The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is Malawi’s only animal sanctuary – widely reputed as one of the best facilities in Africa for its high standards of animal welfare. The Centre is the only sanctuary in the world to have obtained accreditations from the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the Born Free Foundation PAW scheme.
Every single animal that comes into our care – whether as a result of abuse, illegal activity or human-wildlife conflict – receives a carefully tailored programme of support from our team of experts. Where possible, we aim to rehabilitate and return animals to the wild. Those that cannot be released are cared for in the safety of the sanctuary. Volunteering at the Centre will give you a powerful insight into the life-changing and life-saving work of wildlife rehabilitation.
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Wildlife rescue & rehabilitation
Most volunteers choose to spend the majority of their time with the animal care team, where work covers the whole rehabilitation spectrum. Expect to get your hands dirty, work hard and sleep well! Duties include animal husbandry (cleaning, sanitation, feeding and enrichment), orphan care, vet clinic support, observations, integrations and reintroductions. You’ll also get the chance to learn more from lectures and presentations about specialist areas of work such as enrichment, observation and rehabilitation techniques.
Education & community outreach
You will also have the opportunity to join our environmental education team at the Wildlife Centre and in schools out in the community. Our outreach team also welcomes help on their adult literacy and fuel briquette projects.
If you would like to, you can also spend part of your placement on our research projects.
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Dorm style accommodation (chalet upgrade costs: £12-£20 per person per night) and vegetarian meals (except Sundays) as well as unlimited water, tea and coffee are all included in this price. As are airport transfers from Lilongwe provided your arrival is on a Tuesday. All work-related transport, an orientation on the charity and our sanctuary and a supply tour of Lilongwe, as well as a local sim card and T-shirt are also included.
All other expenses will be your responsibility. This includes: flights, visas, vaccinations, a TB scan, and any excursions, souvenirs, nights outs, snacks and other personal expenses you might have.
Please also note BSc, MRes, MSC and PhD students working on non-LWT projects must also self-fund costs that fall out of existing operations (fuel, equipment, etc).