety of landscapes, ranging from the rugged highlands, such as the hiker’s and climber’s paradise of the Mulanje Massif, to lowland plains and unspoilt wildlife reserves teeming with buffalo, zebra, elephants, hippo and a population of the endangered black rhino. Malawi’s biggest draw is undoubtedly Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, which is lined with hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches and boasts hundreds of species of colourful tropical fish.

On the bat conservation project you will experience bat conservation first hand, carried out through research and monitoring as well as working with local communities to increase understanding. Malawi provides an excellent base from which to work on the conservation of an undeniably important component of African biodiversity.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Assist on bat conservation initiatives
  • Discover Malawian cuisine
  • Explore Liwonde National Park
  • Encounter Malawi’s awesome wildlife

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 18 years old
  • Must have the rabies vaccination
  • Must be able to speak English (doesn't need to be first language)

FAST FACTS

Location Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Activities Wildlife watching
Boat trips on the Shire river
Walking safaris at dawn
Jeep safari in Liwonde National Park
Transport Airport pick-up and drop-off
In-country transfers
Accommodation Canvas safari tents

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food (three meals per day)
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation & training
In-country emergency support 
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Frontier bat conservation project allows you to work with expert scientists to conserve bats in rural Malawi, where they are considered pests and are persecuted as such. The aims of the project are to protect bats and make sure that they are taken into consideration in conservation management plans in national parks and beyond. Bats are a crucial part of Malawian, and African, biodiversity and need protection.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

From your base on a riverside research camp, an office in African paradise, you will help conduct a national bat monitoring programme, in which your time will be spent helping the scientists with field research and community education and awareness.


Methods including bat trapping, acoustic monitoring, creating bat guides, roost surveys, assessing habitats, insect sampling, monitoring small mammals and radio tracking will all be employed by you and the team to learn about and monitor the bats of Malawi.

As well as field research, another important aspect of the project is community education and awareness and other important activities include marketing and fundraising. Surveys are conducted throughout the park from various field sites, with the result that the biodiversity sampling allows for plenty of exploration. The work also includes asking questionnaires and carrying out surveys in the local communities living in the villages surrounding the park.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival to Lilongwe Airport you will be met by a friendly representative and taken to your project location. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying at a research camp within Liwonde National Park on the banks of the Shire River. The camp is comfortable, with volunteers staying in canvas safari tents where beds and linen are provided. There are hot showers and flushing toilets. The large tents can sleep up to 6 people.  

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three meals a day are provided at the camp. 

Malawian cuisine is known to be quite varied and exciting so why not try having a taste of the local cuisine while you’re out and about. Grab the opportunity to treat yourself to some delicious grilled fresh fish from Lake Malawi and have it with nsima, Malawi’s staple food made from ground corn and local vegetables.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After the project, you may choose to explore more of Malawi under your own steam or with some of your new friends. Your coordinator will be more than happy to advise you and help you get started whatever your decision may be. 

With the project based in national parks, there are plenty of opportunities on your days off to explore the abundance of local flora and fauna by boat, jeep and foot. The parks are home to some incredible animals, including elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra and black rhinos.

COSTS

2 weeks $1,445

3 weeks $2,095

4 weeks $2,645

5 weeks $3,145

6 weeks $3,795

7 weeks $4,045

8 weeks $4,145

9 weeks $4,245

10 weeks $4,395

DEPARTURE DATES

Projects run from Saturday to Saturday. Therefore, you should arrive on a Friday and book your return flight on a Sunday following the conclusion of the programme.

This project is not available between the 23rd December and the 2nd January.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & equipment advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food (three meals a day)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Lilongwe (LLW)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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