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Join us  in the “Warm Heart of Africa”

Volunteers play an important role in the work of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and we welcome anyone interested in helping us fulfill our mission of protecting Malawi’s wildlife and its habitats.

From wildlife rescue and rehabilitation to environmental conservation outreach to marketing – there is something for everyone! In addition, our projects and programs can be combined to get the most out of your experience with us.

When you volunteer with us, you are making an incredible impact on the wildlife we serve as well as local communities. Come be part of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust family and see for yourself why they call Malawi “The Warm Heart of Africa”.  


  • Be part of a close knit team
  • We’ll match your skills and passions to available project
  • You’ll see first hand the impact on the lives of animals


  • Animal care department has a range or roles including basic animal care, assisting with vet work, enrichment, integrations and releases
  • Opportunity to work with our education and outreach team
  • Bush camp volunteer opportunities to support release and research (subject to availability)


  • Involved with the day -to-day work at an animal sanctuary
  • Working closely with and learning from our expert staff
  • Various courses available for those seeking specific knowledge in vet care and research


  • The chance to explore the Warm Heart of Africa – friendly people, stunning landscapes and one of the safest countries in Africa to travel
  • Backed by some of the biggest international wildlife and conservation NGO’s

We have various options  – please follow the links for more details on each programme:

  • Rescue and Rehabilitation at our Lilongwe Wildlife Centre sanctuary
  • Additional volunteer opportunities at our Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
  • Research Volunteers and Students – PhD, MSc, BSc
  • Clinical Vet with One Health
  • Vets Externs (for Vet Students and Vet Nurses)
  • Course – Wildlife Veterinary Medicine
  • Course – Rescue and Rehabilitation


Lilongwe Wildlife Trust offers a range of volunteer placements to suit you! Come to Malawi and be a:

  • sanctuary volunteer at our award winning rescue centre Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, or
  • research volunteer and gain field experience in one of the National Parks
  • vet extern at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre if you’re studying veterinary medicine

Monster infant vervet monkeyVolunteer at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

Immerse yourself into the world of wildlife rehabilitation by volunteering at our award winning sanctuary in Lilongwe, Malawi. With almost 200 rescued wild animals there’s plenty to get involved with including orphan care, integrations, enrichment and releases. Find out more here


P1070943Vet Externships

Based at LWC, vet externship placements will assist the on-site veterinarian in all aspects of veterinary care. These can include incoming exams, minor trauma, health checks and routine diagnostics. There is also the possibility you’ll get to go out with the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit if a wildlife emergency outside LWC arises. Aimed at vet students. Find out more here


DSCF3002Research Placements

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and Conservation Research Africa are working together to offer a bespoke range of research projects  available to work with the wildlife of Malawi. Choose from Primates, Carnivores and Bats! Find our more here

10750016_10153355111677516_8452836605672415325_oVolunteer Reviews

Our volunteers always have lots to say about their experience, so why not find out for yourself what our volunteers get up to during their time with us! Have a read